Take the Stress out of IBS

Posted on Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Written by Lindzie O'Reilly

Irritable Bowel syndrome (IBS) is characterized by abdominal pain and changes in bowel habits (i.e. frequency, urgency, stool consistency) that are not related to an organic cause. This means that you may have worked with a doctor to rule out other conditions, such as celiac disease or crohn's disease, but you are still left with symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, constipation or diarrhea. While the absence of a more serious medical condition is often a relief, the fact that symptoms are still present can be VERY frustrating.  After the common cold, IBS is the second most common reason why folks miss academic, work, or social committments.

It's important to know that there are many lifestyle-related changes that suffers can make to help decrease and manage symptoms. Join Kathy Somers from the Stress Management & High Performance Clinic and Lindzie O'Reilly, Registered Dietitian at Student Health Services for a 4 week program that will cover:

  • relaxation techniques and 2 types of biofeedback for smooth muscle of the GI tract
  • mindful eating
  • common food irritants to avoid
  • support and symptom relief

This program runs every semester. Please email ksomers@uoguelph.ca to inquire about this semesters dates and location, and to register.

The cost of all four classes is $10 for students.

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