Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common intestinal disorder that leads to bloating, stomach cramps and changes in bowel habits.  Some people who suffer IBS have constipation (difficult or infrequent bowel movements), other have diarrhea and some experience both. 

Throughout the years IBS has been referred to as colitis, spastic colon, spastic and bowel and functional bowel disease.  Most of these terms are not correct and IBS should not be confused with other disorders.

Contraction of intestinal muscles and movement of its contents is controlled by nerves, hormones and electrical activity in the colon muscle.  A few times each day, strong muscle contractions move down the colon, pushing fecal material.  Some of these strong contractions result in a bowel movement.  

Some medical professionals believe that IBS may be caused by emotional conflict or stress.  While stress may worsen IBS symptoms, additional research suggests that other factors contribute to IBS.  Research has substantiated that the colon muscle of a person suffering with IBS begins to spasm after only mild stimulation and has a colon that is more reactive and sensitive than usual.

If you are concerned about IBS, it is important to remember that normal bowel function varies from person to person.  The potential for abnormal colon function is always present in people with IBS, but a trigger is also present to cause the symptoms.  At Restorasis Integrative & Functional Medicine, we will discuss your complete medical history and rule out other possible causes of

IBS, discuss avoidance of contributing causes, make diet recommendations, nutritional supplements and other ways of controlling IBS symptoms.  

What Causes IBS?
If You Are Suffering From Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Call Restorasis TODAY at 301-668-0002

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