You are out for the evening enjoying a special night with the family, or perhaps you are out on a hike for the day, when suddenly out of nowhere it feels like your bowels are about to explode. You have to get to a bathroom and stat! It’s happened to all of us at some point in time, but for 10-15% of the population this is a common occurrence that happens on a daily basis. This is a symptom of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Since April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome awareness month, I wanted to address this topic.
The American Medical Association classifies IBS as a functional disorder which means there is a functional problem causing it as opposed to an inflammatory problem such as the case with ulcerative colitis or Crohns Disease. We live in a world of cause and effect which means for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. IBS is the effect or reaction of an underlying functional problem causing these symptoms. The medical model has no answer for IBS. The standard treatment revolves around symptomatic management. Why not find the cause?
In pharmaceutical commercials, IBS is depicted as a cute, pink intestine running around to find a bathroom. Yet for millions of Americans, this problem is far from cute. It is a major disruption to one’s quality of life. Many people are satisfied with managing the problem. But, if you are somebody who likes to fix problems, come visit the Active Healing Center for a consultation. It all starts by conducting a personalized Wellness Score. Your Wellness Score looks at how your body is functioning by analyzing the following health components:
- Functional fitness: core strength, core flexibility, body fat percentage.
- Nutritional Health: blood glucose, cholesterol, C-reactive protein, etc.
- General Health: blood pressure, waist circumference, body mass index, etc.
- Neurological/Spinal Health: spinal degeneration, a.k.a arthritis, motion restriction, etc.
Based on the function of your body and any areas of breakdown or degeneration, a corrective program can be implemented to fix your problems. IBS is a serious health problem that can disrupt your entire life. Find out how your body is functioning and what you can do to improve your overall health.