Top 5 Tips for Living with IBS 2021
Wednesday, 31 March 2021 | Sean
Roughly one in five people in the UK suffer from some form of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Two thirds of IBS sufferers are women, and while there is no specific cause for IBS, most experts believe that it is linked to digestive problems, having a sensitive gut and your diet. April is IBS Month, so we've created this guide to raise awareness on How to Live with IBS.
Here at Health and Care we've created this list of tips for tackling Irritable Bowel Syndrome. From exercising to TENS therapy, we take you through a number of different ways to beat the pain and make your life more comfortable.
What Is IBS?
Experts don't point to one direct cause for IBS, however they generally say that the main causes are linked to digestive problems, a sensitive guy and a bad diet. If you think that you suffer from IBS you aren't alone, as up to one in five of us have the condition. Common symptoms include:
Continue reading to find some of our top tips for dealing with IBS.
1. TENS Therapy
One sure fire way to prevent the symptoms of IBS is to use a TENS Machine. TENS Therapy is known to accelerate colonic transit, and has a therapeutic effect on functional constipation. By relaxing your muscles, you can prevent the muscle spasms that cause bowel pain.
TPN 200 Plus Dual Channel TENS Machine
The TPN 200 Plus Dual Channel TENS Machine is a dual channel TENS Machine which can be used on your stomach to stimulate muscles and reduce pain. It is known to provide pain relief to a wide range of health conditions.
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2. Use a Ring Cushion
If you suffer from IBS, then you'll know how uncomfortable going to the toilet can be. This pain can continue afterwards, which is why using a ring cushion can be perfect for post-toilet use. Ring cushions are designed to reduce the pressure felt when you sit down, meaning that no pressure is targeted into one position on your body.
Harley Designed Memory Foam Ring Cushion
Our most popular ring cushion is the Harley Designer Memory Foam Ring Cushion, which is designed using memory foam that moulds to the body when you sit down. It can provide comfort for long periods, and can tackle the pain associated with IBS, and from other problems such as haemorrhoids and piles.
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Regular moderate intensity forms of exercise can help to reduce the symptoms associated with IBS. This can include extremely simple breathing exercises, yoga, walking and swimming. If you want to exercise without pain, a good pair of insoles can reduce fatigue across your body.
Sorbothane Shock Stopper Double Strike Insoles
Some of our most popular insoles for light exercise are the Sorbothane Shock Stopper Double Strike Insoles, which use a sock absorbing compound in the heel and forefront for reducing discomfort. They are designed to disperse shock sideways, ensuring no area of your foot receives full impact from the ground.
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4. Use Ostomy Underwear If You've Had a Colostomy
In rare cases, IBS can lead to a colostomy, which can help to reduce the symptoms if they become too severe. In this case, you can use ostomy underwear which is designed to provide maximum comfort while keeping your ostomy pouch away from your skin.
CUI Men's Fitted Trunks Ostomy Underwear or the CUI Ladies' Full Briefs Ostomy Underwear
The CUI Men's Fitted Trunks Ostomy Underwear and the CUI Ladies' Full Briefs Ostomy Underwear each include an internal scoop pocket to keep the ostomy pouch away from the skin. They are high waisted to prevent discomfort during use, while a choice of left, right or both ostomy pouch caters for all users.
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5. Use a Heat Pad
A final option is to provide soothing heat to the effected area. By holding a heat pad to your lower stomach or guy, you can relieve the impact of not just IBS, but menstrual pain, stomach pain and indigestion too.
Sissel Cherry Red Microwave Heat Pad
One of our most popular heat pads is the Sissel Cherry Red Microwave Heat Pad, which is specifically designed to soothe aches and pains. It is full of gentle cheery stones that provide a massage to the area where you hold the cushion. Simply place the pad in the microwave, and hold to your gut once warm.
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Tackle IBS Symptoms Today
You can tackle symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome today by using some cost-effective products that can relieve pain and make your life easier. To view more products that might help you with IBS, take a look at our Comfort and Relief, Care and Daily Living categories.