Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Treatment


Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a chronic gastrointestinal disorder characterized by abdominal pain, discomfort, and changes in bowel habits. It is a common functional gastrointestinal disorder affecting the large intestine.


Common symptoms include abdominal pain or cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation. Symptoms can vary in severity and often flare up during times of stress or after eating certain foods.


The exact cause of IBS is not fully understood, but factors such as abnormal muscle contractions in the intestine, inflammation, and changes in gut bacteria may play a role.

Risk Factors

  • Genetics: Family history of IBS increases the likelihood of developing the condition.
  • Age: IBS often begins in early adulthood and is more common in younger individuals.
  • Gender: Women are more likely to be diagnosed with IBS than men.
  • Mental health disorders: Conditions like anxiety and depression can contribute to IBS symptoms.
  • Diet and lifestyle: Certain foods, such as dairy, caffeine, and alcohol, as well as stress, can trigger or worsen symptoms.


  • Maintain a balanced diet with adequate fiber and hydration.
  • Manage stress through relaxation techniques or therapy.
  • Regular physical activity can help regulate bowel function.
  • Avoid trigger foods and monitor dietary intolerances.
  • Establish a consistent daily routine for meals and sleep.


Atlas Physiotherapy offers hands-on therapies that can complement the recovery process for diagnosed Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

Hands-on therapies such as physiotherapy and therapeutic massage can alleviate IBS symptoms by promoting relaxation, improving circulation, and reducing muscle tension in the abdominal area. These therapies aim to enhance physical well-being and alleviate discomfort associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Contact our team for more information on how we can help you get back to doing what you enjoy.