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A New, Effective IBS Treatment Now Available in NH - by Robert Salvatore, LCSW:
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A New, Effective IBS Treatment Now Available in NH


New Hampshire sufferers now have new help for dealing with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).  A new, effective treatment using hypnosis developed by the University of North Carolina Medical School is now available through Robert Salvatore, MSW, BCD, LCSW of LaMora Psychological Associates.  With over 30 years of clinical hypnosis experience, he just completed training in a specialized protocol which can give patients relief from this life effecting condition.    


“IBS is an uncomfortable disorder characterized by bloating, abdominal pain, gas, and diarrhea or constipation”,  Mr. Salvatore stated.  “Medicines do not work very well in relieving patients of their discomfort.  Physicians and patients are pretty frustrated with treating IBS because there really are not many options.  This new protocol takes seven sessions after the initial assessment visit and has been demonstrated to provide lasting relief.”


This new treatment was recently cited by Newsweek magazine.  According to Olafur S. Palsson, Psy.D. of the UNC Medical School , “Hypnosis treatment has some advantages which makes it an attractive option for many IBS sufferers with chronic and severe symptoms:


·        It is one of the most successful treatment approaches for chronic IBS. The response rate to treatment is 80% and better in most published studies to date.


·        The treatment often helps individuals who have failed to get improvements with other methods.


·        It is a uniquely comfortable form of treatment; relaxing, easy and generally enjoyable.


·        It utilizes the healing power of the person's own mind, and is generally completely without negative side effects.


·        The treatment sometimes results in improvement in other symptoms or problems such as migraine or tension headaches, along with the improvement in IBS symptoms.


·        The beneficial effects of the treatment last long after the end of the course of treatment. According to research, individuals who improve from hypnosis treatment for IBS can generally look forward to years of reduced bowel symptoms.”


Mr. Salvatore explained,  “IBS has a terrible impact on people’s lives.  While no physical cause has been found for IBS, both physical and psychosocial factors are involved.  Stress is more likely to make IBS symptoms worse”.  He continued, “Although no cause and effect have yet been found, people with IBS are more likely to have psychological problems such as anxiety and a history of abuse”. 


IBS often prevents sufferers from traveling or straying very far from bathrooms.  About 10% of the population in the suffers from IBS, and it strikes woman more than men.  But only about one-quarter seek treatment.  People with IBS have more doctor’s visits and operations, and incur about $1.6 billion in direct health care costs yearly and nearly $20 billion in indirect costs, such as lost work time. 


There are over 10 published medical studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of this treatment.  For more information, visit or call Robert Salvatore at 603-889-8648.  Practicing in both Nashua and Bedford, Mr. Salvatore is now accepting appointments for patients who have been diagnosed with IBS.


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