Crohn’s, Colitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
For sufferers of intestinal issues such as Crohn’s, colitis, diverticulitis, and Irritable bowel syndrome, it’s no secret that these conditions can cause a considerable upset in daily life. They are characterized by pain, changes in frequency and urgency of evacuation, intestinal bleeding, malabsorption, low energy, anxiety, depression and more. This can result in missing out on the joys of daily life during a flare, as social and work obligations may need to be set aside in favor of staying in the privacy and comfort of home. Irritable bowel causes are not entirely understood and is often diagnosed by exclusion of other diseases. Symptoms vary from constipation to diarrhea, sometimes even in the same person.
Crohn’s and Colitis are a unique group of inflammatory bowel diseases, in that they are considered auto-immune in nature. An autoimmune condition is when the immune system, for a myriad for reasons, no longer recognizes itself and attacks its own tissue – in this case, the tissues of the intestinal system. In the case of Crohn’s, this can extend to adjacent areas in the intestinal system as well. Sufferers of these conditions are often prescribed expensive medications and sometimes hospitalization and surgery in severe cases.
Get Back to Being You
While stress and mood issues can certainly aggravate these conditions and additional support is required during programs of care, it is a misconception that it is the primary driver. In fact, it is often the result of significant alterations in the balance of intestinal bacteria that can cause depression, anxiety and amplify stress. Additionally, the depletion of key nutrients needed to make hormone and neurotransmitters have been known to do the same.
Both our naturopath (Dr. Dorrell), and our nutritionist (Virginia Spencer) have programs in place for assisting clients with intestinal issues including autoimmunity and have many combined years of experience in this area. They often work together when needed and provide support including dietary programs, supplements, herbs, and mood support. Our chiropractors can also provide valuable nervous system support that service the nerves supplied to the intestinal system.