Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the Gastrointestinal Tract (GIT) and belongs to a group of conditions known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Crohn’s disease primarily affects the small and large intestines.In mild forms this disease can form shallow erosions in the inner surface of the bowel and in more severe cases deeper larger ulcers can develop.The main symptoms are abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting and fever.
Because CD is a chronic condition you will experience flare ups followed by periods of remission.The cause is unknown, research is saying it could be many things, stress, diet, genetics and many more.
How it can affect you
No matter what the cause is, you will experience many feelings and emotions.You will have had many doctors and hospital visits, constant tests and maybe some surgery over a period of time.
You may have experienced depression and hopelessness due to constant pain, anxiety, relationship issues, and embarrassment, and as a result may have felt very alone in coping with your illness.
Due to the nature of the illness it is something you might want to keep private and not share with family and friends, but it can be good to reach out and “ get it out “.
How we can help
Working with a biodynamic psychotherapist (BP) can help you find relief and a way forward to manage your condition.
A BP recognizes the connection between the body and the mind. We work with your life energy bio- means life dynamic- means movement.We can help you in many ways to “get it out “-by talking about how you feel about your illness, your body image, the impact this has on your daily life including your social life.
When you keep feelings inside stress can build up in your system.This stress can affect your immune system and cause flare ups. Have you ever had a gut feeling or butterflies in your tummy when you experience stress, fear, and excitement?This means that your gut and brain are connected, known as your gut brain axis.
During the body work, which is the biodynamic massage, we work directly with the gut sounds.We place a loudspeaker stethoscope on the abdomen and listen to the sounds of the gut.
This is known as psycho- peristalsis- the ability of the gut to process and eliminate the effects of stress.
The therapist is guided by these sounds which are your response to therapy.
As a sufferer of Crohn’s disease for many years, I decided to try Biodynamic Psychotherapy to deal with the physical and mental challenges that come with the disease. Since starting treatments I am able to handle the stress and the uncertainty of the disease better. My immune system has improved greatly as I have less infections which culminates to less trips to the doctor. The therapy brings healing to both the mind and the body.