Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Holistic Treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome in NYC
Medical Offices in Midtown Manhattan & Long Island
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic condition that affects millions of Americans. In fact, IBS is estimated to affect between 25 and 45 million people in the United States.
Characterized by stomach pain, cramping, and irregular bowel movements, IBS often keeps both children and adults from doing the things they love. Thankfully, IBS can be largely controlled through holistic measures such as dieting, lifestyle changes, and stress management. At Mitchell Medical Group, our team of medical professionals proudly provides comprehensive holistic treatment for those suffering from IBS in NYC. With over 25 years of experience, we are dedicated to finding you a healthy solution that really works.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Symptoms
The most common symptoms of IBS include:
- Abdominal pain
- Food intolerance
- Bloating (distention)
- Increased gas
- Altered bowel habits
- A feeling that the bowels are not empty after passing stools
- The passing of mucus from the rectum
- A sudden, urgent need to use the restroom
Symptoms often get worse after meals and a flare-up may last for several days, and then symptoms either improve or resolve completely. Signs and symptoms vary from individual to individual. IBS is unpredictable and symptoms vary and are sometimes contradictory.
Our Holistic Treatments
We proudly offer a wide range of holistic treatments designed to target many of the factors the exacerbate IBS symptoms, thus giving our patients reduced discomfort and prolonged control over their condition. Since nearly all cases of IBS can be mitigated through a healthy diet, we start by building the perfect diet for you, staying away from foods that cause you discomfort while providing a detailed list of substitutes that will keep you healthy. We also offer a wide range of supplements that improve the functionality of the large intestine and the body overall. Some of these supplements may be taken orally, while others are administered through an IV.
Lastly, we provide comprehensive resources and management solutions for another important IBS factor: stress. Our medical professionals can provide you with medical supplements and dietary designed to minimize stress and can refer you to some of the city’s top therapists for continued treatment.
NYC’s Premier Holistic Medicine Professionals
At Mitchell Medical Group, we are dedicated to the continued comfort and health of our patients. Our holistic approach to medical treatment gives your body the tools to help itself, ensuring a strong and continued recovery achieved naturally. Our primary objective when treating patients is to identify and treat the underlying cause of their health issues, not just the symptoms.
With over 25 years of helping individuals and families across New York, NY, we have experienced nothing but positive results through our holistic methods.
Contact our New York, NY office at 212-397-0157 to schedule an appointment with us today!
Telehealth New Patient Consultations
We know it can be difficult to always find time to get to the doctor’s office which is why we are now offering telehealth virtual new patient consultations with Dr. Mitchell. During the consultation, you will speak directly with Dr. Mitchell about your health issues just like you would at his office.
It is important for all those who are interested in a telehealth appointment with me to know that medico-legally I cannot diagnose or treat anyone unless we have a face-to-face, in-person office visit. I cannot prescribe any medications or supplements from a telehealth visit (the exception to this is if you live in New York State).
These telehealth visits are intended for educational and informational purposes only. My goal is to help provide you with these resources to work with your local healthcare provider to get the best care possible.
Call our office today at 212-397-0157 to schedule your consultation or request an appointment online.
What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder that affects the large intestine causing symptoms such as abdominal pain, gas, bloating, cramping, diarrhea and constipation. Unlike those affected with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, individuals suffering from IBS do not have an increased risk of colorectal cancer. Medical experts are still unsure as to what exactly causes IBS — though a commonly held belief is that IBS symptoms are the result of overly-strong contractions in the large intestine, and/or abnormalities in the gastrointestinal nervous system.
IBS is a chronic condition that must be managed long-term. The good news, however, is that the majority of IBS cases can be controlled through a well-managed diet and lifestyle. For more severe cases medication and counseling are recommended.
Causes of IBS
Experts do not have definitive answers to what causes irritable bowel syndrome but they believe that microbial factors may play a key role. IBS can occur after a bacterial infection or a parasitic infection (giardiasis) of the intestines. There may also be other triggers such as stress.
Other factors that may play a role include:
- environmental factors such as stress
- genetic factors
- an unusual response to an infection
- digestive organs with a high sensitivity to pain
- an inability of the central nervous system (CNS) to control the digestive system
- a person’s mental and emotional state can contribute to IBS development such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- a malfunction of the muscles that move food throughout the body
Dietary Steps to Help Manage Irritable Bowel Syndrome
While there is no specific diet for IBS, there are some steps you can take to minimize your IBS from flaring up.
Manage Your Fiber Intake
Some people with IBS find it helpful to increase their fiber intake while others find it better to reduce their fiber intake. A balanced level of fiber in the diet can help promote healthy digestion.
Taking probiotics can also help some manage their IBS symptoms. These are beneficial bacteria for the gut and over time these help create a healthier gut.
Keeping a record of specific foods in your diet and their effects will help you identify your primary trigger foods.
Treatment for IBS
There is no known cure that completely eliminates irritable bowel syndrome.
But there are treatments that relieve symptoms of IBS, help reduce the risk of IBS flare-ups and improve the quality of life. The team at Mitchell Medical Group takes a thorough medical history, gathers information regarding your diet and life, and develops a personalized treatment plan that minimizes IBS from happening. Our treatment typically includes dietary modifications, lifestyle changes and prescription medications.
While prescription medications can help manage IBS, our focus is on dietary modifications and lifestyle changes that help reduce or eliminate the causes of IBS for you. Our proven treatment protocols have successfully helped man individuals get relief from IBS.
Contact our NYC office at 212-397-0157 to schedule an appointment with us today!