The IBS Audio Program 100
About the IBS Audio Program 100
Development of the adult and teen program – the IBS Audio Program 100® - began in 1991, with on-going refinements and trials within the clinical setting and sessions later recorded and made available to the public in 1998.
The program uses Gut-Specific clinical hypnotherapeutic methods and also a process called Ongoing Progressive Session Induction Method™ (OPSIM™).
This method differs from the recognised processes often reported and used in research and is based on optimal human learning patterns. Patient results show that this OPSIM process has resulted in the reduction and frequency and in some cases the elimination of the variant IBS and related symptoms.
In 1996, Mahoney was asked to participate in a medical research study of IBS hypnotherapy funded by the UK National Health Service through a 5 partner GP practice which was monitored by the local Health Authority Audit Commission. Gastroenterologists screened 20 long-term refractory IBS patients presenting with various IBS symptoms who had undergone medical diagnostic tests, and had taken prescription medications without attaining significant symptom relief. Each patient underwent Mahoney’s introductory and five subsequent hypnotherapy sessions.
Sessions for all patient groups were staggered over 12 months. In this preliminary and initial trial, patients indicated an overall reduction of 80% in symptom severity and frequency of presentation.
In 1997, a new research study was begun which utilized improved processes and delivery methods developed by Mahoney. The independent study monitored patients using these new IBS hypnotherapy sessions recorded on home audio tapes.
Patients were asked to mark as a percentage the improvement they felt during the program period, immediately after program completion, in February 1998 and the three follow up periods of assessment at one year in February 1999; two years, in February 2000; and at three years, February 2001. The treatment group included 11 females and 4 males; average age 34.
For females: Average frequency of symptom presentation: 3.4 times daily. Average length of time IBS symptoms present: 8.63 years. Average length of time on medications: 5.5 years. Average reduction in medications: 96%.
For males: Average frequency of symptom presentation: 2.5 times daily. Average length of time IBS symptoms present: 4.75 years. Average length of time on medications: 3.8 years. Average reduction in medications: 94 %.
An average success rate based on reduction of symptom severity, and frequency of symptom presentation was close to or exceeding 90% for reduction of all symptoms for all patients. Over 20 IBS and related symptoms, including pain, diarrhoea, constipation, and bloating, were quantified by the patients and individually measured, as was the perceived improvement in overall quality of life. Rankings for the symptoms and follow up results may be viewed in these charts:
IBS Audio Program 100® Clinical Trials
The IBS Audio Program 100® is structured over a 100 day period, with a listening schedule for each day, including 20 days where the patient is not required to listen to a session as part of the learning process.
The program consists of three CDs, (or MP3 downloads) which contain a clear introduction to IBS and clinical hypnotherapy, and important information which simplifies the complexities of the emotional aspects of IBS, the fears, anxiety and depression which so often presents in IBS patients. There are five different hypnotherapy sessions within the IBS Audio Program 100®, each building on the preceding one, which link back to the introductory information. Sessions vary in duration but average 25-35 minutes in length.
An informational booklet containing symptom checklist, progress log, listening scheduler, and essential information for the IBS sufferer, accompanies the program.
The program also includes an additional CD entitled IBS Companion©, which explains IBS to family and other individuals in the IBS patient’s life. This title provides easy to understand and comforting content. Patients saddled with the embarrassing nature of the condition have found this recording to validate their suffering in a professional yet caring manner; it provides emotional support and helps remove the stigma of the condition for the patient, as well as the awkward burden of explanation to less than sympathetic companions.
The inclusion of this separate, non-therapeutic recording can also provide an added area of patient improvement through lifting the burden of explanation of IBS, as well as providing the potential for improved family cooperation and understanding, which again adds to the multi-level therapy approach.
For the IBS patient, the IBS Audio Program 100® provides positive results for the reduction or in some cases, the elimination of presenting physical and emotional IBS and related symptoms in a cost effective convenient way. Used in the privacy and security of the familiar home environment, the patient takes part in their own healing and the listening schedule structure encourages program compliance and completion.
Medical practitioners now can offer their IBS patients an additional source of effective relief which also effectively addresses health budget costs.
The IBS Audio Program 100® has been successfully used by thousands of IBS sufferers in over 40 countries, and is available in a slim, discreet folder or as an MP3 download.
Michael Mahoney, Clinical HypnotherapistGuardian Medical Centre - Warrington Cheshire England
Qualifications, Recognitions & Achievements
Michael Mahoney is a clinical hypnotherapist in private practice at the Guardian Medical Centre in Cheshire England, providing support for a wide range of physical and mental conditions.
He has also been on staff as a hospital consultant therapist working alongside psychiatrists. He imparts over 20 years of experience in working with patients not only in his private practice clinic, but he also accommodates patients with special medical conditions in the hospital setting or in the patient’s home or workplace.
Michael is a member of the Complementary Medical Association, organizational member of the British Association for Counseling, associate member of the Primary Care Society for Gastroenterology, the European Association for Cancer Education, the British Hypnotherapy Association, The British Council of Hypnotist Examiners, and the National Council of Hypnotherapists.
He is also a trained Trainer of HoNoS - Health of the Nation outcome Scales, as well as a member of the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, the International Functional Brain-Gut Research Group, and the IBS Network.
Michael is the founder of the UK Register of IBS therapists, with a membership of over 130 therapists UK-wide.
He is also the author of numerous articles for various publications, including The Journal of the Complementary Medical Association, CAM: Magazine for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Professionals, European Cancer Education Magazine, The Journal for Clinical Hypnotherapists in Practice, Gastroenterology in Primary Care, Positive Health Magazine, Amoena Life Magazine, and EndoNurse Magazine, among others, as well as his monthly column entitled Hypnotes.
His work is featured in books including First Year IBS and IBS for Dummies.
Michael has been a guest on radio shows including London Radio: LBC Health Program with Dr. Pam on the topic of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Clinical Hypnotherapy.
He has research and patient trials experience, showing success rates of 85% - 95% for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptom reduction, and uses a specific protocol method developed in 1992 by Michael known as the Ongoing Progressive Session Induction Method (OPSIM). As a result of patients being too ill to travel or living too far away, Michael recorded these IBS sessions for them, and these sessions which became known as the IBS Audio Program 100®, became available to the public in 1998.
In 2003 Michael Mahoney was named first in the Independent on Sunday ‘Top Brass Section’ of the top ten leading hypnotherapists in the UK.
His hypnotherapy practice sponsored the UK’s first IBS Awareness evening at Liverpool University in 1997, bringing together pharmaceutical companies, OTC, complementary therapists and medical professionals for the benefit of IBS patients.
As a member of the Primary Care Society for Gastroenterology, Michael was invited to speak to gastroenterologists and physicians on: The Role of Gut Specific Hypnosis for IBS in Primary Care at the PCSG Annual Scientific Meeting, 19th October 2001 held at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.
In 2002 he presented clinical evidence on the uses of hypnotherapy in the National Health Service to the Priority Sub Setting Committee of the Health Gain and Strategy Directorate of a London Health Authority.
In 1996/1997 Michael was invited to conduct a Medical Research Project at NHS Medical Practice to examine the efficacy of hypnotherapy on the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. This research was financed by the NHS practice and reviewed by the NHS ethics commission.
In 1999, Michael's private research work and patient trials for Irritable Bowel Syndrome were submitted into the Guild of Health Writers Awards - HRH Prince Charles Foundation of Integrated Medicine Awards for Orthodox - Complementary Medicine working together.
He received an informal personal introduction to HRH Prince Charles at the Guild of Health Writers Awards in London. This work was recognised as "one of 80 excellent examples" of orthodox medicine and complementary medicine working together in the United Kingdom and was further cited in evidence given to the House of Lord Scientific Review of 2000.
He was also awarded the Title of “Honorary Fellow of Central England College of Clinical Hypnosis” in Birmingham in 2004 by Principal Nick Cooke as “an acknowledgement of enormous contribution to the world of hypnotherapy.”
In addition to providing workshops through his clinical practice, Michael is regularly invited to provide in-services in association with the British National Register of Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapists, United Kingdom Confederation of Hypnotherapy Organisations held at Cambridge College of Hypnotherapy With the National School of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, in Cambridge, England, the Essex Institute for Training in Clinical Hypnosis, Southend on Sea, Essex, England, “Hypnotherapy and the Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome for Healthcare Professionals” for the Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy Post Graduate Training Programme Continuous Hypnotherapy Education Masterclass, at The Marino Institute of Education, Dublin, Ireland, and the Central England College of Hypnosis in Birmingham, among others.
Michael earned his qualifications in hypnotherapy in 1986, gaining his MDHthp and MDHyp in hypnotherapy and psychotherapy in 1992, and he regularly attends on-going professional development training. He treats patients through NHS (British National Health Service) and also for BUPA (British United Provident Association), which is the largest private health care organization in the UK. In addition, he is a Non-NHS Service Provider of Hypnotherapy Services.
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