Categories Advice, Bloating, Blood Test, Cramping, Diarrhea, Health, IBD, IBS, Nutrition Advise, Stomach Pain

What is the difference between IBS and IBD?

What is the difference between IBS and IBD?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are often mixed up, but they are not the same condition. IBS is a functional disorder (abnormal function of the bowel) that results in a group of different symptoms, but it’s not a disease itself. IBS does not cause inflammation, intestinal bleeding, ulcers, rectal bleeding, and/or permanent damage to the intestines.

The causes of IBS are currently unknown, but it is a chronic condition that needs to be managed on the long term. In many cases, the symptoms can be controlled by managing diet, lifestyle and stress.

Symptoms of IBS include:

  • Bloating
  • Gassiness
  • Cramping and abdominal pain
  • Altered bowel habits (alternating periods of diarrhea and constipation)

Females might experience that symptoms of irritable IBS may worsen during their menstruation.

There are different dietary approaches for patients with IBS and a qualified dietitian or nutritionist will help you to find the best method for you and guide you through the process of adapting your diet:

  1. High-fiber diet
  2. Low-fiber diet
  3. Gluten-free diet
  4. Elimination diet
  5. Low-fat diet
  6. Low FODMAP diet


Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may have similar symptoms, but IBD is more serious than IBS. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a term used to describe disorders that involves chronic inflammation of your digestive tract.

Types of IBD are:

  1. Ulcerative Colitis
  2. Crohn’s Disease

Ulcerative Colitis causes long-lasting inflammation and ulcers in the deepest lining of your large intestine and rectum. Crohn’s Disease on the other hand can affect different areas of the digestive tract and is also characterized by inflammation of the lining of the bowl tissue, which often spreads deep into affected tissue layers.

Symptoms of IBD vary depending on the location and severity of inflammation, but they may include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Bleeding
  • Stomach pain
  • Weight loss and anemia

Patients with Crohn’s Disease may get sores in their mouths.

IBD can also be associated with problems outside of the digestive system, such as:

  • Eye inflammation
  • Skin disorders
  • Arthritis

There is no special diet that is recommended for treating inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), but some patients suffering from Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis manage symptoms with dietary changes and a low-residue or low-fiber diet that includes:

  • Eating smaller and more frequent meals
  • Taking vitamins and other nutritional supplements
  • Avoiding problem or trigger foods such as fatty and fried foods, meats, spicy foods, diary, and high fiber foods as these often lead to symptoms of bloating, diarrhea, and stomach pain and cramps.

IBD are serious conditions that require medical attention. In addition to the medical treatment provided by doctors (medical or surgical treatment), a dietitian or nutritionist can help with dietary changes. Speak to one of our dietitians today to find the most suitable approach for you and find the right dietary approach to reduce or eliminate your symptoms.

Categories Fitness, gym, Physiotherapy

Still in Pain: Failed or Unsatisfactory Previous Physiotherapy Session?

Still in Pain: Failed or Unsatisfactory Previous Physiotherapy Session?

Then you are in the right place – We can help!

Some of the most common things our Physiotherapists hear are:

 ‘I had physio before and it didn’t work’, ‘how can physiotherapy help’, ‘my problem improved but now it’s back again’

Having an injury can be disrupting, no matter when or how long you’ve had it for, but the stubborn injuries or the problems that seem to never go away can be particularly limiting to your daily routine, work or training.

There can be a multitude of reasons why your injury has returned even if you’ve had treatment or physiotherapy before including:

  1. Not getting to the source of the problem
  2. Not completing your rehab: even if you’re pain-free
  3. Not rehabbing your injury specifically to your individual problems
  4. Not getting hands-on treatment
  5. Not identifying repeating/habitual movement, training or work problems
  6. Not looking at the entire body/‘kinetic chain’
  7. Not doing ‘prehab’ or continuing with your exercises
  8. Not having insurance for treatment
  9. You can’t fit in getting to see your physiotherapist – too busy
  10. Needing a doctor’s referral or further treatment advice

Physiotherapy @ Beyond Nutrition is aimed at overcoming these common problems you face and helping you succeed where you or physiotherapy has failed before

The cause of your injury is just as important as the injury itself, and this may mean treating areas away from your main problem area or other areas that have caused the pain/problem in the first place. By assessing other factors that are contributing to your injury, we are more likely to be able to reduce the number of times that your injury comes back again, or worsening. As effective physiotherapists, we will assess and treat your body as a whole, which will allow us to look at problems in your work, training or daily routine that may have stopped you from fixing your problem or may have caused the problem to come back again.

It’s up to you and your therapist to fully complete your rehab and that doesn’t mean just stopping because the pain has gone or decreased.  ‘What was weak now needs to be made strong again and what was unstable now needs to be made stable again’.  We will help to guide you all the way to the end, make sure you understand why each step is important and that you’re doing the correct treatment at the right time depending on your injury healing stage.


Every injury and every pain/ache is different because you’re different.  What’s normal for you and how you move is individual, and as physiotherapists, we assess you, not just the injury, which allows your treatment to be individualized, more specific and ultimately more successful.

When assessing your injury at some point your physiotherapist should assess with his/her hands as well as look at your problem and the way you move. Our hands are any physiotherapists’ best tools and they allow us to get a lot more information and identify what and how things are moving, whether it is your muscle, ligament, joint etc. For treatment, a hands-on approach forms a vital part of your rehab and getting things working properly. We provide the right treatment at the right time and perform soft tissue and manual joint techniques to fully rehab your injury.

Once you’ve finished fully rehabbing your injury with your physiotherapist, you’re not done there.    We like to help our patients keep injury free, move better and feel happier with their body. This is where prehab or preventative physiotherapy comes in or assessing you back at your full level whether this is training and competing or even working. So even if you’re not in pain and are injury free, a physiotherapy assessment or sports massage is the same as a regular check-up/service for your car – not to be missed!!

The final problem of insurance and getting the right advice for your injury is a common obstacle to overcome. We can help you understand the insurance and claims process individual to you. I needed, we can refer you to a doctor for assessment and referral to a physiotherapist.  We provide the necessary paperwork for you to claim your physiotherapy from your insurance, including diagnosis and reason for treatment.

So whether you’re just starting back with training after the summer, haven’t trained because of an ongoing injury, or feeling ‘’aches and niggles’’ from your work, let us help you by providing you with the right sports physiotherapy at Beyond Nutrition and get you moving better and towards your goals.

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