App launched to help irritable bowel syndrome, GRADUATES have helped develop a digital program to allow sufferers of a debilitating condition use their minds to cope with its symptoms.
The team from Edinburgh Napier University has worked with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) sufferer Valerie Walker to develop the mobile phone app.
The app uses a technique called neuro linguistic programming (NLP) to allow patients to feel more in control of their condition.
IBS is a range of bowel-related symptoms, such as pain and bloating, with no obvious cause but which can stop sufferers living life to the full.
After years suffering IBS and trying a range of treatments, Ms Walker discovered NLP and decided to train in the technique.
NLP is about recognising that we often have a lot of negative thought patterns and beliefs, Ms Walker, below, said. It is about helping uncover these and changing any negative beliefs into more positive ones.