Occupational Therapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

We provide occupational therapy online for children, adolescents and adults with irritable bowel syndrome. 

We are a registered NDIS provider and use an inclusive approach to therapy, where the person can be in the comfort and familiarity of their own home.

How can occupational therapy benefit people with irritable bowel syndrome?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in several ways:

1. Lifestyle management: Occupational therapists can help individuals with IBS develop strategies to manage their symptoms and develop a healthy lifestyle. This can include recommendations for stress reduction techniques, relaxation exercises, and providing resources for self-care management.

2. Activity modification: Occupational therapists can evaluate the impact of daily activities on IBS symptoms and provide guidance on modifying those activities. They can assist with prioritizing tasks and pacing activities to minimize symptom exacerbation and promote overall well-being.

3. Dietary management: Occupational therapists can work with individuals with IBS to identify trigger foods and develop modified diets. They can provide guidance on meal planning and preparation techniques to ensure balanced and healthy diets that minimize IBS symptoms.

4. Energy conservation: People with IBS often experience fluctuations in energy levels. Occupational therapists can teach energy conservation techniques to help manage fatigue, which is a common symptom of IBS. This can include strategies like scheduling rest breaks during the day or simplifying daily routines.

5. Stress management: Occupational therapists can help individuals with IBS identify stressors and develop coping skills to manage stress effectively. This can include techniques like deep breathing exercises, mindfulness, or other relaxation techniques to reduce stress, which may help alleviate IBS symptoms.

6. Education and support: Occupational therapists can provide education about IBS, including information about its nature, causes, and management. They can also offer emotional support, provide resources, and connect individuals with support groups to enhance their resilience and quality of life.

Overall, occupational therapy focuses on promoting independence and improving overall quality of life for individuals with IBS by addressing the physical, emotional, and social aspects of their condition.

Services for children, adolescents and adults

We have occupational therapists who work with  children, adolescents and adults, and we have therapists who have experience with irritable bowel syndrome. Read more about our therapists here.

Assessments for irritable bowel syndrome

We are able to provide many types of occupational therapy assessments online, including Functional Capacity Assessments (FCA) and reports required for the NDIS. Please see this article for more information on assessments we can provide.

NDIS registered provider

We are a registered NDIS provider and work with self-managed, plan-managed and agency-managed clients. 


If your are an NDIS provider or support coordinator we can provide reliable occupational therapy for clients with irritable bowel syndrome in any location. Refer a client and we’ll connect you to the right clinician. 

Is online occupational therapy effective?

Yes! A growing body of evidence shows that online delivery of therapy can be as effective as face to face. Online therapy has many other benefits too, including being convenient and accessible for people in regional and rural areas.  

How does online occupational therapy work?

At Umbo online therapy is not just zoom plus business-as-usual. It’s much more diverse than simply videoconferencing. Umbo therapists provide an individualised approach to each person, using the latest evidence, and a variety of technologies and engagement techniques.

Umbo champions person-centred therapy. It means the person and their family/support people leads the conversation. We believe that the most effective therapy occurs when support is given in the environment where the person lives, learns, works or plays. Therefore we work with the family, and teach skills to you or to other supporters. This means you’re achieving real-life goals, rather than just achieving goals in a clinic.

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