Martin Cohen

IBS Specialist – Manchester

IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) is a label.


But it doesn’t tell us what is causing the symptoms.


I can help you to uncover what is behind these symptoms and how to address the underlying issue(s).

What is IBS?

IBS isn’t a condition like diabetes or heart disease. In those conditions, there is a clear understanding of how they develop and how to test for them.

In IBS things are less clear. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is diagnosed on symptoms alone. So the presence of:

  • bloating
  • cramping
  • altered stool patterns

may help to diagnose IBS, they don’t help us to understand why you may be experiencing them.

The cause of these symptoms (the ‘why‘) can be different for each individual, so understanding and investigating the issues you’ve been facing can be essential.

I can help you to identify and work through these possible reasons and, ultimately, bring your digestive health back into balance.

Causes of IBS

The multiple factors that contribute to IBS have recently been explored in a peer reviewed article entitled “Does Irritable Bowel Syndrome Exist? Identifiable and Treatable Causes of Associated Symptoms Suggest It May Not”.

This title is not suggesting that IBS is made up in your head.

The article in fact focuses on discussing that there are many underlying issues that can contribute to the digestive system being sent out of balance.

It’s this disruption that is leading to your symptoms.

By identifying which underlying factors are most relevant to you and addressing them that we work towards bringing about lasting change.

The underlying causes of IBS fall into 3 categories

Functional Imbalances
(eg. gut bacteria imbalances, infections)

Nutritional Factors
(eg. vitamin deficiencies, food sensitivities)

Lifestyle & Environment
(eg. stress, poor sleep)

Within each of these 3 categories, there are a number of aspects that contribute to a disrupted gut. Some examples are listed above but in fact, research has identified up to 17 factors that have the potential to contribute to IBS.

This is why medication can be so hit and miss as it does not address the underlying issue.

So, to ‘cure’ IBS we need to see it as a disease. In reality, it needs to be seen as a sign that something is out of balance somewhere. It’s my role to understand why your IBS is happening and help you take back control of your health.

Research estimates that the underlying cause of symptoms in up to 80% of IBS sufferers is a bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine known as SIBO



After living with unpredictable bowel habits for around 18 months I visited Martin. He was quick to make gentle adjustments to my diet which resulted in a my main symptoms of gas and bloating dramatically reducing. Over the following sessions we identified troublesome foods and the underlying issue.


Martin has been great - I am so glad I found him. I feel like he really listens to his clients' individual needs and works in a very perceptive and flexible way. It was very interesting to begin to get a holistic understanding of how my gut works and learn ways of eradicating and minimising different IBS symptoms.


Working with Martin has been massively beneficial for me. I came to him with IBS related issues and he was able to guide and advise me to a place where I am largely now symptom-free over a course of a few weeks. His guidance around supplements for both myself and my children has also been extremely valuable.


Martin listened and asked pertinent questions. As a result of our conversation, I tried a new eating plan recommended by him, within 4 days the symptoms eased and within 2 weeks I had no symptoms. I am still symptom free and thrilled by the result, life is joyful again!


Common (Mis)Conceptions About IBS

IBS can be a confusing topic.

On one hand, you may have been told it’s a ‘life-long condition’ but on the other knowing, there must be other options out there.


There is no cure for IBS.

A very common journey you may have been on with your digestive system is that mild symptoms crept up. This may be a small amount of bloating or a slight change in bowel patterns.

Symptoms may then have gradually worsened with a trip to your GP soon after.  Perhaps there was the hope of getting advice on dietary changes or medications or even hope for a referral to a specialist for specific tests.

Stool samples, gastroscopies, and endoscopies may have all come back normal.  These tests rule out anything more worrying, but this is when you may have been labeled with the umbrella term of IBS.

You may have been told;

  • It’s nothing sinister so don’t worry.
  • It’s just IBS.
  • It’s something you’ll need to self-manage.

Does this sound familiar?

Trying to self-manage symptoms by keeping endless food diaries, managing stress, and trying various medications becomes exhausting.

Your focus may be on symptom management, rather than finding the root cause.  Simply because there is ‘no cure for IBS.’

Right?  Well…


All digestive symptoms have a root cause.

It’s often at the point when the label of IBS is applied, you may feel a little unsure what the next steps are.  You may have even thought to yourself, ‘are there even any next steps?’

For so many, the reality is that this can be the point where the real work begins to identify and address the underlying issue.

This can be where the focus changes from symptom management (e.g. trying to identify trigger foods) and moves to trying to identify the root cause (e.g. What’s causing your body to react to foods in that way?)

Somewhere along the line, your digestive system has been sent out of balance.

The truth is;

  • The diagnosis of IBS is often too commonly applied.
  • IBS might as well be called ‘we don’t know’.
  • IBS has many root causes. It’s about identifying yours.

The truth is that each and every digestive symptom has an underlying cause. To get you back feeling human again, we need to address yours.

This is how we can resolve your digestive issues and for you to live symptom-free again.

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Treatment & Therapy

Rather than living on a restricted diet forever, there is another way. By identifying and addressing the underlying issue we can bring about lasting change.

Treatment and support includes:

Personalised dietary recommendations

Strain-specific probiotic supplementation

Targeted nutritional supplementation

Gut health tests to identify key imbalances

Supportive lifestyle recommendations

Gut balancing protocols

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