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Gastrointestinal Disorders

Blake GI Med Spa Services

MedSpa & Gastroenterologist located in Philadelphia, PA

Gastrointestinal disorders may affect your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. For a holistic approach to gastrointestinal disorders, schedule a consultation with James Blake, DO, and the team at Blake GI Med Spa Services in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They focus on your whole-body health, not only your gastrointestinal disorder, to ease symptoms and improve your quality of life. Call the office or schedule a consultation online today.

Gastrointestinal Disorders Q&A

What are gastrointestinal disorders?

Gastrointestinal disorders include any acute or chronic health condition that affects any part of your gastrointestinal system. This complex system includes your:

  • Mouth
  • Esophagus
  • Stomach
  • Small intestine
  • Large intestine
  • Liver
  • Pancreas
  • Gallbladder

These health problems may cause symptoms like abdominal pain, bloating, or a change in bowel habits that affect your quality of life. 

The team at Blake GI Med Spa Services specializes in diagnosing and treating gastrointestinal disorders. 

What are common types of gastrointestinal disorders?

There are many types of gastrointestinal disorders. Common types include:


Constipation is a common gastrointestinal disorder that affects almost everyone at some point during their life. 

For some, constipation is an acute problem that resolves without medical intervention. However, ongoing problems with constipation benefit from a gastrointestinal (GI) consultation. 

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

IBS causes abdominal discomfort along with diarrhea, constipation, or both. However, IBS is a functional gastrointestinal disorder, which means it may not cause any damage to your GI tract. 

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are types of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). These gastrointestinal disorders cause inflammation and ulceration in your GI tract that affects structure and function. 

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

GERD is a chronic gastrointestinal condition in which the acidic contents of your stomach reflux up into your esophagus, causing heartburn and tissue damage. GERD may increase your risk of developing problems that affect the esophagus, like esophageal strictures or esophagitis. 

Colon cancer

Colon cancer affects the large intestine. It’s one of the most common types of cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer deaths.

What can I expect during care for gastrointestinal disorders?

You can expect comprehensive care when you come in for help diagnosing or treating your gastrointestinal disorder at Blake GI Med Spa Services. Taking a holistic approach, the team focuses on your whole body, not only your GI symptoms. 

The team uses osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) to diagnose and treat gastrointestinal disorders. This hands-on technique uses gentle pressure and stretching to find areas of restriction that might explain your condition or symptoms. 

They also run diagnostic tests, such as blood work, stool testing, endoscopy, or colonoscopy, to confirm or rule out a suspected diagnosis. 

The Blake GI Med Spa Services team also offers many colon cancer screening options, including Cologuard® and their signature holistic colonoscopy. They may also recommend IV therapy to improve overall health, depending on your GI condition, and give nutritional advice.

The team also spends time talking to you about your gastrointestinal disorder, teaching you holistic techniques to manage your condition and symptoms. They also schedule routine visits to perform OMT to ease symptoms.

For expert care of gastrointestinal disorders, call Blake GI Med Spa Services, or schedule an appointment online today.