WHAT IS DIGESTIVE HEALTH?
Our digestive system is vitally important to our overall health. The digestive system is not only responsible for absorbing nutrients and eliminating waste, but its condition can also impact our immune system, musculoskeletal system, mental health, hormones, and more. To ensure that your digestive health is where it needs to be, our team at Integrative Pain and Wellness Center can perform comprehensive blood and stool tests to look for any issues you may have. We will also ask about any symptoms you may be experiencing to narrow down the issue. Osteopathic physicians Dr. Matthew Barker and Dr. Melanie Gray believe that feeling great starts from within so we work hard to ensure that every facet of your health is in great shape. Call our office in Southlake, TX and the surrounding areas of Midland, and Odessa, TX to schedule your appointment today!
"We have had a great experience with Dr. Barker! Our newborn had a tongue and lip tie revised, and Dr. Barker worked with her to relieve restrictions. In three sessions, she has gone from a poor sleeper in constant discomfort to a happy, relaxed baby. He helped loosen up her tongue restrictions and she is nursing much better (and my pain is gone)! I highly recommend Dr. Barker."- K.P. / Google / Jun 24, 2020
"Dr. Barker has helped me turn my health around without the use of harmful medications. I was diagnosed with RA and didn't want to take the meds with horrible side effects. He has helped get my RA under control, I am off my cholesterol and blood pressure meds. He has helped with hormone treatment which has improved my life tremendously. And at the young age of 60 I feel fabulous thanks to Dr. Barker."- C.F. / Google / Feb 05, 2020
"Dr. Barker is a very friendly, thorough, and talented provider. I’m very satisfied with the pain relief I’ve experienced from his treatments."- L.C. / Google / Jan 05, 2020
"She is the best doctor I ever had"- R.W. / Healthgrades / Sep 14, 2021
"I had seen multiple doctors including a primary care physician and dermatologist regarding severe back acne and nobody was able to help me. After one session with Isabel I saw tremendous results. I have seen her two more times since and my back is like night and day. She is amazing and really knows what she’s doing! I would highly recommend. I also saw Dr. Barker for Bodyworks and allergy testing. He is phenomenal. I will absolutely be a lifelong patient."- A.K. / Google / Jun 25, 2021
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF POOR GUT HEALTH
The most common sign of inflammation in the digestive tract is abdominal bloating. Two frequent causes of inflammation in the digestive tract include infections and food sensitivities. Inflammation that originates in the digestive tract does not stay there; instead, it travels through the rest of the body. A highly inflammatory state of the body can make conditions, like arthritis or gout, worse and contribute to musculoskeletal pain.
Some signs and symptoms that the digestive system is not working properly include:
- Abdominal bloating
- Abdominal pain
HOW WE TREAT DIGESTIVE ISSUES
Before we proceed with any treatment, Dr. Barker and Dr. Gray will first work to understand the origin of your issue and how it is affecting your body. It's essential to determine the root cause of your digestive system so that we do more than just mask your symptoms; we want to improve your health at the source of the issue. To diagnose any conditions, we utilize both stool and blood testing to scan for bacterial infections, yeast overgrowth, parasites, inflammation, malabsorption, dysbiosis of the microbiome, and food sensitivities. As soon as we have determined the cause of your pain and other symptoms, we can address the problem at its source with diet modifications, supplements, or medications. The treatment you receive for your digestive health will depend on your unique situation, as well as your diagnosis.
GET THE CARE YOU NEED
At Integrative Pain and Wellness Center, we take every precaution necessary to ensure that your overall health is in excellent condition. When it comes to your digestive health, we especially take the time to ensure that everything is functioning as it needs to. However, if you notice certain signs or symptoms, like abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, or heartburn, then it's crucial to have these issues looked at. Reach out to Dr. Barker or Dr. Gray at our Southlake, TX office to arrange your one-on-one appointment, and get to the bottom of your gut concerns.