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What is motility?

Gastrointestinal (GI) motility refers to the passage of food from the mouth through the pharynx (throat), oesophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, and out of the body. The GI system is responsible for digestion, and the food is moved through the digestive tract thanks to the contraction of a variety of nerves and muscles.

A person may develop symptoms related to motility problems when nerves or muscles in any part of the digestive tract do not function with their usual strength and coordination.

Examples of Motility Disorders and problems include Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Delayed Gastric Emptying (Gastroparesis), Intestinal Dysmotility, Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction, Small Bowel Bacterial Overgrowth, Constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and many more.

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