The term ‘motility’ refers to the passage of food through our gut. Sometimes, our gut motility is compromised causing symptoms such as acid reflux, chronic indigestion with pain, feeing full shortly after starting a meal, or problems such as constipation, bloating, diarrhoea and abdominal pain. In some cases nausea and vomiting can be experienced. Motility problems can occur in anyone but they are commonly caused by connective tissue disorders such as Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes and past medical treatments such as radiotherapy.
The dietary management of motility disorders
By manipulating the type and quality of the fibre in your diet, fluid intake and by optimising medications, we can help to promote improvements to gut motility.
Some people with motility disorders need to have more invasive interventions such as tube feeding. Making this decision can be challenging.
We can also support you in the decision making about longer term solutions to motility problems and liaise with your GP or consultant to support you with this.
Sophie has worked with people with motility disorders for over 10 years, from those who have intravenous feeding at home, to people who need diet and medication optimisation.
What to expect from your consultation
Sophie will take time to thoroughly understand your medical history and will assess your diet. She will work with you to find a diet that manages your current symptoms while promoting good long term health.
Typically, this will involve three sessions, for example:
Session 1: Assessment and dietary modifications
Session 2: Assessment of progress and reintroduction of foods to establish tolerance
Session 3: Long term nutritional management and healthy eating
If tests or treatments are needed, Sophie will liaise with your consultant or GP. For people with motility disorders, we offer three appointments for £300, saving £30.