Propulsive Movements


  • Propulsive movements are those involving persistalsis.

  • Peristaltic movement initiates with an area of contraction that is preceeded by an area of relaxation several cms downstream - receptive relaxation. Normally this wave moves distally.

  • Much weaker in the small intestine than in the oesophagus and stomach.

  • Peristaltic movements are due to a local reflex in response to distension