Yoga and dance give pain relief for functional abdominal pain in girls

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Abdominal pain in childhood is associated with increased risk for persistent long term pain and severe mental illness in adulthood. Therefore, it is good to see that a simple intervention of involvement in dance and yoga were considerably more effective in dealing with functional pain than in girls who received standard care.

This was a prospective, multicentre, randomised controlled trial. 121 girls aged between 9 and 13 with functional abdominal pain syndrome or irritable bowel syndrome had standard care or participated in dance and yoga intervention twice a week for 8 months. 55% of the intervention group continued for the whole 8 months of the study.

The dance group were more likely to report a decrease in the maximal abdominal pain at 4 months and 8 months. At 8 months 46% of the dance group reported less pain compared to 17% in the control group.

Hogstrom et al. Dance and yoga reduced functional abdominal pain in young girls. A randomised controlled trial. Eur J Pain. 2021 Sept 16.

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