Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Medical Science (MMSc)

First Advisor

Ricardo Arbizu, MD, MS


Functional abdominal pain disorders are characterized by disordered bowel motility and hypersensitivity without organic cause. Children who meet the criteria for functional abdominal pain disorders have difficulty managing abdominal pain due to a lack of effective pharmacotherapeutic options. Several in-person alternative therapies have been beneficial for this population, including yoga. However, access barriers and lack of flexibility in therapy structure result in low adherence. We propose a randomized controlled trial to study the effectiveness of a 12-week online yoga course compared to a treatment-as-usual group on abdominal pain intensity for children with functional abdominal pain disorders. We will measure abdominal pain intensity using an average weekly Faces Pain Scale-Revised score at baseline, post-intervention, and 6 and 12-months follow-up. This study will evaluate the efficacy of an accessible alternative therapy that may better address abdominal symptoms in children and lower the risk of future anxiety, depression, and chronic pain.

Open Access

This Article is Open Access