Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a form of arthritis that affects the spine, but can affect other joints as well. It causes inflammation in the spine which leads to severe and chronic pains and discomfort. An important part of treating ankylosing spondylitis is to work with a physical therapist who can develop exercises that can strengthen and improve flexibility. Many of these exercises will focus on range of motion, preserving good posture, improving flexibility in the joints, and working to relieve any pain or discomfort. To get a good idea of what these exercises might entail, we’ve compiled a list of the best exercises for this condition.
Before trying any new stretches or exercises, Healthline advises checking with your doctor to make sure they are the right fit for you.
1. Press Up Stretch
The press up and stretch is a very simple exercise that works wonders to shorten the spine and muscles in the back, says WebMD. It can also help relieve any back pain and straighten out a “rounded” back.
The source directs you to start by lying on your stomach with your legs behind you. “Slowly prop yourself up on your elbows so your chest is off the ground,” writes the source. Try to hold this position for 10 to 20 seconds, and straighten out your arms if possible. You should repeat this exercise once a day for 3 to 5 reps.