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. Child’s Pose
Child’s pose is a very simple exercise that works wonders to stretch the spine and muscles in the back. It can also help relieve any back pain and lengthen out a “rounded” back. Start by kneeling on the floor, slowly bring your arms out in front of you and bring your chest towards the floor. 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.