Patients Ankylosing spondylitis
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Posted on 27/01/2017 14:27
Exercise may be the last thing on your mind when you have ankylosing spondylitis (AS).
Pain, stiffness, and discomfort can make it difficult to move around. But did you know that once you get started and make exercise a part of your daily life, it can actually improve your symptoms? Here are 9 tips to make exercise work for you.
1. Talk With Your Health Care Provider
Make sure you get the OK to exercise before starting a new program. Talk with your health care provider or physical therapist about what’s appropriate for you. Ask your health professional which exercises you should do, and ask him or her to check that you’re doing them right.
2. Find Time
Get to know your body and focus on the exercises you need most—whether that’s strengthening or stretching. You may benefit from a combination of the two. Try exercising at different times of the day to find the time that’s best for your body.
3. Get Comfortable
Find a soft spot where you can perform your workout, such as a carpeted floor or an exercise mat. These provide cushion and protection for your spine. A firm bed works, too. A mattress that’s too soft may not provide you enough support when you’re doing your exercises.
4. Assess Your Pain
When starting an exercise program, it’s normal to feel some discomfort or mild pain. But you can also overdo it. Start slowly with a low number of repetitions and work up to more week after week. If your pain increases after exercise, you may have pushed yourself too hard. Try fewer repetitions next time.
5. Vary Your Workouts
Create a program that combines strengthening and stretching exercises. Strengthening exercises build the muscles that support your joints. Stretching exercises improve movement and flexibility, and reduce stiffness. If you have pain in your spine, exercises that stretch and extend your back can help.
6. Hit the Water
Many people with AS enjoy exercising in water. If you’ve had trouble sticking to an exercise plan due to discomfort, see if water workouts feel better for you. You may enjoy swimming laps or taking a water aerobics class. Just be sure not to push yourself too hard.
7. Focus on Your Posture All Day
Think tall all day. To make sure your posture is in check, keep your head up so it’s directly over your torso. Pull your chin back slightly, so it’s parallel to the floor. Keep this in mind whether you’re sitting, standing, walking, or exercising.
8. Use the Wall
Try this posture-improving move: Stand with your back against a wall. Walk forward, so that your heels are about 4 inches away from the wall. Then, lean backward until your buttocks and shoulders are very lightly touching the wall. Hold for 5 seconds, release, and repeat.
9. Get on the Floor
"Prone lying" promotes healthy posture. Lie face down on a firm surface like a carpeted floor. Place your head in a comfortable position, either with your forehead straight down or turned to the left or right. Hold this position for at least a minute. Work up to 20 minutes a day. If your head is facing to the right or left, turn it the opposite way halfway through.
What do you think about these tips.Have you got your own? If so, share them here and in this discussion on AS and physical activity.
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Posted on 27/01/2017 14:48
For sacro iliac pain, lying on the painful side of pelvis.... on the floor, helps alleviate most of the pain and lasts hours! ... well for me it does. Try it. !
Posted on 28/08/2018 11:09
Thanks for the tip!