Exercises for Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic inflammation of Arthritis which last for a long time it mainly affects your spine but it can also affect other joints tendons ligaments and vital organs including eyes stiffness and pain are the two most common and worst symptoms of this disease the American association for ankylosing spondylitis have stated that most people suffering from spondylitis say that they feel much better after exercises so they recommend 5 to 10 minute exercise for people suffering from spondylitis here are some of the exercises which  a physical therapist can suggest you for treating ankylosing spondylitis

This physical therapy exercises will help people suffering from alkalizing spondylitis to manage their flexibility improve strength and reduce back pain and stiffness

Spine Stretch

One of the most common symptoms or side effect of ankylosing spondylitis is that it cause shortening of the spine and the back muscles using a push up strengthening method can help to strengthen the spine and lessen the shortening of spine it can also help to reduce the back pain and improve the overall muscle strength

For stretching your spine lie on your stomach with your legs behind you now slowly prop up with your elbows and pull your chest off the floor

 if possible and doesn’t cause much pain try to straighten your arms as if you are doing a push up hold this for at least 10 seconds and doesn’t go further than 20 seconds repeat this exercise 5 times daily

Standing Posture

This exercise is done ideally in front of a full length mirror which shows your full body from toe to head.

Stand with your heels about 4 inches away from a wall but your shoulders and butt should be as close to the wall as possible try to stand straight and upright and hold this position for 5 seconds relax and repeat this 10 times make sure to check your posture in the mirror and aim to stand completely upright

Wall Sitting

This exercise is ideal for strengthening the back shoulder neck and buttocks for performing this exercise stand with your back against the wall and feet should be shoulder width apart but away from the wall

Slide your back slowly down the walls to the point where the thighs are parallel to the floor as they are in a sitting position try to hold this position for about 5 to 10 seconds and repeat this 5 times try this exercise at least 3 times a week