Components of an ideal exercise program

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In addition to the medication, exercise is recommended as an integral part of the management of Ankylosing Spondylitis. Together they can help preserve mobility and delay spinal fusion1.

An ideal exercise routine will compose of the following parts:

Strength Exercises

Helps sustain and increase strength in your muscles so that it is easier to maintain the right posture2

Breathing Exercises

Helps to keep your rib cage flexible2

 

Mobility and Flexibility Exercises

Helps work out your joints through the available range of motion and stretches each muscle group for better balance and movement2

Cardiovascular exercises:

Helps your overall fitness and increases oxygen intake2

Another important factor that should be considered is the intensity, duration and frequency of the exercises. A study demonstrated that people with Ankylosing Spondylitis who did 4 to 6 hours of exercise every week, experienced fewer symptoms (like pain and stiffness) as compared to those who did not exercise at all1.

Together with your Physiotherapist, you can plan a daily exercise routine that will combine these exercises and help you effectively fight spinal fusion.

In a nutshell, it is important to note that exercise forms an integral part of the Ankylosing Spondylitis management. However, it’s the consistency in exercise that counts the most. Regular exercises will ensure better results.

Join the movement, exercise regularly, take the right medication and FIGHT SPINAL FUSION.

 

References: 
1. Nolte K and van Rensburg CJ. Int SportMed J. 2001;2(4)
2. Back to Action. NAAS. Available [Online] at: https://nass.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Back-to-Action-low-resolution-version.pdf Accessed on 7 May 2019.