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Developing a bamboo spine or a hunched posture over time is one of the most dreaded complication of Ankylosing Spondylitis. Fortunately learning to manage your posture throughout the day and night can help you maintain optimal spine alignment.
An important step towards managing your condition is to learn to maintain the right posture is to know what is 'neutral spine'.
Neutral spine : It is the correct alignment of the spine to the rest of your body, such that there is no stress or strain on your spinal joints, muscles and ligaments.
Posture relates to the position that you hold your body when standing, sitting or even sleeping.
The neutral spine has 3 curves:
Find the right posture for every activity.
Optimize your posture, maximize your movement, take control of your pain and Fight The Fuse!
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