8 Natural Ways to Relieve Ankylosing Spondylitis Pain
1. Exercise and stretching. “If you have ankylosing spondylitis, you need to stay active to maintain your flexibility,”
says Rochella Ostrowski, MD, an associate professor in the division of allergy, immunology, and rheumatology at Loyola Medicine in Maywood, Illinois.
“The best exercises are those that avoid high impact.” She suggests working with a physical therapist to get started.
A physical therapist can design the right exercise and stretching program for you, including when to work out. Later in the day when you’re less stiff may be the best time.
2. Good posture.
“Check your posture frequently at home and at work,”
Dr. Ostrowski says. “Make sure you’re well-aligned and that you do gentle range-of-motion exercises often to avoid long periods of immobility.” Reinforce good posture by regularly checking your alignment against a wall.
You don’t want your spine to stiffen into a bent position, so aim for tall and straight.