Exercises for ankylosing spondylitis should be gentle and frequent. The exercises shown here are good to do twice each day. Don't do them first thing in the morning, when you may feel more stiff. In the morning, take a walk to get loosened up for the day. Then try doing these exercises around lunch time and in the evening. Or, do one or two exercises at a time and spread them out through the day. You can do the exercises in any order that you like.
Talk with your doctor or physical therapist if you have questions about how to do these or any other exercises.
Turning the head
Note: Do this exercise slowly. Try to keep your body straight at all times, and do not let one hip drop lower than the other.
Last Revised: May 14, 2013
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Richa Dhawan, MD - Rheumatology
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