Ankylosing Spondylitis is a condition that causes inflammation of the joints. Over a period of time, this tends to progress to stiffness and lack of flexibility. Sometimes, it may also go on to a condition called bamboo spine where the bones of the spine get fused. In addition to medicines for controlling the pain, the following tips help in your ankylosing spondylitis treatment:
Shake up the Mornings:
Most people find that their stiffness and pain is worst in the mornings. Do not jump right into your routine. Gentle motions or movements of all your joints while you are in bed can help smooth your joints into a working condition. A warm bath or shower in the mornings can also help to loosen up your muscles and ease the fluids in your joints. Some even find exercising in the shower to be a good start to their day!
Some form of regular exercise like walking or swimming helps to maintain flexibility in all your joints and muscles. Many people find exercising in a pool to be the easiest and most effective. However all exercises should be done with caution. If any activity causes pain, it should be stopped at once. If you cannot find time to exercise for 30 minutes at a stretch, go in for two 15-minutes exercise routines.
Change your Job Profile:
Jobs that involve lifting heavy weights or working on machines with continuous vibrations may not be ideal for you if you suffer from ankylosing spondylitis. While it may not be possible for everyone to change their job profile all of a sudden, talk to your manager to see if slight modifications can be made. Even if your work is not very physically demanding, ensure that you get up to take regular breaks. Utilize these breaks to take short walks and stretch yourself.
Maintain a Good Posture:
If you suffer from Ankylosing Spondylitis, you are at risk for developing an increased curvature of your spine. Hence it is very important that you maintain an erect posture at all times. You can practice a good posture by holding your back for a few minutes against the wall or by lying face down on a firm bed or floor. Sleep with your spine straight as far as possible on a firm mattress.
Comprehensive physiotherapy that helps take care of your pains, helps increase the range of motion of your joints and increases the strength of your muscles is a good addition to your Ankylosing Spondylitis treatment.
A Deep Breath:
Ankylosing Spondylitis can cause stiffening of your rib cage over time. Practice Pranayam or any other form of deep breathing exercises. Blowing into a balloon is also a good exercise.
Watch your Weight:
Imagine the stress that your already inflamed joint has to bear when it is forced to carry additional kilograms of your body weight! A healthy weight will reduce the pain in your hips, lower back and knees.
Smoking has been shown to reduce the expansion of your lungs. Multiple surveys have shown that smokers tend to rate their pain, swelling and stiffness as being worse than people who do not smoke.
Patients experience great relief in Ankylosing Spondylitis with homoeopathy. However, patients who follow these exercise regularly in addition to their homoeopathic medications, have definitely experienced a better control of their disease. Get in touch with LifeForce Homoeopathy to learn how you can benefit from Dr Shah’s homoeopathic medicines for your Ankylosing Spondylitis treatment.