Engaging in regular physical activity can provide several benefits for people with AS. Exercise can help:
- Reduce Pain and Stiffness
AS can cause pain and stiffness in the spine and other joints, making it difficult to move and complete everyday activities. However, regular physical activity can help reduce pain and stiffness by improving flexibility and range of motion.
Weak muscles can contribute to pain and instability in the joints, particularly in the spine. However, strength training exercises can help strengthen the muscles around the joints, providing support and reducing pain.
AS can cause changes in posture, including a forward stoop, which can cause pain and breathing difficulties. However, exercises that target the core and back muscles can help improve posture and reduce symptoms.
In addition to managing symptoms of AS, exercise can also provide several health benefits, including reducing the risk of heart disease, improving mental health, and increasing overall energy levels.