Exercises for Axial Spondyloarthritis (Axial SpA) & Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS)

Exercises for Axial Spondyloarthritis (Axial SpA) & Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS)

A blog by Novartis

Associate Professor Sargunan, Consultant Rheumatologist explains that Axial SpA is a chronic progressive disease of the spine that is of autoimmune origin. If left unchecked, this disease causes the spine to fuse and form a solid structure, thus causing patients to lose flexibility. This includes difficulty with side-to-side movements, forward bending, and even more debilitating is the inability to move the neck.

In some cases, Axial SpA can also cause breathing difficulties as the rib joints attached to the spine stiffen or fuse. Fortunately, there are treatments to help manage your Axial SpA.

However, to manage your Axial SpA well it’s not enough to rely on medication. You also have to exercise. The fitter and more flexible you are, the better able you will be to deal with your symptoms.

There are 5 principles of exercise:

  1. Posture
  2. Breathing
  3. Stretching
  4. Strength
  5. Cardiovascular Fitness

It is very important that one adapts to their existing exercise habits and set realistic goals to avoid injury.

We hope these exercises are helpful and beneficial in managing Axial SpA or AS.

Watch the videos of the exercises below – available in English, Malay and Chinese subtitles.

 

English Subtitles

 

Malay Subtitles

 

Chinese Subtitles