Ankylosing Spondylitis or AS is a kind of arthritis that mostly affects the spine and especially lower spine. Along with spine, other joints can also be affected. In this disease, inflammation occurs in the spinal joints which leads to chronic back pain, discomfort, stiffness in joints and can disturb your daily routine.
Ankylosing Spondylitis is more common among men. This causes reduction in flecibility which results in hunched forward posture. Therapeutic Yoga for ankylosing spondylitis will help you in relieving the pain and stiffness without taking any medicines and hospital visits. Our therapeutic treatment for AS is capable to provide significant relief and improvement in this medical condition.
To get rid of Ankylosing Spondylitis Pain completely, see supportive asanas for ankylosing spondylitis below and give it a try.
What is Ankylosing Spondylitis?
Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis that usually affects your spine, sacroiliac joints, and the lower back. In this condition, a person feels pain, stiffness, and immobility in the neck region. It is an inflammatory disease that can cause the vertebrae in your spine to fuse and the fusing of the spine makes the spine less flexible and can result in deformity (hunched-forward posture).
In ankylosing spondylitis, new bones can be formed on the older ones and can cause chronic pain and disability.
Ankylosing spondylitis can also cause pain and stiffness in other parts of your body such as the shoulders, hips, buttocks, and knees. In some cases, ribs can be affected which leads to breathing problems.
Early diagnosis of the disease plays an important role in the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis. The main aim of ankylosing spondylitis treatment is to reduce the pain and to terminate the symptoms before the disease becomes severe.
Causes of Ankylosing Spondylitis
Though it is known that Ankylosing spondylitis occurs by the inflammation in the spine, the exact cause of ankylosing spondylitis is not known. There are some risk factors associated with ankylosing spondylitis such as :
- Heredity/family history - If in your blood test, you have the positive (Human Leukocyte Antigen) HLA-B27 (as in almost 90% cases). Then, you are at risk of having Ankylosing Spondylitis.
- Sex - If you are men, more prone to this disease.
- Age - The most common age group targeted by this disease is 20-40.
Symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis
Your body may show several symptoms if you are affected by ankylosing spondylitis. If these symptoms are noticed earlier the treatment process could be more successful. The common symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis are:
- Pain - Lower back, hips, buttocks, neck, foot and other joints. Pain in ligaments and tendons.
- Fatigue and weakness
- Poor body posture
- Stooped shoulders
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Lung failure
- Inflammation of bowels, heart valve, and mild eye.
If you see any of these symptoms you should try yoga for ankylosing spondylitis or consult with the Doctor. With ankylosing spondylitis yoga, you can naturally cure ankylosing spondylitis,
The most commonly affected areas of the body are: lower back, buttocks, hips, neck, other joints (all the major joints in the body), the heel of the foot.
Therapeutic Iyengar Yoga for Ankylosing Spondylitis
Some common ankylosing spondylitis yoga exercises or asanas which can be performed by the patients are:
1. Vishramasan (Back Relaxation)
Vishramasan makes the stiff Sacrum part relaxed and enables the spine to do further asanas.
2. Urdhva Hastasana
This asana by stretching the whole spine makes the vertebrates free and properly aligned. It helps in relaxing lumbar and sacrum and improves blood circulation. It also shows some pain relief.
3. Utthita Trikonasana
This makes the pelvic part free which reduces the stiffness and increases blood circulation in legs and knee.
4. Utthita Parsvakonasana
This yoga for ankylosing spondylitis will remove the stiffness in the pelvic region and provides relaxation in the hip joints.
5. Parivrtta Parsvakonasana
It along with removing stiffness from the sacrum and lumbar region also makes the whole spine relaxed by increasing blood circulation in the spine.
6. Ardha Chandrasana
It helps in the relaxation of the pelvis and the lumbar region, helps in increasing the blood circulation in the nerves and muscles of legs.
7. Adho Mukha Svanasana
It reduces compression on the lumbar and sacrum part of the spine.
8. Salamba Sirsasana
Sirsasana works against gravity and in Therapeutic Iyengar Yoga without any pressure on the head which results in making spine tension-free and also provides mental relaxation.
9. Viparita Dandasana
This asana has backward bending which makes the interior spine flexible.
This ankylosing spondylitis yoga is a twisting asana which makes the spine from top to bottom flexible and relaxed.
11. Utthita Marichyasana
In this ankylosing spondylitis yoga, the spine is twisted a bit to remove the imbalance in the vertebrates and reduces compression from the disc.
12. Jathara Parivartanasana
This asana by spreading the legs makes the lower back relaxed.
13. Supta Padangusthasana
This asana increases the blood circulation in hip joints, lower back, and legs.
It makes the spine relaxed by reducing stiffness from the vertebrates.
15. Paschimottanasana in Baddha Konasana
This is a forward bending asana which provides relaxation in the pelvis, sacrum, lumbar and hip joints.
16. Ujjayi Pranayama
This pranayama increases the level of oxygen in the body.
- During the treatment, all the yoga for ankylosing spondylitis will be performed with the help of props.
- Patients will be treated by the trained yoga teachers & under the guidance of Yogacharya Rajveer Singh Chauhan.
- The sequence and difficulty level of asanas may vary according to the condition of patients and their respective medical conditions.
- Every person will be advised to perform ankylosing spondylitis yoga based on their current health, age and their present capacity to perform asanas.