Ankylosing Spondylitis Treatment

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.

Iyengar yoga will help you in relieving the pain and stiffness without taking any medicines and hospital visits. Our therapeutic treatment is capable to provide significant relief and improvement in this medical condition.

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 :

  1. 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.
  2. Sex - If you are men, more prone to this disease.
  3. Age - Most common age group targeted by this disease is 20-40.

Signs and 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:

  1. Pain - Lower back, hips, buttocks, neck, foot and other joints. Pain in ligaments and tendons.
  2. Immobility
  3. Stiffness
  4. Fatigue and weakness
  5. Poor body posture
  6. Stooped shoulders
  7. Weight loss
  8. Anemia
  9. Loss of appetite
  10. Lung failure
  11. Inflammation of bowels, heart valve, and mild eye.

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

  • During the treatment all the asanas 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 condition.
  • Every person will be advised to perform asanas based on their current health, age and their present capacity to perform asanas.

1. Vishramasan (Back Relaxation)

Vishramasana IV
Vishramasan makes the stiff Sacrum part relaxed and enables the spine to do further asanas.

2. Urdhva Hastasana

Urdhava 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

Utthita Trikonasana
This makes the pelvic part free which reduces the stiffness and increases blood circulation in legs and knee.

4. Parsvakonasana

It removes the stiffness in the pelvic region and provides relaxation in the hip joints.

5. Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

Parivrtta Parsvakonasana by Teacher
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

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

Adho Mukha Svanasana with Bolster
It reduces compression on lumbar and sacrum part of the spine.

8. Sirsasana

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

Viparita Dandasana
This asana has backwards bending which makes the interior spine flexible.

10. Bharadvajasana

Bharadvajasana (With Chair)
This asana is a twisting asana which makes the spine from top to bottom flexible and relaxed.

11. Utthita Marichyasana

In this asana, the spine is twisted a bit to remove the imbalance in the vertebrates and reduces compression from the disc.

12. Jathara Parivartanasana

Jathara Parivartanasana
This asana by spreading the legs makes the lower back relaxed.

13. Supta Padangusthasana

Supta Padangusthasana
This asana increases the blood circulation in hip joints, lower back and legs.

14. Sarvangasana

Makes the spine relaxed by reducing stiffness from the vertebrates.

15. Paschimottanasana in Baddha Konasana

Paschimottanasana in Baddha Konasana
This is a forward bending asana which provides relaxation in the pelvis, sacrum, lumbar and hip joints.

16. Ujjayi Pranayama

Ujjayi Pranayama with Wooden Pad
This pranayama increases the level of oxygen in the body.


  • Ankylosing Spondylitis is commonly known as arthritis of the spine.
  • Heredity/ Genetics is the main cause of ankylosing spondylitis.
  • Pain in the lower back, joints and neck region are the most common symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis.
  • All the asanas must be performed in the proper sequence and under the guidance of a trained yoga teacher.