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Movement in ankylosing spondylitis: the most important pillar in addition to the treatment of pain and inflammation
In ankylosing spondylitis, a chronic inflammatory disease of the spine, it is mainly the small vertebral joints that lose their mobility and patients suffer from pain and a feeling of stiffness. As the disease progresses, they increasingly ossify and deform the spine. The spine flattens in the lumbar region, and a hump develops in the area of the thoracic spine. But those affected can counteract this process.
Basically, treatment of ankylosing spondylitis is based on the three pillars of pain relief, anti-inflammation and exercise. Pain and inflammation can be treated with medication. A natural alternative are therapy entrances in radon thermal tunnels, which achieve very good results in the case of ankylosing spondylitis.
"Patients report a significant reduction in pressure pain, pain intensity, functional restrictions and medication consumption," says Univ.-Doz. Dr. Bertram Hölzl, radon expert and scientific director of the Gastein healing gallery. "Many patients with ankylosing spondylitis who regularly carry out such radon heat therapy can almost completely do without taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs."
Pain relief and anti-inflammation not only improve the patient's quality of life, they often make physiotherapy measures that counteract spinal stiffening possible again. With ankylosing spondylitis, it is important to train your posture, mobility and condition throughout your life, in order to prevent the impending stiffening of the spine. There are special therapies for this, such as so-called storage on wooden rolls. “Exercises can be learned correctly from a physiotherapist or during a course of treatment,” reports Dr. Hölzl. "Afterwards, patients should ideally do the exercises daily."
5 exercises for Becherew's disease
Take the time to do the ankylosing spondylitis exercises and do them in front of a mirror at best. Clothing should be comfortable. All exercises should not cause pain. In the case of acute relapses of ankylosing spondylitis, consultation with the doctor treating the patient should be undertaken. If this is not possible, you should pause with the gymnastic exercises.
Storage therapy on wooden rolls
Learn this exercise from your physiotherapist!
Wrap rolls in towels and choose a soft mat
Place a roll under the thoracic spine
Place another roll between the sacrum and coccyx
Leave for about 15-20 minutes.
Should cause a pleasant feeling of stretching, must not hurt!
Leads to a better upright posture
Strengthening the shoulder, shoulder girdle and back
Fix the Thera-Band with your feet on the floor
Move diagonally from the bottom down to the top outside
Carry out movement slowly and dynamically
3 x 15 repetitions - in between a 1 minute break and a short break
Strengthening of the thigh, hip extension, back extension
Slowly raise and lower the pelvis, hold it up for 5 seconds.
Increase: Raise one leg during the 5-second hold position
3 x 15-20 repetitions, in between 1 minute break.
Mobilization of the entire spine
Lay on the ball with your back
Put your feet up
Roll slowly on the ball from front to back and back
Perform the exercise for 30 seconds each, repeat 3 times, sit up in the short breaks
Also stretches the hip joints
Mobilization of the thoracic spine
Place feet about 50 centimeters from the wall
Press the fascia roller lightly against the wall with your back
Slowly bend and extend your knees, moving the roll up and down
Perform exercise for 30 seconds each, repeat 3 times