During medical diagnosis and consistent treatment, exercise has been found to provide consistent relief. The doctors have always come back to this time-tested formula again and again. There are ten reasons why exercise can and should be recommended by doctors and therapist to treat ankylosing spondylitis in patients. People suffering from this can also attend ankylosing spondylitis support groups to find ways to recover in a better way. When undergoing treatment for ankylosing spondylitis, support groups should encourage people suffering from ankylosing spondylitis to ask the following questions related to their situation.
Exercise program: An exercise therapist has to keep a check or has to monitor the exercise program to see its effectiveness. These programs are individualized according to the symptoms/case history of the patient.
Disease management: The researchers are not sure how exercise would affect a patient suffering from ankylosing spondylitis at the systematic level, anti-inflammatory level, or at the entheses level. They have found that the TNF inhibitor has shown to be highly beneficial combined with the exercise regime but not alone. One should use TNF inhibitors with an exercise regime.
Mobility: The researchers have found consistent evidence of mobility exercise to manage ankylosing spondylitis. A prominent example, a well-controlled mobility goals like normal posture and full spinal range of motion.
Specific exercise: In addition to exercises, they have to include exercises to improve balance, coordination, muscle strength, cardio respiratory (heart and lung) fitness, and functional fitness. The exercises stress on biomechanical/functional changes and should be made on an individual basis, after assessing their needs, limitations, and goals.
Physical activity: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says adults should get 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise: light aerobics, brisk walking, or swimming. Many were advised to reduce/eliminate high-impact activities to reduce the risk of injury.
Dosage: There is no one size that fits all. The regime includes guidelines. Once the optimum level is reached with stretching, strengthening exercises then maintenance is recommended.
Adherence: Adherence, i.e., sticking to an assigned exercise regime is important for an individual.
Exercise setting: An exercise program can be set in various places: home, outpatient clinic, at a spa, exercise facility/gym, or even in inpatient hospital setting. The patient should choose the set where he wishes to exercise.