Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory condition that primarily targets the spine. It is characterized by pain, a progressive “stiffening” of the spine and can sometimes be associated with other conditions like irritable bowel syndrome and uveitis (irritation of the eye).
Similar to rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis is a systemic condition. An easy way to understand this is that a person with ankylosing spondylitis has certain cells that have chosen to target the spine and inflame it.
If you have ankylosing spondylitis, a massage can be much more than a heavenly indulgence. It can soothe the body and help calm the mind in many ways. Both deep tissue and therapeutic massage improved outcomes among men with ankylosing spondylitis (AS), although deep tissue massage offered more significant benefits in terms of specific symptoms and general lower back pain, according to recent research.
A massage for ankylosing spondylitis can be very helpful. Joint stiffness can often cause you to assume uncomfortable postures and positions, which leads to overuse and strain of the muscles.
If you’re considering massage therapy to help ease the symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis, first talk to your doctor about whether massage is safe for you and which techniques may work best.
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