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    Flexibility and Strengthening Exercises for Ankylosing Spondylitis

    Back stretches

    1. Get down on your hands and knees on the floor.
    2. Relax your head and allow it to droop.
    3. Round your back up toward the ceiling until you feel a nice stretch in your upper, middle, and lower back.
    4. Hold this stretch for as long as it feels comfortable, or about 15 to 30 seconds.
    5. Return to the starting position with a flat back while you are on your hands and knees.
    6. Let your back sway by pressing your stomach toward the floor. Lift your buttocks toward the ceiling.
    7. Hold each position for 15 to 30 seconds.
    8. Repeat 2 to 4 times.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
    Specialist Medical ReviewerRicha Dhawan, MD - Rheumatology

    Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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