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Ankylosing spondylitis flares – top tips to remember

Ankylosing spondylitis flares can be really nasty, but unfortunately not uncommon. Dealing with AS flares is definitely a challenge, but with a right plan in place you can decrease their impact on your life. Here’s our top tips to remember when your AS flares and advice on how to deal with its increased symptoms.

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Things to keep in mind when travelling with ankylosing spondylitis.

Travelling is one of these great things that always leave you with a desire to see more, but with ankylosing spondylitis it can be a bit of a challenge. However, you just have to be a little bit clever about planning your travels, and figuring out what works for you. I am fortunate enough to have travelled a lot since being diagnosed. I am certainly not an authority, but I will share some tips and tricks that I have learnt along the way.

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Running with Ankylosing Spondylitis

Running may not be a physical activity for everyone with ankylosing spondylitis. The high impact of this exercise can cause extra stress on the joints of the legs and the spine. However, many people not only find running beneficial but clearly develop a passion for it! If you want to run with AS these are our top tips:

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Coping with fatigue in ankylosing spondylitis

‘Everyone gets tired’, I’m sure you’ve heard this annoying comment so many times. But chronic and long-term fatigue in ankylosing spondylitis isn’t like tiredness. It can really wear you down and leave you feeling absolutely drained. It can last for days or weeks at a time and no amount of sleep or rest will relieve it. Some people describe it as overwhelming. Unfortunately, fatigue is common among people with AS and there’s a big chance you will experience it at some point.

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 Exercise

Find your ways to be active for your ankylosing spondylitis

parkrun for people with ankylosing spondylitis

Parkruns are fun and sociable opportunities for people with ankylosing spondylitis to participate in some physical activity. They are free 5k events, coordinated entirely by local volunteers, that take place every Saturday morning in 540 parks and open spaces across the UK. Parkrun is open to everyone and is whatever you want it to be – you can walk, run or volunteer – and each event finishes with a chat and a cuppa. 

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Changing life through Zumba!

Life is full of unexpected things. Sometimes the unexpected can change your whole attitude towards the world in a good or a bad way. To my relief, having AS didn’t mean I had to give up dancing and along the way I also discovered something that changed my life: Zumba.

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Running with Ankylosing Spondylitis

Running may not be a physical activity for everyone with ankylosing spondylitis. The high impact of this exercise can cause extra stress on the joints of the legs and the spine. However, many people not only find running beneficial but clearly develop a passion for it! If you want to run with AS these are our top tips:

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 Management

Information on managing your ankylosing spondylitis.

Ankylosing spondylitis flares – top tips to remember

Ankylosing spondylitis flares can be really nasty, but unfortunately not uncommon. Dealing with AS flares is definitely a challenge, but with a right plan in place you can decrease their impact on your life. Here’s our top tips to remember when your AS flares and advice on how to deal with its increased symptoms.

read more

Coping with fatigue in ankylosing spondylitis

‘Everyone gets tired’, I’m sure you’ve heard this annoying comment so many times. But chronic and long-term fatigue in ankylosing spondylitis isn’t like tiredness. It can really wear you down and leave you feeling absolutely drained. It can last for days or weeks at a time and no amount of sleep or rest will relieve it. Some people describe it as overwhelming. Unfortunately, fatigue is common among people with AS and there’s a big chance you will experience it at some point.

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Basic stretches to get you going every day

Exercising is one of the most important things you can do for your ankylosing spondylitis, that’s nothing new, we’ve done an article on this before.

The simplest and one of the most beneficial ways to get you moving is stretching. Simple stretches can help you reduce pain and stiffness, improve your posture and overall wellbeing. In the long term, it can help your spine to remain mobile. Don’t underestimate them.

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Exercises for AS on the go!

Back to Action is an exercise programme designed for people with AS. 

It has been created by physiotherapists working with NASS, the exercise therapists and doctors who treat military personnel with AS at Headley Court.

It uses the most up to date knowledge from the fields of physiotherapy and sports medicine.

You can download our Back to Action App for free from

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