Curing ankylosing spondylitis, and that too by natural methods!! Well, Ladies and Gentlemen, I can understand, that you have visited this article just because you see the word ‘cure’ and ‘naturally’.
To be honest, ankylosing spondylitis is a condition, that is going to follow you all life long. This disease doesn’t have a treatment. But it doesn’t mean, that we cannot bring the pain given by this disease, down to a great extent.
Yes, Sir/Ma’am, it is possible. Do you want to know how? Then, here we go.
How to Cure Ankylosing Spondylitis Naturally?
We’ve all heard, that ‘Smoking Kills’. Still, many of us manage never to fail to make some time to drag a cigarette down. Well people (especially Sirs), please throw that cigarette away. It is deteriorating the condition of your spine.
Smoking worsens the state of the spine, thereby facilitating spine damage. Quitting cigarettes don’t only reduce the rate of this loss, but also improves overall health. So please, don’t smoke.
Stretch your back
Stretching is a good way to reduce the unbearable pain of ankylosing spondylitis. Stretching not only enhances the flexibility of your back but also acts as a pain reliever. All you need to do is add the spine and lower back rotation stretch to your daily regime. Believe me. You’ll feel the difference.
Heat therapy is a very successful treatment for curing pains of several types. If ankylosing spondylitis is making your life tough, then heat could be your savior. Hot water bottles or bags, heating pads, etc. could be very helpful in dealing with such pain.
You may use either dry heat or wet heat, as per your choice. Even a good bath with hot water can be quite relieving, especially before your workout. But beware.
If you are a patient of diabetes, deep vein thrombosis, cardiovascular disease, open wound, or any skin condition (such as dermatitis), always ask your doctor before exposing yourself to heat.
Just like heat therapy, cold therapy can also be your thing. A gentle application of ice pack, or cold gel, etc. can relieve you in just a few moments. Cold therapy can be helpful in reducing inflammation after a workout.
Well, if you have circulation problems, consider having a chat with your doc before taking cold therapy up as an option. Even if you don’t have any additional health issues, don’t apply ice bags for more than 20 minutes.
Acupuncture is an ancient technique which involves pricking needles on specific pressure points of our body with the intent to activate the pain relieving hormones of our body. It sounds quite strange as well as terrifying, but some patients with AS have reported attaining relief by this therapy. Strange. Amazing.
Massage therapy. This word itself to relax our mind. We all know what massage is. It gives us a lot of relaxation and also makes our body feel flexible, which enables us to stand up again and work our body out. In the case of patients with AS, at times they may feel some pain at tender regions around the spine. A good massage with very less pressure applied to those parts is something which experts recommend for these patients.
Move and Exercise your body.
Stiffness is the biggest symptom that a patient of AS faces. Ladies and Gentlemen, don’t stick to the point where you are sitting. Stand up. Move a bit. Walk. Stretch. If your job demands sitting at a particular place for a long time, then people, please take breaks and move a bit. Exercise your body well. Do Yoga.
Believe me; it’ll be of great help. Swimming could also be a great option. Even muscle building exercises could be helpful for you, as the more muscles you build, the better support your spine will get.
As far as your fitness regime is concerned, you must always contact your doctor or physiotherapist. As they are the ones treating you, they know your condition the best as well. They will be the best people to design the ideal fitness plan for you.
Alexander technique is a therapy which deals with bringing back the correct posture of one’s body. Ankylosing spondylitis leaves its patient behind with a hunched back. Alexander technique helps us in keeping a check on ourselves so that we always keep our body posture maintained. It teaches us, how to improve a bad posture of one’s body.
TENS stands for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. This therapy uses electric current to stimulate the nerves of a patient through body pain control. When TENS stimulates the nerves, it takes down the pain signals thereby suppressing it. The therapist teaches it initially, which could later be practiced at home also.
Ladies and Gentlemen, ankylosing spondylitis is a condition which will never leave you. But you can always reduce the pain this disease brings to us. So why are you waiting? Go ahead and bring that pain down, all the way.
Well, that was all for today. I just hope that this article was of some help for you all. Give it a shot. And stay tuned for more columns of this type. Till then. Adios Amigos. Cheers!!