The spine stretches down from the base of the skull to the coccyx (tailbone). It is one of the most important structures in the body as it houses the spinal cord which is responsible for your body’s ability to move, feel, and function. The spine is also responsible for your ability to stand upright, bend, twist, and supports your body in all facets of movement.
Our exercise of the month this month is a back rotation. The exercise gently stretches the muscles surrounding the spine, moving it in a rotational manner. This is to stimulate an increase in trunk flexibility and mobility, exercising the entire spinal column particularly the lower/lumbar region.
How does this exercise relate to arthritis?
Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a condition which causes inflammation and pain in the spine. It affects about 1-2% of Australians and is three time more common in men. As we know exercise is important to reduce incidence of pain, increase muscular and joint strength, and joint flexibility. This exercise directly caters to those living with AS, moving their affected arthritic sites to stimulate those positive benefits of exercise.
Although the exercise above caters to this arthritic demographic it is also quite a useful exercise for any individual suffering from back pain, particularly in the lower back. You can perform this exercise standing or in the comfort of any sturdy chair.
If you are unable to follow the full range of motion shown in the exercises that is okay. Only work within your physical capabilities.
Click below for a video demonstration:
Arthritis NSW Exercise Classes
Arthritis NSW also offers exercise classes that can help you with your condition. To learn more visit here.
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DISCLAIMER: Seek medical or allied health professional advice prior to initiating an exercise program. The exercises listed here are examples, and you should always seek medical advice before performing. Ensure that there is someone at home supervising you while performing these exercises.