I was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) 12 years ago. AS is an autoimmune disease in which the joints in the pelvis and spine fuse together. AS is not fun-some folks get fused in such a way that they are unable to stand upright and have trouble seeing the horizon. Luckily for me, I got fused upright, so I can function in a near-normal fashion IF I keep my core muscle strong AND obey the laws of body mechanics. Transitional moves like sit to standing, floor to standing, bending, turning; chores like mowing the lawn, raking, sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, etc., need to adhere to the way we were designed to move. A friend of mine, Allan, has a brother with AS, so I told him I would shoot a short video on how I manage my AS. This should also be helpful to anyone with other back issues. I will be doing another one or two videos in the future, but check it out. The video will be on YouTube today and my website shortly.
Stay well, John R Blilie, M.S.