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6 Tips to Improve Your Posture

Good posture may help anyone avoid back pain and discomfort, but for people with ankylosing spondylitis, proper posture can help sidestep a vicious cycle of pain and other symptoms, such as stiffness and limited range of motion.

Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis that causes inflammation of the spine, which can lead to severe chronic pain. As the condition progresses, long-term inflammation can create new pieces of bone on the spine, which can cause the vertebrae to fuse together, leading to kyphosis, a type of spinal curvature that results in a forward-hunching posture.

According to the Spondylitis Association of America (SAA), the hallmark symptom of ankylosing spondylitis is pain in the sacroiliac joints, located at the base of the spine where it joins with the pelvis.

When people experience back pain, they often change their posture to ease the pain, notes the SAA. Over time, postural changes can cause stiffness and weakness in muscles and joints and lead to more pain.

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