What Is It/

How Is It Recognized/

Is Massage indicated

Condition Name

What Are They?

How Are They Recognized?

or Contraindicated?

Ankylosing

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS)

it generally begins as stiffness and

Massage is indicated in the sub-

Spondylitis

is a progressive arthritis of

pain around the sacrum, with occa-

acute stages of AS only, and

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the spine.

sional referred pain down the back

then only under a doctor's

 

 

of the buttocks and into the legs. It

supervision. During acute epi-

 

 

has acute and subacute episodes.

sodes, massage is at least locally

 

 

People with advanced AS are

contraindicated in areas of pain

 

 

locked in a flexed position.

and inflammation.

 

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