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25 Feb 2004

Ankylosing Spondiolitis and Weight Training
I have had AS for a number of years - specifically the back and neck. The back pain is largely a thing of the past - mainly discomfort now but the neck seems to be a problem. I am stooped and find stretching good. I am a regular gym goer (5 times a week) mainly circuit and free weights. I have developed excercises that I have been comfortable with over time and that I am able to do without pain - my body dictates what I can and can't do. What excercise can I do using circuit machines and weights that will target specifically the neck muscles and the larger back muscles ??
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Gymmie

Any of the shoulder, back and chest exercises will involve the neck too. The most effective assistance you can give is your stretching - particularly opening up the chest as this helps relieve a lot of pressure off the neck. Also aim at getting good extension of the thoracic spine, this will also help the neck.

Douglas
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