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Pain Relief Stretch On Floor W/feet Legs Over Chair?

Pain Relief Stretch On Floor W/feet Legs Over Chair?

My pain management doc at Brigham and Woman's Hospital in Boston still talks about first meeting me in 2009 when he walked in to the exam room to find me on my back on the floor with my legs resting over a chair. When my S.I. joints are screaming with pain, I do this stretching technique 2-3 times a day.

Having been finally diagnosed with na-axSpA this past November, and now on Humira, (which, though early still, does seem to be helping), I wonder if other people with Spondylitis use the type… read more

posted January 23
A MySpondylitisTeam Member

I’ve been using a similar type stretch for about 15-20 years where I’ll lay on the couch and hang my legs over the arm of it. But because of the progression of pain, I recently purchased a wedge that I can use anywhere around the house or in bed. 🙌

posted 6 days ago
A MySpondylitisTeam Member

Thanks Lisa, yes, I also use a leg wedge in bed each night actually. The specific stretch on the floor with legs over a chair is different from what you described, which also seems like it would be helpful. Thanks very much for responding.

posted January 23
A MySpondylitisTeam Member

Thanks, Katherine for your comment. I too utilize leg wedges. I use one each night in bed and have one for a couch in the living room as well. Sometimes, using the wedge is enough but other times nothing reduces my pain as quickly as being flat on the floor with my feet up and over a chair or an ottoman, etc.. There’s just something about being flat on my back, and the small of the back being totally flat, that makes a big difference for me.
Thanks again and wishing you the very best of luck into the future.

Kevin

posted 6 days ago
A MySpondylitisTeam Member

Yes this will help,elevating your legs.
I see a Physical Therapist ,I have been seeing one for last couple of years.This PT has identified why the nerve in my left leg was not sending a signal to my brain.

1 of my exercises,
Lay flat on floor or firm bed & bend both knees,place 1 knee across the other knee.Lift your butt up & down 10 times ,then alternate.
Put a pillow under your head.

Their are wedges to put in bed that will lift your legs.

posted January 23

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