Bathing, getting dressed, and cooking can all be a problem when you could have ankylosing spondylitis. The excellent news is that there are lots of totally different instruments you need to use to make life simpler. Right here, 4 ankylosing spondylitis advocates share their favourite instruments and methods.

For On a regular basis Life

Canes. “It’s a easy cane with three toes on the underside. I’ve discovered that once I stroll as much as a counter to get one thing off the shelf, it’s a ache to search for a spot to lean my cane in opposition to. I simply let it go and it stands by itself. I additionally use it to stroll exterior when it’s icy. It’s a lot simpler to step down off a slippery curb with this cane than a daily cane.”

–Jayson Sacco, podcast host, Port Huron, MI

Wrist brace. “I expertise flares of intense ache in my wrists that make it tough to do actions like work. I take advantage of wrist braces to alleviate ache on joints. It permits me to do issues I used to have hassle with, reminiscent of sort.”

–Steph Di Pardo, author, Toronto, Ontario

Customized-fitted leg brace. “I would like a leg brace on my left foot. For years, I used an over-the-counter brace, however about 2 years in the past, I made a decision to have a custom-made one fitted for my leg. It was like buying and selling in a Chevette for a Corvette. The standard was so a lot better. Better of all, a lot of the $1,200 price was lined by insurance coverage.”

–Jayson Sacco

Heated automotive seats. “After a tough day when my hips and again ache, I actually respect my heated driver’s seat. It helps relieve joint ache and retains my joints versatile. You don’t have to purchase a automotive with heated seats, both. You possibly can set up heated seat covers.”

–Jayson Sacco

Within the Bed room

A pillow with arm rests. “My mattress is basically my workplace. Since I’m all the time fatigued I take advantage of my laptop computer there. I take advantage of a backrest pillow with arms. It additionally helps forestall the again ache from unsupported sitting.”

–Steph Di Pardo

A sock slider. “I’ve a foot drop on my left facet, which suggests I can’t raise it to placed on my socks. I take advantage of a sock slider each morning. Principally, you place the sock on the slider equipment, and slide your foot in. It really works with most varieties of socks, too. I reside alone. If I didn’t have my slider, I’d stroll round sockless. I additionally use elastic shoelaces, which turns any pair of tennis footwear into slide-in sneakers. They’ve them for costume footwear, too.”

–Jayson Sacco

Selfmade heating pads. “I’ve a home made microwaveable bag of millet that’s the size of my backbone. I take advantage of it to lie on or wrap round my shoulders and cut back ache and pressure. It’s bigger than most retailer heating pads, and I don’t have to fret that I’ll go to sleep with it on and it’ll burn me.”

–Marhya Kelsch, a psychotherapist in Hayward, CA

Within the Kitchen

Grip aids. “I take advantage of a gripper arm with a 3-foot extension. That method, if I drop something, even one thing as small as a capsule, I can use that to choose it up.”

–Jayson Sacco

Nonslip cushioned mat. “Fortunately, I nonetheless have good mobility in my wrists and arms, so I can nonetheless cook dinner within the kitchen. I’m much less regular on my toes, nonetheless, which is why a nonslip cushioned mat is so nice. It helps me keep secure whereas I putter round.”

–David Hlavac, copywriter, Minneapolis, MN

Within the Rest room

Loofah stick. “I take advantage of it to wash my again, toes, and decrease legs. All areas that I can’t bend over to succeed in.”

–Jayson Sacco

Bathe stool. “If I stand for a time frame I’m exhausted. This fashion, I can sit and wash my physique and shampoo my hair with out a lot stress on my legs.”

–Steph Di Pardo

Hand-held bathe head. “It’s a easy hack, however fully value it. I take advantage of it once I take a bathe and apply the water to sore areas like my hip joints. I observe it up as soon as I’m out of the bathe with some mild stretches.”

–David Hlavac

For Train and Self-Care

Scorching tub/pool. “Earlier this yr, I bought a swim spa so I can do aqua remedy at dwelling. I received a snorkel to scale back neck and shoulder pressure that made it exhausting to do my water train.”

–Marhya Kelsch

A plain outdated chair. “I really like yoga, however since my prognosis of ankylosing spondylitis, I’ve discovered fatigue will get in the best way. Then I found chair yoga. I can do poses just like the cat-cow stretch with some modifications.”

–Steph Di Pardo

Stress-point massager. “These units, that are about half the scale of a strolling cane, are round $30 and will let you push on strain factors within the backbone, shoulders, and again. I apply it to my shoulders and rib cage close to my again, the place I expertise the worst ache and irritation. It helps tremendously, particularly once I mix it with a topical over-the-counter warmth rub.”

–David Hlavac

Again stretcher. “My 18-year outdated daughter, who was lately identified with AS, found this gadget on TikTok. It gives a versatile, convex floor for stretching out the muscle groups within the again. I take advantage of it as quickly as I get out of the bathe each morning.”

–David Hlavac



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