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Complementary therapies for ankylosing spondylitis (AS)

Although complementary and alternative therapies are generally relatively safe, there are some risks associated with particular therapies so you should always speak to your doctor before trying them.

Acupuncture can help to relieve pain but it won’t have any effect on the way the condition progresses.

Manipulation isn’t helpful for ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and manipulation of the spine, especially the neck, could result in permanent damage.

It's important to go to a legally registered therapist, or one who follows a set ethical or professional code and is fully insured. If you do decide to try complementary therapies or medicines, be critical of what they're doing for you when deciding whether to continue with them.

Read more about complementary therapies.

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