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Summer Stretch for NASS

Summer Stretch for NASS
6-19 July

We’re challenging you to Stretch for NASS by completing 15, 30 or 45 minutes of your chosen stretch session every day for 14 days. We hope it will keep you busy, keep you moving, and ensure that NASS can keep supporting people with axial SpA (AS) throughout the Covid-19 crisis.

Since March, our Information and Support team have supported many thousands of people living with axial SpA (AS) by providing up to date information, answering more calls and emails than ever before to the Helpline, and through the Facebook Live sessions addressing elements of self-management. You can ensure that we reach even more people in our community. Sign up to Summer Stretch for NASS today.



The Challenge

Choose how you stretch: choose from yoga, pilates or general stretch sessions (or a mix of all three)

Choose how long to stretch for: Pledge to do 15, 30 or 45 minutes of stretching every day for 14 days, from 6 – 19 July.

Choose to make a difference: ask your friends and family to sponsor you to complete your challenge

Sign up now.


How Gillian makes sure she stretches every day:

“Axial SpA (AS) started living with me about 35 years ago. I started to incorporate daily stretches from the day I was diagnosed. My rheumatologist told me we have got to work together, he would look after my medication and I had to do my daily stretches. He told me to get in contact with NASS and referred me to the RNHRD course in Bath.

Attending the course in Bath changed my life and enabled me to stay in control of my axial SpA (AS). I started to incorporate many of the stretches into my daily life.

I always do my Pilates stretch when getting out of bed and I do some neck moves whilst cleaning my teeth. I do a few trunk stretches whilst sitting eating my breakfast and calf stretches when hoovering the stairs!

My son often looks strangely as I am sitting watching TV making a double chin and rolling a can coke with the arch of my foot!”

Gillian has signed up to Summer Stretch to make her stretching more fun. 

Why is stretching good for people with axial SpA (AS)?

Keeping your muscles and joints moving improves your axial SpA (AS) symptoms in the long-term, so it’s important to find stretches that you enjoy and can carry out regularly.

 The benefits of stretching to help your axial SpA (AS) include:

  • Increased flexibility – the more flexible you are the easier it is to do everyday tasks
  • Increased range of movement – the more mobility you have the easier it is to do things
  • Improved posture – better posture makes you feel better in yourself and reduces feelings of self consciousness
  • Reduction in stiffness and pain – exercise such as stretching can result in less pain at night and improved sleep quality

If you have any questions, check out these FAQ’s or email us at and we’ll be happy to help.

What happens next
Once you’ve signed up, we’ll be in touch with more information and some fundraising tips. Nearer the time, we will send you links to some online stretch, yoga and pilates videos that you might like to use
during the challenge.

Throughout the Summer Stretch for NASS fortnight, we will be posting updates and ideas to keep you and all the Stretch team going.

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