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Back to Action Exercise Programme

Discover how to exercise safely with our Back to Action guides

This information is for anyone with axial spondyloarthritis, including people with ankylosing spondylitis

Back to Action is an exercise programme designed for people with axial SpA

It has been created by physiotherapists and exercise therapists working with NASS and uses up to date know-how from the fields of physiotherapy and sports medicine.

The programme is clear, straightforward and enjoyable. You can follow it in your gym or at home as part of your daily routine.

Back to Action Part 1

This programme covers mobility, cardiovascular, strength, flexibility and breathing exercises with additional information on other classes and sport as well as information about axial SpA for exercise instructors.

You can download the guide free of charge in pdf form.

You can download our Back to Action App free from the Apple App Store. When searching look under ‘mobile apps’. We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with the android version of this app but hope to have it up and running as soon as possible.


  • A recommended warm-up
  • Sections on mobility, cardiovascular, strength, flexibility and breathing exercises
  • Written and visual guides on 31 exercises
  • 23 videos spanning all 5 sections
  • Audio clips on all exercises
  • Information on other sports and exercise classes
  • Information for exercise instructors
  • An exercise diary outlining a suggested week of exercise

Download Back to Action Part 1 

Back to Action Part 2

This guide focuses on free weights and gym ball exercises with full instruction and colour photographs.

You can download the guide free of charge in pdf form.

Download Back to Action Part 2

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