Living well with AS in a fun and supportive environment
NASS currently have 94 branches across the UK that provide regular physiotherapy to people with AS.
The branches meet for regular exercise in a gym, hydrotherapy pool or both, with a qualified physiotherapist. Some of our branches are more than 30 years old and still have original members regularly attending sessions.
Most branches meet on a weekly basis, ensuring that they are able to access tailored physiotherapy as often as possible to help their members live well with AS.
In a survey, we asked our branches to tell us the main benefits of attending a branch. Their members say accessing regular physiotherapy has the following impact on their daily lives:
|General||Pain and Mobility||Social|
|Helps self management of AS (83%)||Improves flexibility (83%)||Peer social interaction (90%)|
|Improves sleep (45%)||Reduces stiffness (85%)||AS support and advice (77%)|
|Improves overall well-being (82%)||Reduces pain (62%)|
|Improves health (70%)||Improves fitness (87%)|
Branches not only provide physical benefits for those with AS, but also give you the opportunity to seek advice and support with their peers, build lasting friendships and participate in social and fundraising events within a friendly and fun group.
If this all sounds great to you, whether you're interested for yourself or a friend or family member, you can find your nearest NASS branch by searching with your postcode.
Please note that you must have a UK diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis or axial spondyloarthritis to attend a NASS branch.