Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis that affects the spine. Ankylosing spondylitis symptoms include pain and stiffness from the neck down to the lower back. The spine's bones (vertebrae) fuse together, resulting in a rigid spine.
Two teachers, Margaret Edis and Ruth Murray, who were both diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis at an early age, have reported how they have been able to live an active life and continue to teach the Technique.
- ‘Extracts from an interview with Margaret Edis’ by David Clark tells the story of how the Alexander Technique helped Margaret Edis with the condition, allowing her to continue to be active and teach.
- In ‘Saving my upright’ Ruth Murray interviewed by Ruth Rootberg reports, among other things, on how she was in pain for 20 years before she found the Alexander Technique.