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In our tech section, This AS Life has always talked about AS-friendly health apps. Those that fit with a spondy lifestyle, rather than ones specifically tailored to life with ankylosing spondylitis. Well this app is a little different. In fact, for a little app there’s a lot packed in.
The app is called SUAS, which stands for Support and Understanding for AS. And that’s exactly what it offers. Developed by the AS Association of Ireland (ASAI), together with the Waterford Regional Hospital Rheumatology Unit, the app sports a heap of AS-friendly features. Here are just a few of them…
SUAS had step-by-step instructions, specifically tailored to AS, that you can build into your own personalized programme. There’s a big range to choose from (40 videos in all) from very basic, gentle stretches to slightly more advanced positions. The simplest exercises can be done sitting down and all the videos come with easy-to-follow instructions.
The app is a great way to keep track of your ankylosing spondylitis symptoms and to let others (like friends or your doctor) see in black and white how your AS symptoms are changing over time. There are two separate tests on the app: BASFI (measuring your mobility) and Work Mobility Score (measuring how much work is affecting you AS and vice-versa). Both tests are simple to do. You can email, tweet or post your results on FB too, if you wish.
Syncing with your phone calendar, this part of the app lets you keep track of any appointments you have.
Disease background, information, lifestyle tips, where to get support: it’s all on the app, laid out in easy, bite-size sections. SUAS is a great source of information for all sorts of people with AS, especially those living in Ireland.
The app is free to download and available for both Android and Apple phones.
This article was written by one of the resident experts at ThisASLife.com. A social site helping the whole AS community to: Learn. Share. Inspire. Discuss.
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