Stretching the Truth – Do You Wake Up With a Stiff One Every Morning?

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Tens of millions of people suffer from lower back ache and stiffness. A series of simple, full body, stretching exercises can cure an achy and tight lower back.

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When you factor in the number of people that don’t bother to go to the doctor, the number is probably double and quite possibly higher.

Chronic lower back stiffness and pain. It’s a condition that affects millions of people, from sedentary couch potatoes to elite athletes. The National Center for Health Statistics reports that 14% of new patient visits to physician offices (approximately 13 million annually) are for complaints of low back pain. In fact, an estimated 18% of the population has debilitating back pain at any given time. Lack of proper stretching for flexibility is a key contributor to this widespread health care issue, according to Exercise Physiologist, Joey Atlas.

“When you factor in the number of people that don’t bother to go to the doctor, the number is probably double and quite possibly higher.” claims fitness expert, Joey Atlas.

Avoidance of stretching exercises, lack of knowledge regarding specific stretches and limited flexibility are three causes of the lower back pain epidemic. The biggest complaint from many sufferers is the challenge of waking up to morning stiffness and backache on a daily basis, with some days being worse than others depending on previous day’s activities and overnight sleeping position.

Flexibility is the most underestimated and misunderstood element of health and fitness. The right stretches, done three times per week would literally wipe out the vast majority of lower back aches. It’s no surprise that so many people are clueless about this, most personal trainers don’t even know.” said Joey Atlas. “You don’t have to become a yoga nut or a Pilates addict. You can do your stretching while watching TV.”

Atlas offers these five principles for getting and staying flexible:

1) Ease into a stretching program whether you’ve been exercising regularly or not.

2) Stay consistent. Three to five stretching exercise sessions per week is ideal.

3) If you feel pain, stop! Slight discomfort is fine, but pain is not. Don’t do a stretch if it hurts.

4) The best stretching exercises do not require expensive equipment or elaborate devices. You can increase your flexibility with stretches that can be done on a mat with the assistance of a towel.

5) If you don’t know what to do, hire a fitness professional who is trained in flexibility conditioning, or invest in a few good stretching exercise videos.

Visit the Optimum Flexibility website for more free stretching and flexibility information at

Joey Atlas holds a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology. He is the creator of ‘Optimum Flexibility’. This 2 DVD flexibility program is the result of Joey’s personal chronic back pain solution combined with stretching exercises he incorporates into each of his clients’ fitness training programs. It is available via his website for $24.97 USD.

Arrange an interview with Joey Atlas by calling his direct line at 904-891-6336 or visiting the ‘Media Room’ at

Contact: Joey Atlas

Phone: 904-891-6336

Joey Atlas Fitness Resources

2 S Roscoe Blvd, Suite 2 A

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082


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