This web site is dedicated to providing access to evidence-based information and quality products that assist in preventing and rehabilitating back pain. With Dr. McGill's latest textbooks and DVDs, those people wishing to achieve optimal performance from their backs are able to find out about the latest research and approaches.
Dr. Stuart M. McGill is a professor of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, ON, Canada). His advice is often sought by governments, corporations, legal experts and elite athletes and teams from around the world. Difficult back cases are regularly referred to him for consultation. Any product associated with this website has been tested in Dr. McGill's laboratory at the University of Waterloo, ON, Canada.
What a Pain Medicine Doctor says:
| "I am a pain medicine doctor who sees low back pain in my clinic everyday. So I can say, as an insider, that conventional medicine is failing patients with low back pain.
I would sooner have most of my patients read Back Mechanic and follow its advice than receive the "standard of care" I see most doctors using. This "standard" approach is characterized by using weird drugs like gabapentin (an anti-seizure medication used also for nerve pain), dangerous opioids, expensive and largely ineffective spine injections and general prescriptions to see a physical therapist or chiropractor that leaves you no better, if not worse off.
The reason for this tragic failure is conventional medicine has forgotten that almost all low back pain is a MECHANICAL issue. It's not a psychological issue to be dealt with through anti-depressants and stress reduction. It's not a mysterious accident that came from nowhere. Low back pain is almost always caused by flawed or excessive mechanical stress from improper postures, movements and loads.
In my professional opinion, there is no better authority to teach about low back pain and how to fix it than the author Professor McGill. He is one of the best spine researchers ever and also—here is the crazy part—one of the the best spine clinicians ever. It is rare to have this combination of world-class scientific accomplishment and clinical wisdom in one person. More than 300 medical journal articles published and countless elite athletes restored to world-class performance after what lesser clinicians had condemned them to the scrap heap of "career-ending" back injury."
Back Mechanic is a distillation of over 30 years of knowledge and wisdom in an engaging and accessible text intended for the lay public.
There's a reason this work is one of near-universal acclaim: it has the ability to help normal people solve the riddle of their own back pain. Back Mechanic breaks down low back pain to its foundational components. It explains how back pain happens. It instructs patients on how to diagnose themselves, albeit with the supervision of a doctor. It tells patients how to treat themselves through avoiding certain postures and movements and what exercises to perform to restore their spine health.
This is the single best book on low back pain for the general public."
“I had low back problems affecting my ability to work and enjoy life. Then I found Stuart McGill and his book Back Mechanic. I was guided on things to do (and not do) and my pain is gone. Professor McGill just makes sense. And he backs it up with science not guess work. I'm giving him and his book Back Mechanic the highest recommendation.”
Actor and Star of “Modern Family” and “Married with Children”
"Dear Professor McGill,
Your exercises helped save my surgical career as am currently working as a surgeon again.
When I was working in orthopaedics over here in the UK, I still found the approach to back pain very poorly tolerated by my colleagues, who would unduly dispel it unless you had a cauda equina that needed decompression surgery.
Being a former back pain sufferer for many years from a lower back disc injury, I can only empathise with these patients. Thanks to you, your approach got me back on a slow road to recovery. Instead of doing the physio exercises that are usually prescribed and making the injury worse, your exercises slowly built up the correct muscle groups. I also suffered with a tight hip flexor and weak glutes.
Many thanks for your contribution in helping the likes of myself back onto the road to recovery.
I hope you don't mind but I did an e-learning module for the junior surgeons (at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh) as they begin their surgical career. I mentioned that they should consult your material for training their backs to withstand the long hours of stooped posture at the operating table."
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
We have implemented many of your methods and have seen our back injuries decline from roughly $40,000 per claim to $10,000 per claim. Our overall injuries have dropped from roughly $1.2 mil to $750,000."
Thank you again
John Hofman CSCS-D, MS
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Sacramento Fire Department
" When it comes to lower back injuries and healing, Dr McGill is incredible, his information and knowledge changed my lifting and my life. "
IPF Masters PowerLifter & Record Holder
2 Time World Medalist & Common Wealth Champion