This website provides evidence-based information and quality products that help to prevent and rehabilitate back pain. All back pain has a cause. Professor McGill dedicated 32 years to investigating how the spine works, the mechanisms of pain, and proven ways to eliminate pain and restore pain-free activity.
The key to pain-free activity is to assess the pain mechanism and employ a matched therapy. Some pain sufferers can perform this themselves with guidance from the book Back Mechanic. Others are more challenging and obtain clinical expertise from highly trained clinicians listed on the providers page. Clinicians can also access Professors McGill’s latest books and videos guide the assessment together with providing helpful information and rehabilitation approaches for pain-free activity and optimal back performance.
His approaches have restored the lives of thousands of people like yourself. In addition, his work is well known among public celebrities and athletes worldwide for assisting them to be successful.
“Professor McGill describes movement and exercise strategies to fix back pain with real examples. He describes a self assessment that reveals why people have back pain, and why they have failed to reduce back pain. Then he describes how to avoid pain allowing the pain sensitivity to subside. Then he discusses back pain exercises proven to build a pain free foundation for movement. Lower back pain is not a life sentence. Once aware of the cause of back pain, specific back exercise strategies are used to build pain free and healthy backs.”
There are 4 books which are all different. Learn which book is best for you. Back Mechanic will guide you through self assessment then teach specific exercises like the McGill Big 3 matched to your specific pain. Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance (6th Edition-2017) gives the latest scientific evidence on back pain exercise – what helps, and what hurts, and why.
If sitting creates back discomfort you have a highly sensitized back, or tissue damage, or both. Avoiding this pain trigger will reduce the pain sensitivity. Avoidance of the pain triggers is part of the strategy to de-sensitize back pain throughout the day as evidenced in Back Mechanic.
humanOS – The Science on How to Avoid or Improve Back Pain Podcast with Stuart McGill
About 40% of people worldwide will get lower back pain at some point in life, and on any given day roughly 12% of adults are experiencing lower back pain. This crippling condition strongly influences quality of life, often affecting relationships with loved ones, impairing performance at work, and leading to substantial costs – not only healthcare ones but also expenses due to absenteeism and so on.
Cathryn Jakobson Ramin / American journalist, investigative reporter, and author.
Cathryn Jakobson Ramin, in her back pain industry expose book “Crooked”, calls Professor McGill a “Back Whisperer” with his approaches proved to help so many.
Ed O’Neill / Actor and Star of “Modern Family” and “Married with Children”
“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.”
Bill Parisi / Director of the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association
“Dr. Stuart McGill has performed more ground-breaking research than anyone else. His 350+ published studies on back pain and enhancing performance has revolutionized the fitness industry on how we train the core and create top level performance. His books and programs have been life changing for me, my athletes and anyone I share his information with. And it will be life changing for you as well!”
Blaine Sumner / “Champion of Champions” IPF world record holder and highest Wilks score in powerlifting history
Before understanding Dr. McGill’s work, I thought my back injury meant the end of my lifting career. Since absorbing all of his knowledge and applying the lessons in this book to my daily life, my career has been restored. I am stronger than ever – and taking my back health to new heights.
John Hofman / CSCS-D, MS, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Sacramento Fire Department
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
Ed V. MD
I am a physician. I have never read a more straightforward and lucid book (Back Mechanic) on back injuries and how to manage them than yours. Thanks for the wonderful work you have done that has helped so many people, me included.