Your guide for a course of action
Most patients receive poor advice that remains a barrier to recovery. They stay in pain unnecessarily. Some receive pain-numbing medication that does not stop the cause of pain. Some are told that they must learn to live with the pain, rather than being shown why they have pain together with a roadmap of the steps to reduce it. They have not seen a back pain expert!
The key to success is to understand the pain mechanism, and address the mechanism. People have failed previous approaches for a variety of reasons: They were given inappropriate exercises, or there were barriers to relief that were not understood and addressed. Success begins with a thorough assessment. A 10 minute assessment from your clinician has little chance to understand why you have pain. Believe it or not many people are able to conduct a better self-assessment with appropriate guidance. McGill’s book Back Mechanic has assisted thousands accomplish this. This approach will assist in about 95% of sufferers. The rest will need an assessment conducted by a skilled clinician, familiar with McGill’s approach. This approach is sensitive to anatomy, biomechanics, injury history, psychology and social mileau, neurology, patient learning style, to name a few.
Here is the common path to success.
- First read Back Mechanic. Those who are visual learners will benefit from the video-enhanced version of Back Mechanic. Most people do well following the self assessment of pain triggers, reducing the triggers, and building the foundation for pain-free activity. Ninety-five percent of patients told that surgery is their last remaining option are able to successfully avoid surgery following this approach.
- Those seeking more athleticism will want to continue the process. As pain sensitivity is wound-down and managed, move on to the book Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance. This approach has helped weekend warriors through to elite athletes to compete in golf, the majority of Olympic sports, professional sport such as hockey, football, MMA and combat sports, baseball, soccer, cycling, and professional body building and power lifting.
- Some of you may feel the need to see a McGill provider, who is familiar with the McGill method and will conduct a thorough assessment to converge on a precise understanding of the pain mechanism. These elite clinicians are listed on the website.
- Some may greatly benefit from our 4-day back-pain retreat in Costa Rica. Learn to beat your pain with unprecedented access to top experts in an idyllic setting (http://www.backfitpro.com/backpain/back-pain-retreat/).
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What is the difference between a McGill Method Provider and a person certified in the McGill Method?
A provider has a clinical degree. They have attended the McGill clinical courses and passed an exam that has both written and practical component to assess competency in creating the best advice and coaching for the patient. They have spent extra time with Professor McGill, have earned his confidence, and are referred patients from him and Backfitpro.
Certified people: Those attaining certification in the McGill Method have also attended the clinical training courses and passed an exam to demonstrate competency in exercise technique and basic assessment skills. They have not been audited for their ability to get back pained people better.
Certification from Backfitpro Inc. is the only certification recognized by Backfitpro Inc.
Disclaimer: Backfitpro Inc. assesses the familiarity and competency of the Provider with McGill’s original material. Backfitpro Inc. is not responsible for the decisions and actions with individual clients/patients.
Resources for your rehabilitation
Back Pain Retreat ~ Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Restore your Back, Re-set your life
Obtain exclusive access to the spine specialists Professor Stuart McGill and Medical director and Orthopaedic Surgeon Alvaro Barrenechea in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Live in residence for 4 days and learn the lifestyle changes to beat back pain. Your journey begins with an assessment with Professor McGill to identify your pain triggers and mechanisms. Through daily one-on-one sessions with highly skilled clinicians you will learn to move in ways that sooth your pains and wind down the sensitivity. Small classes teach the skills of spine hygiene that apply 24 hours a day. Short therapeutic exercises designed just for you will be coached to hone technique and dosage. This will build a foundation for pain-free movement and activities.