About Professor Stuart McGill
Dr. Stuart M. McGill is a professor emeritus, University of Waterloo, where he was a professor for 30 years. His laboratory and experimental research clinic investigated issues related to the causal mechanisms of back pain, how to rehabilitate back-pained people and enhance both injury resilience and performance. His advice is often sought by governments, corporations, legal experts, medical groups and elite athletes and teams from around the world.
His work produced over 240 peer-reviewed scientific journal papers, several textbooks, and many international awards. He mentored over 40 graduate students during this scientific journey.
During this time he taught thousands of clinicians and practitioners in professional development and continuing education courses around the world.
He continues as the Chief Scientific Officer for Backfitpro Inc. Difficult back cases are regularly referred to him for consultation. Any product associated with this website has been tested in Dr. McGill’s laboratory.
What People Say
Testimonials for Dr. Ed Cambridge
Dr Cambridge blew me away with his knowledge, teaching skills and humor. Great skill development together with evidence to back it up.
Have been to several McGill methods courses, first time with Dr. Cambridge and he exceeded expectations.
Dr Cambridge was truly an expert in the subject area. The information he presented was unbiased, and I felt this over and over again, he was objective, fact based and data driven which I truly appreciated.. He was a confident presenter but not an egotistical one. I also really appreciated his willingness to take the time to answer questions. I have been to other seminars where there are many questions but the presenter has not allotted any time for them and you leave with them unanswered. When Ed took the time to answer questions you really felt like you understood the material completely. He was not afraid to say “I don’t know” when appropriate.
Dr Ed Cambridge is very technical and very patience to explain everything.
He was knowledgeable, interesting and enjoyable to listen to.
Excellent grasp of the material.
Testimonials for Joel Proskewitz
Clean and consise. Lots of personal examples.
Liked the level of knowledge, experience and course delivery.
Joel was very well spoken, respectable, answered questions very clearly and his knowledge is incredible.
I loved Joel presenting this he spoke well presented with confidence and you could tell he knew 100% what he was doing and his knowledge. He never made anyone feel silly with questions or intimidated anyone he made us all feel very comfortable and was very professional.
Joel was great. Amazing knowledge and taught with passion and conviction. He was generous with time and answers and helped us to explore our own thinking style to gain the answer.
Loved his passion for the course from the start even if he wasn’t feeling great to begin with. Thought he was amazing.
Joel was a brilliant presenter. His way with people is second to none. One of the best presenters I have seen.
Ted Kerasote, Wyoming, USA (Author of some of my favourite books)
My back has been excellent. All your advice, my continuing the Big 3 core exercises, and the auto mechanic’s stool for my desk have brought about a profound change in my comfort and ability to resume the things I love to do, like hike, ski, and write for long hours. Your advice on recuperating from my lower back surgery was also invaluable.
From not being able to walk more than ten minutes without numbness in my right quad (and having to stop and find a convenient rock or bench to hang from), I’ve gone to hiking more than six hours at a stretch while carrying a 25-pound hunting pack and climbing and descending a thousand meters. I’m thrilled. Thank you! Thank you!
I’ve been recommending Back Mechanic left and right.
(Photo by Heather Erson)
D Duncan, Arizona, USA
I returned yesterday from a five day back packing trip in the Grand Canyon — 40 pound pack, from the rim to the river and back up (2000 meters) and many kilometers in between. Last year at this time I could not walk 20 meters without stopping because of the pain. I don’t believe in miracles but this sure feels like one. Thank you Professor McGill for your career work that changed my world and for your willingness to see me notwithstanding my original freeze at the starting gate. This was a most unusual kindness and act of grace.
Michael De La Pava ~ Strongman competitor and Owner The Battle Axe Gym, Florida
To Brian Carroll and Professor McGill
I wanted to send you this video to thank you. Having worked with yourself and Brian and implementing the ideas and principles that you instilled in my training and coaching, has absolutely changed my life. Here I am log clean and pressing 300 pounds after starting “Back Mechanic” and “10/20 life”, 21 months ago.. after being told I would never overcome my devastating back injury. Thank you for everything.
Ethan Bowman, North Dakota State Champion wrestler
Thank You Dr Ed Cambridge (McGill Method provider)
This last weekend Ethan punched his ticket as a ND state champion. We want to thank you for your professionalism and very kind and generous heart, you gave up and above what any Doctor would have given. My wife and I along with Ethan want to thank you for a job well done.
Howard M. Armitage ~ World champion
This week I won 75+ age division at the World Masters Squash competition. This would not have been possible if I hadn’t had the good fortune of encountering Dr Stuart McGill. Having previously broken my back twice, I had reached a stage of desperation characterized by constant pain, utter fatigue, inability to sleep and an almost total loss of quality of life. Visits to GP’s, specialists, chiropractors and physiotherapists were not helping and actually making my symptoms worse. Opioids and surgery were on my horizon (when faced with constant pain, you are willing to try anything). At that point, I was able to get an appointment with Stuart McGill, a renowned lower back expert at the University of Waterloo who was treating professional athletes for various types of serious back issues.
The rest is history. I went from someone who couldn’t sleep, couldn’t walk, couldn’t smile, and who couldn’t think of anything other than pain to someone who began to walk again, smile again, bicycle again and, unbelievably, to start playing squash again. So this first thank you is to you, Stu, for your dedication to science and for making me whole again. As you know, I have since become a McGill disciple whenever I see or hear of someone with lower back pain.
US Army Ranger, 2018
First I want to say thank you for sharing your story in your book Gift of Injury. I was in Texas a few months ago, and Ed Coan told me to read your book. It has given me a new outlook and helped me get back on track. On top of being a powerlifter, I am a 22 year still serving Army Ranger that has been jumping out of planes since 1996.
My spine has endured a lot of impacts. In the last few years, I have slowly gotten worse and got to the point of giving in to the medical professional of looking at getting cut or even being medically boarded out of the Army. I was looking for answers and solutions, and none was there but ones that make me live a life that was not what I wanted.
Eight months of Physical Therapy with direct attention from the doctor did nothing. Following your plan, o vernight my pain was put in check, reduced immensely, my back felt relaxed and not like I was one move away from getting a major surgery. Life feels better once again. I am religious about doing my Big 3 twice daily and getting my walks in. I started lifting again and has got back on track after taking months off. I thank you (ed: Brian Carroll) and Dr. McGill for this.