Sarah is the President and CEO of Backfitpro Inc. She obtained her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Guelph, and has been heavily involved with running Backfitpro throughout her school years and ever since. Growing up around the clinic and lab observing her father, Stuart McGill, Sarah saw the impact the McGill Method was having on people’s lives from all walks of life. This inspired her to pursue providing the McGill Method assessments and approaches herself, and she is now on our team of McGill Method certified practitioners. She is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and a Certified Breath Coach through the Whole Health Project. Her practice is called Spine & Spirit Restoration, based on Vancouver Island, Canada. Sarah has her skippers’ license and has sailed the Caribbean, Croatia and across the Atlantic ocean. She now calls Victoria, BC home.
Testimonials for Sarah McGill ~ McGill Method Certified Practitioner
“I highly recommend Sarah McGill and the McGill Method, for helping heal and prevent low-back injuries. Prior to working with Sarah, I’d tried endless self-help back/hip videos, doctors and physical therapists. Those prior attempts all involved minimal diagnostic time and exercise experiments that made things worse. The doctors had recommended that I just live with it or use pain meds that the NIH views as non-useful.
I was unable to work, run, drive, sit, stand, or travel to see my aging mother. I was very discouraged and knew I needed a more thorough diagnosis and healing approach. My MRI showed disc bulges & herniation.
I’d seen videos on the McGill Method which incorporates a more thorough diagnosis and evidence-based steps to heal. I read the book, “Back Mechanic”. It struck me as scientific, pragmatic, and safe. I wanted to get coaching in the McGill Method, but I couldn’t travel without inflaming the nerves.
Sarah McGill agreed to help me via video call. After six weeks, my back is much better. I have found her coaching approach to be safe, gentle, gradual, and effective.
Sarah is a great listener and her experience allows her to present the info in a variety of ways so I can understand/visualize it. I intend to continue with her coaching to fully heal my back, integrate healthier movement patterns, and rebuild my athletic abilities. I wish I’d done this my whole life. Many thanks.”
– Michael Kelley Harris, Software Engineer and amateur runner and gardener
“After struggling at 26 with severe back pain for over a year, I was ready to give up and accept there was no way to fix it, but then I met Sarah. I had been to countless specialists and had spent thousands of dollars on treatments but no one had any answers, and no treatment helped for long.
Sarah’s approach was unlike any other. She performed an extensive in-home assessment and identified what helped and what hurt my back. She also reviewed my MRI images with Dr. McGill and they discovered things that no one had seen in the past.
Her understanding of my spinal mechanics, and the way she explained my own back to me, made me trust her and her recommendations. I started following her movement suggestions and exercise recommendations and a week later I started to feel better.
Throughout the process Sarah has been diligent in answering all of my questions and helping me to adjust my lifestyle to support my back. I no longer complain about my back pain and believe I will live 100% pain free before too long with the help and support of Sarah.”
– Meghan Dunstan
“I am so thankful for the opportunity to work with Sarah and her ability to resolve my lingering back pain.
After reading the Back Mechanic book (which I highly recommend), I implemented the program and was able to see some immediate results but was left with some specific questions and remained somewhat stuck in a cycle of re-injury each time I attempted to resume exercising.
Through a few online sessions with Sarah, she was able to pinpoint the behaviours I needed to change to stop injuring myself and build an exercise program to build resiliency in my back. It was extremely helpful to have her expertise and coaching to ensure I was doing the movements correctly and getting the benefit from each of them.
By diligently following the program Sarah laid out, I can honestly say the change in my level of pain and daily discomfort has been miraculous.
The exercises and behavioral changes have been easy to incorporate into my daily routines and by following them for the past 6 weeks my back pain has been virtually eliminated.
Being able to see this level of change in such a short time is astounding after dealing with an increasing level of pain & discomfort for so long.
I am very confident that I now have a program I can follow going forward that will help me stay pain free and continue to increase my ability to move well and do the things important to me in life.
The entire process has been overwhelmingly positive. Sarah is a joy to work with, is a great listener and communicator and even offered great guidance on things like sleep and breathing.
Thank you, Sarah, for all your help and for making my life better.”
“I’m a competitive basketball player that had lower back pain. It kept me from doing any physical activity. Over the past 7 months of working with Sarah, she has helped me regain my ability to compete and beyond! Not only does she care for back pain, she also trains a number of mind and body exercises, along with breathing practices. All in all, Sarah is an amazing back specialist who is a joy to work with!”
“Sarah was incredibly thorough in my initial assessment and was able to explain the potential cause of my injuries immediately. We began working through various exercises, including “The Big Three”, which helped rebuild my core and spine stability to return to my favourite activities like cycling and hiking!”
“I have read the books (Back Mechanic and Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance by Stuart McGill). I also spent a fair bit of time on Youtube trying to “fix” my problem with my low back. However, I realized after my first zoom meeting with Sarah that it is the small things that make a big difference. Sarah coached me through the McGill BIG 3 exercises and I was quickly in a sweat. It really felt different than “my version” of the BIG 3. After a little more coaching sessions I feel I am on my way and can already feel the benefits.
I would recommend Sarah to anyone who wants to get serious about moving away from pain and discomfort.