McGill Method Level 2 MASTER Course – Assessment: Converging on a precise diagnosis

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Instructors: Prof. Stuart McGill,


In this two-day course geared for advanced clinicians and those who assess back-pained patients, you will learn:

  •         Recent developments in assessing the low back of the most challenging patients
  •         How to create linkages to corrective and therapeutic exercises and drills
  •         Skills in pain provocation tests to reveal the pain mechanism
  •         Technique development with workshops at the assessment table throughout the day

Attendees will hone their manual skills, together with clinical reasoning skills, work-shopping tests both on and off the exam table. This will lead to a precise diagnosis that forms the foundation for teaching the patient how to wind down their pain sensitivity. The second stage begins when pain is controlled, and the objectives shift to enhancing function and performance.


This is considered a master level course due to the extra depth that the material is covered over a 2 day period and with small class size. On day two, Prof. McGill brings in a real life patient, and performs a full McGill assessment. This proves to be one of the most valuable and popular aspects offered in this master level course. It is limited enrolment to ensure an intimate learning experience, and includes an evening social at Backfitpro HQ on the Saturday evening. We welcome all delegates to join us for a home cooked dinner and drinks for an opportunity to network with each other and get to spend some time with Prof. McGill outside the classroom.


“The seminar itself should be a must for all of the professions. The assessment is concise, logical, and allows one to flow easily through the algorithms that one needs to go through in solving complex Back problems. It takes out the bias that we bring in with each of our professions and provides a comprehensive compendium that can be used on Monday morning. It leaves no stone unturned.” (Dr. Larry Bell)

“Spending time with Dr McGill as he laid out tools and then ‘played jazz’ as he zeroed in on a precise diagnosis was a terrific experience… refreshing, stimulating, affirming and humbling. Lectures were packed with good information with many clinical pearls along the way. I truly thank Professor McGill for bringing his wisdom to the world and for putting on classes. I hope many more clinicians get to experience his teaching and many more patients will experience the restoration of their movement life.” (Dr. Mike Caruso)

“Our staff were extremely impressed with the organization skills, precision and thoughtfulness of the host Sarah throughout the entire weekend. I have been to many seminars over the years and I can confidently say that your preparation and execution was amongst the very best.” (Ro Sharma)


Low Back Disorders: Evidence based prevention and rehabilitation, Third Edition, published by Human Kinetics publishers, (, 2016

While this textbook comes with access to many online videos, a specific video illustrating the assessment and therapeutic exercise techniques is also available on Vimeo and DVD:

McGill, S.M. (2012) The Ultimate back: Assessment and therapeutic exercise, Second Edition


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Prof. Stuart McGill

Prof. Stuart M. McGill was a professor of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, ON, Canada) for 32 years. He continues as a consultant where 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.