McGill Method Level 1 – Foundation for the pain-free back

McGill Method courses are now online. Visit our online-learning page for details.
In person courses are delayed until further notice because of the COVID-19 situation.
We wish everyone well and we will see you when things resolve.

Instructors: Prof. Stuart McGill &
Dr. Edward Cambridge


This two-day course comprised of lecture and hands-on workshops is geared for clinicians, trainers, coaches and performance specialists who wish to update their knowledge to the most recent developments in function of the lumbar spine – specifically how it works, becomes injured, and mechanisms of pain. This is to develop an evidence based foundation for clinical decision making and to deliver methods to empower and heal their clients.

You will learn:

  • The foundations of how the spine works and becomes injured and/or painful
  • How to interpret what clients are presenting to you
  • Prevention of back disorders and risk reduction
  • Approaches to rehabilitation
  • Training methodologies for building the foundation for eventual back performance  

After completion of the workshop you will feel empowered to provide guidance in the application of this knowledge to the clinic, workplace, rehabilitation centre, and sports field to reduce the risk of injury, optimize healing of the patient, and build ultimate back performance in the athlete.


Brief Description of Topics:

4 hours

Building the foundation: Dispel the myths about how the spine works and becomes injured and/or painful. Anatomical, biomechanical and neurological perspectives are provided to setup the clinical approaches

1 Hour

Preventing Back Disorders: No clinician can be successful without removing the cause of back troubles in patients. This section teaches delegates how to identify the causes and how to remove them. Lecture and workshop.

10 Hours

Rehabilitation Approaches: The first stage following assessment of the pain mechanism is to wind-down the pain sensitivity by removing the cause. Movement techniques to empower the patient to move without pain are workshopped. Then exercise and programs are workshopped to build the foundation for pain-free activity. Lecture and workshop


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

Ultimate back fitness and performance, Sixth Edition, published by Backfitpro Inc (, 2017

Back Mechanic, 2015

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Dr. 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.


Dr. Ed Cambridge

Dr. Cambridge has studied with Professor McGill for the past 6 years while completing his PhD. His thesis is entitled “Hip & Spine Mechanics – Understanding the linkage from several perspectives from injury mechanisms to rehabilitation”. This work is focused on understanding this relationship through both normal and injury mechanics of the linkage and is comprise of a combination of biomechanical modelling and experimental research.
He is an outstanding instructor and highly competent with the scientific history that is the foundation of the McGill approach. He has taught with Professor McGill internationally for the past 5 years. He is also an excellent diagnostician with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree prior to his years working side-by-side seeing patients with Professor McGill in the University research clinic. He teaches McGill 1, McGill 2 and the Back Mechanic course.

Delegate comments: Dr Cambridge blew me away with his knowledge, teaching skills and humor. Great skill development together with evidence to back it up.