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

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In person courses are delayed until further notice because of the COVID-19 situation.
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Instructors: Prof. Stuart McGill,
Joel Proskewitz &
Dr. Edward Cambridge


In this one-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
  •         Skills in pain provocation tests to converge on a precise understanding of the pain mechanism
  •         How to create linkages to corrective and therapeutic exercises and drills
  •         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. Specific techniques will be honed to assess specific motions, postures and loads, and specific tissues including discs, facet and Sacro-iliac joints, hip joints, nerve roots, plus several categories of differential diagnosis.



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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McGill Method Level 2 – MASTER Assessment Course

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Note: Two-day master level assessment courses with limited enrolment, are taught by Professor McGill in an intimate learning setting in Gravenhurst, Canada. These are most helpful for those considering becoming McGill Method Master Clinicians. The master course features a live patient assessment on day two, and a social program including dinner at Professor McGill’s home and Backfitpro HQ. Please email to be notified of the next McGill Method Level 2 – Master Assessment Course.



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.


Joel Proskewitz

Mr. Proskewitz has worked with Professor McGill for the past 12 years learning his approaches for assessment and performance training. He is a master trainer based in London UK. Professor McGill regularly refers difficult patients to Joel who assesses the individual to reach a precise diagnosis. Then an appropriate strategy to eliminate the pain triggers to wind down sensitivity is coached. This is followed with an exercise progression to create a foundation for pain-free movement. He has taught internationally with Professor McGill for the past three years. He teaches McGill 2, McGill 3 and the Back Mechanic course.

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.