McGill Method 2: Assessment

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This course includes 16 hours of lecture and demonstrations by Prof McGill. McGill Method 2 is geared for clinicians, advanced trainers, coaches and performance specialists who wish to obtain advanced skills to assess back-pained clients/patients. The primary objective is for you to be able to converge on a precise understanding of the pathway and mechanism of pain/dysfunction. You will learn:

  • Recent developments in science and in skills to assess back pain, dysfunction, and pathology across the broad spectrum of clients
  • Interviewing skills in conducting and extracting insights that reveal pain mechanisms
  • A robust set of testing competencies of many specific pain provocation tests, together with a logic that directs convergence on the pain mechanism(s)
  • How to find and test an antidote strategy for immediate change in symptoms
  • How to create progressions and regression to enhance client progress
  • Skills that allow you to understand the client’s cognitive status and influence on movement patterns so that you are the most effective person to help them.

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.

Course structure:

The lectures by Prof McGill can be viewed at your own pace. You have 1 full year to access and review all lecture material. 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 course. You may follow along with your own mock-patient to ensure your understanding and skill acquisition.


“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