WHAT TO EXPECT

Virtual sessions available if appropriate.

"There is no such thing as non-specific back pain.  All back pain has a cause." - Dr. Stuart McGill

The McGill Method uses a unique blend of biomechanics, neurodynamics, anatomy and behavioural science to

hone in on the precise cause of your low back pain.  

The McGill Method Assessment

(Phase 1) 

The Assessment begins by gathering a detailed history of your back pain.

This is a vital step in understanding 

your potential injury mechanisms and pain triggers.  

A comprehensive physical 

examination will follow to identify

your specific pain triggers. 

These are unique to every back-pained person. Motions, postures and loads are analyzed, under-active and over-active muscles are identified, anatomical variances are probed, and neural components are tested

in order to hone in on the precise cause of your pain.

 

Upon completion, we will discuss your unique pain triggers and the root cause of your pain, the relationship between your symptoms and tissue damage, and the plan for recovery.   

Please bring MRI if available.

 

Time: 2.5 hrs. (approx.)

Cost: $165/hr. + HST

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Elimination of Injury Mechanisms and Pain Triggers

(Phase 2)

The objective of phase 2 is to eliminate your pain triggers and initiate pain desensitization. This is a critical (and often neglected)  step in low back pain

rehabilitation.  

 

You will be skillfully coached on the elimination of your pain triggers by replacing them with pain-free movements, postures and loading patterns that will build your spine's capacity.  This allows the traumatized tissues to rest and establishes an environment for healing.

 

You will be given positions of respite, and your current daily activities will be addressed and modified (if necessary).

 

For the first time, you will have a clear understanding of how to wind down your pain.  You will know exactly what "to do" and what "not to do".  You will be in full control of your recovery.

You will receive session summary notes via email to review at home.​

Time: 1 hr. (approx.)

Cost: $165/hr. + HST

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Building Resilience Therapeutic Exercise Prescription

(Phase 3)

 

The very delicate recovery phase that removes the cause of pain is followed by an individualized therapeutic exercise plan carefully designed to build

stability, endurance and resilience in your back.​ 

Selection, load, dosage and timing of exercises are skillfully administered based on your injury and your spine's tolerance and capacity.

 You will be provided with expert coaching to ensure perfect form with nuances to ensure zero increase in symptoms both during and after the exercises are performed.

 

You will receive a detailed copy of your exercise plan via email to perform at home along with access to customized

video enhanced versions of your 

exercises. 

Time: 1 hr. (approx.)

Cost: $165/hr. + HST

"Back" to Health

(Phase 4: recommended for most individuals)

Perfect form is instilled as you increase endurance, enhance injury resilience and broaden pain-free activities with one-on-one coaching.

Lazy muscles are provoked and trained, specific joints are mobilized, and skillfully coached stretches are programmed if appropriate.  

Your exercise and movement repertoire are expanded during this phase, building mind-muscle connections, enhancing controlled motion and re-establishing healthy activation patterns.

Time: 1 hr. (approx.)

Cost: $165/hr. + HST

 

Advancing Your Fitness

(Phase 5: optional)

Individuals who have fitness-related goals will progress to this phase. 

There is a shift in focus from back rehabilitation to back performance.

Your unique back injury and personal history continues to steer the ideal selection and dosage of exercises to increase challenge and build strength.

One on one coaching is provided to establish proper form and understanding of exercise objectives. 

Cost: $165/hr. + HST