McGill Method Level 2

Assessment: Converging on a precise diagnosis


Global Objectives:

To update delegates on the most recent developments in function of the lumbar spine – specifically how it works and how it becomes injured, and how this is linked to pain sensitivity. This is to develop an evidence based foundation for clinical decision making.


To provide guidance in the application of this knowledge to the clinic, workplace, rehabilitation center, and sports field to reduce the risk of injury, optimize healing of the patient, and build ultimate back performance in the athlete.


To give practice and technique development with workshops throughout the day.


Restoring a painful back begins with a detailed assessment. McGill demonstrates and teaches pain provocation through mechanical and neurological approaches intended to reveal the cause of pain. The algorithm is based on branching logic. Delegates 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 a smaller more intimate course, primarily around the exam table.


9 am – 12 noon


1: The foundation

Background (Lecture)

  • Movement assessments and screens
  • Mechanisms of function, injury and pain
  • Medical images (MR, CT, Ultrasound) interpretation
  • Differential diagnosis

12 – 1 pm



1 pm – 6 pm


2: The assessment (hands-on workshop at assessment tables)

Assessment Clinic

  • Assessment forms
  • Provocative tests, movement tests
    • These include motions, postures, loads and then specific tissues
    • Compression, shear, bending, tension, etc
    • Discs, end plates, vertebral bodies, sciatic and femoral nerve roots, SI joints, Facet joints, hip joints, muscle
    • Pain mechanisms including directionally frictioned nerve roots, multiple pain sources, dynamic disc bulges, pelvic ring laxity, among many others.
  • Support material

3: Interpreting the signs and special cases Special Cases

  • Spinal shock
  • Neural resonance
  • Neural traps
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Scoliosis, Stenosis, etc


“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

Suggested Readings

This presentation synthesizes many research articles. Rather than provide an exhaustive list, the interested delegate is encouraged to see them at:


However, the information has been synthesized into a textbook (the science of back function, prevention of back troubles and stabilization exercise, together with assessment of the pained patient): McGill, S.M. (2016) Low Back Disorders: Evidence based prevention and rehabilitation – Third Edition, Human Kinetics Publishers, Champaign USA, 2016


While the textbook comes with access to many online videos, a DVD illustrating the Assessment and Therapeutic exercise techniques is also available: McGill, S.M. (2017) The Ultimate back: Assessment and therapeutic exercise, Sixth Edition

Date and hours

Registration |  08:30

Saturday | 6 March 2021 | 09:00 – 18:00


Van der Valk Eindhoven

Aalsterweg 322
5644 RL Eindhoven

If you wish to stay at Hotel van der Valk Eindhoven you can use code … for the best offer. You can also join our Facebook event and share a room with another delegate.


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€ 1999,-
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