PODCAST: Fix Your Back Pain with Dr. Stuart McGill

PODCAST: Fix Your Back Pain with Dr. Stuart McGill by Anchors of Health



Timeline of the Podcast:

  • [2:10] Dr. Stuart McGill’s motivation behind writing Back Mechanic.
  • [4:20] What makes his book different and why are people going to find a different result.  
  • [6:10] His thoughts on the commonly held belief that there is “no such thing as non-specific general back pain.”
  • [6:47] Statistics on the efficacy of his method.
  • [8:00] Is back pain psychological?  
  • [9:00] Mythbusting: The clinician at the pain clinic will be able to provide you with a long-term solution.  
  • [10:33] Some holes that may be found with seeing a physical therapist.  
  • [16:24] Why he focuses a lot on the high performance athlete. 
  • [17:45] Mythbusting: His thoughts on “stretch more” or “do yoga or pilates” as a recommendation to fix back pain. 
  • [20:10] An outline on the McGill Method to fixing back pain.  
  • [27:25] What he means by his analogy, “picking the scab.”
  • [29:50] What he means by cumulative sensitization and his “bank account” analogy. 
  • [31:57] Why pulling your knees to your chest first thing in the morning is not a good idea.
  • [33:14] The non-negotiable “Big 3 Exercises.”
  • [36:07] His take on sit-ups and crunches.  
  • [38:38] The importance of walking.
  • [42:17] What he would do to fix back pain for an entire country.



Dr. Stuart M. McGill is a professor emeritus, University of Waterloo, where he was a professor for 30 years. His laboratory and experimental research clinic investigated issues related to the causal mechanisms of back pain, how to rehabilitate back-pained people and enhance both injury resilience and performance. His advice is often sought by governments, corporations, legal experts, medical groups and elite athletes and teams from around the world.

His work produced over 240 peer-reviewed scientific journal papers, several textbooks, and many international awards. He mentored over 40 graduate students during this scientific journey.

During this time he taught thousands of clinicians and practitioners in professional development and continuing education courses around the world.

He continues as the Chief Scientific Officer for Backfitpro Inc. Difficult back cases are regularly referred to him for consultation. Any product associated with this website has been tested in Dr. McGill’s laboratory.

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