Back Mechanic

Back Mechanic

The Secrets to A Healthy Spine your Doctor Isn't Telling You : the Step by Step McGill Method to Fix Back Pain

Book - 2015
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Publisher: Gravenhurst, ON :, Backfitpro Inc.,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780973501827
Branch Call Number: ANF 613.71881 MCG
Characteristics: 166 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 22 cm


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Apr 21, 2018

This book saved my life! I was disabled from excruciating back pain from 3 herniated discs when I came across Dr. McGill in my research. He is the leading medical professional for back issues in the world and we are very fortunate that he is Canadian and works out of an Ontario university. This book is the first book he has created for the layperson, in regular, everyday language. I learned what I was doing wrong, how I contributed to my injury, and how to heal from it. At the beginning of his book, he said a back injury like I had is NOT a life sentence. And it wasn't. I have completely healed going from bedridden, to wheelchair and walker .. to the gym - physically fit and pain free. I am so grateful to this book. I bought it when it first came out and gave my copy away twice two to friends who were in my situation. As I said, this book literally saved my life.

Nov 16, 2017

I am a health care professional, and this book has really changed my approach to back pain. The first key is to find your pain-free postures and movements (hopefully you can find one or more) and really work to stay in that range. If you go out of the range, you are essentially 'scratching the scab off' any internal scarring/healing that the body is trying to do. Once you can master this, then you can try to expand your pain-free ranges of motion. (I'm thinking this process can apply to other chronic musculo-skeletal injuries too). This is appropriate for even those with arthritis!
Expect to spend many hours with this book to get the most out of it.
Dr McGill will walk you through some self-assessments, so you can identify where your pain is coming from (e.g. hips versus low back). [I am convinced he is a genius in his field, by the way]. This book _is_ worth buying, and also worth bringing with you to your doctor.
I'm just starting the rehab section, but the diagrams for both assessment and rehab have been quite clear so far, though it can take some time to spot the differences in a few cases. From what I have skimmed so far, the rehab is a few key exercises plus learning new movement patterns essential to living pain free, or nearly pain free.
I cannot recommend this book enough. Buy it, if you can afford to, especially if you have chronic (or recurring) back pain, or are considering surgery.

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