Back Mechanics Book

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The step-by-step McGill Method to fix back pain.

In an age where many doctors are uninformed on the proper treatment of back pain, and where a seemingly endless amount of gimmicky back products are in circulation, a definitive guide to self-assessment and rehabilitation is more essential than ever. In this book, world-renowned spine expert Dr. Stuart McGill reviews his research findings and incomparable patient success stories to provide you with the program to eliminate your own back pain. Through discovering and eliminating their personal pain “triggers” and retraining the body to move pain-free, Dr. McGill has helped thousands reclaim their lives. This knowledge is now available to you. Back Mechanic is a richly illustrated, self-guide that steps the reader through the process.

Table of Contents

Introduction and overview
The way to a pain-free and robust back

Section 1: "Why me?" Understanding your pain

  • Myth-busting
  • Back to basics: Getting to know your back and causes of pain
  • Is surgery for you?: The essential list
  • The Code: Rules and guidelines for back health

  • Section 2: Self assessment: Finding the cause of your back pain

  • Use the McGill approach to find your pain trigger
  • Your self-assessment

  • Section 3: The repair job: Using the right tools to make activity pain-free

  • Removing the cause of pain: Learning basic movement tools
  • Spine hygiene: moving without pain
  • Building a resilient back: The non-negotiable "Big 3" exercises
  • The walking program: Nature's back balm
  • The core program
  • Restoring the hips

  • Section 4: Tuning the machine for best performance

  • Next level training: Regaining your active lifestyle
  • Special exercises for sciatica, kyphosis, scoliosis, stenosis, the overweight and others
  • Solutions that solve back pain: Case studies and sample programs
  • Q and A with the Professor: Sex, selecting a mattress, and other things you were afraid to ask
  • Conclusion

  • Appendix: Exercise Logs

  • Pain and activity ability
  • Exercise log

  • "Back Mechanic" (September, 2015) is geared for the lay public and anybody with back pain. Dr. McGill guides the reader through a step-by-step process to identify their particular pain triggers, then based upon this assessment, guides the person on what they should stop doing and what they should do. 

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