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Professor Stuart McGill: How to take better care of your back

With back pain affecting hundreds of millions of people around the world, severely hampering their quality of life and mental health, the world-renowned spine health specialist reveals how you can take better care of your back to look, feel and perform at your very best
Professor Stuart McGill
Professor Stuart McGill

Professor Stuart McGill, PhD, is a world-renowned authority on spine biomechanics with extensive clinical research expertise in back injury and pain mechanisms, rehabilitation approaches, and performance training. He has authored more than 240 scientific journal papers and four books on back and spine health, including Back Mechanic, a step-by-step guide of his methods to fix back pain. He has consulted for government agencies, multinational corporations, and hundreds of professional athletes and sports teams. He received the Order of Canada in 2020 for international leadership in back pain issues. Follow him on Instagram and X. Visit BackFitPro.com

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In 2020, low back pain affected 619m people across the world, a figure expected to rise to 843m people by 2050, according to research by the World Health Organisation. Globally low back pain is the single leading cause of disability and the highest number of cases is in patients between the ages of 50 and 55.

Non-specific low back pain, which is far harder to diagnose and treat, is the most common condition, responsible for around 90% of all cases.

It’s no exaggeration to say that if you suffer from low back pain it negatively impacts almost every area of your life, not only limiting what you can do physically but often leading to severe mental health issues.

If you’re one of the millions of people suffering with low back pain you’ll know exactly how it makes you feel. You may have even given up hope that you’ll ever look, feel and perform as well as you used to.

But help is at hand. World-renowned spine health specialist Professor Stuart McGill has helped professional athletes suffering from crippling back issues return to their former glories – in many cases setting new records and winning international competitions.

In our exclusive interview we speak to Professor McGill to discover what you can do to take better care of your back.

McGill’s “Big Three” back exercises explained

Professor McGill explains how he selected three spine-sparing and core-stabilising exercises to improve back health that have become synonymous with his name and expertise in treating low back pain problems.

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Professor McGill explains why he can no longer go to commercial gyms having seen the red flags of bad strength coaching too many times in his decades of training and rehab experience.

Professor Stuart McGill: The “biological cost” of training

Professor McGill explains the concept of the biological cost of training, why strength starts as a thought, and how lifting heavy sometimes requires you to be ready to “commit homicide” on your own body.

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