I have a herniated disc L5 S1 and was suffering for months this last winter. Via a Facebook group called ‘herniated disc support’, I came across the name Stuart McGill, several people mentioned his book and how it has helped their back tremendously. I started googling the book by Stuart McGill (he wrote several but the book mentioned mostly is called “Back Mechanic”) and found lots of great reviews on the book. I bought the book (Video version which means you get 1 year access to videos explaining the exercises) and read it in detail front to back, the book alone helped me a lot to gain wisdom in how the back functions and made me conclude I was ‘flex-intolerant’ and should avoid pain triggers such as flexing. This was so much in contrast to my belief + what type of exercises my physio taught me which appeared to be aggravating my pain. It is actually very sad most doctors/physiotherapists do not have this knowledge and wrongly advise us as patients. It was such an eye-opener that I started to look more into McGill to find out if he was working with international specialists. I learned via his website that several specialists have been trained in his method to perform a ‘McGill assessment’, I was lucky to find Mark Bevers in the Netherlands, I made an appointment and I am so happy I had the McGill assessment done by Mark. He has so much expertise and a wealth of knowledge on lower back problems. I came to the assessment very well prepared with a list of questions and prior knowledge that I learned from the book ‘Back Mechanic’. The assessment takes about 3-4 hours and pinpoints what exactly my triggers are, which movements to avoid and more importantly how to move forward to avoid issues in the future. We looked at the different stages of gaining core strength and where it was best for me to start. Mark taught me all the exercises in detail and allowed me to take pictures/videos for future reference. I am so glad I did the assessment. Don’t get me wrong, it is not a miracle cure (nothing is) but I now have a personal assessment of my back + a detailed plan on how to move forward. Mark is very kind and still connects to check how I am feeling and whether I still have questions, this is a very important aspect for me as questions still arise after the assessment. If you are suffering from lower back pain, do not hesitate to get the McGill assessment performed by Mark Bevers. I would highly recommend, if you do the assessment, to read the book ‘Back Mechanic’ prior to your visit.