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Identify which movements, postures and loads are the root cause of chronic low back pain, how to remove those causes, and eliminate your low back pain.

The McGill Method was developed at the University of Waterloo in Toronto, Canada, by professor Stuart McGill, a world-renowned spine researcher, lecturer and author. He pioneered a comprehensive method to help patients recover from chronic low back pain and avoid further low back injury and symptoms. Chiropractor Mark Bevers has completed the rigorous certification program and is a McGill Method Master Clinician. If you have chronic low back pain that has been unresponsive to at least three other types of medical treatments, you may benefit from this unique approach to low back pain.

Professor Stuart McGill

What is the McGill Method?

Professor Stuart McGill is a world-renowned spine scientist, speaker, and author of Low Back Disorders, among other books and hundreds of peer reviewed articles. He has developed the McGill Method assessment for chronic low back pain cases, which is different from anything traditionally taught in the allied health care fields.

Many common approaches such as stretches, yoga, pilates, exercise, and weight loss, do not resolve the source of the pain behind the symptoms. If the cause of the chronic low back pain is not properly identified, even more aggressive treatments such as injections and surgeries may be ineffective.

The McGill Method assessment helps to identify which movements, postures and loads are the root cause of chronic low back pain, how to remove those causes, and hence eliminate the pain.

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

Professor Stuart McGill has helped satisfied patients from all over Europe with the book Back Mechanic.
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Who is a good candidate for the McGill Method Assessment?

In order to be considered for the McGill Method, there are 3 intake requirements:

  • Chronic low back pain, with or without sciatica for at least three months.
  • Unresponsive to at least three medical treatment interventions.
  • The desire to understand why you have chronic low back pain, learn how to manage it and receive the tools to allow healing.

What is involved in the McGill Method Assessment?

Chronic low back pain cases are unique, complex, multifaceted, and require time and care to properly assess and treat. Prior to your appointment, you will be asked to read Back Mechanic by Dr. Stuart McGill.  Your visit will then consist of a 3-hour history, examination, and movement assessment protocol specific to your chronic low back pain.

During your visit with Dr. Bevers, you can expect the following:

  • Dr. Bevers will review your history including any imaging to help you understand why you have low back pain in the first place.
  • He will then put you through a series of examinations, movements, and tests to determine what aggravates your symptoms and what alleviates them.
  • Lastly, Dr. Bevers will show you how to move and exercise in a spine sparing way that will allow the spine to heal and symptoms to dissipate. During this part, movement competency can be videotaped on the patient’s phone for future reference.

The severity of low back damage, injury and symptom duration, symptom severity, tissues involved, numbers of therapies and surgeries attempted, age, health and patient fitness all impact the outcomes of the treatment.

The McGill Method is intended to be a one-time visit; however, some patients require or request follow up visits to review; exercises, movements, instructions, and treatment recommendations.

We have helped satisfied patients from all over Europe.

“As a physician myself there is no question in my mind that the McGill method should be the standard of care for all back pained patients.”


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    Martin H

    I came to Dr. Bevers after my second herniated Disc and got the best back pain consultation I ever had. Even after reading two McGill books (Back Mechanic, Ultimate Back Fitness), it was very useful to have an expert check my posture, my execution of the Big 3, and daily movements. He found my pain triggers, showed me which of my daily movements I have to improve to get rid of the pain and fine-tuned my execution of the Big 3. I fully recommend Dr. Bevers and I am happy that I made use of his expertise.

    Michel Almeida

    I did a long trip to get to Mark Bevers clinic but it was totally worth it. Mark is the right person to look for when you are suffering from back pain. By performing a full McGill assessment he was able to recommend me the right exercises that will reinforce my core and avoid my pain triggers. So far I'm really feeling a lot of improvements! Keep up the good work Mark!

    Treated for back pain

    Stefan Ortner

    After four years of visiting doctors and searching for help for my low back pain i found the McGill treatment and Mark Bevers and i made an appointment with Mark for a McGill Assessment. Before that there were a few MRIs and the diagnosis of disc hernia, but no instruction how to deal with it and heal in daily life, so no real help and i was feelin kind of hopeless and arranged myself with living with the pain. Mark examined my back thoroughly, he analysed my movement patterns and my history of back pain. He explained his view on my problems in detail and answered all of my questions completely. Based on my individual needs he showed me exercises to heal my back. During the four hour appointment i learned a lot and he gave me the tools to recover my injured back. The four hour appointment was worth the money i had to pay for it and it was a pleasure to work with Mark.

    Treated for low back pain

    M. Bloch

    I'm 35 years old and am having hard back- and buttocks-pains since 4 years ago, after doing some stressful physical jobs. I live in Argentina and couldn't find any health practitioner here who could take his/her time to make a good assessment and give me some advice about how to get out of the situation. I visited many professionals and they only said I have light herniated discs (L4-L5 and L5-S1). Then I got familiar with the McGill Method and felt that was the right path and just what I needed to try. I contacted Mark Bevers from abroad telling him about my case and explaining him I couldn't find anyone here to help me. He agreed meeting me on Skype and talking about what things I could do to improve my situation. I sent him all my MRIs and diagnosis and then we talked extensively about my back and what kind OK movements I need to avoid and what kind of goals I'd have to achieve. He showed me how to protect my back when doing the big three and how to to them correctly. He was really patient, clear and nice. I now have a routine to work with every day and many spine hygiene tips to follow. I'm totally thankful to him for doing this and now I'm preparing myself to meet him live soon to adjust the improvements and leave my pains behind.

    Treated for Back pain

    Véronique A. Smans

    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.

    Treated for Herniated disc