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McGill 2: Assessment: Converging on a precise diagnosis

Course Date

Start: 22nd October 2022 @ 09:00am
End: 22nd October 2022 @ 18:00pm

Course Location

Hotel van der Valk - Eindhoven
Aalsterweg 322, 5644 RL Eindhoven, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Course Description



After two years we are very excited to finally host all 3 McGill courses again!

From October 20-23 we will be hosting this great event in Eindhoven, Netherlands.


Registration 08:00 every day

Early registration

We will have early registration available Wednesday evening at Hotel van der Valk Eindhoven at 20:00 – 20:30. Please send us a quick email if you wish to make use of this.

McGill 1 – Foundation for the Pain-Free Back

Thursday  October 20       08:30-17:30
Friday        October 21       08:30-17:30

McGill 2 – Assessment: Converging on a precise diagnosis

Saturday    October 22       08:30-17:30

McGill 3 – High Performance Training: Progressing backs from pain to performance

Sunday     October 23       08:30-17:30


McGill 1 + 2 + 3 (morning session)

Hotel van der Valk Eindhoven
Aalsterweg 322
5644 RL Eindhoven


McGill 3 (afternoon practical)

Sparck Sportsclub Eindhoven
Aalsterweg 283 A
5644 RE Eindhoven






McGill Method 2 is geared for clinicians, advanced trainers, coaches and performance specialists who wish to obtain advanced skills to assess back-pained clients/patients. The primary objective is for you to be able to converge on a precise understanding of the pathway and mechanism of pain/dysfunction.

You will learn:

  • Recent developments in science and in skills to assess back pain, dysfunction, and pathology across the broad spectrum of clients
  • Interviewing skills in conducting and extracting insights that reveal pain mechanisms
  • A robust set of testing competencies of many specific pain provocation tests, together with a logic that directs convergence on the pain mechanism(s)
  • How to find and test an antidote strategy for immediate change in symptoms
  • How to create progressions and regression to enhance client progress
  • Skills that allow you to understand the client’s cognitive status and influence on movement patterns so that you are the most effective person to help them.


“The seminar itself should be a must for all of the professions. The assessment is concise, logical, and allows one to flow easily through the algorithms that one needs to go through in solving complex Back problems. It takes out the bias that we bring in with each of our professions and provides a comprehensive compendium that can be used on Monday morning. It leaves no stone unturned.” (Dr. Larry Bell)

“Spending time with Dr McGill as he laid out tools and then ‘played jazz’ as he zeroed in on a precise diagnosis was a terrific experience… refreshing, stimulating, affirming and humbling. Lectures were packed with good information with many clinical pearls along the way. I truly thank Professor McGill for bringing his wisdom to the world and for putting on classes. I hope many more clinicians get to experience his teaching and many more patients will experience the restoration of their movement life.” (Dr. Mike Caruso)

“Our staff were extremely impressed with the organization skills, precision and thoughtfulness of the host Sarah throughout the entire weekend. I have been to many seminars over the years and I can confidently say that your preparation and execution was amongst the very best.” (Ro Sharma)

Global Objectives:

To update delegates on the most recent developments in function of the lumbar spine – specifically how it works and how it becomes injured, and how this is linked to pain sensitivity. This is to develop an evidence based foundation for clinical decision making.


To provide guidance in the application of this knowledge to the clinic, workplace, rehabilitation center, and sports field to reduce the risk of injury, optimize healing of the patient, and build ultimate back performance in the athlete.


To give practice and technique development with workshops throughout the day.


Restoring a painful back begins with a detailed assessment. McGill demonstrates and teaches pain provocation through mechanical and neurological approaches intended to reveal the cause of pain. The algorithm is based on branching logic. Delegates will hone their manual skills, together with clinical reasoning skills, work-shopping tests both on and off the exam table. This will lead to a precise diagnosis that forms the foundation for teaching the patient how to wind down their pain sensitivity. The second stage begins when pain is controlled, and the objectives shift to enhancing function and performance. This is a smaller more intimate course, primarily around the exam table.


9 am – 12 noon

1: The foundation

Background (Lecture)

Movement assessments and screens

Mechanisms of function, injury and pain

Medical images (MR, CT, Ultrasound) interpretation

Differential diagnosis

12 – 1 pm



1 pm – 5 pm


2: The assessment (hands-on workshop at assessment tables)

Assessment Clinic

Assessment forms

Provocative tests, movement tests

These include motions, postures, loads and then specific tissues

Compression, shear, bending, tension, etc

Discs, end plates, vertebral bodies, sciatic and femoral nerve roots, SI joints, Facet joints, hip joints, muscle

Pain mechanisms including directionally frictioned nerve roots, multiple pain sources, dynamic disc bulges, pelvic ring laxity, among many others.

Support material

3: Interpreting the signs and special cases Special Cases

Spinal shock

Neural resonance

Neural traps


Scoliosis, Stenosis, etc


Course Credits


Course Contact Name

Designed 2 Move

Course Contact Email