- Hardcover: 328 pages
- Publisher: Human Kinetics; 2 edition (August 13, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0736066926
- ISBN-13: 978-0736066921
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 46 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #571,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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""McGill's text on "Low Back Disorders" is one that every treating clinician should have for their own professional library.""-"AAESS News "(Australian Association for Exercise and Sports Science) ""This is a fine blend between science and practical application by a credible author. The author is in a unique position to share his own valuable research and clinical experience to advance the treatment of alleviating low back disorders." "Doody's Book Review Service
"McGill's text on Low Back Disorders is one that every treating clinician should have for their own professional library."
-AAESS News (Australian Association for Exercise and Sports Science)
"This is a fine blend between science and practical application by a credible author. The author is in a unique position to share his own valuable research and clinical experience to advance the treatment of alleviating low back disorders."
–Doody's Book Review Service
"McGill has created an outstanding scientific work on the prevention and rehabilitation of low back disorders."
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Professor McGill represents the best of the best when it comes to lower back pain, injury, and rehabilitation. After decades of experience performing quantitative experiments as well as having exposure to clinical "tricks of the trade," Professor McGill is the ultimate authority for rehabbing lower back pain.
If you have any concerns about lower back pain and injury, Professor McGill is the ultimate authority on the subject. He continually hungers for more knowledge and analysis of what works and what doesn't, and uses EMG (electromyography) as well as other concrete quantifiable approaches to support many of his assertions in this book.
If you want a healthy back, you can't use your spine for power. Keep it locked and braced in a comfortable netural position, and let you hips and shoulders do what they were meant to do - be mobile. This book explains a lot about anatomy, past approaches that have worked or haven't worked, and Professor McGill's highly influential and important work on the quantification and every day (literally) implementation of spine stability/stiffness.
Professor McGill has helped me understand back disorders and how to treat them conservatively and I know that if you're dealing with lower back pain he can be of great help to you as well.
While this book is very good, it should not be one's only source of info about the low back. I have found that the book applies more to disc herniation problems than other disorders of the spine. While it is true that spinal stability is a good thing to train in general, there are specific lumbar disorders and also certain stages of injury in which the exercises in this book do not work so well in practice. For example, in the acute stages of injury, in which the body already has triggered the protective mechanism of a prolonged contraction of the muscles in the lumbar area, the bracing/isometric exercises only serve to increase the "tone" in the area and this results in more pain. At this stage, the focus should be on relaxing the back and a good way to do this is with gentle, unloaded movement. The take away lesson is that this book has great information but one needs to know when to apply it.
McGill states that the two areas of fitness that I have been pursuing; strengthening and flexibility, are not the primary goals but we should be focusing on stabilization. The exercises that he recommends are ones that I have seen before on my thirty year journey but were never told that these were the safest to do and they were usually a part of a routine that had some unsafe exercises as well. I still cannot believe that the standard single knee to chest exercise is not productive and creates unsafe hip flexion.
Exercise rehabilitation is not the only myths he breaks. I now realize that there is no one best way to sit in a chair. I have learned the proper way to lift things. It is worth going through the entire book because you will learn something but be prepared that the first two sections of the book are technical and may be hard to comprehend. Don't let that stop you. Believe me, you will find something useful throughout the book.
I give this five star review based on the fact that the information is based on concrete studies. I haven't even started the exercises but plan on doing that today. Given the doctor's track record, it would seem that I stand a good chance of improving.
Exercises, and relevant progressions, are clearly presented with photographs included.