Hi Dr. Tiltmann,
I am much improved, and only notice back tension when I do something physical without paying full attention to my form. In my normal day-to-day now I almost never notice any back tension. The most recent time when I noticed some back tension was while doing maintenance on a car that required me to be in an awkward position for over an hour, but that resolved pretty quickly!
I have kept up with daily walking (I’m up to 60 minutes a day) and I am doing exercises, but not exactly the big three. I found that the curl-up continued to tighten my neck muscles, even after trying the neck exercises recommended in Dr. McGill’s book, so I have switched to doing dead-bugs, which are much easier on my neck and shoulders (which are chronically tight from typing on a computer all day, every day). I have added glute bridges, which have made a big difference as well. I still do planks, and I do both side and front planks now. I did the bird dog for a couple months, and have now switched to doing step-ups on a 1.5 foot high step. I spent about two weeks just practicing good form, doing one step at a time as slowly as possible, and I find that it really helps with training my abs and glutes to work together.
I’ve included answers to your questions below:
1) Did you receive a thorough history, examination and coaching session, which were later provided in report form?
Absolutely. Your examination is one of the most thorough and comprehensive I have ever received in any context.
2) Was Dr. Tiltmann able to elicit your pain triggers as well as positions that alleviate the symptoms?
3) Did Dr. Tiltmann provide a better understanding of your back condition, how it became symptomatic, how to avoid aggravating it, and guide you on your path to recovery?
Yes. The most valuable parts, for me, were the examination of my anatomy, including my hip depth, and the specific instruction for managing my specific problems. That information is in Dr. McGill’s book, but even after a couple readings, I found it significantly more enlightening to have the examination. For example, I had done the “self test” recommended in the book, but had come to a different set of conclusions than Dr. Tiltmann did in his examination. His conclusions made much more sense than mine, of course.
4) Was Dr. Tiltmann able to answer your questions in a way that you understood?
Yes, Dr. Tiltmann is a gifted communicator and teacher.
5) Did you find the McGill Method a good value and would you recommend it to family and friends suffering from chronic low back pain?
Yes! I already recommend it to everyone I meet who has any sort of back pain.
Charles 43-year-old male with low back tightness for 14 years but flared 5 years ago after having 1st child and moving poorly. Review is 4 months post McGill Method.