In-Person McGill Assessment FAQ

Common Questions About In-Person Assessments

FAQ for in-person McGill Assessment

What is a McGill Method-certified Practitioner?

A McGill Method Certified Practitioner is a professional and highly trained expert. They specialize in assisting clients in reducing the risk of disabling low back pain and injury, optimizing their health outcomes, and enhancing their performance. Their deep understanding of corrective/therapeutic and performance enhancement exercises, tailored to each client’s unique needs, ensures a comprehensive approach to your care. Their range of techniques to reduce pain further underscores their expertise.


Brian Carroll’s expertise is not just a claim but a testament to his unique opportunity to learn, coach, and see clients alongside Prof. McGill, the co-author of ‘Gift of Injury, ‘over the past decade-plus. This unparalleled experience has equipped him to teach courses and seminars worldwide, offering invaluable insights to aid others in their recovery from back injuries.

What does an in-person McGill assessment with Brian Carroll consist of?

Read what is included with an in-person McGill assessment here:

Where does an in-person McGill assessment with Brian take place?

I live in Jacksonville, FL, and I have a custom private gym. Here, we test the postures, loads, movements, and positions that cause your pain and find ways to relieve and move around the pain. I have every implement, bar, rack, weight, machine, and apparatus for testing or athletic purposes.

How can I best prepare for the assessment to maximize my time?

After booking your appointment, I will contact you to discuss the details. As we have already built rapport through virtual consulting, I will handle any specific details regarding your case and send you an information packet. Additionally, I will email you a PDF to address all your questions about the assessment day.

Can I bring my coach, spouse, or significant other to the assessment?

Yes, in my opinion, this could be a game-changer. Those familiar with Gift of Injury know how much of a positive influence Ria, my wife, provided for my recovery. You can record specific aspects of the assessment and coaching, which are crucial for movement, exercise compliance, and execution.

How Long is an in-person McGill Assessment?

The assessment can last anywhere from 2 to 4 hours, with most planned for 3 hours. Due to the complex nature of the evaluation, I cannot provide an exact duration. I will strive to be professional, fair, and thorough without compromising the integrity of the assessment or my approach. While I can’t guarantee a comprehensive evaluation in just 1 hour, I will aim to be efficient when time and budget constraints are a concern. Please note that a two-hour payment is required upfront, and the remaining balance is due at the time of service.

Is Brian Carroll a Physical Therapist or Chiropractor?

As a McGill Certified Practitioner and retired massage therapist with over a decade of experience, I advocate for needy individuals. While I do not provide medical treatment, my mission is to help others avoid the mistakes I made in treating my injury and to inspire hope for those overlooked by the medical system. With my firsthand experience of overcoming a back injury (Gift of Injury), I aim to bridge the gap between real-world struggles and the medical approach. For more on my back pain journey, read about his journey HERE

Should I go to the Dr. before seeing Brian for an assessment?

I understand your concern for your safety and well-being. It’s crucial that you first see a physician to rule out any severe conditions such as Cauda Equina Syndrome, cysts, or cancer that may require immediate medical attention. Please get an MRI before contacting me. Please consult your medical provider for more information. Remember, you’re not alone in this journey; seeking professional help is the best way to ensure your health and well-being.

How badly injured and hurting are Brian's clients?

I specialize in complex back pain and injury cases. My clients often come to me with severe pain and mobility issues, having exhausted other treatment options without success. I am confident in my ability to assist you with your situation, although it’s important to note that back pain and injury are multifaceted, and recovery cannot be guaranteed. Nevertheless, I will dedicate myself to providing you with the best care.

Does Brian work with non-athletes or average joes?

My clientele is diverse, encompassing both athletes and non-athletes, male and female. I have experience working with a wide range of individuals, from elderly individuals seeking to regain mobility for everyday activities to young athletes injured in sports. This demonstrates my ability to tailor my services to meet the specific needs of each person, regardless of their age, gender, or level of physical activity.

What is an example of someone needing an in-person assessment vs. a virtual consult?

Our process begins with a virtual consultation, where I gather numerous success stories through daily testimonials. Some cases require out-of-the-box problem-solving. The next step involves a comprehensive in-person McGill Method assessment. This thorough evaluation will benefit clients with complex spinal issues or those who have not found relief from prior interventions; in-person coaching and assessment are available for individuals who struggle with remote learning. Our initial virtual consult allows us to build rapport, understand your unique story, and ensure no red flags. Depending on the nature of your case, I may refer you elsewhere to ensure you receive the best possible care.

I recently had back surgery. Can Brian help me with rebuilding?

Yes, I work with various post-surgical and post-procedural clients, such as those who have undergone PRP and STEM cell procedures. They have had procedures ranging from Micro-Discectomy to Laminectomy, Fusions, and Spinal Decompression. These clients want to regain resilience without following a one-size-fits-all approach that has failed them in the past.

My Doctor wants to do back surgery. Should I get a second opinion?

Through my journey of seeking multiple opinions on surgery, I realized the power of knowledge and the importance of further education. As discussed in Gift of Injury and Back Mechanic, this knowledge can be life-changing. Some of my clients, who were initially offered surgery without exploring non-surgical alternatives, have found relief and regained their lives. In my experience, most back-pained clients do not need surgical intervention, and this realization has been a source of enlightenment for them. This is why further education is not just important, but paramount.

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