Why research Women’s Pelvic and Core Health? Despite western medical textbooks making note of women suffering from pelvic health issues since at least 1880, there has been little to no specific research looking into many of these issues. Both male and female pelvises warrant deeper study; however women’s pelvises have been treated as merely a ‘variant’ of the male pelvis for most of modern medicine (for some interesting reading: BBC Health Gap Articles).
Dr. Linda McLean is one of the few researchers worldwide looking to change this – working to create a knowledge base to move Women’s Pelvic and Core Healthcare into this century. Dr. McLean brings her own multidisciplinary academic successes to embrace a team of students, staff and collaborators from varied backgrounds, including psychology, physiotherapy, engineering, kinesiology, medicine and biomedical science. The team works together innovating and building the tools needed in order for them to investigate the underlying biomechanical and neurophysiological roots in many understudied women’s pelvic health and core issues. She, her team, and her collaborators have broad interests including urinary incontinence; pelvic pain; motor dysfunction associated with pregnancy and delivery; investigating the use of imaging to aid diagnostics for uterine fibroids; as well as development of predictive models of successful rehabilitation outcomes.
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Participate in Our Research
Would you be willing to donate your time and participate in a study to help us fill in the knowledge gaps in women’s pelvic and core health? We are working to create a knowledge bank that will facilitate innovations to help the many women suffering from pelvic health issues with little to no treatment options.
Local Pelvic Floor Physiotherapists
If you live in the Ottawa and Gatineau area and are in need of a physiotherapist, click for a current list of physiotherapists that specialize in pelvic floor care.
What is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?
Please check out this video learning series put out by the OBGYN Academy. They have partnered with Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist Suzanne Funk to produce a series to educate about Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy. There are several videos, including ‘What to Expect at Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy”.
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Curious about what we’ve done in the past? Check out our publications list:
Pelvic Floor News
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