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Professional Spotlight

The professional spotlight recognizes and features the talents of a clinician that has trained with Pelvic Health Solutions, and has excelled in their quest to become an excellent pelvic health clinician. Clinicians who have taken on a leadership role in their community, or in the larger pelvic health community will be featured in this section. They will share their journey in pelvic health and why they chose to pursue this field, along with their successes, challenges and some of their favourite courses.

Marie-Josée (MJ) Lord

Email: mjlordphysio@hotmail.com

Phone: 514-694-4644 ext 129

Location: Baie-D’Urfé, QC

 

Pelvic Health Solutions is honoured to feature Marie-Josée (MJ) Lord as the Professional Spotlight this month. We are certain this comes as no surprise to anyone. MJ is an incredible physiotherapist and advocate for pelvic health physiotherapy.

 

MJ received her B.Sc.P.T. at McGill University in 1984. She is a clinical physiotherapist who has been treating a variety of pelvic floor disorders for over 25 years.

 

MJ lectures nationally and internationally on the topic of pelvic floor rehabilitation, has written several articles for the scientific and the lay audience, has been interviewed on television and for lay publications, and has participated in several research projects related to this field.

 

MJ is currently working in an interdisciplinary setting at Clinique A, rue McGill and Ville-Marie Médical in Montreal. Both these clinics offer a very unique concept of pelvic floor dysfunction evaluation, where the patient consults with the physician, physiotherapist and sexologist as a team.

 

MJ has a long history of being involved with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and the Women’s Health division. She is currently acting as Past Chair of the division and has served as the newsletter editor of the division for 4 years. In 2009, she received the CPA prestigious mentorship award for her contribution in this field of physiotherapy.

 

Thank you MJ for being a pioneer in pelvic health physiotherapy in Canada. You have instructed and inspired many physiotherapists to treat pelvic dysfunction. Your hard work, commitment and dedication are admirable.

 

How long have you been practicing pelvic health physiotherapy?

I started in pelvic health physiotherapy in 1990.

 

What lead you into the specialty of pelvic health?

During my physiotherapy degree at McGill, there was one class teaching us how to prepare women to push for delivery but we didn’t talk about what could be done for these women after the birth to reeducate their pelvic floor muscles. After graduating, I decided to do osteopathy studies to learn some internal techniques, which I was hoping to be able to use in physiotherapy. However, it was a post-graduate course given by Marcel Caufriez, kinesitherapist from Belgium, that really made the difference for me.

 

What do you love most about your profession?

I love the diversity of dysfunctions/pathologies we can treat in pelvic health. Even though the diagnosis could be similar, each person is different. Each patient brings a biopsychosocial element to their problem which presents more of a challenge.

 

Which course did you enjoy the most/what course has changed your clinical practice the most?

I would have to say my very first pelvic floor course with Marcel Caufriez from Belgium in 1990. He introduced pelvic health in Canada for physiotherapists. He helped us bridge the gap between Canada and Europe. After that course, my practice took a completely different focus in developing and promoting an unknown field of physiotherapy across Canada.

 

What has been your most rewarding experience?

I have several but if I have to pick one, it would be the very first woman I treated with severe vaginismus. She had come to me after many years of psychology treatments (with very little improvement, still not able to have any penetration) and she wanted to try a new approach to her problem. After a series of physiotherapy treatments, she was very pleased to be able to have intercourse with her husband. She would still have some pain but she was to continue her exercises at home herself and with her partner. About a year and a half later, she calls me to announce that she had given birth to a baby girl. She wanted to come in to have an evaluation of her pelvic floor but she mostly wanted to show me the baby because she was saying it would not have been possible without my help. She was so thankful and appreciative. It was such an emotional moment when I held that little baby.

 

What advice would you provide to new physiotherapists getting started in pelvic health?

I would say that most of your learning will come from listening to what your patients are telling you. Take the time to listen to them, to be empathetic and to suggest some advice. You have the privilege of sharing some very intimate details of their lives.



1st Pain UnConference

Do you want to know what to do with patients who have highly disabling pain and difficult psychosocial issues? Internationally renowned keynote speakers Adriaan Louw and Bronnie Lennox-Thompson will guide us in the CPA Pain Science Division’s 1st Pain UnConference to more effective interventions when psychosocial factors hinder progress. There will also be engaging facilitated roundtable discussions based on questions/case studies that you provide.

 

Practice explaining pain and learn how to help your patient develop the skills needed to improve function and quality of life at the 1st Pain UnConference on October 29th in Toronto! Find out more at www.painunconference.com


Research Study: Call for Participants

 

Have you been unable to have sexual intercourse in your current relationship? Please share your story. I am looking for women and men in heterosexual relationships who have been unable to have sexual intercourse despite a desire to do so (not due to personal or religious values). Participants will take part in a one-time interview to discuss their experience. Participants will receive an Amazon gift card for $25 Canadian or $20 US as reimbursement for their time.

 

This is research for my graduate degree at Widener University. What you share will help other men and women with similar experiences when the study results are published. Your name will be kept private. Participation in the study is voluntary. Recruitment of participants has been approved by the Widener University Institutional Review Board (IRB).

 

If you are interested, please contact me at ambairstow@mail.widener.edu or 416-545-9908.

 

Thank you in advance for your interest!

Adrienne Bairstow


Invitation To Contribute To A Book Of Women’s Writing On Generalized Vulvodynia & Provoked Vestibulodynia

Expressing our thoughts and feelings in writing can be therapeutic when we are dealing with difficult life circumstances like having Vulvodynia. Reading other women’s stories can also provide support. I am inviting women to join with me in writing a book containing women’s writings about their experiences with Generalized Vulvodynia or Provoked Vestibulodynia (PVD).

 

There are no rules — I’m interested in any writing as long or short as you like: ranging from factual accounts to sketches, stories, anecdotes, diary entries, poems or any other writing in which you express your feelings or your experiences with vulvodynia. You can spend as little as 20 minutes on writing, or take longer if you wish. If you are interested in contributing your writing and would like more information, please contact me at writing.as.therapy@ubc.ca.

 

The value of the book will be determined by women who are prepared to share their writing with me, so I’d like to invite you to contribute any of your own writing to help me form what I hope will become a collection of our voices about vulvodynia and how it affected us and the people we love.

 

Thank you for taking the time to consider contributing your writing. I look forward to your response!

 

Dr. Ina Biermann

Department of English

University of British Columbia


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Incontinence & Pelvic Organ Prolapse
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Women’s Pelvic Health
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Men’s Pelvic Health