Sinéad Dufour Physiotherapist PT, PhD

Sinéad Dufour

PT, Ph.D.

Physiotherapist

Women's Health

Ontario, Canada
/ English
Sinéad has been an active member of several committees within the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Ontario and has authored and developed several clinical practice guidelines within this role. Sinéad is also a member on other committees through the International Continence Society, Registered Nursing Association of Ontario, Corelife Wellness and The World of my Baby (WOMB). 

Biography

Dr. Sinéad Dufour is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Health Science at McMaster UniversityShe teaches and conducts research in both the Schools of Medicine and Rehabilitation Science. 

Sinéad stays currently clinically through her work as the Director of Pelvic Health Services at The World of my Baby (the WOMB) a family of perinatal care centers in the greater Toronto area. Sinéad stays currently clinically through her work as the Director of Pelvic Health Services at The World of my Baby. Also, she mentors a team of pelvic health physiotherapists.. In addition to managing her own very busy caseload, she mentors a team of pelvic health physiotherapists and is a clinical preceptor for family medicine residents and midwifery students from McMaster University.

Sinéad has been an active member of several committees within the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Ontario and has authored and developed several clinical practice guidelines within this role. Sinéad is also a member on other committees through the International Continence Society, Registered Nursing Association of Ontario, Corelife Wellness and The World of my Baby (WOMB). 

Her passion for optimizing perinatal care and associated upstream health promotion for women stemmed from her own experience as a mother of twins.  She is an advocate for women’s pelvic health and a regular invited speaker at conferences around the world. 


Clinical interest

  • Perinatal care
  • Pelvic health
  • Innovative care solutions for pelvic health optimization

University studies :

  • Master of Science, Physical Therapy (McMaster University, 2003)
  • PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science (Western University, 2011)
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship (McMaster University, 2014)
  1. Keizer A, Vandyken B, Vandyken C, Yardley D, Macedo L, Kuspinar A, Fagahani N, Forget MJ, Dufour S. Predictors of Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction Among Women With Lumbopelvic Pain. Phys Ther. 2019 Dec 16;99(12):1703-1711. doi: 10.1093/ptj/pzz124. PMID: 31504926. Open access article: Click here!
  2. Dufour S, Fedorkow D, Kun J, Deng SX, Fang Q. Exploring the Impact of a Mobile Health Solution for Postpartum Pelvic Floor Muscle Training: Pilot Randomized Controlled Feasibility Study. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2019 Jul 11;7(7):e12587. doi: 10.2196/12587. PMID: 31298221; PMCID: PMC6657451. Open access article: Click here!
  3. Vandyken B, Keizer A, Vandyken C, Macedo LG, Kuspinar A, Dufour S. Pelvic floor muscle tenderness on digital palpation among women: convergent validity with central sensitization. Braz J Phys Ther. 2021 May-Jun;25(3):256-261. doi: 10.1016/j.bjpt.2020.05.013. Epub 2020 Jun 6. PMID: 32563663; PMCID: PMC8134766. Open access article: Click here!

 

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Courses & Webinars

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1.25 hr

Women's Health Webinar Series - For Pelvic Physiotherapists

Instructors:
Anita Lambert, Brianna Durand, Katie Kelly, Kirsty Elliot-Sale, Marie-Pierre Cyr, Michelle Lyons, Sinéad Dufour, Stéphanie Thibault-Gagnon, Susan Clinton
13.25 hrs

Women's Health Webinar Series - For Healthcare Professionals

Instructors:
Anita Lambert, Brianna Durand, Helen Keeble, Katie Kelly, Kirsty Elliot-Sale, Marie-Pierre Cyr, Michelle Lyons, Sinéad Dufour, Susan Clinton, Teresa Waser
12.75 hrs

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