Ms Melissa Jane Davidson

MPhil Melb., DipPhysio AIT, BSc Auck., DipManipulation (Canadian Physiotherapy Association), PGCertPhysio (Pelvic Floor) Melb., PGCertPhysio (Acupuncture) Otago

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy

Biography

Melissa qualified in New Zealand as a physiotherapist in 1990 and is a registered Physiotherapy Specialist in Pelvic Health under the New Zealand Physiotherapy Board. She is the current President of the International Organisation of Physical Therapists in Pelvic and Women's Health, a sub-group of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy.

Research | Current

Thesis

Investigation of the change in pelvic floor muscle stiffness during pregnancy: Developing a risk prediction tool for delivery outcomes

Research intent: Investigating the effect of pregnancy on the in-vivo tissue properties of the pelvic floor, and correlating these findings with delivery outcomes.

This will provide information about:

  1. the evolution of PFM changes that occurs during pregnancy and post-delivery;
  2. whether these changes can be related to the risk of birth injury and enhance the predictive capability of a numerical ‘risk score’ and;
  3. whether the quantitative measures of PFM stiffness and strength can be correlated to typical clinical subjective measures such as digital palpation.

This project forms a component of a larger long term study of pelvic floor mechanics, involving both experimental and modelling approaches.

Supervisors


Research group

Pelvic Floor

 

Areas of expertise

Physiotherapy and Pelvic Health

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Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Davidson, M. J., Nielsen, P. M. F., Taberner, A. J., & Kruger, J. A. (2020). Is it time to rethink using digital palpation for assessment of muscle stiffness?. Neurourology and urodynamics, 39 (1), 279-285. 10.1002/nau.24192
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/49525
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jennifer Kruger, Poul Nielsen, Andrew Taberner
  • Davidson, M., Nielsen, P., Taberner, A., & Kruger, J. (2019). CHANGE IN PELVIC FLOOR MUSCLE STIFFNESS AND FORCE DURING PREGNANCY AND POST-PARTUM: PRELIMINARY RESULTS.. Paper presented at 49th Annual Meeting of the International-Continence-Society (ICS), Gothenburg, SWEDEN. 3 September - 6 September 2019. NEUROUROLOGY AND URODYNAMICS. (pp. 2).
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jennifer Kruger, Poul Nielsen
  • Davidson, M., Nielsen, P., Taberner, A., & Kruger, J. (2019). IT MIGHT BE FREE, BUT IS IT ACCURATE? TIME TO REASSESS DIGITAL PALPATION FOR MUSCLE STIFFNESS.. Paper presented at 49th Annual Meeting of the International-Continence-Society (ICS), Gothenburg, SWEDEN. 3 September - 6 September 2019. NEUROUROLOGY AND URODYNAMICS. (pp. 3).
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jennifer Kruger, Poul Nielsen
  • Davidson, M. J., Bryant, A. L., Bower, W. F., & Frawley, H. C. (2017). Myotonometry Reliably Measures Muscle Stiffness in the Thenar and Perineal Muscles. Physiotherapy Canada. Physiotherapie Canada, 69 (2), 104-112. 10.3138/ptc.2015-85
  • Ferreira, C. H. J., Dwyer, P. L., Davidson, M., De Souza, A., Ugarte, J. A., & Frawley, H. C. (2015). Does pelvic floor muscle training improve female sexual function? A systematic review. International urogynecology journal, 26 (12), 1735-1750. 10.1007/s00192-015-2749-y
  • Davidson, M., Bryant, A., & Frawley, H. (2014). PERINEAL MUSCLE STIFFNESS IN WOMEN WITH AND WITHOUT VULVODYNIA: RELIABILITY OF MEASUREMENT AND DIFFERENCES IN MUSCLE STIFFNESS. Paper presented at 44th Annual Meeting of the International-Continence-Society (ICS), Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL. 20 October - 24 October 2014. NEUROUROLOGY AND URODYNAMICS. (pp. 2).

Contact details

Alternative contact

Mob: 027 4142 258

Primary office location

AUCKLAND BIOENGINEERING HOUSE - Bldg 439
Level 1, Room 139
70 SYMONDS ST
GRAFTON
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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