Hi, I'm Lindsey Vestal
I’m the founder of The Functional Pelvis, the first in-home pelvic health practice in New York City run by an Occupational Therapist.
I’ve helped thousands of people overcome chronic pelvic health challenges like incontinence and pelvic pain. My goal is to empower women and men to listen to the wisdom of their own bodies—without resorting to invasive surgeries or prescription drugs—so they can heal and get back to enjoying life again.
I TAKE A DIFFERENT APPROACH FROM OTHER PELVIC HEALTH EXPERTS
In fact, I don’t really take an “expert” approach at all.
Instead, I rely on my clients to share their expertise about their own bodies.
That way I can offer the personalized support they need to regain control of their basic bodily functions.
I understand that no one else knows your body better than you.
I consider the whole person, not just outward physical symptoms.
I don't believe kegels are a one-stop shop for pelvic floor dysfunction.
COME ON IN, LET'S TALK
When it comes to talking about something as intimate as pelvic health, nothing is more important than trust.
In fact, these topics are often overlooked by other practitioners, either because they don’t know how to ask the right questions or because the patient feels uncomfortable bringing them up.
That’s probably why these topics are sometimes called “hand on the doorknob” issues…
By the time a patient finally feels comfortable enough to bring up a problem like incontinence with their doctor, it’s usually just as they are opening the door to walk OUT.
But I want you to feel comfortable as soon as you walk IN the door—be it a real, physical door or the virtual door to my online office.
So let’s get to know each other a little better…
I’ve always been passionate about teaching people about the human body. But early on, I wasn’t sure how to put that passion to work.
By default I ended up working in the windowless office of a software company, spending more time with a computer than with the people I wanted to help.
And then, my father was diagnosed with bladder cancer.
My dad was a proud U.S. Marine who raised four daughters to be as strong and independent as he was.
So when the hospital sent him home with run of the mill exercises and a stack of incontinence pads, he wasn’t about to take it lying down.
And I decided to take a stand with him.
Over weeks and months, I scoured scientific studies and read up on the latest therapies. I devoured everything about incontinence that I could get my hands on.
I discovered that, without a fully-functional pelvic floor, basic human functions were difficult or impossible. Yet there were few resources that focused on how patients like my father could actually get back to doing the things they loved.
Then it dawned on me…
If we go to rehab for our shoulders and knees when they aren’t working like they used to, why couldn’t we do the same for our pelvic floor muscles?
I could see a clear path to improving the lives of people with pelvic floor dysfunction. But for some reason, hardly anyone was talking about it.
Eventually I found my father the right kind of help. And I’m happy to report that the cancer went into remission.
But my passion for helping others with pelvic function had only just begun.
Today I’ve helped thousands of other people overcome incontinence and other chronic pelvic health challenges. And I’ve managed to do it by taking a different approach that can actually get results more quickly and offers lasting relief.
WHY THE FUNCTIONAL PELVIS METHOD WORKS
The point isn’t to merely treat symptoms, the point is to get you back to the life you love.
That’s why I ultimately chose to specialize in pelvic health specifically as an Occupational Therapist.
As an OT, my focus is on the most basic bodily functions that most people take for granted, until they lose control over them.
The fact is, everything from how you sit, sleep, and eat–and even how you breathe–affects the function of your pelvic floor.
That means that targeting just one area of the body won’t necessarily resolve the problem issue.
So, instead of giving you a set of standard exercises to do at home, my goal is to help you become a detective when it comes to your own body so you can know why things aren’t working correctly.
It’s this deliberate full-body approach that has made such a difference in my clients’ and my students’ lives.
“When we gain knowledge about how our body works and then apply better principles, it’s amazing how quickly we can see changes.”
CHECK OUT WHAT OTHER OTs ARE SAYING...
"I signed up for Lindsey's course after taking several other pelvic floor courses, and I really wish I would've had access to this first. I think it's a great overview for OTs who are contemplating transitioning into pelvic floor. It's a super easy to access and non-scary way to see if this is a field that you're going to get into."
"Lindsey offers so many images and language and just different ways to think about the way the upper body and the lower body are connected and everything in-between. Concepts that I found a little bit murkier before, I have now been able to articulate in ways that are super refreshing and just really connecting the dots for some of my patients."
"I just finished my Herman and Wallace PF 1 course last weekend, and I felt super prepared for it having taken Lindsey's OT Pioneers course! I would recommend it to anyone before taking HW."
WHAT EXACTLY IS GOING ON "DOWN THERE"?
It’s hard to overstate just how important your pelvic floor is.
The 16 muscles down there hold up your organs, spine, and head. They control birth, elimination, and sexual pleasure…
…and they’re probably the most neglected group of muscles in your body.
The fact is, most activities that involve our pelvic floor happen behind closed doors, so we don’t usually talk about the best way to do them.
And because we don’t talk about it, there’s a lot of misinformation involving these basic activities of daily living.