Lindsey Vestal is a mother, wife, and founder of The Functional Pelvis, the first in-home pelvic health practice in New York City run by an Occupational Therapist.
She's helped thousands of people overcome chronic pelvic health challenges like incontinence and pelvic pain. Her 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.
She has been featured in The New York Times, Motherly, Romper, Harper's Bazaar, U.S. News & World Report, and Icon.
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.