Welcome to the OTs In Pelvic Health Podcast!This show is for occupational therapists who want to become, thrive and excel as pelvic health OTs. Learn from Lindsey Vestal, a Pelvic Health OT for over 10 years and founder the first NYC pelvic health OT practice - The Functional Pelvis.Inside each episode, Lindsey shares what it takes to succeed as a pelvic health OT. From lessons learned, to overcoming imposter syndrome, to continuing education, to treatment ideas, to different populations, to getting your first job, to opening your own practice, Lindsey brings you into the exciting world of OTs in Pelvic Health and the secrets to becoming one.
"What Brings You In?" What a Pelvic Health Eval Looks Like
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1:09:20Save the date: 3rd Annual OTs in Pelvic Health Summit is happening August 17-18, 2024!Learn more about the first ever Trauma-Informed Pelvic Health CertificationGet Lindsey's 9 page OTs Map to the World of Pelvic Health.Meet Lindsey on the OTs for Pelvic Health Facebook Group!Check Out More OT Pelvic Health Content here.Find Lindsey on IG! @functionalpelvisMore about our 4 amazing panelists:Jessica HammondJessica became interested in acute OT post childbirth after being an acute care OT for 15 years and seeing a need and perfect fit for OT after having her 3 children. Her manger asked at a staff meeting if anyone wanted to be trained to treat men’s pelvic health and bowel dysfunction and she volunteered! She also started an acute post-partum program and is now a full time Outpatient pelvic health OT. It’s been an exciting ride and she continues to be amazed how much more there is to learn on this wild adventure. She thrives on changing lives!How to find her on social: Facebook: Jessica Lynne / IG: @Jessica.Alger.Hammond Jessica DobsonShe is Minnesota girl working and living in the south with two small children and husband. She is a certified reiki and yoga instructor, viscerally trained, functional medicine informed practitioner, pelvic health therapist specializing in digestive health, and a self described health and wellness cheerleader! She is very passionate about guiding and educating patients on their own bodies and nutrition influences digestive in pelvic health. She is currently working on writing a book to inform clients and therapists on the relationship of pelvic health and nutrition! Music and dance is her love language.How to find her on social: IG: pelvicyogiOTMeghan KasperMeghan is an Occupational Therapist specializing in pelvic health, a massage therapist, and a myofascial release practitioner. She holds certifications through Restore Your Core and The Body Ready Method, and is in the process of finishing her PCES and Birth Healing Certificate. She has a private practice in North Andover MA treating Women's Pelvic Health with a focus on the prenatal and postpartum population. Meghan is passionate about mentoring new therapists interested in pelvic health and is a teachers assistant and guest lecturer at the course Pelvic Rehab Manual Assessment and Treatment techniques. Meghan is the mom of 2 boys, 2 cats and a golden retrieverHow to find her on IG + FB: @coreessencepelvicfloortherapy Janelle GullanJanelle is a coffee drinker, piano player, reader, lover of dogs and guinea pigs, pusher of boundaries, as well as a wife and mother to two kids who keep growing up so fast. She is also an occupational therapist who supports women and to connect to their body so they can navigate mothering transitions with confidence and vitality. With an integrated focus on pelvic health, mental health and menstrual cycles, she explores rite of passage and the ways feminine transitions impact performance, roles, relationships, participation and joy. Based on her own personal experiences, Janelle is passionate about supporting birth injury and exploring the stories that live in our body and pelvic spaces. Her private practice is based in Melbourne, Australia, Wollongong (NSW) and the online space. How to find her on social: Facebook + IG: @thewildoran
You Don't Have To Be an Entrepreneur To Be in Pelvic Health with Kelsey Mathias
41:53Save the date: 3rd Annual OTs in Pelvic Health Summit is happening August 17-18, 2024!Learn more about the first ever Trauma-Informed Pelvic Health CertificationGet Lindsey's 9 page OTs Map to the World of Pelvic Health.Meet Lindsey on the OTs for Pelvic Health Facebook Group!Check Out More OT Pelvic Health Content here.Find Lindsey on IG! @functionalpelvis
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The Mindfullness of the Mundane with Susan Clinton
1:01:36Learn more about the first ever Trauma-Informed Pelvic Health CertificationGet Lindsey's 9 page OTs Map to the World of Pelvic Health.Meet Lindsey on the OTs for Pelvic Health Facebook Group! (nearly 6,000 of us!)Check Out More OT Pelvic Health bingeworthy content here.Find Lindsey on IG! @functionalpelvisShow NotesDuring this epsiode, we talk about:The top 3 things Susan wishes every pelvic health therapist would share with their clients about crafting a better stoolSusan shares the reason 40 is a magic number The incredible difference between "decision" and "choice"What timezones and human growth hormone have to do with constipationSusan shares how to share pain science topics with our clientsShe shares her personal favorite nervous system downtraining activities What pelvic health topics light her up these daysThe power of cyclical breathingLinks for the resonance 4 X 6 paced cyclical breathingWhy pain is an emotionWhy we just need to get louderBooks she mentions in this epsiode:Why We Sleep by WalkerBreath by NestorPositive Intelligence by Shirzad Chamine Where to find Susan:FacebookInstagramLinked InHer podcasts: Tough to TreatGenius ProjectHer FoundationHere is a link to Susan's Eventbrite Session on Take Control of Your Mental Fitnesson September 12th, 2023Here is a link to book a Discovery call with Susan!
5 Things To Recenter Yourself When There's a Setback
20:26Mentioned in Today's Episode:OT Pioneers: Intro to Pelvic Floor Therapy for Occupational Therapists. It's 100% online + self-paced with lifetime access!Learn more about Pelvic Health OTPs United - Lindsey's new membership (off social media)Learn more about the first ever Trauma-Informed Pelvic Health CertificationShow Notes5 Things To Recenter Yourself When There's a Setback1. You know more than you think you do.2. Go Back to the Basics3. You Don't Need to Know Everything4. Practice5. Develop a Grounding Ritual
Why Graded Exposure Is Essential to Trauma Informed Pelvic Health with Lara Desrosiers
35:10Mentioned in this podcast:The first ever Trauma-Informed Pelvic Health Certification by Lindsey + LaraOT Pioneers: Intro to Pelvic Floor Therapy opens Sept 11-15, 2023What we talk about in this episode:Graded exposure vs graded activity - what is the difference?Why Graded Exposure is a critical component in trauma informed careHow we can give clients new tools to Manage distress in new waysWhy it's important for graded exposure to be led by the individualThe importance of survival reactions + our adaptationsSensory aspects of our nervous systemIs it possible to avoid triggering our clients? What are key reflective processes in graded exposure?Meet Lara Desrosiers, my guest and co creator of the first ever Trauma-Informed Pelvic Health Certification Lara is an Occupational Therapist in Ontario, Canada that has a private practice, Pelvic Resilience, dedicated to helping individuals struggling with pain and pelvic health challenges to get back to living life. Lara has also leveraged her 10+ years of experience working in community mental health to mentor clinicians and teach courses designed to help practitioners from a variety of disciplines and settings to build more psychologically-informed and trauma-informed practices.
Positional Myofascial Release for Pregnancy, Pelvic Health + Ayurvedic Tradition with Sujata Martin
49:40OT Pioneers: Intro to Pelvic Floor Therapy~ Join nearly 1,000 other OTs who have been certified through the Functional Pelvis! The course is 100% online and comes with 4 group mentoring calls with Lindsey!Learn more about the first ever Trauma-Informed Pelvic Health CertificationMentioned in this Episode:OT Empower Hour: Confidently Treating Male Clients with Sujata MartinOTs Map To the World of Pelvic HealthSujata's You Tube channel Sujata's WebsiteSujata's IG Pelvic Soul Pro Circle
Supporting the LGBTQIA+ Community with Debbie Victor
46:30The first Trauma Informed Pelvic Health CertificationGet Lindsey's 9 page OTs Map to the World of Pelvic Health.Meet Lindsey on the OTs for Pelvic Health Facebook Group!Check Out More OT Pelvic Health Content here.Find Lindsey on IG! @functionalpelvisWhat we talked about in today's episode:What are some of the challenges that LGBTQIA+ community may be facing, including political/legal barriers, societal concerns, health care trauma, lack of supportive environment, and mental health concerns? How might these challenges affect the care that OT's provide? What are some of the strengths of the LGBTQ+ community?What are some practical, day to day ways that OT's can create a welcoming space for LGBTQ+ clients?Can you share some attitude changes that OT practitioners can be make to be more inclusive of LGBTQ+ clients?What is the potential for OT practitioners to make a significant change in the lives of clients?References we discussed during our convo:Trevor Project: 2022 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental HealthGuide to Being an Ally from Trevor ReportFor Transgender Youth, Stigma Is Just One Barrier to Health CareLambda Legal Report How you can make the gender question on an application form more inclusive Introduction to LGBTQ+ Competency Handbook for Physical Therapy AOTA DEIJA toolkit
Understanding Ehler-Danlos Syndrome Hypermobility with Libby Hinsley
45:47You're invited to join us for the OTs in Pelvic Health Summit on August 19-20, 2023!Get in Touch!Learn more about pelvic health at www.functionalpelvis.com Follow Lindsey at @functionalpelvis.com (www.instagram.com/functionalpelvis) Reach out via email: [email protected] this episode, we discuss: The most common type of hypermobility disorder also happens to be the least understood.Libby's organizing principle for life for those with hypermobility disorderThe common experiences outside of the musculoskeletal system that people with Ehler-Danlos Syndrome Hypermobility experienceWhy do so many people with hypermobility also havepelvic dysfunction? Can you share with us a story of how optimal care would look for someone dealing with these issues? Nutrition and it's impactBarriers to adequate care for bendy peopleWhere to find Libby:Her book: Yoga for Bendy People: Optimizing Benefits of Yoga for Hypermobility by Libby HinsleyThe Hypermobility Hub (an online membership (with a free version and a premium paid version)
Using the Biomechanical Lens from a Strengths-Based Approach
50:53Get Lindsey's 9 page OTs Map to the World of Pelvic Health.Join nearly 5,300 OTs on the OTs for Pelvic Health Facebook Group!Check Out More OT Pelvic Health Content here.Find Lindsey on IG! @functionalpelvisLinks mentioned in this podcast:Where to find Mirah Sand