Pelvic Health & OT with Lindsey Vestal (CE Course)

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Course Description

Scheduled to be released December 6, 2021 from Aurora, NE

The research we explore in this podcast calls pelvic floor dysfunction a significant and neglected public health issue.

The authors share a discouraging statistic: despite pelvic floor dysfunction impacting around 25% of women in the US, there is a profound lack of understanding of the disorder and how to treat it.

The good news is that OTs are perfectly poised to help meet the needs of pelvic health patients! We’ll use our primary research article to jumpstart our understanding of pelvic floor rehab, including how pelvic floor dysfunction impacts occupation.

Then, it is my pleasure to welcome Lindsey Vestal of the Functional Pelvis to join us. Lindsey is truly a pioneer in promoting OT’s role in pelvic health, and she will discuss her own practice providing pelvic floor rehab in people’s homes. At the end, we’ll also talk about the future of OT’s role in pelvic health, including which trends you should be watching.

Primary Research Explored

When you log in, be sure to check out the OT Potential Club’s written breakdown of the following research article. Then, share your questions and thoughts with fellow practitioners.

Burkhart, R., Couchman, K., Crowell, K., Jeffries, S., Monvillers, S., &; Vilensky, J. (2020). Pelvic floor dysfunction after childbirth: Occupational impact and awareness of available treatment. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 41(2), 108–115. 

Recommended Resources


  • Australian Pelvic Floor Questionnaire
  • Context Sensitivity Index
  • Positive and Negative Affect Scale (PANAS)



Facebook Groups

Secondary Research 

Radzimińska, A., Strączyńska, A., Weber-Rajek, M., Styczyńska, H., Strojek, K., & Piekorz, Z. (2018). The impact of pelvic floor muscle training on the quality of life of women with urinary incontinence: a systematic literature review. Clinical interventions in aging, 13, 957–965. 

Sobhgol, S. S., Priddis, H., Smith, C. A., & Dahlen, H. G. (2019). The Effect of Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercise on Female Sexual Function During Pregnancy and Postpartum: A Systematic Review. Sexual medicine reviews, 7(1), 13–28. 

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to identify the occupations most commonly impacted by pelvic floor dysfunction, notably which ones you can address in your treatment. 
  • You will be able to describe what an OT evaluation of pelvic floor dysfunction entails. 


Intro (5 minutes)

Breakdown and analysis of journal article (10 minutes)

  • What is the pelvic floor?
  • What is pelvic floor dysfunction?
  • What was the goal of this paper?
  • What were the authors’ methods?
  • What were the results?
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • Takeaways for OT practitioners

Discussion on practical implications for OTs (with guest Lindsey Vestal) (45 minutes)

  • Can you tell us the story of how you found pelvic health OT? 
  • What were your initial impressions of the journal article?
  • Do you view pelvic floor dysfunction as a significant public health issue? 
  • How do people typically find you when looking for pelvic floor rehab? 
  • Can you tell us briefly about what your evals look like with these patients?
  • What treatments do you utilize? 
  • What do you think needs to happen to make the public more aware of pelvic floor dysfunction and treatment options?
  • How would you like to see occupational therapy change over the next 5-10 years to support more OTs going into this practice?
  • If someone wants to learn more about incorporating pelvic health services into their practice, what is the first step you would recommend?

Contact Hours

1 hour (0.1 AOTA CEUs)

Target Audience/Educational Level

Our target audience is occupational therapy practitioners who are looking to learn about pelvic-floor occupational therapy. The educational level is introductory.

Instructional Methods/Registration/Special Needs Requests/Cancellation Policy

This course is an independent/self-study course delivered via podcast on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play. Explore your listening options on the OT Potential Podcast page.

If you need accommodations to take this course, please contact us and we will address your needs on an individual basis.

If this course were to be cancelled, please see our cancellation policy on our terms page.

Course Completion Requirements

In order to receive a certificate for this course, you must first listen to the podcast in its entirety. Then, you will need to take the test (found at the top of this page) and earn 75% or higher. If you pass, a certificate will be automatically generated and sent to your email.


Lindsey Vestal, M.S. OTR/L :

Lindsey Vestal is the founder of The Functional Pelvis, the first in-home pelvic health practice in New York City run by an Occupational Therapist.

She has 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.


In fact, she doesn’t really take an “expert” approach at all.

Instead, she relies on her clients to share their expertise about their own bodies.

That way she can offer the personalized support they need to regain control of their basic bodily functions.

She considers the whole person, not just outward physical symptoms.

She doesn’t believe kegels are a one-stop shop for every pelvic floor dysfunction.

She also teaches AOTA CEU approved OTs courses on how to specialize in pelvic health and how to start their own private pay business, whether or not you are an OT in pelvic health. She has a thriving FB group called “OTs for Pelvic Health” where she hosts free weekly lives chocked full with case studies, business topics and more.

Sarah Lyon, OTR/L:


Sarah’s passion is helping fellow OT practitioners translate evidence into daily practice. Sarah earned her BA in religion from St. Olaf College, then earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy from New York University in 2011. Since then, she’s worked in numerous facilities, including a critical access hospital, an acute trauma hospital, and a state inpatient psychiatric hospital.

In 2011, Sarah launched OT Potential because she realized we needed a reliable source of quality occupational therapy-related content and resources. She has also had the opportunity to create content for brands like WebPT, MedBridge, Saebo, and NeuroLutions.

She launched the OT Potential Club in 2019 to marry her love of simplifying complex topics with her desire to help therapists access the most important OT-related research released each year.

Sarah is a prairie girl at heart, which is why she returned to her hometown to raise her children in Aurora, Nebraska (home of the strobe light).

This course was designed to meet your continuing education requirements

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