August 25, 2017

Belly Binding with Lindsey Vestal of The Functional Pelvis

In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with owner and founder of the The Functional Pelvis, occupational therapist, Lindsey Vestal.  This is Lindsey’s second time on the podcast and it is always such a joy to geek out with her as we discuss women’s health issues with the pelvic floor.  Today we focus on belly binding.  What is it? Why do it? And what are the harms that can come from it?  This episode is important for new and expectant mothers and birth workers.  Hope you enjoy!

What we cover in this episode:

  • An explaination of belly binding?
  • Benefits from binding
  • Under what circumstances would belly binding be useful
  • Does it help w diastisis?
  • Diane Lee’s new definition of diastisis
  • Reasons binding might be detrimental for a new mother
  • The “chicken’s bottom”
  • Some cultures include this in their postpartum ritual, understanding the difference between these rituals of binding and what we are seeing with some of the binders on the market now?
  • Guidelines for wearing a binder – what you should expect to feel and how long you should wear it
  • Red flags when using a binder- what you should NOT feel
  • Other options to regain core stability if choosing another option then binding

Lindsey had mentioned a few options for online core strengthening courses, here are links to 2 of those:  Restore Your Core and MuTu System.

About Lindsey:

Lindsey Vestal M.S. OTR/L owner and founder of The Functional Pelvis, a private practice specializing in pelvic floor therapy “house calls” for pre- and postnatal women. She graduated from NYU with a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy. She has dedicated her career to empowering women to find relief from conditions such as bowel and urinary incontinence, constipation, dyspareunia, pelvic pain, prolapse and pre and postnatal complications. She has trained with Herman & Wallace Institute, Diane Lee’s Integrated Systems Model, Maitland as well as specialized biofeedback training for the pelvic floor. She is an ongoing contributor to Well Rounded NY. Lindsey was recently selected as a recipient for the Women’s Net Female Entrepreneurs Grant.

As an OT, she is a passionate promoter of bridging pelvic floor rehabilitation with lifestyle modifications while addressing the psychological impact that pelvic floor issues have on our everyday lives.

Prior to founding her own practice, Lindsey was a therapist at Roosevelt Hospital. Lindsey lives in Manhattan with her husband and two young children

For more information on Lindsey (she makes house calls!) Visit

Lindsey’s first episode can be heard here: What’s Going on With My Core? An Intimate Discussion with Pelvic Floor Therapist Lindsey Vestal

Connect with Lindsey:

On Facebook and Instagram: @functionalpelvis

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