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560. Pelvic Floor Dysfunction with Dr. Lindsay Massumi

Jul 8, 2022

Former gymnast and competitive cheerleader, Dr. Lindsay Massumi had chronic injuries during her time in competitive sports which led to a lot of physical therapy. It’s what was missing from that PT she received that led her into the field herself with the mindset of “there has to be a better way.”


In this episode, Lara and Lindsay discuss her pathway to becoming a doctor of physical therapy, the non-typical signs of pelvic floor dysfunction, and the importance of balance between pelvic floor bracing and engaging. 


In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Common impairments that could point to pelvic floor dysfunction
  • The difference between abdominal bracing and engaging 
  • Why a six pack is unrealistic and completely nonfunctional



Key Highlights

[01:30] – How Lindsay was inspired to become a physical therapist

[03:44] – Bridging the gap between PT and athletics

[06:51] – Noticing the pelvic floor issues when an ankle injury is isolated

[09:36]  – Relaxing vs. strengthening the pelvic floor

[15:26]  – Common impairments that could be pelvic floor dysfunction

[17:09]  – Diagnosing pelvic floor dysfunction

[19:09]  – Looking beyond the hips for pelvic floor dysfunction

[20:46]  – Top three causes of overactivity or tension in the pelvic floor

[25:00]  – Why having a six pack is not functional at all

[27:06]  – Some of Lindsay’s exercises she recommends for a balanced core

[31:44]  – Pelvic dysfunction compensations in the body

[34:28]  – Fear mongering around diastasis recti for postpartum women

[36:02]  – Difference between abdominal bracing and abdominal engaging

[41:30]  – Lindsay’s personal workouts


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