19 episodes

The Revitalize Woman Podcast with Dr. Brenda Heinecke brings Milwaukee-based health and wellness professionals together to talk about all things related to women’s health. We will cover topics related to pregnancy, postpartum, pelvic floor dysfunction, mom life, hormones, mental health, menopause, fitness and sex. Each episode will help you answer the most common questions about these topics, provide you with top local recommendations, and give you solutions to common lady and mom issues. Our goal is to provide you with the best information in order to make knowledgeable decisions and to live a healthy, active life without issues!

The Revitalize Woman Podcast Dr. Brenda Heinecke

    • Alternative Health
    • 5.0, 12 Ratings

The Revitalize Woman Podcast with Dr. Brenda Heinecke brings Milwaukee-based health and wellness professionals together to talk about all things related to women’s health. We will cover topics related to pregnancy, postpartum, pelvic floor dysfunction, mom life, hormones, mental health, menopause, fitness and sex. Each episode will help you answer the most common questions about these topics, provide you with top local recommendations, and give you solutions to common lady and mom issues. Our goal is to provide you with the best information in order to make knowledgeable decisions and to live a healthy, active life without issues!

    EP18 – Leaking with Running with Krista Ruehmer

    EP18 – Leaking with Running with Krista Ruehmer

    It is common for women to experience leaking with running, especially after having a baby.  However, leaking is not normal and can be very limiting and frustrating for the women who experience it.  On this episode, I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Krista Ruehmer who is a mother, runner and one of my fabulous clients.  We talk about how she dealt with leaking with running after having a baby. Eventually she decided enough was enough after completely soaking her running shorts. This inspiring interview is so relatable for many women. We talk about the inner battle of knowing something is “wrong” and trying to push through and deal with it. For Krista, she wishes she had listened to her intuition and found help sooner. It has been so much fun to work with Krista to help her overcome leaking with running and I am so appreciative of her willingness to share her story with you.







    Show Notes







    [3:10] Krista explains why she came to physical therapy after leaking with running postpartum. She shares how she thought physical therapy was only going to involve kegels and exercises.







    [6:10] We talk about how the perineal trauma and tearing during childbirth impacted Krista’s ability to return to running.







    [8:29] We chat about how education and preparation of the pelvic floor during pregnancy should be a normal part of prenatal and postnatal care.







    [11:36] Dr. Brenda discusses her ongoing prenatal research study and her desire to change to narrative, particularly when it comes to the recommendation to do kegels during pregnancy.







    [13:25] Krista shares what surprised her the most about pelvic floor physical therapy.







    [16:04] One of the most beneficial parts of Krista’s pelvic floor healing experience was having someone validate that her bladder leaking was a real problem and wasn’t just in her head.







    [17:30] Dr. Brenda gives some background on Krista’s treatment and discusses how scar tissue can lead to leaking with running..







    [21:42] Krista explains when she returned to running after baby and how long it took her to seek help with her incontinence issues.







    [24:09] We discuss a new guideline for returning to running postpartum and how it can be difficult to wait 12 weeks for those who are used to running or being active.







    [29:28] Krista explains the progress she has made and talks about where she is at now.







    [31:49] Krista shares the hardest part of pelvic floor physical therapy.







    [42:40] Dr. Brenda asks Krista to share her biggest piece of advice to new moms.







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    • 47 min
    EP17 – Prolapse Support and Solutions

    EP17 – Prolapse Support and Solutions

    Pelvic organ prolapse is an issue that is often not discussed. Many women find it difficult to get adequate prolapse support. Contrary to popular belief, prolapse can occur for any woman regardless of childbirth history or age. Lack of education and resources can make it difficult to find prolapse support for women who are diagnosed with this pelvic floor dysfunction.  On this episode of The Revitalize Woman Podcast, Dr. Brenda explains how to recognize symptoms of a prolapse. In addition, she discusses why a prolapse might occur and then provides prolapse support with solutions to minimize and/or prevent a prolapse.  Learn why prolapse is a topic not just for women approaching menopause. Dr. Brenda shares important tips for younger women who could potentially prevent a prolapse from occurring in their life.







    Show Notes







    [2:15] Firstly, Dr. Brenda explains what a prolapse is and how it is graded by medical professionals.







    [4:22] We hear a description of some of the symptoms women experience when dealing with a prolapse. Dr. Brenda explains that there are options for prolapse support out there.







    [5:53] Dr. Brenda talks about whether or not prolapse is reversible. She shares how proper treatment can eliminate the symptoms of prolapse.







    [8:39] We dive into the causes of prolapse, including childbirth, hormone laxity, constipation, and breath-holding.







    [16:19] Dr. Brenda shares suggestions for what you can do to alleviate symptoms of prolapse and how to find prolapse support at any stage.







    [18:30] Moreover, good habits can make a big impact when it comes to treating prolapse. For instance, being aware of posture and practicing appropriate lifting mechanics can help decrease symptoms.







    [22:47] Other key components of prolapse support and treatment include strengthening the pelvic floor and learning pressure management techniques.







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    Links Mentioned In This Episode:







    Upcoming Events - Revitalize Physical Therapy







    Revitalize Woman Community Facebook Group







    Facebook Page for Revitalize Physical Therapy







    Instagram Page for Revitalize Physical Therapy

    • 28 min
    EP16 – Mental Health for Moms with Sarah Bloomquist

    EP16 – Mental Health for Moms with Sarah Bloomquist

    We are so excited to be talking about mental health for moms with Sarah Bloomquist, founder of Mom’s Mental Health Initiative in Milwaukee, WI.







    ::TRIGGER WARNING:: In this episode, we talk in detail about perinatal mood disorders (such as postpartum anxiety and depression) and about specific examples of the feelings and thoughts moms deal with when they are suffering from these disorders. 







    Mental health for moms goes beyond just postpartum depression and is something that many women struggle with after having a baby. During our conversation, we discuss the different types of perinatal mood disorders that occur during and after pregnancy and how to recognize them.  We also talk about the importance of screenings for mental health for moms in general, and not just for postpartum depression. This episode has some great mental health advice for any woman and can serve as a great resource for everyone.







    Show Notes







    [5:25] Sarah gives some background on how she founded Moms Mental Health Initiative (MMHI) and shares her personal experience with perinatal mood disorders. 







    [8:18] MMHI’s reach has expanded over the last 4 years, largely due to their focused content on social media. They believe in providing accurate information and resources to moms.







    [9:30] We discuss some of the obstacles that prevent a mother from seeking help when she needs it.







    [11:20] We chat about some of the things that are common but not necessarily normal when it comes to mental and physical health postpartum.







    [12:41] Sarah explains what MMHI is and gives more details about the different types of perinatal mood disorders (PMADs) as well as the services MMHI provides to mothers.







    [15:50] Sarah describes the process when a mom reaches out to MMHI and how she and her team connect moms to the appropriate resources and point them towards treatment.







    [19:05] We discuss the idea of screening for PMADs and whether it is beneficial for other providers (pediatricians, physical therapists, etc.) to be formally or informally screening moms and providing a safe space to talk.







    [34:08] Sarah and I chat about healthcare providers and how important it is to reduce obstacles and offer convenient options for scheduling appointments for new moms.







    [38:23] We talk about postpartum anxiety and how it differs from postpartum depression. Sarah gives some specific examples of feelings a mom might have in each scenario.







    [59:20] Sarah shares her biggest piece of advice to moms.







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    • 1 hr 4 min
    EP15 – Why Incontinence Happens (and the solution)

    EP15 – Why Incontinence Happens (and the solution)

    One of the most common questions women often ask us is why incontinence happens. Usually it’s because they think incontinence is just a normal byproduct of having children or getting older. Many women have never been told that it is not normal or actually discovered why incontinence happens.  On this podcast episode, we dive into all of the reasons for why incontinence happens and what you can do to help prevent incontinence and stop suffering from it.







    [1:26] Dr. Brenda Heinecke provides some updates about the clinic and explains how you can help support our small business during this time:







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    [5:20] Dr. Brenda defines incontinence and describes the different types of incontinence.







    [7:00] She discusses the reasons why incontinence happens.







    [8:06] Most people who experience incontinence assume that their pelvic floor muscles are too weak and think that more kegels will help. This is often not the case.







    [9:02] Dr. Brenda discusses the difference between weak pelvic floor muscles and overactive (tight) pelvic floor muscles.







    [10:24] Dr. Brenda leads a guided self-assessment you can try at home to determine how well your pelvic floor muscles are functioning.







    [12:59] She breaks down bladder irritants and bladder habits that may be the culprit for leaking.







    [18:12] She lists some other causes and factors that might come into play when it comes to incontinence, such as: posture, prolapse, scar tissue, breathing mechanics, and body mechanics.







    [20:33] Dr. Brenda offers different starting points and simple exercises for people experiencing incontinence, based on whether the muscles are too tight or too weak.







    [23:11] Beyond these initial starting points, the journey to resolving incontinence is individual for each person.







    If you are ready for the next step and to get rid of your incontinence for good, contact us to set up a free consultation (either in-person or virtual!) to learn how we can help you!







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    • 24 min
    EP14 – Running for Women with Tori Hartmann

    EP14 – Running for Women with Tori Hartmann

    Running for women is fun and great exercise, but it can also lead to a lot of questions like, “How do I train?” “How do I avoid injuries?” and “How do I prepare for a race?”  On this episode of The Revitalize Woman Podcast, I sit down and talk with Tori Hartmann who is a personal trainer and running coach for women. She has helped numerous women train and reach their goals in running and fitness and is a major supporter of running for women.  We also talk about fitness for women and different ways to incorporate weight training as well as coaching and injury prevention for running. This episode offers an insightful look into the world of running for women!







    Show Notes







    [2:05] Tori shares her background and explains how she became passionate about fitness and running for women. She explains how she went from cross country runner to marathon runner.







    [8:08] We talk about how Tori got into the coaching side of running for women.







    [9:51] We share some of the craziest things we as trainers and coaches have seen at the gym.







    [11:51] Tori explains how she creates an individualized strength and conditioning program for her running clients.







    [15:30] As a mom, Tori has experienced some pelvic floor dysfunction that was causing issues for her as a runner. She explains how she got to know Dr. Brenda and how physical therapy helped her.







    [18:28] Tori shares the most unexpected thing she learned through pelvic floor physical therapy.







    [20:48] Dr. Brenda asks Tori if women come to her with preset notions of how they think they should be running.







    [26:56] We discuss some misconceptions about personal trainers and how not all personal trainers are created equal. Tori shares about her personal philosophy and how she approaches personal training as a profession.







    [32:04] Tori talks about the most common misconceptions out there about fitness and running for women.







    [38:34] Tori talks about how going through pelvic floor physical therapy has changed how she approaches personal training with her female clients.







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    Links Mentioned In This Episode:





    Fit Hart (Tori's Website)







    Tori's Instagram Page







    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article featuring Tori and her 30th marathon on her 30th birthday

    • 44 min
    EP13 – Pregnancy Research Study

    EP13 – Pregnancy Research Study

    We are SUPER excited to share this podcast episode because we are talking all about our pregnancy research study, which has been a labor or love (no pun intended) for a long time! We are now enrolling participants into our pregnancy research study which will be looking at the effects of pelvic floor physical therapy during pregnancy and the outcomes on delivery, including the length of pushing, perineal tearing, and C-section.  It has been a long process to design this prenatal research study and get the official approval in order to begin. Now that we can accept participants, we wanted to share more about the pregnancy research study for those who are interested and answer some of the common questions we have been asked. Feel free to share our web page with anyone you may know that would be interested. Our research requires us to treat over 100 participants, and we would appreciate your help in spreading the word about this groundbreaking research! Listen to this episode and learn more about why we’re doing this study, what the treatment looks like, how much it costs, and more.







    Show Notes







    * [1:11] We describe the basic goal of this pregnancy research study and explain what we are measuring.







    * [2:32] One of the most common questions we get is: “What made you decide to do this study?” We explain why we felt it was important to conduct this research.







    * [3:58] We explain why this research is so groundbreaking.







    * [5:06] We answer the question, “Who can participate in the study?” and explain the factors that would disqualify a woman from participating.







    * [6:35] The treatment plan for this pregnancy research study had to be standardized, and we describe what the prenatal pelvic floor physical therapy entails.







    * [8:16] The type of treatment we are using is much like the same treatment we use for other pelvic floor dysfunctions.







    * [8:54] We explain the cost and commitment associated with participating in this pregnancyresearch study.







    * [10:30] We address the question of whether or not a woman can participate if she is planning a VBAC.







    * [11:03] Can a woman participate even if she’s having pain or other issues during her pregnancy? We discuss this topic.







    * [11:36] We chat about how this prenatal physical therapy is different from “normal” pelvic floor physical therapy.







    * [12:42] One of our most popular questions from women is, “Should pregnant women be doing kegels during pregnancy?” We discuss the misconceptions around doing kegels while pregnant.







    * [15:03] Some people think that they should just wait until after they're done having babies to fix any pelvic floor issues. We talk about why this may not be the best approach and how preventative treatment can make a big difference.







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    • 18 min

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