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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, 19 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!

    EP21 – Training for Female Athletes

    EP21 – Training for Female Athletes

    The approach to training for female athletes is often the same as male athletes, with a lower capacity or resistance amount. However, training for female athletes is much more complex and there are several factors to consider. Rarely is the female anatomy differences, hormone differences, and lifestyle differences taken into account when developing training plans. In this episode, Dr. Brenda talks about the differences between male and female athletes. She discusses how anatomy, hormone fluctuations, and life stages can impact a female athlete’s performance. Plus, she talks about how proper training for female athletes can help them avoid injury.







    Show Notes







    [5:46] Training for female athletes is often done the same as male athletes. In reality, anatomical, hormone, and lifestyle differences should be taken into consideration.







    [6:31] Dr. Brenda explains her start as a personal trainer and Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. She enjoys working with female athletes and creating training plans. She has expertise in training for female athletes and feels strongly about helping this population have long-term success







    [9:1] Female athletes are different from males, beginning with their anatomy.







    [15:27] Hormones impact men and women much differently. A women’s natural hormonal fluctuations throughout the month and have an impact on energy, performance, and injury risk.







    [22:22] Lifestyle phases such as pregnancy, postpartum, premenopause, menopause can impact training for female athletes as well.







    [27:03] Dr. Brenda talks about how can you avoid injuries as a female athlete.







    [28:32] By focusing on functional movements in all 3 planes of movement, female athletes can have better balance and success.







    [29:55] It is also important to train the pelvic floor with hip and core muscles to optimize pelvic floor function.







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    Links Mentioned In This Episode:







    Revitalize Strong







    US Women's Soccer Team and Period Tracking







    New Guidelines for Postpartum Running







    Revitalize Woman Community Facebook Group







    Facebook Page for Revitalize Physical Therapy







    Instagram Page for Revitalize ...

    • 33 min
    EP20 – Acupuncture for Fertility, Pregnancy & Beyond with Lisa Mussak

    EP20 – Acupuncture for Fertility, Pregnancy & Beyond with Lisa Mussak

    The use of acupuncture for fertility and other women’s health issues may not be as well known in mainstream healthcare, but has been shown to be very effective. Acupuncture, a form of Chinese or eastern medicine, can be used to address women’s well-being during pregnancy, postpartum and beyond. And it can be used to treat a variety of issues such as hormone imbalance, dysmenorrhea, and pelvic pain, to name a few.







    Our guest on today’s episode is Lisa Mussak, one of Milwaukee’s only board-certified acupuncturists in fertility. Lisa specializes in reproductive health, menopause, pregnancy and postpartum, birth and menstrual support, and other women's health concerns. Lisa shares some insight into how she uses acupuncture for fertility, both as a stand-alone treatment as well as a complement to other western treatments. Like other aspects of women’s health, fertility treatment can be an opportunity for a collaborative team of professionals to come together to address the issue.







    Show Notes







    [2:31] Lisa shares her background and how she ended up pursuing acupuncture and eastern medicine as a career.







    [4:10] Lisa is certified by the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine. We talk about what it means to have a specialty in reproduction and fertility. Lisa shares how she works in conjunction with Western Medicine treatments such as IVF.







    [6:21] Lisa explains that acupuncture is one of the eight facets of Chinese medicine. It centers around Qi (chi) or the energy that flows through the body.







    [7:36] We talk about some of the real success stories and the results Lisa has seen with her clients.







    [9:48] Dr. Brenda touches on visceral mobilization. Much like acupuncture, this physical therapy technique has been shown to positively impact fertility.







    [11:09] Lisa talks about she works with two types of women when it comes to acupuncture for fertility. She works with women looking to pursue natural conception. And she also sees women who are using acupuncture as a complimentary treatment.







    [13:38] Dr. Brenda asks Lisa whether she puts needles on the actual pelvic floor muscles.







    [14:48] We talk about dry needling (sometimes used in physical therapy) and how it differs from acupuncture. We also chat about the need for an individual approach when it comes to any kind of medical treatment.







    [18:18] Lisa explains how she approaches treatment during the implantation period when a woman is trying to conceive.







    [20:53] We talk about the other types of clients Lisa sees in addition to fertility. Plus, we discuss how acupuncture can help relieve nausea during pregnancy.







    [27:31] Lisa shares the biggest misconception about acupuncture. We also discuss the importance of understanding what is normal vs. what is common when it comes to women’s health issues.







    [31:11] We chat about the benefit of having a collaborative team where different practitioners can all bring something to the table and share their expertise in order to best serve the patient.







    [34:37] Lisa talks about Orchid’s new c-section recovery program, which is the only program of its kind in the area. Through this program, Lisa helps women who have had a c-section, regardless of how long it has been since the birth.







    [37:51] Dr. Brenda asks Lisa how becoming a mom has changed her practice.







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    • 42 min
    EP19 – Pain with Sex (and how to get relief)

    EP19 – Pain with Sex (and how to get relief)

    Over 50% of women have pain with sex. Yet very few women know about the real causes of their pain. And even fewer know how to get relief.  In fact, most women are given bad advice like “relax more” or “drink more wine.” Or they’re told that it is “all in their head,” which is neither true nor helpful. Women can experience pain with sex at any point in their life, but it is most common after having a baby and during premenopause. On this episode of The Revitalize Woman Podcast, Dr. Brenda goes into detail on why women have pain with sex, the different types of pain with sex and what you can do to get rid of pain.  Plus, she shares tips you can start to implement right away to get relief from your pain.







    Show Notes







    [3:20] Pain with sex is common, but not normal. Many women suffer for years, thinking it’s just something they need to deal with. Dr. Brenda talks about the excuses she hears and the misinformation women are been given by friends, healthcare providers, partners, etc.







    [5:04] Dr. Brenda discusses the two most common types of pain with sex. She also talks about scar tissue and overactive pelvic floor muscles, the two most prevalent causes of pain with sex.







    [10:34] It is important to discuss hormones and the role they play when it comes to pain with sex for women, specifically during the postpartum and premenopause phases.







    [17:00] So what can we do about painful intercourse? Dr. Brenda explains that manual breaking up of scar tissues and myofascial release of muscles are the two places to start.







    [19:20] If you are having pain with sex, you really shouldn’t be doing kegels. Instead, pelvic floor muscle relaxation is key. See links below for videos of the exercises mentioned.







    [22:46] While “just use more lube” is not an answer to pain with sex, a good quality lubricant is still important. Dr. Brenda shares recommendations for personal lubricants.







    [26:51] Vaginal moisturizers can also be helpful to restore the tissues.







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    Links Mentioned In This Episode:







    Solutions for Painful Sex - YouTube Video







    Changing Hormones & the Impact on Your Pelvic Floor - Episode 02







    Virtual Sexual Health Clinic







    When to do Kegels (and when not to) - Episode 01







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    • 29 min
    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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