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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