Massage benefits

Massage is the treatment of the skin and soft tissues of the body to enhance health and healing and promote relaxation. It can help to restore or maintain balance in your mind and body. The Penny George Institute for Health and Healing explains the benefits of massage therapy.

Clinical reasons for indulging in massage therapy are abundant. The benefit that someone who is widowed does not find in this list, is physical touch, which is extremely healing in a safe environment.

Research studies show that massage can help to:

  • reduce pain
  • reduce muscle tension
  • lower blood pressure and heart rate
  • improve circulation
  • increase the “feel good” chemicals (endorphins)
  • soften tight muscles
  • prevent muscles from weakening.

Massage usually results in decreased stress and anxiety, creating a sense of calm and well-being.

Massage may help people who have several health conditions by relieving many physical and emotional symptoms.


 At Widows Hope, we are concerned about your ability to sleep.

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Losing a loved one is one of the most distressing…experiences people face” and can result in depressive and insomnia symptoms.

Inability to sleep well can be a common topic amongst those of us who’ve lost a spouse or significant other. Since sleep is necessary for functioning well during daytime hours, it is an important aspect of grief that should be monitored.

Those that have lost a spouse or significant other, and the friends and family that love them, should watch for sleep issues with the surviving spouse or significant other. Check in, with them, on a regular basis. In the “Widowed Fog,” we can forget to follow our programs or aids for sleep.

Allina Health’s website has some phenomenal tools for getting you started. Please review the links below outlining sleep problems, tools and solutions (including guided imagery, soothing sounds, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing, affirmations, etc.) For additional sleep therapies or medications discuss thoroughly with your doctor. (Sometimes doctors forget to ask if you are sleeping).

“Mind/body stuff really works in helping you get to sleep,” says therapist Belleruth Naparstek, M.S. “The imagery has enough cognitive recruitment to seduce the brain into seeing and thinking about other things, while the voice tone, pacing, music, and images will persuade your parasympathetic nervous system that it’s time to calm down. It will shut down the adrenaline and shoot some calming hormones into your nervous system.” Slip a CD of guided imagery into your CD player, snuggle into bed, turn out the lights, and follow the imagery into sleep.

Choose music that appeals to you.

When you’ve exhausted sleep remedies, you may wish to consider a visit to a sleep specialist.

Natalie, a widow who is one of the WH Team Members, visited Mark A. Rosenblum, Psy D., L.P. for a sleep study, after 4 years of sleepless nights. Natalie found tremendous relief and rest by following the good doctor’s personalized prescription.

According to Dr Rosenblum:

“Insomnia is one of the most common sleep disorders found in the general population. If left untreated or if under treated, individuals are at greater risk for medical conditions (i.e. hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease) and psychiatric conditions (i.e. depression). According to the Mayo Clinic, “Losing a loved one is one of the most distressing…experiences people face” and can result in depressive and insomnia symptoms.

If you or someone you know is experiencing difficulties sleeping, options are available. Dr. Mark Rosenblum is a Sleep Psychologist and director of the behavioral insomnia program at Minnesota Sleep Institute.

If you or someone you know is struggling with sleep, call for an appointment today.”

Mark A. Rosenblum, Psy. D., L.P.
Director, Insomnia Program
Minnesota Sleep Institute

How to Cope with Grief and Sleep Alone

Nothing will ease your grief—at least, not for a while. But these tips will help you sleep, and sleep will help you heal. 

Natural Remedies

Individuals who experience extreme loss in life such as that of a spouse feel a level of grief that can be unimaginable to others. While a certain level of sadness is a normal part of the grieving process, there are natural remedies that can help these individuals cope. At The Brost Clinic we offered a variety of drug-free techniques that are safe and effective.

First and foremost, as doctors of chiropractic we provide the chiropractic adjustment. One cause of spinal misalignment is mental trauma. This includes mental stress or depression due to loss of a family member.

Acupuncture is a natural option for treating stress and symptoms of grief. Acupuncture is an ancient science that is known to be over 5000 years old. There are specific acupuncture points that can be used to treat not only pain, but also symptoms of depression or stress.

Infratonic therapy is a device that emits a low frequency sounds wave at a very specific wavelength that has been shown to relax muscle and decrease inflammation. Like acupuncture, it is known to relieve pain symptoms and relieve symptoms of the cells that are a result of mental trauma. Emotions such as joy, anger or grief cause the cells of the body to produce certain chemicals. Infratonic therapy is able to work on this cellular level to help restore normal function. In addition, applying infratonic therapy to certain acupuncture points is an effective way to utilize the two modalities in conjunction with one other.

Lastly, we carry a wide variety of natural supplements at The Brost Clinic that can help treat a wide variety of ailments. If you meet with one of our doctors, they will discuss your particular case and decide what is right for you. Of interest to individuals struggling with extreme stress or depression would be supplements consisting of certain herbs known to help these conditions in a natural, drug-free manner. All the supplements we carry are from reliable sources that we trust and know to be effective.

I hope this small glimpse into the world of natural health care demonstrates how the combination of all of these treatments really makes a difference for our patients. The Brost Clinic doctors look forward to meeting with anyone who experienced the loss of a loved one and let them know how we can help them cope.

In Good Health,
Dr. Laura Zaker D.C.
The Brost Clinic , P.A.