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Heal thyself: Fruita Community Center offers health talks

Sharon Sullivan
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Myofacial release with foam rolling involves a technique of undoing the knots in your legs by laying on a long tubular circular foam piece, said Jon Blaha, who owns Fruita Chiropractic and Massage along with his massage therapist wife Elizabeth.

“It helps with muscle soreness. It helps legs recover, heal faster,” he said.

Blaha will show people in February and March how they can take care of themselves at home using various methods of self-massage.

Another demonstration will show how to use tennis balls to relieve soreness in the upper half of the body — the shoulders, neck and back.

Grand Junction resident Terry Ash runs two miles a couple of times a week. So when he noticed that Tom Ela, an avid runner and member of Monument Striders, was kicking off Fruita’s third annual Winter Speaker Series at the Fruita Community Center, he made a point not to miss it.

Ela’s presentation was about preventing running injuries.

“I learned quite a bit about what he’s done to still be running,” Ash said. “I’m 50, and as we get older we need to pay more attention, and give the body time to heal.”

The free speaker series also provides health information from Family Health West experts and other health professionals.

The presentations are open to anyone and held Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m. through March.

Ash said it was definitely worth the drive from Grand Junction.

Other presentations thus far have included physical therapist Brian Whiteside talking about how to treat lower back or shoulder pain, and when to treat it.


• Jan. 28: Mesa County Health Department’s Heidi Hoffman will give a presentation titled “Healthy, Happy Kids,” regarding how to encourage kids to be physically active.

• Feb. 4: “Myofacial Release with Foam Rolling” by chiropractor Jon Blaha will talk about the benefits of foam rolling that can be done at home.

• Feb. 11: “Anatomy and Diagnosis of the Low Back” will be offered by physical therapist Ellen Mead.

• Feb. 18: “Oh My Aching Knee” by Peter Scheffel, of Rocky Mountain Orthopaedics, will cover treatment for knee pain.

• Feb. 25: Blaha will return for “Your Core Foundation” to demonstrate exercises and stretches that can be done at home to relieve back pain.

• March 4: In “Arthritis is all the same, isn’t it?” Family Health West physician Jessica Mears will talk about different types of treatment for various kinds of arthritis.

• March 11: Physical therapist Brian Whiteside will talk about treatments available for “Arthritis in the Knee.”

• March 18: “Psychology of Weight Loss” is the title of a presentation by Angelina Salazar, of Family Health West.

• March 25: In Blaha’s final presentation, “Promoting a Healthy Neck at Home,” he’ll show attendees what they can do at home for neck pain.

The speaking series is a collaboration between the Fruita Community Center and Fruita Health West.

“We have a lot of (medical) experts here,” said Angelina Salazar, the Family Health West director of marketing, development and customer service.

Providing free health presentations is a way to reach out to the Grand Valley community and raise awareness of the many medical procedures available, she said.

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