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Give your well-being a gift this holiday season

By April Schulte-Barclay

You have a choice this holiday season. You can choose to allow the hustle and bustle, commercialism, stress, and sometimes profound grief in wishing for what once was to swallow you whole. Or you can choose to sit back, take a deep breath, enjoy the sounds and sights of the season and relish what the holidays mean to you. Sounds simple, right? Actually, it may be just that simple to choose the latter, especially if you use some helpful self-awareness and grounding techniques. Mental ...


SPONSORED CONTENT: Brain tumor treatment hits the target

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Sponsored content: Nancy Lofholm/St. Mary’s Hospital Not that long ago, the treatment for certain brain tumors required screwing a metal frame onto a patient’s skull. It was painful. It was unwieldy for both the patient and for medical providers. But it was the only way to keep a head immobile so tumor-killing radiation could be accurately delivered to a mass. That metal frame now gathers dust in a closet in St. Mary’s Regional Cancer Center. It has been replaced by ...

Health and Wellness briefs: Dec. 6, 2016

By Staff

Cancer fundraiser planned Pamela Giese’s Cancer Kick Fundraising group plans a number of events, including a benefit concert from 9 to 11 p.m. Thursday with the band Zolopht at Rockslide Brewery and Restaurant, 401 Main St. A silent auction also will be featured. Call 640-8023 for information. Giese is a nurse who has a rare form of cancer called clear cell carcinoma. She has had surgery as well as radiation and chemotherapy, yet the cancer has spread to her lungs and brain, ...


GYM: Resistance Band Lateral Step

By Staff

Resistance Band Lateral Step Stand on a resistance band with your feet together. As you pull on the band, rotate to a palm-up, thumb-out position. This opens up the shoulders and moves the engagement to the back. Maintaining a neutral spine, step to one side. The tendency is to lean the body away from the side you are stepping toward. Use a mirror, look at your reflection in a window or stand in front of a light so you can see if you are leaning. The goal is to keep your body in an ...


GYM: Gliding Back Lunge

By Staff

Gliding Back Lunge Stand with one foot on a Gliding Disc, paper plate or something that will stay under the foot and slide with a neutral spine. Open your shoulder and point your thumbs out to move the engagement into the back rather than the front. While maintaining an upright posture, drop back into your sliding leg then return to the starting point. As you progress you will be able to go deeper, feeling a stretch in the hip flexors of your back leg and the hamstring and glutes of ...

Being grateful can be good for your overall health

By April Schulte-Barclay

Gobble. Gobble. Gobble. Be grateful. Be grateful. Be grateful. In the past decade or so I have seen the movement of having gratitude grow to become almost preachy. When it comes to finding a grateful heart, I have experienced both sides of the coin. On one side, I have experienced a deep residing struggle to find an internal place of gratitude and feeling — as in, if one more person suggests finding a state of gratitude, I may just have a temper tantrum. On the other side, I ...

Health and Wellness briefs: Nov. 22, 2016

By Staff

Community Hospital adds 2 family medicine doctors Community Hospital officials said they have reached an agreement with two long-standing Grand Junction family medicine physicians, Stacia Baker, MD, and William Donald Hoisington, MD, of Peach Valley Family Medical Center. Both will join Community Hospital on Jan. 1. “Many Community Hospital primary care patients live on the east end of the valley and our Community Health Partnership (CHP) members including Mesa County, School ...


Corralling children’s grief

By Erin McIntyre

Sometimes, it takes a different environment than a counselor’s ear and a box of tissues to make progress in processing grief. For the most vulnerable people hurting from losing a loved one, having a sentient beast to help them negotiate the path to healing can make all the difference. Last year, HopeWest’s equine therapy program helped 41 children who experienced a loss. This relatively new type of therapy that has gained popularity in the past decade involves using horses ...


GYM: Side Plank Row

By Staff

Side Plank Row Start in a side plank position with a resistance band anchored securely in front of you at the level of your shoulder. With your arm extended, there should be a slight tension on the band. While maintaining a neutral spine pull the band (row) until your wrist is just in front of your hip. Your wrist should remain extended with all movement taking place from your shoulder and elbow. Return to the extended position without letting your shoulder come forward. When ...

Sponsored Content: DBS Implant offers hope for a more normal life

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THIS IS SPONSORED CONTENT FOR ST. MARY’S MEDICAL CENTER/BY NANCY LOFHOLM When Jamie Stehman wakes up each morning, he reaches for his remote control and fires up the electricity to his brain. The 5.5 volts that pulse from a battery pack in his chest, through a wire under the skin of his neck and head, and to tiny electrodes in his frontal lobe, allow the 32-year-old outdoor gear salesman to live normally. Before a neurosurgeon and a neurologist at St. Mary’s Hospital treated ...

Sponsored Content: Accuracy and experience in verified mammography excellence

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THIS IS SPONSORED CONTENT FOR ST. MARY’S HOSPITAL/BY NANCY LOFHOLM There is the shuffling close and closer to the x-ray machine, followed by the positioning, the squeezing between two plastic plates, and the breath-holding while an image is captured. Then there is the brief magazine-flipping wait while the technologist is out of the room. She returns to deliver the news that more images are needed or, in most cases, the patient is good to go. What is out of sight in this screening ...

Sponsored Content: Local treatment, local options from epilepsy unit

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THIS ARTICLE IS SPONSORED CONTENT FOR ST. MARY’S HOSPITAL/ BY NANCYLOFHOLM When Zachary Scott became the first patient in the new Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at St. Mary’s Hospital late this summer, he had been suffering seizures for most of the 22 years of his life. Scott had consulted numerous physicians in Delta and Montrose where he lived. He had undergone an open-brain study in Denver and suffered a stroke during the procedure. But he and his family still had no answers ...

Health and Wellness briefs: Nov. 6, 2016

By Staff

HopeWest ranks among best places to work HopeWest has been recognized as one of Modern Healthcare’s Top 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare, ranked No. 54 nationally among hundreds of participating organizations. The national trade publication honors workplaces throughout the health care industry that empower employees to provide patients and customers with the best possible care, products and services, HopeWest said. HopeWest was also ranked No. 21 in the category of ...

More to PTSD than a mental condition

By April Schulte-Barclay

Beep! Beep! Beep! BEEP! The nurses were quite used to the incessant beeping. But we weren’t used to it. With my heart racing, I jetted over to the IV machine to silence it. I knew sudden sounds would, at the least, startle my dad, if not leave his nervous system rattled and scared, wondering what may be coming next. Worried about the next time the alarm may sound, I decided to sit next to the machine with my hand on the silence button as Dad lay there fighting the biggest fight ...


GYM: Side Plank Tuck to ‘T’

By Staff

Side Plank Tuck to ‘T’ Start in the side plank position with a dumbbell in your top hand, extended overhead. You should be looking at the dumbbell. As you bring the dumbbell down and tuck it under the side of your body, look over your support arm shoulder. Your hips should remain perpendicular to the floor. Any rotation should take place in the thoracic (upper) spine. It is best to start light to be sure your shoulders are stable. Start with one round of 10 and eventually ...

GYM: Side Plank Lateral Raise

By Staff

Side Plank Lateral Raise Start in a side plank position with a neutral spine. Your shoulders and hips should be perpendicular to the floor. From this position raise your top leg while maintaining the plank position and without dropping your hips toward the floor, and then return your top leg to the starting position. This exercise is great for lateral stability and challenges both lateral and rotational stability of the core, both important in balance activities. If you find the ...

How to treat chronic pain without the pills

By April Schulte-Barclay

When it comes to the nagging pain you may be experiencing on a day-to-day basis, you may find more than meets the eye. With dependence on pain medications, which have undesirable side effects and often lead to addiction, it is worthwhile to consider options for treating chronic pain. It is commonly understood that peripheral nerves send signals to the brain (via the spinal cord) and that the brain then makes decisions regarding the course of action to take to protect the body. ...

Health and Wellness briefs: Oct. 23, 2016

By Staff

Primary Care Partners log most steps in challenge Crossroads Fitness sponsored a challenge during the week of Oct. 10-16, in which participants pledged to walk 70,000 steps in seven days. This is the second year of this event. The goal of Crossroads Fitness was to inspire and motivate everyone in the Grand Valley to step up their health and fitness. The goal was to collectively, as one community, log 25 million steps. Organizers reported this week that with nearly 600 participants, ...


GYM: Side Plank with a Dip

By Staff

Side Plank with a Dip Start in a neutral spine, side plank position. This should look as though someone took you from a standing position and laid you on your side with your elbow directly beneath your shoulder. Your head should be in a line with your spine, your hips should be forward and extended and your feet should be stacked. From this position, lower your hip toward the floor slowly and in control. Return to the starting position. During the movement phase neither leg should ...

Health and Wellness briefs: Oct. 18, 2016

By Staff

Story starts here HopeWest and the Grand Junction Veterans Healthcare System are hosting a free screening and discussion of the PBS program “Being Mortal.” All community members, caregivers, nurses and physicians are welcome to attend. You will be part of a national dialog taking place in our community that asks, “Have you and your family had the tough conversations and planned ahead?” “Being Mortal” delves into the hopes of patients and families ...

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