Customer Spotlight: University of Vermont Health Network

AlterG came into my life in November of 2014. My husband had just passed away and before he died he told me to “run the marathon” and get the whole experience. He was referring to the Boston Marathon, where my husband, Walter Brown, had been “the starter” for the last 22 years. I had accompanied him to the event regularly, but only as a spectator at the start of the race. I was obese, diabetic and clueless about how to do this. But I made a promise to Walter, so I started trying to figure it out on my own. Continue reading “Customer Spotlight: University of Vermont Health Network”

Empower Physical Therapy: One Athlete’s Success Story

Halfway through my Marathon Training Plan, I felt a sharp pain in my heel followed by severe pain in my arch. Having been a runner for four years, this pain concerned me since I had never experienced that type of pain before. I was at the point in my training where my mileage would increase into high double digits, but I couldn’t run through the pain and didn’t know what to do. Feeling defeated and concerned that I would need to cancel my first marathon, I contacted a running friend and a coach who recommended Empower Physical Therapy and Fitness. Continue reading “Empower Physical Therapy: One Athlete’s Success Story”

How Exercise Improves Stress Management

Stress is an unavoidable part of human life. In small doses, stress is a GOOD thing because it enables us to recognize and overcome both physical and psychological threats to our well-being.  Acute (immediate and short-term) stress prepares the body for more challenging tasks.  Once the body encounters a stressor, overcomes it, and then returns to a normal rested state, it is better prepared and capable of handling a new stressor of potentially greater intensity. This is how we adapt and build resiliency for increased stress in the future. Continue reading “How Exercise Improves Stress Management”