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Richmond Patients Use Video Game Technology for Physical Rehabilitation

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Jeffrey Faucette uses Omni VR for therapy. Jeffrey Faucette uses Omni VR for therapy.

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - The same technology in video games is now becoming an important part of physical rehabilitation. Omni VR is a virtual reality therapy system that immerses patients in each of 22 games.

Jeffrey Faucette is currently a patient at Envoy of Westover Hills. The 54-year-old is waiting for a prosthetic leg, and he's getting stronger and stronger every day thanks to this unique therapy.

"You have to use everything on you to play this," Faucette says waving his hands to demonstrate how he uses the technology. "Different games make you do different things. Different body movements."

The Omni VR system includes a tv with a camera mounted on top that reads each patient's movements and reactions.

"Any of our patients who have muscle weakness, decreased endurance, difficulty walking, decreased balance or cognitive deficits are able to use the machine," says Ashley Rawlings, the Rehabilitation Director at Envoy of Westover Hills.

Gordon Hunter knows all the benefits of this virtual reality therapy. The 64-year-old is now back home and back on his feet, and he's a lifetime away from the shape he was in when he first got sick. "I was falling down steps and the ambulance had come and get me. I was just. My wife couldn't take care of me."

Hunter is feeling good now and stomps his feet as part of one Omni VR game. Current patients like Faucette look to him for inspiration and can't wait to be success stories too.

Faucette knows exactly what he wants to do after he's fitted for a prosthetic leg and discharged from Enjoy. "Go fishing," he says with a smile.

The Envoy of Westover Hills staff says this system is great for therapy, but patients are benefiting in other ways too. Many who use it are more motivated, have more confidence and are more engaged than when they're doing the same movements over and over during traditional therapy sessions.

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