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"I was kinda skeptical because I'm not a gamer of any kind," says Crowder.
Melissa, who's recovering from neck surgery, is rehabbing at NHC Murfreesboro. Here, she's using the new Omni-VR, a virtual 3D gaming device used to help patients regain strength, balance and movement.
"It uses the 3D infrared camera to capture the patients' movements so they're the controller when we're doing exercises," says Melissa's physical therapist and Director of Rehab at NHC Margaret Greeson. "If we want to do lower extremity exercises, we don't say we're going to do lower extremity exercises, we say we're going to KICK THE BUGS! Or instead of saying we're going to work on high balance activities, let's go cut some flowers."
"It's built on exercising the body," says Crowder. "But, you don't realize it because you're more focused on playing the game."
The therapist chooses the difficulty setting based on the patient's need. Exercises vary for each person.
"The more I do there, I can tell every day I can do a little bit more," says Crowder. "I can tell it's making an impact."
The games don't replace traditional PT, but Margaret says a combination of the 2 makes for a quicker recovery and playing games gives patients a good distraction from their daily pain.
"We know what we're working on underlining the actual physical therapy part," says Greeson. "The patient sees it as more fun."
The Omni-VR system is used on stroke patients as well and the virtual therapy is covered by most insurance companies. The system is only 2 years old, so many of the physical therapists, like Margaret Greeson, are giving feedback and making suggestions to improve it.
Monday, October 29 2012, 08:05 PM CDT
Woman sentence to diversion in hot oatmeal attack
May 18, 2013 16:17 GMT
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A judge has sentenced a Clarksville woman convicted of assault for pouring hot oatmeal on her husband to diversion.
The Leaf-Chronicle (http://leafne.ws/10YZSDz ) reports Judge John H. Gasaway handed down the sentence for 52-year-old Karen Jeffries after a hearing during which friends and neighbors testified that she had a moral character, a strong faith and a passion for helping others.
Gasaway ordered a four-year post trial diversion program, but gave her the option of opting out after three years if she meets all the terms and conditions.
During the trial in March Jeffries said she threw hot oatmeal at her husband when he lunged to attack her.
Douglas Jeffries told the jury he was asleep in a recliner when his wife dumped the pot of oatmeal onto him.
Information from: The Leaf-Chronicle, http://www.theleafchronicle.com
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