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NORTH LIMA, Ohio- Ivy Woods Manor patient Bob Frasher was a different man when he first began his trip down the road to recovery two months ago.

"I was almost lethargic. Really, I had no interest, no nothing. I come here and everything picked up for me," Frasher said.

Frasher's improvement is, in large part, due to the Omnicycle, a motorized rehabilitation system that helps patients increase range of motion, strength, muscle control and endurance. Unlike a traditional therapy bike, the Omnicycle shows therapists, as well as patients, concrete evidence tracking progress.

The Omnicycle is typically used in the treatment of stroke recovery, Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis, joint replacement, COPD and arthritis.

"What that is going to do is increase their strength and it is also going to increase their coordination and it is going to make everything in their daily life easier," said Wayne Wilt, a certified occupational therapist assistant at Ivy Woods Manor.

For those patients who don't have full control over their limbs, the bike provides powered-assistance to ensure proper technique. There is also an interactive biofeedback feature that helps patients focus on the areas of their body that are affected.

"If you give them different exercises and engage them you know it helps them physically and I believe it helps them emotionally and it makes it fun," Wilt said.

Frasher agrees.

"The physical exercise I get makes me feel better mentally because yeah, I am a happier guy," Frasher said.

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