After a traumatic head injury, there are often silent areas of the brain that still can work, they have just lost connection with the rest of the body. There are brain circuits that can take over for the injured pathways. The problem is that you do not know where they are or how to use them. This program is a form of stroke rehabilitation therapy that can help you discover these pathways. In order to restore movement after an injury, I created a new way to target and train muscle use that is a special kind of biofeedback called Quantitative Surface Electromyography or QSEMG. There is much detail in the accompanying pages. It is a painless procedure that uses electrodes to measure muscle activity and displays it on a monitor. The program helps the person find and use muscles that as a result of an accident have been lost. At first, the only way to see the muscle activity is by watching lines on the computer monitor rise and fall as the muscle is used and relaxed. With continued stroke therapy, you begin to recognize the muscle use on your own, you get a feel for it, much like you did the first time you learned to ride a bicycle without training wheels.
Motor Control Restoration helps patients with a variety of conditions including stroke, head injury and traumatic injuries due to accidents. Our patients learn to restore movement and maximize the efficient use of their muscles and minimize activities that are detrimental to their recovery. This is accomplished by using Quantitative Surface Electromyography Treatment (QSMEG), a treatment technique developed by Dr. Jeffrey Bolek.
Motor Control Restoration Provides:
Restoration of movement after illness and traumatic injury such as stroke or head trauma.
The program is designed to restore movement such as the use of arms, legs and hands due to stroke, injury or an ongoing medical condition such as cerebral palsy. Treatment sessions are scheduled once per week and last for an hour. These sessions are intense! We have never had a session where anyone wished for just a few more minutes, but the results can be significant. If the patient has existing physical or occupational goals, we can tailor our treatment to include a program to help achieve them. See the accompanying pages for much more detail. The important thing is that the program has proven effectiveness in restoring movement.
Even if the primary cause of your pain is not muscle-related, very often the body’s musculature plays a role. The body tries to figure out a way to reduce the pain, and in doing so, causes muscle imbalance. The fact is, most pain has a muscle component to it and many times, incorrect muscle use is the cause of pain. Sometime muscles do not turn “off” when they are supposed to. This is called “inhibition” and it leads to chronic muscle tension, as one muscle works against another.
After sustaining a traumatic head injury, a thorough assessment of brain function can be very helpful in getting one a patient back to work or school. Unidentified neural deficits can cause problems in ways that are difficult for the patient or family members to detect. However, identifying impaired brain function is essential, as it can significantly affect work/school performance.
Peak performance training.
Very often athletes need some fine tuning to maximize their natural ability. Motor Control Restoration provides peak performance training to athletes ranging from amateur to professional. Some need a few sessions to change unhealthy movement patterns they have slipped into. Improved coordination, greater efficiency and increased endurance are just a few of the benefits of treatment. If desired results are shared with the athlete’s coach/trainer.
As a certified Bureau of Worker’s Compensation of Ohio provider, evaluations for return to work are a specialty as part of my larger practice that is focused on rehabilitation. Our disability evaluations are not just a sideline activity, and as a certified provider, we have the training and experience to perform the evaluations thoroughly and efficiently. We know your time is precious and we will not waste it.
Sometimes the goal is to have an evaluation done to document the extent of a person’s disability. Or, the goal may be to have therapy that will help the person get moving again so they can return to work. There is no wasted time because typically by the end of three sessions, we will know if this kind of therapy is going to be of benefit. Sessions are scheduled once per week, and last for one hour.
On-site consultation for clinics.
Patients are observed at the facility they attend to determine if the program can be helpful in their case.