About Dr. Jeffrey Bolek
Before retiring in August, 2014, I practiced rehabilitation therapy at the renowned Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital. At the hospital, my treatment for traumatic brain injury and stroke was only available to children. The time seemed right to expand my Motor Control Restoration therapy into other areas and make it available to as many patients as possible. I have spent my career focused on the restoration of motor function in children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of movement disorders including cerebral palsy and other acquired conditions. Restoration of movement means restoring the ability to sit, stand, reach or walk.
Patients all have one goal in common—to return to the days of being able to care for themselves, or in the case of children, to learn to stand, walk or reach for the first time. This is especially important with children as their bodies are still developing and their bones are still forming. Bones form best if they are used to carry the weight they’re designed to carry.
I have written over 17 peer reviewed publications in professional journals and have given numerous presentations at professional conferences. This means that other professionals in the field have read the work and found it worthy of publication in a scholarly journal. I ams the former president of the largest organization of specialists in psychophysiology—the Association of Applied Psychophysiology & Biofeedback (AAPB). I am board certified by the Biofeedback Certification Institute Alliance, the primary certification body for those practicing psychophysiology. I received the Sheila Adler Award from the AAPB in 2015 for outstanding contributions to the field of psychophysiology. I also received the Innovation Award from the Cleveland Clinic in 2004 for the Bolek Gait Modification Program. I have helped hundreds of patients over the last 30 years with over 13,000 one-hour treatment sessions.
No one can guarantee a particular treatment will be successful, but the program’s success rate—as published in professional journals—ranges from 85% to 90%. Most of the patients were referred to the program as a last resort (because traditional treatment had either stopped being effective or proved to be ineffective from the start).
Success like this is no accident. Every session is recorded using software, so progress from one session to the next can be compared. For example, a child working on standing independently may achieve only 12% improvement the first visit, but 15%, then 34%, then 56% on the next three sessions. With the session recordings, there is no wondering if the treatment is helping. If improvement is not occurring, the program is tailored and modified until success is achieved. The last thing someone with a disability needs is to waste time and money on an ineffective treatment. But success within the treatment sessions means nothing if it does not transfer over to the “real world.” The goal of every session is to maximize the transfer of learning to outside the session, and there are many ways of doing so while the patient is in treatment.
The Motor Control Restoration program can help improve any type of movement. Some of the more common targets include:
- standing balance training
- bench sitting
- head control
- arm reaching
Most importantly, I will not just explain to you how he can help achieve these goals, I will also explain if am unable to help.
You don’t last 26 years at one of the world’s premier medical institutions if you don’t know what you are doing. There is no substitute for experience.