Entries by Jeffrey Bolek

Dopamine: put this brain chemical to your advantage

Your brain communicates between nerve cells by way of chemical called “neurotransmitters”. There’s a lot of them and one very interesting one is called dopamine. There’s actually a whole dopamine system, the brain’s reward system, which functions as the engine of pleasure and motivation. When it is released in large amounts, it creates feelings of […]

Practice makes perfect

I have been a student of the guitar since I was 14. You would think by now I could play like Jimi Hendrix but no surprise I’m not even close (or in the same universe as he).  To my defense I was never able to devote tons of time to practice, not that it would […]

Football and head trauma….

Football and head trauma…is it really that bad??? I get asked my opinion on this quite often, given my line of work. Many things in life are in the “grey zone”. For example, someone is deciding what college to attend. They consider the pluses and minuses of each college, cost, reputation, academic standing and make […]

My (not so graceful) almost fall off a ladder…

Looking at these pictures makes me dizzy, especially after a near accident while using them to paint my house. More on that later.  A study published in 2014 in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report  found that falls remain a leading cause of unintentional injury mortality nationwide, and 43 percent of fatal falls in the […]

How does brain recovery take place?

Motor Control Restoration, L.L.C. Restoring movement after illness, injury, medical condition Brain “plasticity” I am often asked how it is possible for brain recovery to take place to re-learn a motor skill after having had an extensive loss of brain tissue as a result of a traumatic brain injury or stroke.   We know, for example, […]

Aging and the Effect On Muscle Use

Mary has a hard time getting out of bed in the morning. Now almost 53 years old, it takes about a half-hour for her to stand without muscle pain in her legs. She sits up in bed and does some stretches, and gradually her muscles settle down so she can stand without fear of falling. […]