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Serola Sacroiliac Belt

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Posted

Pros: comfortable, effective

Cons: hips feel slack for the rest of the day after you take it off

I must not have been paying attention when these came out for testing and review.  Billchao mentioned it to me when we were playing together at TST outing in Erie.  I ordered it online, and have used it for quite a few rounds this fall.

 

I agree with all of the generally favorable comments preceding this review.  The belt is comfortable for me to wear under my shorts or pants, and fits just below the belt line.  If adjusted properly, it does not impede my sitting in the cart, teeing up, or reaching for my ball in the cup.  On the other hand, it is not so comfortable that I could forget I am wearing it.  And it does affect my swing a bit.  My hips feel tighter and stronger with it, so it seems like it takes a bit less energy to turn them, but that makes it easy to over rotate them into an even more painful position.  So you definitely should spend some time with this belt on the range, to dial in your rotational limits, before you take it on the course. 

 

My situation is having been rear-ended by a truck while stopped at a red light, about 15 years ago.  Since then, progressive arthritis is affecting my lower back and left hip.  I had to drop my club membership about 7 years ago, because I couldn't play nearly enough to justify the cost.  I played very little for 3-4 years due to the discomfort, but missed the game.  I tried a lot of different physical therapy and exercise regimens, along with learning a stack-and-tilt type swing path that allowed my left hip to remain weighted throughout the swing (it was the un-weighting and re-weighting that caused much of the pain). Finally finding a combination that seemed to help, I began playing more again last year.  This year I hit 50 rounds for the first time in almost forever.

 

A big problem for me still is trying to play on consecutive days.  That is where the belt is a big help for me.  On the first day of planned multi-day golf, if I am feeling good during warmup I generally do not wear the belt, but if there is any initial discomfort I will wear it, and if I feel any creeping discomfort I will add it after 9.  I nearly always wear the belt now on the second (and subsequent) days.

 

One warning,  If you wear the belt for a round of golf, and you take it off afterwards, and then you do something else active (such as walking around a huge shopping mall with your wife) later in the day, you may pay a big price.  I recommend keeping the belt on after golf, until all other activities for the day are complete.

Posted

Pros: Works as advertised, cost, easy to conceal

Cons: Must be hand washed

This is my first review and I appreciate the chance. I was skeptical of this belt because my back issue is more of a nerve issue. I have been diagnosed with Lumbar Stenosis. the spinal canal and openings are narrowing and putting pressure on the nerves causing pain especially while standing and walking long periods. I can be fine one minute and turn or bend wrong and the pain is instantaneous and extremely debilitating. I have had to quit in the middle of several rounds of golf because of this. I was skeptical because all of the information for the belt dealt with SI joint issues.

 

I have used the belt for a little over 3 weeks and with it I can play up to 36 holes of golf a day, I am 50 years old and retired so time is not an issue. I chose to wear the belt under my golf shorts and over my boxer shorts. I live in central Texas so heat is an issue, but the belt is comfortable when adjusted properly. I have had no chaffing issues and actually other than the supportive feeling to my lower back I usually don't even think about it. The belt should be properly worn to get the best results and it took me a couple of times to find the correct place to wear it. The elastic support straps should be snug, but not too tight. I found this out the hard way because what feels okay when you first put it on can feel very tight and restrictive once you start playing and moving with the belt on. I had no problem concealing it under my golf shorts.

 

During a round of golf the belt provides me with support and a small amount of pressure to my back and enables me to swing a golf club without pain. Other reviewer have said they found it uncomfortable when sitting, but I have not experienced any discomfort while sitting. The only downside I have found is that the belt should be hand washed.

 

Overall I would suggest this to anyone who has lower back pain while playing golf. Your amount of relief may vary, but the cost of the belt is less than I have paid for a round of golf.    

Posted

Pros: Relieves / eliminates back pain, easy to use

Cons: Slight discomfort while sitting down wearing the belt

I received the Serola Sacroiliac Belt for the purpose of writing a review. As someone who generally suffers from back pain due to spending the better part of 60 hours a week in a vehicle, I was both excited and skeptical to try it out,

 

The belt was easy to put on and easy to figure out how to wear it. I tried it out on the range and for a full round of golf. Golfing in 90 plus degrees led me to use the belt on the outside of my clothing. I tested it out on a Friday so the only person that would be curious as to what I was wearing would be the cart girl. I will say that the belt in no way restricted or affected my golf swing while playing.

 

I wear it constantly around the house and for the most part, this belt seems to make my back pains be an afterthought.

 

I do not wear it to work since I already have my wrist wrapped all week so I can get through 2 rounds on the weekend and often come home with back pain. It is not instantaneous, but after throwing the belt on my pain disappears.

 

The belt can kind of dig into me while riding in the cart, but sitting around at home has not been as much of an issue (probably because I do not sit like a normal person.)

 

I would recommend this product to anyone that suffers even minor back pains - it has definitely helped me out and I have already recommended it to several of my customers that suffer the same issues that I do.

Posted

Pros: Provides stability, comfortable

Cons: Need to readjust often, looks a little odd

I recently got the chance to try out the Serola Sacroiliac Belt and I came away impressed.  I am 30 years old and in pretty good shape but I've been starting to get lower back pain when I play a round or spend some time at the range.  The belt is essentially elastic and velcro that you wrap around yourself just below your waist i.e. over the sacroiliac joints.  When you put the belt on you immediately feel more stable.  I was able to have a full range session wearing the belt with little to no back pain.  This was a welcomed change because that hasn't been the case recently.  After the range session was over, taking off the belt was a strange sensation.  My hips felt so loose, kind of disconcerting to be honest but it was just in contrast to how stable they felt with the belt on.  I will continue to wear this during all golf related activities but the early returns are promising.  I would recommend this to others that are experiencing lower back pain while golfing.

Posted

Pros: Provides Support, Comfortable While Standing

Cons: Uncomfortable While Bending or Sitting

I've dealt with back pain (herniated discs, L4/L5, and to a lesser extend L3/L4) for close to 20 years, and at its peak, the pain was debilitating enough to cause me to basically retire from golf for a couple of years.  After attempting various treatments, I was finally healthy enough in the last few years to pick the game back up.  However, no matter how good I feel, my back is still always some amount of sore or achy, before, during and after playing golf.  So I jumped at the chance to test out a product designed specifically for golf that claims to relieve back pain.

 

It is a stretchy, elastic-like belt that functions a bit like a weight belt, but is to be worn much lower on the body to work effectively.  Rather than being worn around the waist to provide lumbar support, it is worn around the hips to support the SI joint.  This is where I start running into problems.  Around the rear and along the side, it feels quite supportive and comfortable, however, in front, it gets a bit ... bunchy.  It's close enough to the lower pelvic area (if you know what I mean) in front to be a bit constricting.  And this is especially true when bending over to pick up a ball, or sitting down in a golf cart.  It's just a bit uncomfortable.

 

The other issue I have with the belt is that I feel a bit goofy wearing a belt around my hips; not exactly "fashion forward."  Now, it is not terribly thick and if you have pants or shorts that have a little room in them, you could very easily wear this on the inside and nobody would ever know.  But for me, that just added to the "bunchy" feeling by having it be squished in there between layers of clothing, with no real way to make adjustments if they became necessary.

 

Now, I will say that each time I've worn it at the range, it did appear as though my soreness was lessened AND it certainly provided some support.  If my back pain ever starts to heighten and become a little tougher to manage, I will suck it up and wear my goofy looking belt with pride.  But until then, it's just a little too uncomfortable and unattractive for my tastes.

 

For those of you out there with more severe pain, and are perhaps in a position to have to make decisions that include possibly having to give up golf, I highly recommend giving this product a try.

Posted

Pros: Less back pain, comfortable when worn and adjusted correctly....have not been close to as sore while playing 4-5 times per week since wearing the belt

Cons: Kind of annoying to take off and put back on while taking a pit stop, seems to ride up when sitting in cart.

Serola Sacroiliac Belt

I have always had back issues during golf season since I can remember, and I am one who likes to be out on the course as much as possible... and once I am on the course I don't want to leave.  I have some friends who will rock 27 to 36 holes in a day.  That used to be an issue.  If I were to try and keep up with them that would mean less golf or at least less comfortable golf (and work) for the rest of the week, as well as expensive chiropractic bills.  The golf swing just puts a lot of pressure on the body and it affects some people more than others.

 

So when I saw that The Sand Trap was offering the chance to try out this product and write a review, I was very happy to try it out and give my opinion for other people who are in my position.  I want to play golf as much as possible and do not want to be held back.  Work and family/friend obligations already get in the way of course time (not in a bad way unless you want to be a family/friendless hobo), but pain or injury keeping me off the course has to be my biggest golf-related frustration.  A nice day outside, day off of work, friends calling up saying to meet them out on the course, and you have to say no...I have to sit inside and ice my back.  That is just a horrible thing for an avid golfer to go through. 

 

Since I have worn the Serola Sacroiliac Belt, I have noticed much less back pain after a round of golf.  I played 45 holes on a Saturday a week ago and woke up a little sore (that's a lot of golf), but in better condition than I had playing 18 holes on days before wearing the belt.  I would have been able to wake up, get ready and play 18 holes the next morning if I wanted to.  That is great because there were times earlier this year where I would have played 18 holes, woke up the next day, limped out of bed, and just knew that I needed to take a day off of golf.  I was going to the chiropractor every week or two because I just got to the point where there was no other way to stop the pain.  That was costing me a lot of money.  There are probably other factors, but I haven't been to the chiropractor since I started using the belt.  I also have found that I have spent less time in a day thinking about back pain or just trying to be comfortable.  That is big when I am on my feet at work every day.

 

I definitely recommend the Serola Sacroiliac Belt if you experience lower back/pelvic pain.  You have to make sure that you wear it correctly, and there are some minor annoyances that I will bring up soon, but the bottom line is...if you are having pain in this game, you need to take care of it.   We can't all be the lucky ones like some of my friends who can work all day (one of them toting a bag around for 4 or 5 hours as a caddy) then go out and play as much golf as they want and then wake up the next day as if nothing has happened.  This product is no magic bullet or anything, but it has definitely helped me keep up with them much better than I had before.

 

Now on to the few annoyances.  I don't know if this would depend on your body type (I am rather skinny, though blessed with a ghetto booty), but it wants to ride up on me, which means I need to readjust it from time to time.  This isn't a huge issue if I am walking, but if I am riding in a cart then I need to readjust it every other hole or so...it just naturally wants to ride up when I am in a sitting position.  It also makes it tougher for me to get to things in or out of my pockets....this might depend on the level on which you wear your pants.  I don't sag or anything but the Serola Belt seems to sit on or between my regular belt and the level of my pants pockets.  You also have to keep in mind that you will have to take it off and put it back on when you need to go to the bathroom.  I know, duh/obvious, but those of us who like to partake in a few beverages per round might notice this a bit more than a few others. 

 

But to be clear, none of these inconveniences trump the need to relieve some pain, which is what the Serola Belt does.  I don't see how this product could be designed better to alleviate the issues I have mentioned.  If it hurts there, you need to wear it there.  Also know that I have used this product enough to be confident of my opinion of it.  I have used it for about two weeks now which have included a golf outing followed by 27 holes in one day (45 holes total) along with about ten other days of golf...probably half of them nine and half of them 18.  A pet peeve of mine is reading through reviews and having to sift through the ones where that guy buys a product, takes it out for the first time, and then has a very strong opinion one way or the other.  How could he know anything about the product if he has only used it for a day? 

 

So long story short, if you have to live through enough lower back/pelvic pain where you have to limit the time you can spend playing a game that you love, look into the Serola Sacroiliac Belt.  It costs less than a chiropractic visit, so if keeps you out of his office once it already pays for itself...I would say that makes it worth a try.

Posted

Pros: Comfortable, easy to put on, not noticeable and does a great job supporting the SI Joint

Cons: Can feel a bit constricting if you tighten it too much or when wet after a workout.

I am a skeptic at heart when it comes to some medical devices.  The sacroiliac joint is located in the lower back at the point where the sacrum (the bottom plate of the spinal column) joins the ilium (the large hip bone.  There are ligaments that stabilize the joint, but it is basically bone on bone with a little buffer area.  

 

 

 

I first hurt my sacroiliac joint in high school.  I was running track and doing hurdle practice outside in the winter.  I skidded on ice and went down hard.  I did not know it at the time, but, the joint was displaced slightly on my right side and became inflamed.  The next day, during a meet, it hurt so badly it could barely walk or stand up straight.  It felt like I was being stabbed in the hip.  I went to the doctor and first learned about the joint.  However, relieving the pain was not easy.  Over the next 10 years, I saw several doctors, a chiropractor and finally a really good physical therapist.  The PT showed my how to pop it back in place and also what exercises and stretches to do to keep it stable.  Basically a strong core helps.  Stretching the quads and psoas muscle, which joins the lower spine to your groin, reduces stress on the joint.

 

It flares up often.  I've had two cortisone shots in the last 5 years.  But to relieve pain, I use ice and stretch the muscles.  I tried a another belt a number of years ago. it was bulky and uncomfortable, and it did not help at all.  I've basically just lived with this for 38 years.  In golf, it is the follow through that can irritate the joint.  The action of thrusting the hips forward, turning and then pushing the belt forward and up puts stress on the joint.  Carrying a bag and even standing around for a long time can irritate the joint.

 

So needless to say, I am skeptical.

 

Serola Belt Design

 

This belt is different.  It is a non-elastic belt with a second set of elastic belts that run from the back to the side. It is shown below (photos from the serola.net site).

 

It is designed to be worn low on the back running over the SI joint as seen below.  Please note it is not me in the picture below.  ;-)

 

 

To put it on, you simply wrap it around your hips just above where the leg joint bends, and secure the non-elastic belt with velcro in the front.  Then you detach the side velcro for the left and right elastic belts, stretch them and reattach.  Simple.  It rides low on the hips, feel snug at first, but then you get used to it.  One curious omission from the instructions and video was whether to wear the belt over clothing or against the skin.  Maybe they didn't want to show a naked guy putting the belt on (I agree), but that should be noted.  So, I tried it both against my skin and over my boxer briefs, but under my shorts while golfing.  At the gym, I had it on over my shorts.  Direction are below.

 

http://www.serola.net/New-Belt/directions.html

 

I did not take a picture of myself with it on (fully clothed of course) because you would not have noticed the belt at all.  It also did not affect the fit of my shorts because the belt hangs low on your hips.  Now if you are one of those guys that has your pants hanging way down on your hips (I'm talking to YOU, my son), then you may have a problem.

 

Performance

 

From the site:

 

The Serola Sacroiliac Belt is the only belt designed to normalize the function of the sacroiliac joint.

  • Non-elastic layer mimics action of ligaments
  • Additional elastic layer provides compression and helps maintain correct posture
  • No irritating buckles or pads
  • Does not replace muscle function - improves muscle function - increases strength throughout the body
  • Can be worn for extended periods without causing muscle weakness or atrophy
  • The Serola Sacroiliac Belt - It Works While You Work!

I first tried the belt around the house.  Just to get the feel of it.  It feels snug at first, but then as I moved around and did chores, it became less noticeable.  

 

Next I took it to the range, I put the belt on against my skin at work.  I got in my car, changed into my shorts, which is routine for me, and drove to the range.  It was a bit awkward changing with the belt on, but not impossible and the belt did not really move.  At the range, I was aware of the belt at first, but as I went through my drills, I did not notice it at all.  What I did notice was my SI joint did not have the familiar ache at the end of the session.  I was pleasantly surprised.  At this point, I went to the bathroom and removed the belt.  I sweat a lot, so it was a bit uncomfortable at this point.

 

The next day I put it on the same way and played 9 holes with my league.  Again, during the round I did not really notice the belt.  I did not ache at all in the SI joint after the round.  It was hot and humid and I did need to remove the belt immediately after the round. 

 

The next range session, I put the belt over my boxer briefs.  I was concerned that it would slip, but it did not. It was more comfortable this way as well.  Again, the belt performed as advertised.  It took stress off the joint by preventing the joint from moving more than it should.  With someone like me, who has had the joint displaced, this really helps.  It almost acts like a weight belt but targets the SI joint. 

 

The next round of 9 holes, I wore it as above.  It worked just as well over the briefs.  At the end of the round, I took it off because I really didn't need it to sit, have a beer and trash talk the other guys!

 

I wore it at the gym the next day for my routine workout with a few golf specific exercises.  I wore it over my shorts.  The belt did not slip during most exercises, but I did have to readjust it after doing some lower body hip exercises with a stability ball.

 

Finally, I wore it for an 18 hole round.  I walk 18 when my knees let me and it's not too hot, but this round I rode in a cart.  Interestingly enough, cart riding never helped my SI joint.  I would still ache on occasion at the end of the round.  This round, the belt performed well again.  It did get a bit uncomfortable, and so did all my clothes, because we got poured on twice during the round.  I felt like I dove in the Merrimack River by the 18th.  The SI joint, however, was happy as a clam.  Not sure why clams are happy, but that is a New England expression for "wicked happy".

 

There is one other point that needs to be said. The belt does make it a bit tricky to go to the bathroom (talking number 1 here guys).  You have to rearrange your briefs and belt after.  I just thought you should know this.

 

Conclusion

 

The Serola belt will now become part of my normal routine.  I highly recommend it for anyone with SI joint issues.  If you have SI joint problems, core strength and stretching are mandatory.  Cortisone shots, NSAIDs, and ice all treat the symptom, but not the cause of pain.  My SI joint will always be susceptible to irritation.  But this belt has shown that it can support the joint during exercise and the high stress golf swing.  It works as advertised.  The belt keeps the pesky SI joint in place.  It is fairly comfortable, inexpensive and easy to put on.  No one will know you are wearing it either.

Posted

Pros: Supportive, Comfortable, Functional

Cons: Durability over an extended period of use.

Product Summary:

This product provided support and enabled me to continue golfing during recovery from severe lower back pain and stiffness.

Without use of the Serola Belt, I probably would have not been able to play golf for several weeks this past summer.

This product provided relief, is very functional and comfortable, easy to wear while active, does not inhibit or hinder activity while in use.

The multiple adjustment elastic Velcro features are easy to adjust for comfort and support.

I liked the features and design of the product. This belt is narrow across the front stomach area and flexible which makes it comfortable while in a sitting position.

When walking or swing a golf club, I could hardly tell I was wearing it.

 

Overall, I rated this product a very good value.

 

Testing Period:

I have used the Serola Belt for two weeks since receiving it on a daily basis.

I wore the belt while at home during normal activities and while driving/traveling for several hours.

I have worn the belt during 10 rounds of playing golf.

The past couple of rounds, I would remove the belt periodically.

During these past two weeks, the weather has been cool and hot in the area I live.

I have worn the belt both over my clothing and under my golf shorts.

I also wore the belt while asleep a few times.

 

 

My Observations:

On very warm days while wearing the belt, my golf shorts did become damp from sweat and I simply removed it for a short period of time.

During other cooler days, this did not happen.

Wearing the belt with various golf shorts, I was able to use both my front and back pockets.

A few pair of my golf shorts required adjusting the belt position to be able to reach into the pockets.

When playing golf, I did not notice any differences in my golf swing due to wearing the belt.

After playing golf while wearing the Serola Belt, I did not have any back discomfort or stiffness.

The belt is comfortable while in a seated position, but would suggest to the manufacture to narrow the width slightly across the front area.

During a couple of rounds this past week, I would remove the belt for a half hour.

I did experience lower back stiffness after a short period of time and put the belt back on.

Almost immediately, the slight pain subsided and I was able to continue and finish the round. 

The belt material has shown  "wayfaring" from normal use, which is common of elastic products. 

 

Summary:

I am very pleased with this product.

I have recommended this product to several friends who also have lower back problems.

Without having this Serola Belt, I surely would have had to limit my golf activities for several weeks.

Thank you Dr. Serola  and The Sand Trap for providing this product to the members.

Posted

Pros: Comfortable and supportive while active. Easy to put on and remove.

Cons: Not as comfortable at rest. Must be hand washed.

Background:

I have issues with my lower back due to my hips getting out of alignment causing one leg to be longer than the other. I make regular trips to my chiropractor for adjustment but tend to experience pain in my lower back after extended periods of working outside or walking a round of golf. I previously experienced pain after hitting a significant number of golf balls at a driving range, but improvements in my posture helped alleviate this.

 

Manufacturer’s Claim:

The Serola Sacroiliac Belt is designed to compress and support the sacroiliac joints, thereby relieving stress and instability at these weight bearing structures. Just as importantly, it is not so tight that it is restrictive. Excess or insufficient motion can adversely affect the entire musculoskeletal system. The Serola Sacroiliac Belt, by providing the correct balance of resistance and resilience, re-establishes the joint’s normal motion.

Because of the stability the Serola Sacroiliac Belt gives to the base of your spine, strength is increased throughout your back, hips, and legs, and your chances of injury are lessened considerably during work or play.

 

Testing Methodology:

I reviewed information about the Sacroiliac (SI) Joint on several medical web sites. It is stated that leg length discrepancy will cause stress on the SI joint which can result in pain very similar symptomatically to what I experience. When I received the belt, I watched the online videos to learn the appropriate way to put it on. I wore the belt to the driving range, hit a bucket of balls, then wore it home and left it on for an hour or so while sitting on the couch. I also wore it that evening while practicing a drum set for a few hours. Finally, I tested it while walking a round of 18 holes a few days later.

 

Observations:

I found the belt easy to put on and adjust although it wasn’t clear if it should be worn inside or outside of clothing. I opted for inside which seemed more logical. The belt is comfortable and supporting while standing, however, it wasn’t quite as comfortable while sitting as it rubs towards the front of the body.

At the driving range, I was judging if it felt restricted or was in any way detrimental or distracting to the golf swing. Fortunately, I hardly noticed that it was on. As mentioned earlier, it wasn’t quite as comfortable while sitting on the couch or playing the drums. Wearing it during a round of golf was quite nice though. It didn’t push in the front yet applied gentle pressure from behind.  I would normally start to feel some discomfort after 10-12 holes depending on how hilly the course was. While wearing the belt, I felt that I could walk upright for all 18 holes. More notably, I experienced a significantly less lower back pain after the round. Normally, I need to rest for a few hours after walking a round of golf, but I was able to go home and start grilling dinner and resume normal activity.

If there is anything negative I have to say about the belt, is that there was limited information included with the package. I was able to figure out what I needed from their YouTube videos, but that might be problematic for some who are not Internet savvy. As far as the lower comfort level while sitting, I’m not sure that it was actually meant to be used that way. Finally, it is not machine washable which is not very convenient. As something you wear during physical activity, it will need to be washed periodically.

 

Summary:

I believe this device lives up the claim its manufacturer makes on the website. It appears that you can purchase one in the $30-$50 range online which is well worth the cost for someone who experiences lower back pain. I plan to continue using the belt while walking a round of golf or other cardiovascular exercise.

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Serola Sacroiliac Belt
Description:

The new style has the same basic function as the Serola Original but with a significant change in comfort and grip. The first layer is changed from cotton to an open cell urethane foam. The advantages are that it is more breathable, more comfortable, moisture wicking, hypoallergenic and more conforming. The belt grips so well that it will not move, even on the most active people.

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