Pros: Comfortable and supportive while active. Easy to put on and remove.
Cons: Not as comfortable at rest. Must be hand washed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.