Hawaii chiropractor Dr. Rick Serola is a man who is rarely satisfied with the status-quo. Severely injured playing sports when he was still in his twenties, Dr. Rick Serola learned about the fragility of the human body first-hand. He worked hard at recovering from his injuries seeking help from traditional medicine, osteopathy and finally, chiropractic, whose treatment methods substantially reduced his pain. Yet three years later he still had trouble driving a car and couldn't walk more than a few blocks without resting.
Frustration coupled with a desire to learn more about the human body led Dr. Serola into the study of chiropractic medicine. "I couldn't find anybody to help me," he recalls. Although his initial goal was a personal one -- to fully recover -- he found he wanted to further his studies so that he could help others rid themselves of pain. Dr. Serola graduated from the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, graduating summa cum laude. As a member of the Chiropractic Honor Society, he worked in several chiropractic offices on the Mainland before launching his own practice in Hawaii in 1988.
In 1988, Dr. Serola discovered that patients' strength increased after sacroiliac stabilization. After years of research, he developed a theory based on biomechanics and the kinematic chain. The underlying principles are the proprioceptive responses of flexion/extension within the cranio-sacral mechanism, the body's innate system.
Postural distortions accompany specific muscle imbalances. Back, hip, and leg pain and weakness often comes from instability at the sacroiliac joint, which is the center of the body's structure.
A distinct pattern appeared; including SI instability, increased lumbosacral angle and straightened A/P spinal curves. For treatment, Dr. Serola developed unique orthopedic aids. Serola Biomechanics was developed in 1989 to market these products.
After several years of research, he reasoned that a properly made belt could play a key role in stabilizing the sacroiliac joint, helping the muscles become stronger, more relaxed and less painful. He tested every belt that he could find but was unsuccessful, so he developed his own belt based on his discovery.
Now, the Serola Sacroiliac belt is being used to provide pain relief and help prevent injury to thousands of new people every month throughout the world.
Serola Biomechanics started with Thoratrac and went on to develop Sacrotrac, the Serola Sacroiliac Belt, Inflatable Pelvic Blocks and the Serola Gel Arc Elbow Brace. Thoratrac and Sacrotrac have each earned Dr. Serola a listing in "Who's Who of American Inventors."