How does Serola Belt help or prevent workplace injuries?
The most common movements occurring in the workplace are bending, lifting, and twisting. These movements are also known to be the main cause of sacroiliac injuries.
For demonstration purposes, think of the body as a crane, with the long arm representing a person’s spine & arms and the counterweight as the sacroiliac ligaments. The sacroiliac joint, itself, is between the two arms, serving as the fulcrum. As the long arm grows in length, more counter weight is needed. With the addition of additional weight to the long arm side, more counter weight is again needed to balance the load. If the crane tries to pick up a load greater than the counter weight is able to balance, the system may fail, and the crane may break down.
Using this analogy of a crane, we can understand the tremendous stress that the sacroiliac ligaments undergo when one lifts a heavy weight, especially if we bend forward and twist our spine when picking it up. When the weight is greater than the system can hold, the failure will come at the ligaments (the counter weight), as they sprain under the excess load.
How can the Serola Belt help the sacroiliac joint heal?
In the above example, the Serola Belt would act as additional reinforcement to the counter weight (ligaments), by putting thicker and stronger material to reinforce what is already there. The Serola Belt becomes the material that balances the weight, allowing the ligaments to rest and heal. The addition of the elastic layer brings the joint surfaces toward each other, and the ligament responds by shortening back towards normal length.
This is why the Serola Belt has two layers: the first, non-elastic layer prevents excess motion and the second, elastic layer compresses the joint surfaces toward each other. Together, they normalize motion and assist the joint in healing.