History of Serola Biomechanics
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 curve.
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.”
Dr. Serola's Accomplishments
FedEx Panel Speaker: America’s Small Business Summit (Washington, D. C.) – 2012
International College of Applied Kinesiology (Virtual Online Conference) - 2020American Chiropractic Association, Rehab Council (Orlando, FL.) - 2019World Federation of Chiropractic (Berlin, Germany) – 2019Sacro Occipital Research Society International Mid-Year Conference (St. Louis, MO.) 2019Life University Fall Celebration (Marietta, GA.) – 2019International College of Applied Kinesiology (San Diego, CA.) -2019Association of Chiropractic Colleges Research Agenda Conference (Dallas, TX.) – 2018Interdisciplinary Cranial TMJ Conference (Marina del Rey, CA.)– 2017Sacral Occipital Research Society International Conference (Denver, CO.) – 2019 & 2015Iowa Professional Golf Association Conference (Riverside, IA.) - 2014Sacral Occipital Technique Organization-USA Conference (Dallas, TX.) – 2008Sacral Occipital Research Society International Conference (St. Louis, MO.) - 2007
10th World Congress on Low Back and Girdle Pain (Antwerp, Belgium) - 2019European Chiropractic Union Convention (Cyprus, Greece) – 20173RD World Conference on the Sacroiliac Joint (Vienna, Austria) – 1998
A Paradigm Shift in Musculoskeletal Care, The American Chiropractor Magazine (July 2019)The Fallacies of the Keystone Form & Force Closure Concept, The American Chiropractor Magazine (Aug 2019)Pain Relief vs Healing, The American Chiropractor Magazine (Feb 2020)The Biomechanical Cause of Lumbar Disc Herniation, The American Chiropractor Magazine (April 2020)Good Posture: A State of Relaxation, The American Chiropractor Magazine (June 2020)Tensegrity: The Interplay Between Muscles & Ligaments, The American Chiropractor Magazine (Sept 2020)Screwed: Bilateral SIJ Fusion, The American Chiropractor Magazine (March 2021)The Ligamento-Muscular Effect in Subluxations, The American Chiropractor Magazine (Jan 2022)
American Physical Therapy Association—Section on Women’s Health (since 2012)
Awards & Honors
President's "E" Award. Highest U.S. Honor for Export Success (2020)Mid-America Trade Summit Award for “Outstanding Exporter” (2019)State of Illinois Award for “Continuing Excellence in Exporting” (2019)Stateline (Beloit, WI.) World Trade Association’s “Exporter of the Year” (2008)Chiropractic Honor Society (1983)