The Serola Sacroiliac Belt
The Serola SI Belt is designed to hold the SIJ together so the likelihood of it opening beyond normal between treatments is greatly reduced. If the joint re-opens, the Serola SI Belt will minimize re-injury to the joint and its ligaments. During rehabilitation, the Serola SI Belt holds the sacrum to the ilia with the proper tension so that, during exercise, as you bring the ilia backward, it carries the sacrum with it. The ligaments are not stressed and the joint remains intact; this is critical to proper rehabilitation. Too much or too little tension will create muscular spasm and inhibition.
Please see our instructional video found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIdOLp5ByWU
The Serola Sacroiliac Belt can be worn 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, even while sleeping. There is no limitation to how long the belt can be worn and wearing the belt for long periods of time will not cause any negative effects.
Hand wash only. Hot or cold water. Rinse well in cold water to remove soap residue from the small open cells in the foam. Line dry.
The Serola Sacroiliac Belt separates itself first with the quality and care from which it is made. It has a unique, patented combination of materials that provide the optimal tension, durability, and function to support the trunk, pelvis, and hips better than any other belt. Every single product is inspected multiple times before ever being sold and is made with high end, durable materials meant to last. Second, the function of the belt focuses not only on stabilization but normalization of the SI joint, where other products do not. Some belts are simple elastic structures that are wrapped around the body. The ligaments are essentially non-elastic, therefore elasticity cannot establish a stop point. Other belts try to lock the SI Joint, but that to can restrict the joint causing further injury. The Serola Belt uses a combination of a strong structure, supplemented by an elastic layer to place the joint into normal range of function. This not only stabilizes the joint allowing for pain relief, but it normalizes the joint allowing injury prevention and healing.
Lumbar belts focus on replacing or taking place of the muscles. They are designed to increase pressure in the abdomen cavity in order to take stress off the disc but studies have shown this does not actually occur. Lumbar belts should also be worn only with limited use. The Serola Sacroiliac Belt is designed to replace or take place of the ligaments, allowing normal function for the muscles because they are no longer being forced to contract to stabilize the joint and ligaments. Taking the pressure off of the SI Joint results in pain reduction, effectively stronger muscles, better circulation and can be worn all day with no negative effects.
The belt should not cause any discomfort. In the majority of cases, the belt is being worn incorrectly and improper positioning can cause discomfort. Be sure to watch our educational video on how to properly wear the Serola Sacroiliac Belt at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIdOLp5ByWU. If the belt continues to cause discomfort for any reason after proper placement discontinue use immediately and contact us so we may further assist with the issue.
The Serola Gel Arc Elbow Brace
Please see the directions for shortening the band at http://www.serola.net/Elbow-Brace/how-to-shorten-band-gel-arc-elbow-brace.html
Be sure to remove the Gel Arc from the band before washing. The Gel Arc can be cleaned by wiping a damp cloth across the surfaces. The Elbow Band should be hand washed only. NEVER USE A MACHINE. Rinse well in cold water to remove soap residue from the small open cells in the foam. Line dry.
The Serola Inflatable Pelvic Blocks
Within the weight-bearing portion of the SIJ is the interosseous ligament, which contains a blood vessel, connective and fatty tissue. This ligament is not a single continuous band. Rather, it is composed of many individual bands that go between the sacrum and ilium. When sprained, these interosseous ligament bands do not tear. Instead, they pull away from their insertion into either the sacrum or ilium; this allows the joint to separate slightly. Fluid from the surrounding tissues, as well as from blood vessels within the joint, infiltrates the space between the sacrum and ilium and creates swelling, inflammation, and pain. Here is the key point: the fluid within the space keeps the joint surfaces apart, preventing the re-integration of the ligament into the bone.
It is reasonable to assume that the internal pressure caused by the swelling pushes out on the joint surfaces, stretching the ligaments. Nerves within the ligaments respond by activating the ligamento-muscular reflex which, in turn, causes protective muscular contraction or inhibition. The internal pressure of the swelling, pushing out, is countered by the external muscular compression, pushing in, resulting in the body's best attempt at stability.
Chiropractic, although very effective in aligning the joint and removing stress, a quick short thrust, is not effective enough to remove all the fluid from the SI joint space. However, it will usually give considerable relief because it can take a lot of stress off the injured ligaments.
Muscle strengthening programs, as done by physical therapists and rehab specialists, are also highly regarded as a treatment for SIJ instability. When done properly, muscle strengthening and stretching can realign the body structure to remove stress on the joint. However, the muscles cannot provide enough power to compress the SIJ sufficiently to push out the excess fluid, so the lesion remains.
Injection therapy, such as prolotherapy, is use of an irritant injected into the joint space, or surrounding ligaments. This is done in an attempt to create additional scar tissue which will help the ligaments hold the SI joint together. But, without removing the excess fluid, the best it can do is hold the SIJ in a separated position.
The only method available to provide the correct amount of pressure, direction, and time to effectively compress the weight bearing portion of the SIJ to eventually result in permanent removal of excess fluid, re-establishment of ligamentous integrity by re-integration of the ligament into the joint surface, restoration of muscular balance, and normalization of joint function is Category 2 blocking. When done properly, muscle strength will be increased immediately after the procedure
Due to the delicate nature of the tissues, adjustment, manipulation, or mobilization of the SIJ should be avoided until the SIJ has stabilized and the ligaments have healed. To help ensure this, it is strongly recommended that these actions should be avoided for a period of 6-8 weeks after pelvic blocking has no longer been needed.