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A potential pain reliever for golfers with ailing backs

By Stephen Hennessey

Seeing Tiger Woods grimace the past few weeks on the PGA Tour is a reminder of how difficult it is to play golf with an ailing back. Serola Biomechanics, a company that has worked with chiropractors and pregnant women, thinks it can help everyday golfers cope with their discomfort.

The Sacroiliac Belt seeks to give support and improve the function of the sacroiliac joint (where the sacrum meets the pelvis), a common source of lower back pain. The belt ($41) was invented 23 years ago, but the company is only now targeting golfers.

NewStuff-Serola-belt.jpgHaving worn it since January to address my nagging back pain, I've felt a difference. It can be worn over or under your clothing but should be placed low around the hips, as opposed to over your waist. For more information, go to serola.net.

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