About Niamh Fitzpatrick
Niamh Fitzpatrick is an Equine Physical Therapist based in Co. Kildare Ireland. Her Equine business is called Equine Therapies Ireland and can be located at the following link: http://www.equinetherapiesireland.ie/
Niamh first learned about Back on Track in 2014 while training in the USA. She had heard many good things but hadn’t yet experienced the benefits herself. Back in Ireland and working with many different clients Niamh did some more research into the Back on Track products, testimonials and scientific studies:
A keen horse rider herself, Niamh decided it was time to investigate the benefits further. She invested in a set of Royal Hock boots and a Jumping Saddle Pad for her horse Dan, a Neck Wrap and Riding Gloves for herself.
A regular sufferer of neck pain and Raynaunds she was excited to see if the products could help. Dan had his hocks injected with steroids for mild distal tarsitis in the summer of 2017, prompting the Royal Hock boots purchase. Feeling the benefits and relief herself, both in her neck and hands, she quickly observed the benefits with Dan. He was more willing to stretch out over his back with the saddle pad on and increased flexion of his hocks after wearing the Royal Hock boots.
Niamh now believed these products could really benefit some of her clients but having to shop abroad to purchase she felt may discourage some from doing so. Therefore she inquired about becoming a supplier herself and did so late 2017.
Niamh firmly believes living in Ireland with its damp climate and cold, wet winters, people and their animals need all the help they can get. To stay strong, supple and injury free. She believes Back on Track products can really help with chronic and acute, joint and muscle pain.
About Back on Track
The Company Back on Track manufactures a range of therapeutic products for people, horses and dogs. Sold under the registered brand name, Back on Track, innovative Weltec technology is utilised to protect and heal joints and soft tissues.
The Back on Track Weltex fabric, within the products, utilizes the body’s own energy and reflects the energy back as a far-infrared wavelength. That far-infrared wavelength penetrates deep into the tissues. It is proven to increase blood circulation which, in turn, will increase the oxygen transport and waste product removal to and from the tissues, muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments. It is a known fact that increased blood circulation will aid in the overall well being and health of the tissues and also in healing from some trauma and injury.
When manufacturing the polyester and polypropylene fibers, that Back on Track products are made of, ceramic particles are fused into the textile fibers. The selection of these ceramic particles is based on which absorption and emission spectrum they contain. The result is that when the ceramic particles absorb the body’s energy radiation, they expel energy of a specific wavelength, which is based in the long-wave infrared zone of the thermal radiation spectrum. It is well established and documented that long-wave infrared heat radiation has a pain reducing effect and increases blood circulation.
Unlike other therapeutic products, once the introductory time period has elapsed, the products can be worn overnight, or all day and all night as appropriate.
The production takes place in the Back on Track factories in China and each time a new batch of ceramic textile is manufactured an independent university laboratory measures the level of reflected heat and it’s wavelength. In this way consistency in quality and efficiency is ensured.
Frequently Asked Questions
We recommend an introduction time of 2-4 hours/day for the first 3-5 days to get the body used to the effects, but the length of introduction can vary between individuals. Use your judgment to determine when ready for longer use. For the best results, after the introduction time, use the products for longer periods of time daily – such as overnight. Every 3-4 weeks we recommend not using the products for 3-6 days. The period of discontinued use is for you to assess/reassess the progress of your horse or dog and even yourself. Products may be worn for a period of 1-24 hours a day after the introductory period. For use with dogs and horses, we recommend removing our products for 3-4 hours a day to give the animal a break from the effects.
The effectiveness of BOT products will not change since you cannot wash out the Welltex fibers infused in the threads. If you have been using our products for a long period of time and feel you don’t see the same results as you did at the beginning, simply take a break for a week and try again. While using our products the body can get used to feeling better, so you may no longer see an increased difference. After taking a break you will most likely see or feel that difference again.
The Weltex material utilizes the body’s own energy and reflects that energy back into the tissues as far-infrared wavelengths which penetrate deeper than just warmth to affect the tissues and the blood vessels, whereas the magnets utilize the magnetic field.
Machine wash in warm water (30degs celcius) and a mild detergent. Do not use fabric softener or bleach. Hang to dry.
No, as long as you follow the washing instructions. Products are not to be put into a clothes dryer.
Do not use products that will generate heat. Use your own common sense to see how you or your animal reacts.
All of our people product braces are FDA-approved. Back on Track products give some support but are mainly used as therapeutic products that increases the blood circulation and in turn may help reduce inflammation in muscles and joints.
BOT products need to be next to the skin or hair of animals for the product to give the best effect. However, the Back Brace can be worn over a thin shirt and the Mattress Overlay should be used under regular sheets.
Retailers are required to sign a Retail Pricing Policy agreeing to sell the products at the MSRP. Stores are allowed special pricing opportunities twice a year; but only with BOT’s prior approval.
Yes. We do recommend using the products in the cooler parts of the day and for shorter periods of time during the warmer summer months. Using them for smaller amounts of time throughout the day is better than not using them at all.
We recommend not to use BOT products for 5 days after an injection.
Most BOT products are meant for stall use. The only products recommended for exercise are the saddle pads, exercise boots, polo wraps and exercise sheets.
The only product we have for the stifle area would be the mesh sheet or fleece blanket.
The mesh sheet is a full-fitting sheet with gussets and can be used year-round. The fleece blanket is normally used after exercising for wicking purposes. Any other sheet can be used over these as long as the BOT sheet is next to the horses’ body.
Measure the length of the cannon bone – below the knee to the fetlock.
Using a cloth measuring tape, start at the middle of the chest, along the side of the horse to the rump, ending 10” – 12” below the dock (base of the tail). Blanket sizes are in 3” increments, starting at 66” and up to 90” for the mesh sheets and from 69” up to 84” for the fleece blankets.
The size of the neck cover will be the same as the blanket size.
They come in two sizes – small and med-large. Most horses will wear the M-L. The head cap is slightly ‘stretchy’.
By the length of the cannon bone. Typically, a horse may wear a size larger on the back legs than the front legs.
The small bell boots are 4” high; medium are 4¼” high; and the large are 4½” high. They do tend to run big.
Measure around the center of the hock… 15″ would be small; 16” would be medium; and 17” would be large and in the Padded Royal Hock Boot 19″ would be XLarge. Typically, an Arabian would wear a small; a Quarter horse would wear a medium; and Warmbloods would wear a large. There are exceptions: if a Thoroughbred is slender like a Quarter horse.
Measure around the center of the knee…12” would be small; 13¼” would be medium; and 13½” would be large and 14½ would be XLarge. Typically, an Arabian would wear a small; a Quarter horse would wear a medium; and Warmbloods would wear a large. There are exceptions: if a Thoroughbred is slender like a Quarter horse.
They are ½ thick and placed under your regular sheets.
The size is based on shoe size: Small: 7; Medium: 7½ – 9; Large 9½ – 12; XL: 12 and up. Keep the bone structure in mind. If
you are smaller boned, go down in size.