Chances are, you’ve probably heard about Back On Track. If you haven’t, they’re an equestrian business that’s been around for over 10 years and has taken the Internet by storm over the last few years? How have they just now taken over you might ask? They have the perfect formula: top quality products, science behind why those products work, great digital marketing, a plethora of product reviews, and their products work better than advertised.
Now, I’m definitely not an expert in the field as to the how or why behind Back On Track products, so I’ve included a few statements from their website on the science of the products. “By combining modern textile technology and traditional Chinese medicine which is supported by scientific studies, Back on Track creates products that help people, horses and dogs achieve a more active and comfortable life…Back on Track’s joint and muscle support are all made of functional textiles with heat reflective properties. The textile is a synergy of ancient Chinese experience and modern scientific textile technology. During the manufacturing of polyester- or polyester fibers, the ceramic particles are fused into the fibers. When heated, the ceramic particles radiate a heat back towards the body. This reflected heat is long-wave heat radiation, which is also known as long wave infrared radiation…It is well established and documented that long wave infrared heat radiation increases the blood circulation. The increased blood circulation in the tissues helps to relieve muscles tension and improves performance.”
Boom. Science. If you want to know more on the why or the how behind their products, you can visit their website. Those were the tidbits that I found to be most relevant and important for this product review.
Here’s the shocker for this blog: I spoiled myself. Yes, you read that correctly. This product review isn’t about my horse, because I decided to treat myself with some Back On Track products first!
I was at Equine Affaire working the Heels Down Media booth. After the first day of standing on the cement floors…I was dying! I needed relief or my back and bad knee were going to start a riot. Our booth was down the aisle from Back On Track, so I rushed up there to snag a knee brace and a back brace. I read the back of the packages for the sizing and determined that I was a size small. Upon trying both the products on, I found that to be a true statement as both products fit me fabulously. I’ll be honest, I didn’t measure myself, I just ended up doing a guesstimate. In hindsight, I probably got pretty lucky. That being said, their products do run true to size as I did measure myself later and was within the actual sizings for my chosen size.
Black was the only color choice for both products, which suits me fine as I’m a firm believer that black is the new black. The material for my knee brace was stretchy but tight. It allowed me to easily pull it up my leg into place, but it stays mostly secure when I roam around. There’s a bungee type thing at the top that helps keep it secure. I have yet to try running in it to see if it withstands that much movement, but walking around or riding it moves just a hair before settling into place. The back brace is a similar material, but much thicker. I find it to be a touch bulky, but extremely comfortable. It gets the most use during couch time where I can lounge around and let it work its magic.
There were directions included in the packages for how long to wear the knee brace and back brace the first few times you wore it. I followed those directions and found instant relief that first night. I can honestly say it’s because of the Back On Track products that I survived Equine Affaire without having to go see a chiropractor when I got home. Your body does need some time to adjust to the products before they recommend wearing it overnight or for long hours.
Several months later, I still wear both products quite regularly. The back brace gets the most use during after strenuous riding lessons, during and after a trade show for work, and especially after I fall off. My knee brace is a weekly staple in my life. There are a number of times where I’ll wear it to bed or wake up in the middle of the night to go find it to help ease my sudden knee pain. That being said, I do find that my body gets a little warm when I wear my knee brace to bed, so I recommend compensating for the extra warmth otherwise you might find yourself roasting in the middle of the night.
Overall, these gets a 10/10 from me. It was a rare treat getting to spoil myself and I’m glad I did!