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Clinical Study for Horses and Back on Track Products

At the Strömsholm Riding School, Sara Grundström and Stina Burström in 2004 undertook a blind study that was conducted on horses with back problems. The results of this study are most certainly applicable to humans as well, especially since horses are not prone to the psychological influences of humans.

The study was conducted over two consecutive three-weekly periods. Throughout the first three weeks, half of the horses wore only their normal blankets, whilst the other half wore the Back on Track back warmer as well.

At the end of the first three-week period, both an independent veterinarian and a professional rider carried out an evaluation, neither whom were privy to the knowledge of which horses used the back warmers.

The Back on Track back warmers were then transferred from the one group of horses to the other for the duration of another three-week period. At the end of that term, all horses were assessed again under identical circumstances to the earlier evaluation. After correlating all information, the indications were that eight out of ten horses improved their gait at the trot, and seven out of ten at the gallop. Despite the trial involving only ten horses, it reached a significant statistical result.

Horse graph

Scores from the evaluation (y-axis) of the backs movement during walking, trot and gallop, done by the veterinarian. 0 indicates a pathological back movement and 1, 0 a first-rate movement of the back. All 10 horses are included in each bar.


Veterinarian Studies of Back on Track Products

Back on Track Horse Blankets - In Just 2 Weeks View Actual Photos of Before and After Using a Back on Track Blanket

Horse Inflammation (Red) - #1    Horse Inflammation (Red) - #2

Horse Infamation

Just 2 weeks after using our Back on Track Horse Blankets

Reduced Inflammation - #3      Reduced Inflammation – #4

Horse Inflame

Image #1 & #2 are before pictures prior to using our blankets. Pictures #3 & #4 above are taken 2 weeks after using our blankets. The red seen in the pictures above reflect inflammation. The images above show an 11 year-old Irish Sport Horse used for eventing that presented with severe back pain. The first images show increased heat over the dorsal spinous processes of the back in the thoracolumbar area as well as over the right gluteal muscle area. These thermographic images show remarkable improvement after 2 weeks of using the Back on Track Blanket.

Laura A. Werner, DVM, MS, DACVS
The Equine Center
4850 Davenport Creek Rd.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Joanna L. Robson, DVM
President, Inspiritus Equine, Inc.

Certified Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy
Certified Veterinary Acupuncture
Certified Massage Practitioner
Certified Saddle-Fitting Technician
Certified Infrared Thermographer


"Southern Pines Equine has used the Back on Track bandages and blanket in our bone scan horses to keep the legs and back warm and maximize circulation. To get good scan images good circulation is critical!We have compared regular leg wraps to the Back on Track ceramic bandages and have documented significant increases in circulation. We are able to do this by comparing tissue activity count rates on legs that were either left open or covered with a standard standing bandage or the Back on Track wrap. Our count rates (Kcount/sec.) were 50% higher in the legs covered with the Back on Track ceramic bandage. The positive effect was also seen in the stifle and pelvis with use of the Back on Track blanket. It is our opinion that any condition that would benefit from an increase in tissue circulation would be improved with use of the Back on Track bandage and blanket. Use of these wrap on joints with arthritis should improve the horse's comfort and therefore improve performance."

- Jim Hamilton, DVM, Southern Pines Equine Associates


Clinical Study for People on Back on Track Products

"We have shown that heat will result in alterations in the body, which will diminish pain and chronic inflammation", says Thomas Lundeberg, associate professor in physiology at the Karolinska hospital (ref; The Swedish journal Health "Hälsa" nr 9, 2000). A doctor interested in this subject is Dr Rose-Marie Brinkeborn, who has conducted a clinical study on the efficacy of Back on Track braces together with colleagues and physiotherapists.

The study included 120 patients who had experienced pain caused by either arthritis of the knee or tennis elbow for a period of at least 3 months. The subjects were randomly separated into two equal sized groups, and their levels of pain were immediately evaluated on a scale ranging from little pain to considerable pain. One group of patients were required to use the braces for a three week period, then stop using them and revert to their own previous methods of pain management for the next three weeks. Simultaneously, the other half of the patients, who had been instructed to rely on their normal methods of pain management for the first three week period, were now instructed to use the braces for the ensuing three weeks.

The overall results of the study are not yet finalized, but it has been established already that more than half of them had less pain when they were using the braces. Those with tennis elbow often went back to normal, and some of the patients with knee arthritis, who had been living with pain for a long time and were booked for prosthesis surgery, felt so relieved from pain that they could exercise again, and chose to postpone their surgery!

In the daily paper Svenska Dagbladet (January 25th, 2003), Dr Xyao Huishen who worked at the rehabilitation medical clinic at Karolinska hospital expressed: "These braces have no adverse effects if the right size is used". In a later paper, Massage and Bodycare 1/2004, Dr. Huishen, after gathering additional knowledge of the products, states: "In principle, besides drugs, there is nothing else that offers such reproducible results on patients who have inflammation generated pain."


An example of how the study subjects evaluated pain on a scale (visual analogue scale). Movement capability was also evaluated in a different diagram. "So far there is no subject who has not had some kind of improvement with these ceramic braces", says Dr Brinkeborn to the journal Allas early on in the study.


Scientific Articles of Far-Infrared Therapy - Back on Track

- Effects of far-infrared radiation on lactation. Ann Physiol Anthropol

- Biological activities caused by far-infrared radiation. Int J Biometeorol

- NASA Space Technology Shines Light on Healing.

- Effects of infrared radiation on intraosseous blood flow and oxygen tension in the rat tibia. Kobe J Med Sci.

- The restorative effects of pulsed infrared light therapy on significant loss of peripheral protective sensation in patients with long-term type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Acta Diabetol.

- Promotive effects of far-infrared ray on full-thickness skin wound healing in rats. Exp Biol Med (Maywood)