Patents Examined by Benjamin K. Koo
  • Patent number: 6527806
    Abstract: An intervertebral spacer device having a pair of opposing plates for seating against opposing vertebral bone surfaces, separated by at least one force restoring element. The preferred force restoring mechanism is a spiral-shaped radially diminishing amplitude wave washer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Assignee: Third Millennium Engineering, LLC
    Inventors: James D. Ralph, Steven Tatar, Joseph P. Errico
  • Patent number: 6511448
    Abstract: The invention provides a massage machine of the chair type having contact portions for applying a pressing force concentrically or dividedly so as to massage the user with the desired intensity. The machine comprises a massage unit having a first therapeutic finger for giving tapping massage to the upper part or the upper to frontal part of the shoulder of the user, and a second therapeutic finger for giving tapping massage to the back or the back to the posterior part of the shoulder. The fingers each have a portion to be brought into contact with the user at the forward end of an arm. The arms are pivotally movable independently of each other by respective finger drive means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiya Furuie, Yoshihiro Tanimoto
  • Patent number: 6503212
    Abstract: A massage chair capable of massaging even the foot by utilizing a whirlpool formed by the spouting of water is disclosed, in which the chair can be moved back and forth, its seatback can be reclined, and the instep and the sole of the foot can be massaged. The massage chair includes a supporting structure 20 and a seat 10. The seat 10 consists of a seat cushion 11 mounted and secured upon the supporting structure 20, and a seatback 12 upstanding on a rear edge of the seat cushion 11. A massaging mechanism 50 is internally installed within the seatback 12, and a seat moving mechanism 40 moves the seat cushion 11 back and forth. A foot bath tub 30 is formed on the supporting structure 20 in front of the seat cushion 11, and the foot bath tub 30 has water spouting holes 31, 32 and 33 on its bottom, on its side walls and on its rear wall respectively, and has a water spouting shower device 34 above it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Assignee: Beaunix Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jeung Hoon Park
  • Patent number: 6500135
    Abstract: A percussive massager is provided having a housing including a massage head portion and a handle portion, and a motor support unit affixable within the massage head portion. A motor is supported by the motor support unit, and an output shaft rotatably driven by the motor protrudes from the motor on either side thereof. The massager further includes a set pair of vertical connecting rods each having a first end and a second end, wherein the first ends are operably connected to the output shaft such that rotation of the output shaft causes the connecting rods to reciprocate axially in an asynchronous manner. A rocker arm is attachable to the motor support unit at a central pivot axis thereof, wherein the rocker arm is operably connected to the second ends of the connecting rods and is moved about the central pivot axis by rotation of the output shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Assignee: HoMedics, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Huang
  • Patent number: 6500134
    Abstract: A method for treating circulatory disorders by exposing the sufferer to acoustic waves from a transducer immersed in liquid. The person is preferably placed between one and twenty feet from the wave source, and is preferably exposed to waves at a frequency of about 600 Hertz for approximately twenty five minutes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Inventor: Alphonse Cassone
  • Patent number: 6494851
    Abstract: A relaxation station for inducing user relaxation includes a couch having a frame and a reclining surface attached to said frame for accommodating a user in a reclining position. The frame has a plurality of preferably pairs of massage grippers connected to and extending generally upward therefrom. These massage gripper pairs are elongated members projecting generally upward from the frame and the gripper pairs are capable of moving reciprocally between an open and a closed position to simulate finger manipulated massage. In a closed position, they cradle and contact the body or a portion thereof of a user. These massage gripper pairs having motive actuators for producing movement between said open and said closed positions, such as scissors extenders or flexible cables The massage gripper elongated members produce massage motions in at least one massage contact pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Inventor: James Becher
  • Patent number: 6494850
    Abstract: A relaxation apparatus which comprises a reclining chair for supporting thereon a whole body of a person who desires relaxation. The person resting on the reclining chair is cyclically vibrated at a frequency not higher than 25 Hz. A control is provided for controlling the vibrating device. The maximum absolute value of acceleration of the vibration produced by the vibrating device to vibrate the person supported on the reclining chair is not greater than 0.1 G. The control controls the acceleration in dependence on the frequency of vibrations outputted by the vibrating device such that the acceleration is small when the frequency of vibrations outputted by the vibrating device is low while the acceleration is large when the frequency of vibrations is high.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masako Kitadou, Kazunori Araki, Tatsuya Takahashi, Kazumi Okawa, Suehisa Kishimoto, Yuuki Yoda
  • Patent number: 6485444
    Abstract: The invention discloses a self-treatment body care apparatus that can be manipulated easily to reach the back of the user. The frame can be enlarged or collapsed. Additionally, the apparatus of the invention has a base which (1) allows the invention which is a frame to stand upright, (2) provides interchanging applicators and massaging devices for a variety of applications, and (3) can be used as a foot massager or scrubber while the user is seated or standing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Inventor: Vladimir Gershov
  • Patent number: 6485443
    Abstract: Massage pressure devices are fitted onto a chair which has a rocking back, either conventional rocking chair or an office chair with pivoted an spring-loaded back, so that massage is applied to the back of a person seated in and rocking the chair. The massage pressure devices are rollers or pads which are mounted so that the amount of massage pressure and the position of the massage pressure are adjustable in accordance with the user's desires. The massage pressure drive mechanism includes a reference to the base so that the massage pressure devices are driven up and down the chair back as the chair back rocks back and forth. In a conventional rocking chair, the truck carrying the massage pressure rollers is adjustable in both pressure of the devices against the back and the position thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Inventor: Geoffrey C. Garth
  • Patent number: 6478756
    Abstract: A device to clean and rub the foot includes a main body and an auxiliary massage member. The main body is provided in the underside with a plurality of suction cups, and in the upper side with a cleaning area for cleaning the foot, a rubbing area for massaging the foot, and a receiving slot for retaining the auxiliary massage member different from the rubbing area in the massaging effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Assignee: Chyau Feng Plastics Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ching-Hsi Chen
  • Patent number: 6468236
    Abstract: A vibrating massage table includes a base, a plurality of resilient support members secured to the base, and a platform supported by the resilient support members. An eccentric drive is connected to some of the plurality of resilient support members, such that eccentric operation of the eccentric drive transmits vibrations along the resilient support members to the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Inventor: Douglas Sumanac
  • Patent number: 6454731
    Abstract: A massager to be inserted in the back of massage chairs, comprising a frame which supports a massage assembly constituted by a plurality of massage wheels actuated by at least one gearmotor; the frame is movable in a vertical direction, and the massage assembly is independent of the frame and can move at right angles to a plane in which the frame is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Assignee: Ciar S.p.A.
    Inventor: Egidio Marcantoni
  • Patent number: 6454732
    Abstract: An apparatus for rising and falling a medicator of an automatic hot-heat treatment device, includes: a movement space formed vertical to a main body of a movable body horizontally moving along with a screw rotated by a motor; a treatment device moving plate having a carrying bar insertedly bound with the movement space and moving in the movement space its horizontal movement and a jaw at the lower end portion of the carrying bar; and a rising and falling spring positioned between the treatment device moving plate and the movable body, for moving the madicator up and down so as to be tensed and contracted according to the curve of the body of the user to thereby pressurize and foment the diseased part of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Assignee: Migun Medical Instrument Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sang-bok Lee
  • Patent number: 6450980
    Abstract: A massage device for the head or scalp has flexible, metallic prongs or fingers. The massage device includes a handle and a plurality of flexible, elongated members protruding from the handle. Each of the plurality of flexible, elongated members are bendable. In one embodiment, the handle includes a hollow body, end caps, and a solid insert member. The plurality of flexible, elongated members are attached to the handle by compression fitting between the end caps and the insert member. In another embodiment, the handle includes a hollow body, end caps, and a solid resilient filler material. The plurality of flexible, elongated members are attached to the handle by the solid resilient filler material, which may be solidified around the plurality of flexible, elongated members. In a further embodiment, the plurality of flexible, elongated members are made of nitinol material, which is a shape memory alloy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Inventors: Wendy Robbins, Jorli McLain
  • Patent number: 6450981
    Abstract: A counterpulsation device that operates without the use of compressed air or pressurized gas includes at least one inflatable cuff that is adapted to be placed about a selected portion of the patient's body. A first conduit connects the inflatable cuff to an air transfer device so that noncompressed air can be transferred from the air transfer device to the cuff through the first conduit to inflate the cuff. A second conduit connects the cuff to the air transfer device so that air can flow through the second conduit to deflate the cuff. The system is controlled using a computer-based controller that requires a series of initialization procedures before it will operate the system. A patient profile database includes historical treatment data for each patient and is automatically updated with each counter pulsation therapy session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Inventors: Paul Shabty, Willard D. Ferguson, Sr., Willard D. Ferguson, Jr., Timothy D. Smith
  • Patent number: 6443915
    Abstract: Disclosed are a control method and device of a portable beautifying apparatus capable of being easily moved, beautifying the human face skin by galvanic ion current, far infrared ray, and vibration, and measuring the skin state. The control device includes: a microcomputer for controlling the whole operation of the beautifying apparatus; a key input part for inputting into the microcomputer an operation command selected by s user; a galvanic ion current output part for elevating a battery's power to a level and outputting galvanic ion current according to the control of the microcomputer; a galvanic ion current detecting part for determining whether or not the galvanic ion current output from the galvanic ion current output part flows onto the user's face skin; a vibration generating part for generating a vibration according to the control of the microcomputer; and a far-infrared ray generating part for generating a far-infrared ray according to the control of the microcomputer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Inventor: Hyun-Bae Hwang
  • Patent number: 6443917
    Abstract: The device is intended to make massages of the left side of the user's back independently from the right side of the user's back, with the added possibility of regulating the intensity of such massage also independently in the modes of kneading, tapping vertical displacement. It has four independent motors (1, 3, 10 and 12) governed by a control unit (18) and which transmit the rotation to respective excentric (2, 4, 11 and 14) or centered (22) axes which are connected to conventional massage applicating elements (5 and 14). Said axes (2, 4, 11 and 14) or (22) include sensors (17) which inform on the angular position. The device is also provided with two motors (9 and 16) for the vertical displacement which are also connected to the control unit (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Assignee: Eurokeyton, S. A.
    Inventor: Enrique Canto
  • Patent number: 6432072
    Abstract: A hand-held massager having a flat vibrating massage head and a pair of percussion massage nodes all being driven by a single internal drive unit. The percussion massage nodes are adjustable for width adjustments being manually controlled by the flat massage head on the opposite side of the massage head. Separate push button controls covered by a sealing membrane are carried on the body of the unit to control power, speed and type of massage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Brookstone Company, Inc.
    Inventors: David Harris, Rudy Woodard
  • Patent number: 6432071
    Abstract: A Spherical massager composed of two semispherical bodies. Each of the semispherical bodies has a soft facial layer on the surface. The soft facial layer is formed with multiple outward projecting contact sections. The mating faces of the two semispherical bodies are respectively disposed with a power supply section and an oscillation generating section. The power supply section has a recessed female connecting section formed on the connecting face of one of the semispherical bodies. The oscillation generating section including a male connecting section outward projecting from the mating face of the other semispherical body. The male connecting section is formed with a central hole for receiving a vibrating motor. An eccentric wheel is disposed at a front end of a rotary shaft of the vibrating motor to achieve a vibrating effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Inventor: Wen Sen Hsieh
  • Patent number: 6423017
    Abstract: A therapeutic stimulatory massage apparatus for receipt therein of a body portion, such apparatus containing a thixotropic fluid medium subject to selective increase in viscosity and increase in pressure at such areas of increased viscosity. Also, other therapeutic modes can be incorporated into the device of this invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Inventor: Gregory R. Brotz