Patents Examined by Richard J. Apley
  • Patent number: 6261253
    Abstract: Hand, knee and elbow orthosis each have a deformable semi-rigid stiffener having two end plates joined by a narrow midportion and contained between thin foam sheets to make an insert. A finger separator may be attached and adjustably positioned on the hand orthosis. The finger separator may include a plurality of upstanding partitions and an elastic element for releasably securing the separator to the orthosis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Assignee: Lenjoy Engineering, Inc.
    Inventor: Leonard Katzin
  • Patent number: 6241643
    Abstract: An arm exercising device for strengthening a user's biceps and triceps. The device has an upper arm support platform which is attached to the user's upper arm. The upper arm platform is hinged to a hand driven arm. The hand driven arm holds a handle so that the handle can slide along the hand driven arm as the exerciser pulls and pushes the hand driven arm with respect to the upper arm platform. Friction is provided at a pivot point between these two members so that the user's bicep is exercised during the pulling in of the hand driven arm and the tricep is exercised as the hand driven arm is pushed outwardly. The device can also be attached between a user's chest and an arm and used to exercise deltoid and lateral muscles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Inventors: Soren A. Loft, Victor Konovalov, Richard L. Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 6210349
    Abstract: A roller massaging apparatus includes a massaging portion having a plurality of bar-shaped rotatable rollers. The rollers are circumferentially mounted to the massaging portion at a certain interval. The roller massaging apparatus also includes a driving mechanism for rotating the massaging portion around an axis thereof and a stimulating member disposed at an upper side of the massaging portion. The stimulating member is pushed up by the rollers. A mutual positional relationship between the massaging portion and the stimulating member is changed by moving as least one of the massaging portion and the stimulating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd.
    Inventors: Haruhiko Naruse, Keiji Hata, Yoshiyuki Miyake, Toyohito Hasegawa, Mikio Ito
  • Patent number: 6196984
    Abstract: A portable massage device having kneading, finger rolling and tapping rolling features, so as to provide three kinds of massage effects. In order to provide these massage effects, a driving mechanism is disposed on a fixed plate and includes a driven rotary shaft. The speed of the driving mechanism can be changed, and two drum shaped tube members are provided which include a plurality of kneading members. The drum shaped tube members are oriented adjacent opposite ends of the driven shaft, and a pair of round plates are provided at the inner ends of the respective drum shaped members so that kneading massage can be provided. Finger rolling and tapping rolling massage can be provided by the kneading members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Protec Fuji
    Inventor: Kouji Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 6186967
    Abstract: An elevation support for elevating a human limb of a patient to a desired elevation, including a body having a longitudinal aperture therethrough and an insertion opening for receiving at least a portion of the limb, wherein the body is shaped and sized so as to permit concomitant rolling motion along a support surface when the patient exerts a rotational force on the body via the inserted limb while maintaining the limb at the desired elevation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Inventor: Frank Messina
  • Patent number: 6159170
    Abstract: A universal mechanical dilator combined with massaging action comprises a probe (12) consisting of a two rods (22 and 24), a drive unit (14) and an adapter (16) that connects the probe (12) to the drive unit. The instrument is intended for dilation of the urethra or other ducts of a human body and can operate in three different modes: pure dilation, pure vibration, and dilations combined with vibrations. This is achieved by using the adapter (16) as an adjustable coupling. The probe (12) together with the adapter (16) can be disconnected from the drive unit (14) and used separately as a mechanical manual dilator. At its distal end, the probe (12) has means for connecting replaceable tips (28a, 32a) used for various applications, i.e., urethral, anal, vaginal, etc. The invention also relates to a method of treatment of voiding or an orectal diseases by combining dilations with vibrations. The instrument can also be used for training sphincteric muscles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Inventors: German Borodulin, Alexander Shkolnik, Maxim Persidsky
  • Patent number: 6152862
    Abstract: A hand-held drink dispenser has a main housing (1) and a parallel second housing (4) that is a handle. Both are attached to a base plate (7) and covered with a funneled cap (13) having a funnel spout (14) that is sized and shaped to fit in a user's mouth to funnel liquid from a plurality of reservoirs (2, 5) in the main housing and in the second housing. A cushiony support (15) between the handle and the main housing helps hold the dispenser in order to relax holding grip for allowing the user to concentrate on physical activities and other concerns. Separate reservoirs prevent sloshing of the liquid and provide measured output from each of a pair of left-hand and right-hand units while also allowing balance of weight of liquid in each hand. Weight-attachment (16) and item-attachment (18, 19, 20) means are optional.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Inventor: John R. Hobbs
  • Patent number: 6146349
    Abstract: A copolymer thermoplastic natural foot orthosis for supporting and controlling the movement of a lower extremity and method for manufacturing the same. The orthosis is fabricated by forming a positive mold of the lower extremity, and modifying the positive mold in predetermined locations to accomplish the type of lower extremity control desired. A strip of heated thermoformable copolymer material is strategically positioned around predetermined locations on the positive mold for providing increased support for the natural foot orthosis at these predetermined locations. A sheet of heated thermoformable copolymer material is then drape mold around the positive mold and copolymer strip, wherein the copolymer sheet is vacuum sealed to conform to the shape of the positive mold. During the vacuum formation process, the copolymer sheet and copolymer strip combine together so that the copolymer sheet and copolymer strip are integrally formed into a single supporting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: Rothschild's Orthopedics
    Inventors: Vernon R. Rothschild, John R. Fox, Russell J. Rothschild, Kelly Ann Rothschild
  • Patent number: 6146348
    Abstract: A thumb wrist splint with a main body portion which includes a plurality of straps for encircling the wrist and securing the same firmly to the wrist with desirable palmar and dorsal stays. A sewn thumb spica/splint is fabricated, and finished by normal binding around the periphery. The thumb strap loop is fixed to the splint and a removable securable anchor is also applied to the spica/splint. The spica/splint is a VOLARA.RTM. grade polyolefin closed foam material which is desirably laminated to nylon cloth on one side. The sewn thumb spica is secured to the main body portion. Thereafter, the entire blank, as just described, is positioned over an anvil intended to form a curvilinear pattern to the thus encapsulated VOLARA.RTM. so that it will conform to the upper portion of the wrist. Once secured in place on the wrist by means of the straps around the wrist portion, the thumb strap is secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: FLA Orthopedics, Inc.
    Inventor: E. G. Slautterback
  • Patent number: 6146341
    Abstract: A device for carrying out motional training by continuously flexing and extending a joint of the body comprises a mounting piece for mounting the device in the vicinity of a joint, a drive unit arranged on the mounting piece including a reversable rotation motor having a motor output shaft, a manual switching clutch connected to the motor output shaft, a power transmission connected to the motor output shaft and a transmission output rotating shaft, a swinging arm having a base portion mounted on the mounting piece, and a free end portion of the device including another mounting piece for mounting the free end side of the device to a portion of the shaft body in front of a joint. The swinging arm is coupled to the transmission output rotating shaft and subjected to a reciprocating swing motion during regular and reverse rotation of the transmission output rotating shaft. A movable range setting copying mechanism sets the first swing end and the second swing end of the swing arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: M-E-System Inc.
    Inventors: Takuya Sato, Shigenori Nakamura, Ikuo Otaka
  • Patent number: 6139475
    Abstract: An ambulatory aid device allowing self ambulation for impaired persons having reduced weight bearing capabilities. A wheeled framework provides overhead support by cables that are pulleyed and terminate on a locking winch. A harness comprising a torso harness and leg bindings for both legs is provided to which the cables are readily hooked and unhooked. An impaired person is lifted from a seated or reclining position by suiting him in the harness, attaching the cables and cranking the winch until he is in a substantially upright position with his feet on the ground, his body weight being at least partially supported by the harness and cable arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Inventors: Edward W. Bessler, Robert J. Roseberry
  • Patent number: 6139516
    Abstract: A method of wrapping the head is provided in accordance with the invention. The method includes the steps of applying a detoxifying clay or mud to the face, wrapping a first bandage around the face, pulling the top of the wrapped bandage towards the back of the head, applying a second bandage around the forehead and face, leaving the bandages in place for a predetermined period of time, removing the bandages, and removing the clay or mud from the face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: Louise D. Filomio
    Inventor: Louise D. Filomio
  • Patent number: 6129651
    Abstract: Disclosed is an adjustable push-up exercise apparatus designed to accommodate users of all sizes and statures. The apparatus includes a planar base member which adjusts in size, and a pair of U-shaped handles extending upright from the base which are height adjustable. The handles fold down onto the base, minimizing storage space requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: Salvatore Denaro
    Inventor: Salvatore V. Denaro
  • Patent number: 6126626
    Abstract: An athletic ankle brace is custom-formed to the shape of a wearer's ankle. The ankle brace includes a hardenable brace panel adapted for being molded while flexible to the medial and lateral aspects of the lower leg and ankle of the wearer. Upon hardening, the molded brace panel provides a rigid custom fit for restricting inversion and eversion of the foot during wear. The brace panel defines an integrally-formed hardenable posterior heel tongue adapted for being molded while flexible to the heel of the wearer and extending under the heel to further support the ankle upon hardening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: Parker Medical Associates Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Duback, Carole B. Floyd, Mark G. Friday
  • Patent number: 6126578
    Abstract: A jumping device having a high rebound platform, a flexible tether operatively connected at a first end thereof to the high rebound platform, and a handle located on the tether. A method of jumping, including providing a jumping device having a high rebound platform, a flexible tether operatively connected at a first end thereof to the high rebound platform, and a handle on the tether, mounting the jumping device by placing a user's foot on the high rebound platform, grabbing the handle, pulling the handle away from the high rebound platform, and jumping so that the high rebound platform alternates between compressed and uncompressed states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Inventor: Brian Lapointe
  • Patent number: 6123652
    Abstract: A strength training apparatus is for strengthening the body muscles, and includes a housing; at least one compression spring element which includes a housing; at least one compression spring element which is placed in the housing and which is acted upon by muscular force of the body muscles. There is a lever mounted in the housing, and this lever has a power arm end around which an outwardly extending pulling loop is engaged. This lever has a work arm end pressing against the compression spring element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Inventor: Renate Perleberg-Kolbel
  • Patent number: 6123680
    Abstract: A centrifugal force device and method for treating neck and back pain associated with intervertebral disc disorders is described. The patient is secured to a table in vertical position with the table being oriented about its vertical axis so as to maximize the delivery of centrifugal force along an appropriate vector. The patient is then rotated about the vertical axis of the device in a speed and time duration controlled manner so as to subject the patient's spinal column to a predetermined level of centrifugal force. Under these conditions intervertebral discs and/or disc material pathologically displaced in a manner to cause the patient signs or symptoms will be forced away from the pathological positions within the spinal column toward a more desirable position as determined by an appropriate clinician. The table can be made with a top section movable upwards in relation to a fixed bottom section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Inventor: Eric Brummer
  • Patent number: 6120415
    Abstract: A exercise support pole for assisting a user in stretching out muscles. The exercise support pole includes a generally vertical main pole that has upper and lower ends, front and rear sides, and first and second sides that are positioned between the front and rear sides. A plurality of foot rest members extend generally horizontally from the first side of the main pole and are positioned towards the lower end. A generally horizontal center bar is coupled to the main pole and positioned above the foot rest members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Inventors: Jonathan M. Paull, Crystal J. Crouse
  • Patent number: 6113557
    Abstract: An angioplasty guidewire includes a proximal shaft and an intermediate section extending from the shaft to a distal joint and having a stiffener and a flexible member. The stiffener and the flexible member are disposed in coaxial slidable relationship and operable, as the stiffener and flexible member undergo relative axial shifting, to cooperatively impart a variable stiffening force on the intermediate section. A flexible distal tip mounts to the end of the intermediate section and projects axially therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: Medtronic AVE, Inc.
    Inventors: John R. Fagan, Richard Choh, Richard Morrill
  • Patent number: RE37338
    Abstract: An injection-molded thermoplastic device having a field of injection-molded hooks integrally formed in predetermined areas on the device during the injection-molding of the device for releasable attachment to a strap with loops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2001
    Assignee: Aircast, Inc.
    Inventor: Henry J. McVicker