For Back Portions Of A User Sitting Or Reclining On Bed Patents (Class 5/633)
  • Patent number: 10351034
    Abstract: A pressure medium distributor, for a pneumatic adjustment arrangement of a vehicle seat. The pressure medium distributor has a distribution element including at least one first and one second film connected to each other along a connection seam in order to form a first and at least one second pressure medium chamber. The pressure medium distributor has a first pressure medium inlet line to admit the pressure medium into the first pressure medium chamber, and at least one second pressure medium inlet line to admit the pressure medium into the at least one second pressure medium chamber. At least one first pressure medium outlet line is provided for discharge of the pressure medium from the first pressure medium chamber, and at least one second pressure medium outlet line is provided for discharge of the pressure medium from the second pressure medium chamber creating a pressure medium distributor which is flexible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Conti Temic microelectronic GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Schütze, Johann Steinberger
  • Patent number: 10123930
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus includes an adjustable support frame configured be adjusted to raise or lower a waist portion thereof to accommodate users of different heights standing adjacent thereto on a support surface. The exercise apparatus also includes a pivotal upper body support constructed and arranged to pivot relative to the support frame. The upper body support is configured to receive a torso of a user standing adjacent to the adjustable support frame, and facilitate a traction exercise to stretch a spine of the user when the torso of the user engages the pivotal upper body support and bends over the support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Stamina Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert McBride, Tyler Rogers, Siz-Pin Lin
  • Patent number: 10010183
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a cushion and more particularly to a pillow providing cervical alignment by way of a cervical spine support structure that is positioned along a major axis of the pillow, and that can be rotated around the major axis. The pillow utilizes one or more of the following features: 1) a dimensionally correct platform for the proper sleep posture of a majority of body types on a wide array of mattress types; 2) A non-crush zone integrated cervical support roll which can be adjusted for extended durations of supportive comfort. (The roll—in and of itself—is unique compared to the standard of care because of its foam densities and its semi-hollowed out section); and 3) A sleep posture platform with a side sleeping position and a back-sleeping position. The pillow standardizes care by placement of the support roll inside a dimensionally correct platform using different materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: ENDURING WELLNESS, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony DeMore, Brian Sokol, Rene Polin, Jason Cooper
  • Patent number: 9635951
    Abstract: A pillow retention assembly for displaying pillows on a bed includes a rack that may be positioned on a bed. A plurality of pillows may be positioned on the bed. A plurality of clips is provided and each of the clips is attached to the rack. Thus, each of the clips may engage an associated one of the pillows thereby retaining the pillows on the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventor: Sharon James
  • Patent number: 9333137
    Abstract: A patient positioning device attaches to a bed rail to stabilize a patient on the patient's side to more easily provide care to the patient. The device includes a shaft having a first end and a second end. A cushion is coupled to the first end of the shaft. The cushion is configured for abutting a back side of a patient to support the back side of the patient. A tube is coupled to the second end of the shaft. A plurality of clips is coupled to the tube The clips are configured for releasably attaching to a bed rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Inventors: Henry Hernandez, Maray Guerra, Hector Guerra, Olga De Armas
  • Patent number: 8938831
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a framed air pillow system, using air pressure to provide stability and comfort for a user when sitting in an upright position. The invention comprises of a base frame structure, an inflatable air chamber having an air pump and a rectangular cushion pad, wherein said system having means to adjust the angle between said base and said rectangular cushion pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Deka A. Gilao
  • Patent number: 8887331
    Abstract: A head holder for imaging is provided. The head holder includes a base, a head rest configured to receive a head of a subject, the head rest pivotally connected to the base and rotatable about a rotational axis defined through a lower end of the head rest, and a stopper configured to be inserted between the base and the head rest to support the head rest and fix the head rest at a tilt angle that corresponds to an insertion position of the stopper in a body axis direction of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: GE Medical Systems Global Technology Company, LLC
    Inventors: Naoki Nakamura, Kiyoshi Matsumura
  • Patent number: 8875330
    Abstract: An invention designed for head, neck, chest and abdomen; providing support and protection for sleeping children while being transported. The said invention comprises of head, neck, chest and abdomen safety. It is constructed in the shape of a heart and extends between the head and abdomen of child. The invention is comprised of filling and cushion and is able to separate between sections for washing capability. It is worn over the front of the child, secured by elastic straps that slip over each arm of the child, represented on the backside of invention. It is further secured by seatbelts that are placed under confinement of the situated seatbelt safety controllers located on the front side of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Nikesha Nicole Wallace
  • Patent number: 8850634
    Abstract: A device for use with a bed having a frame and a supporting surface includes a flexible sheet with a tether strap connected to the sheet and extending from the sheet. The flexible sheet has opposed top and bottom surfaces, with the top surface having a high friction material with a higher coefficient of friction as compared to the bottom surface, which includes a low friction material. The tether strap is configured for connection to the frame of the bed to secure the sheet in place. A system incorporating the flexible sheet may also include an absorbent pad configured to be placed on the top surface of the sheet, where the high-friction top surface resists sliding of the absorbent pad, as well as one or more wedges having a base wall that the wedge rests on and a ramp surface configured to confront the sheet when the wedge is placed under the sheet. The base wall and the ramp surface may also contain high friction and low friction materials, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Sage Products, LLC
    Inventors: Larry Ponsi, Paul Fowler, Jeff Steffens, David Beck, Greg Davis
  • Patent number: 8720447
    Abstract: A device and method for enabling an individual located on a bed to sustain a side-sleeping orientation on either a left or right side. The device comprises a light weight, elongate pillow having a longitudinal axis and being configured to concurrently rest at a back side of the individual and an adjacent surface of a bed when reclined in a side-sleeping orientation on the bed. The pillow includes a flexible attachment structure which is positioned along a longitudinal edge of the pillow to secure the pillow to the individual's bed clothing. The attachment structure provides sufficient flexibility to allow the pillow to rotate with respect to and rest against the individual's back to a laterally offset and suspended, partial captured configuration in general alignment with the individual's spine and in concurrent contact with the bed surface to prevent a supine sleeping position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Family Concepts TJH, LLC
    Inventor: Vaughn W. North
  • Patent number: 8696607
    Abstract: A portable massage bed having a plurality of pressure point pads that protrude from a surface of the massage bed and contact one or more key pressure points of a user to relieve pain in muscles and tendons in pain afflicted areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Great Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph A. McDonnell, Nicholas John Ruggiero, Joel A. Tunon
  • Publication number: 20140090174
    Abstract: A back support device (100) having a first convex region (160) and a concave region (200) being connected to the first convex region (160), the first convex region (160) and the concave region (200) being configured to support respective regions of a user's back, wherein a ratio between a straight line distance across the first convex region (160) and a straight line distance across the concave region (200) approximates a geometric progression.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel Vladeta
  • Patent number: 8671480
    Abstract: A multi-purpose pillow system. The pillow system comprises a pair of compressible, shape-sustaining pillows. One pillow is wedge-shaped with a knife-edge on its inner side. The second pillow has a broad flat bottom, so that it can maintain an upright position when standing alone, and an inwardly curved top. The system includes a connecting strap by which one of the pillows is removably and adjustably connected to the other. In this way, the distance between the pillows can be changed to suit the size of the user. When joined by the strap, the pair of pillows provides both back and abdominal support for a pregnant woman or can be used as back support for a sleeping infant. The second pillow with its curved top performs well as a nursing pillow or as a lap tray for an adult or child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Jamie S. Leach
  • Patent number: 8627523
    Abstract: A portable variable-position headboard for a bed or the like is provided. The apparatus includes a bottom frame member having a first end and a second end, the second end including a hinge; a back support frame member having a first end and a second end, the first end having a complementary hinge for coupling the back support frame member to the hinge of the bottom frame member, the back support frame member being movable from a first, closed position to a second, open position relative to the bottom frame member; and a back board configured for supporting a back of a user, the back board being pivotably coupled to the second end of the back support frame member. In the open position, the bottom frame member can be horizontally disposed between a mattress and a support structure, e.g., a bed frame, to create a vertical headboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Inventor: Todd Kaiser
  • Patent number: 8578526
    Abstract: A modular lounge mat including a pair of cushions attached to each other with a section of mesh, further includes a carrying case, a removable cover, and a headrest. The mesh allows the first cushion to be folded against the second cushion, thereby allowing the folded pair of cushions to be transported within the carrying case. The headrest includes a pair of speakers, audio wiring, and a means of connecting the speakers to an outside audio source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventor: Danielle M. Rosso
  • Patent number: 8484782
    Abstract: A lap seat that allows for the comfortable and safe securement of an infant on its cover overlay in resting its inserted base support either forwardly along the upper thigh areas of a caregiver facing the infant, or across the upper thigh areas of the caregiver in facing the infant sideways, as a means of enhancing bonding with the infant while reducing the possibilities of colic and reflux development.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventor: Anthony Garofalo
  • Patent number: 8485603
    Abstract: A number of variations of loose fill (1) cushions having at least one stabilizer (3) to keep an internal lumbar support (2) in the proper position and alignment. Additionally, some embodiments are shown with a fin 4 above the lumbar support to provide further alignment stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventor: Walter Albecker
  • Patent number: 8468629
    Abstract: An infant holding device, including an infant holding portion, including a ductile sheet covered with infant-compatible material and a stand portion, adapted to support the infant holding portion in a vertically diagonal position, so that the infant holding portion thereby has a top and a bottom. In one preferred embodiment the ductile sheet is made of aluminum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Beevers Manufacturing & Supply, Inc.
    Inventors: Katherine K. Beevers, Timothy R. Beevers
  • Patent number: 8449486
    Abstract: A back and neck cushion therapy device for wearing, attaching to a backpack, or placing over a chair. The device can include a pouch with a traction device disposed therein. The traction device can include a head, a body, and a lower back traction. Straps can be connected to the pouch, allowing a user to strap the device about the user. The traction device can have various indention load deflections, providing firmness or softness. The traction device can be shearable, allowing the user to cut the traction device to a custom size. The pouch can be fastened to a backpack. A reversible back and neck cushion therapy device can include two pouches with two traction devices, such that a user can select a firm side or a soft side. The reversible back and neck cushion therapy device can be hung over a chair back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Inventors: Jose Gomez, Jr., Victor B. Ramos
  • Patent number: 8429775
    Abstract: A device and method for enabling an individual located on a bed to sustain a side-sleeping orientation on either a left or right side. The device comprises a light weight, elongate pillow having a longitudinal axis and being configured to rest at a back side of the individual when reclined in a side-sleeping orientation on the bed. The pillow includes attachment structure which is positioned along a longitudinal edge of the pillow to secure the pillow to the individual. The attachment structure provides sufficient flexibility to allow the pillow to rotate with respect to and rest against the individual's back to a laterally offset and suspended configuration in general alignment with the individual's spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Inventor: Vaughn W. North
  • Patent number: 8418295
    Abstract: A nursing pillow system for providing support to one or more children during breastfeeding or bottle feeding. The system preferably includes a cover-up which provides privacy during feeding. The cover-up may be removably attached and stored in an integrated pocket in the nursing pillow system. Other features, such as a bolster, belt, back pillow, elastic bands, and pockets may be included to increase the comfort and utility of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Double Blessings, Inc.
    Inventor: Sandra Clark
  • Patent number: 8413275
    Abstract: An easy back relaxing device. The device has three contour sections along the vertical axis and three contour sections long the horizontal axis. Along the vertical axis, one section is shaped to match and support a human lumbar spine, one section is shaped to match and support a human thoracic spine, and one section is shaped to match and support a human cervical spine. Along the horizontal axis, two side sections are for back aliment, and the middle section is lightly protruding for exerting pressure on spine hot points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Inventor: Patrick Dale Yates
  • Patent number: 8341780
    Abstract: A decorative object, most conveniently embodied as a decorative pillow, is constructed to maintain a substantially fixed spatial relationship to a supporting substrate within a vehicle interior while not requiring the use of fastening means. The supporting substrate may comprise a vehicle seat. A decorative pillow is provided with a surface or surfaces providing ornamentation. Components in the interior of the pillow interact to function efficiently as a fill chamber and a ballast chamber. The ballast chamber may be positioned to avoid engagement with surfaces exposed to a user. Ballast provides for inertia so that the pillow will tend to stay in place when acceleration forces are applied thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Laury Arthur
  • Patent number: 8341782
    Abstract: A baby support device is described. The baby support device comprises an elongate first surface adapted to support all or part of a baby and a shorter second surface adapted to support at least part of a baby, the first and second surfaces being arranged at an angle with respect to one another such that the first surface alone or the first and second surfaces together can, in use, fully support a baby in both the prone or supine orientations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: TWM Productions Ltd.
    Inventor: Geraldine Abrahams
  • Patent number: 8336142
    Abstract: A support device is disclosed for positioning an individual in an inclined orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. See, Damon A. Johnston
  • Patent number: 8261386
    Abstract: A back support that provides lumbar support, mid-back support, lateral back support, and arm supports to compensate for a lack of strength in one's core muscles, such as after pregnancy or abdominal surgery. The arm supports are shaped to provide a surface to resist downward force of one's arms while allowing the arms to stay close to the body, as when holding or feeding a baby. The back support encourages proper spinal alignment by providing appropriate areas of support, including a protrusion on the top of the back support that serves as a physical cue to a user when their body is fully upright and centered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Mom's Essentials, LLC
    Inventor: Laura Anne Kardos
  • Patent number: 8146190
    Abstract: An improved inclined support for a bed is provided having an adjustable ramp secured to a frame configured to fit between the bed frame and the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventor: James Wolfe
  • Patent number: 8127385
    Abstract: A method for securing an infant at a gently angled upright position employs an infant bedding system having a generally wedge shaped angular pillow; an angled pillow cover adapted to extend the angular pillow at an angle similar to that of the angular pillow, an incline from 20 to 40 degrees; a headring pillow; hook and loop fasteners for removably attaching the headring pillow to the angled pillow cover; a cloth wrap adapted to wrap around an infant; hook and loop fasteners for removably attaching the cloth wrap to the angled pillow cover; and hook and loop fasteners for securing said cloth wrap around the waist of an infant. The infant is placed on the infant bedding system with the infant's head resting on the headring pillow and the infant's body overlying the cloth wrap, the cloth wrap is folded up between the infant's legs to the infant's waist, and the cloth wrap is secured around the waist of the infant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Inventor: Elizabeth Goutevenier
  • Patent number: 8082614
    Abstract: An infant sleep aid device for alleviating acid reflux symptoms, preventing suffocation and collecting spit up or vomit is disclosed. The device includes a wedge-shaped body with a substantially flat incline to receive and support the infant in a prone or supine position. In addition the infant sleep aid includes section to support the torso of the infant and a section to support the head of the infant. The head support section is uniquely devised to include a wire mesh cloth sufficiently tensioned to support the head of the infant and through which spit up and vomit can drain through down to a funnel shaped body attached thereto or placed underneath; and means for delivering fresh breathing air through holes on the sides of the support head section. The infant sleep aid also includes primary and secondary harnesses to support and secure the infant in either prone or supine position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Inventor: Said Ibrahim Nour
  • Patent number: 8020228
    Abstract: A shoulder surgery attachment for a surgical table having an articulated leg section with accessory attachment rails on opposite sides. An upright chair back assembly is supported at its base or bottom end thereof for attachment to the accessory attachment rails and the chair back assembly includes a headrest assembly positioned above a back support. The headrest assembly includes a removable neck support and a head fixation assembly. The headrest assembly is adjustably moveable up and down the chair back assembly. The neck support is positioned below the head fixation assembly and protrudes from the front of the headrest assembly for engagement with the back of the patient's neck. The head fixation assembly includes a forward protruding U-shaped forehead clamp having two distal rearwardly extending free ends that are adjustably secured to the headrest assembly whereby the head clamp may be adjusted for engaging the forehead of the patient to clamp the patient's head against the headrest assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Inventors: Sudhir B. Rao, Keith J. Harper
  • Publication number: 20100319131
    Abstract: A device and method for enabling an individual located on a bed to sustain a side-sleeping orientation on either a left or right side. The device comprises a light weight, elongate pillow having a longitudinal axis and being configured to rest at a back side of the individual when reclined in a side-sleeping orientation on the bed. The pillow includes attachment structure which is positioned along a longitudinal edge of the pillow to secure the pillow to the individual. The attachment structure provides sufficient flexibility to allow the pillow to rotate with respect to and rest against the individual's back to a laterally offset and suspended configuration in general alignment with the individual's spine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Inventor: Vaughn W. North
  • Patent number: 7836890
    Abstract: A breast-board system, components and methods of use therefore. A generally U-shaped wrist support with a flattened bottom and rounded post like tops that may be used as either a cupping-support or as a grasping-post is mounted on a post atop a tiltable breast-board. A second support having a generally U-shaped cross section mounted on a supporting framework extends from a base, which is rotatably mounted to the tiltable breast-board near the edge thereof. The base includes a portion extending over the edge of the breast-board, and, a slidable locking mechanism on the bottom surface, which may be retracted to slide the mechanism out of a recess located on the breast-board. The support may then be rotated to a desired position and the slidable locking mechanism actuated to engage with a desired recess on the breast-board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Diacor, Inc.
    Inventor: Glenn N. Waterman
  • Publication number: 20100242178
    Abstract: An inflatable cushion is disclosed for turning a bed into a sofa. The cushion includes a reversible pump capable of moving a large volume of air for quick inflation/deflation and can be attached to the bed on which it rests or the wall supporting the cushion back. A fabric cover enhances the function and appearance of the cushion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Inventor: Andrew T. Goetting
  • Patent number: 7793371
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to a body pillow and support system. Due to the need for additional support, pregnant women often encounter difficulty sleeping. The support pregnant women typically need is not just for their head, but for their abdomen, back and/or legs. Many pregnant women find themselves hot or cold as well as hot on one part of their body and cold on a different part of their body. All of these conditions are usually met by the pregnant woman finding several pillows and stuffing those same pillows all around her when she is trying to get some rest. This invention also is useful for a diverse group of people who need soft support to rest or recuperate and is not limited to women who are pregnant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Inventor: Jamie S. Leach
  • Publication number: 20100139000
    Abstract: A back support device (100) having a first convex region (160) and a concave region (200) being connected to the first convex region (160), the first convex region (160) and the concave region (200) being configured to support respective regions of a user's back, wherein a ratio between a straight line distance across the first convex region (160) and a straight line distance across the concave region (200) approximates a geometric progression.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2007
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Inventor: Daniel Vladeta
  • Patent number: 7698764
    Abstract: A seat that includes a support base including a substantially flat bottom surface, a concave portion formed in the support base opposite the flat bottom surface, the concave portion including a head rest area and a leg rest area at opposite ends of the concave portion, and a recessed area therebetween. The head rest area and the leg rest area having a height greater than the recessed area, and the substantially flat bottom surface of the support base extends from the head rest area to the leg rest area. First and second side walls extend between the head rest area and the leg rest area that border the concave portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Inventor: Leslie Gudel Kemm
  • Patent number: 7681262
    Abstract: A patient incline device includes a base member, an inflatable incline ramp located on an upper surface of the base member, an incline ramp adapted to support a patient such that the patient's upper torso is elevated with respect to the base member, an inflatable head support pillow and a wedge-shaped inflatable spinal support air chamber located on the incline ramp and angling upward in a direction away from the incline ramp, and aligned with a centerline of the incline ramp, wherein the peak end of the wedge extends to about the region of the patient's lumbar curve so that the buttocks are not raised upon inflation. The wedge-shaped spinal support chamber may also include a pop-up air chamber having internal air vents to the spinal support chamber such that when the spinal support chamber inflates, the pop-up chamber rises as pressure accumulates and lifts a thoracic curve portion of the patient's spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Inventors: Robert E. Weedling, James E. Weedling
  • Patent number: 7661163
    Abstract: A full-body support cushion supports a person essentially prone in either a face-up orientation or a face-down orientation, with the person's head, neck, upper torso, lower torso and legs maintained in comfortable longitudinal alignment. Upper body and lower body segments of fast-drying reticulated synthetic polymeric foam material include head and leg recesses for accommodating the person's head and legs when the person is relaxed in either orientation. An air passage provides an airway to the head recess. A pillow segment of similar foam material is coupled with the upper body segment for selective movement to close the head recess and prop up the person's head when desired for reading or other observations while in the face-up orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Inventor: Kami L. Gallaher
  • Patent number: 7644990
    Abstract: A personal support apparatus for supporting the head and body of a person sleeping in a seated position includes a generally U-shaped collar member for contacting the wearer's neck from the back, with the collar being made from a soft resilient material that retains its shape, and first and second side arm support members permanently or reversibly and adjustably attached to the collar, with the side arm support members being made from a soft malleable material that reversibly conforms to the contours of the passenger's body and/or the vehicle seat or other surface, the first and second side arm support members being characterized by a first level of firmness, and the collar member being characterized by a second level of firmness that is greater than the first level of firmness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Inventor: Jon D. Pearson
  • Patent number: 7540050
    Abstract: Pregnancy support pillows provide support to a pregnant woman lying on her side. A head support, back support, thigh support, and stomach support are connected end-to-end in a C-shaped configuration. The back support is curved. A cover encloses the supports and defines a hollow between the cover and the supports. The supports define first, second, third, fourth, and fifth air chambers, respectively. Each air chamber has a separate valve in fluid communication with it. A pocket is attached to the cover adjacent to the thigh support and receives the stomach support when the stomach support is deflated. Padding fills a portion of the hollow between the cover and the supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Inventor: Julie Nazer
  • Patent number: 7536740
    Abstract: An inflatable resting mattress designed for indoor and outdoor use, which allows a user to support his head within a facial aperture while lying in a prone position. The facial aperture includes several breathing tubes designed to allow a user to maintain normal breathing. Three support pillows are provided for a user to place under his head, lumbar and legs to support proper spine alignment while lying in a prone position. These pillows are adapted to secure to the body mat to prevent slippage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Inventor: Jann E. Swartz
  • Publication number: 20090100596
    Abstract: A patient incline device includes a base member, an inflatable incline ramp located on an upper surface of the base member, an incline ramp adapted to support a patient such that the patient's upper torso is elevated with respect to the base member, an inflatable head support pillow and a wedge-shaped inflatable spinal support air chamber located on the incline ramp and angling upward in a direction away from the incline ramp, and aligned with a centerline of the incline ramp, wherein the peak end of the wedge extends to about the region of the patient's lumbar curve so that the buttocks are not raised upon inflation. The wedge-shaped spinal support chamber may also include a pop-up air chamber having internal air vents to the spinal support chamber such that when the spinal support chamber inflates, the pop-up chamber rises as pressure accumulates and lifts a thoracic curve portion of the patient's spine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Inventors: Robert E. Weedling, James E. Weedling
  • Publication number: 20090094749
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a pillow is constructed of a pillow body having a top portion, a middle portion, and a bottom portion. The top portion has a curved end and two curved sides that are generally parallel to each other. The middle portion is generally cylindrical in geometry. The bottom portion includes an enlarged section that flares outward from the middle portion. The bottom portion may also include a curved central section and narrow end section having a curved end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Applicant: The Boppy Company
    Inventors: Sheila Littlehorn, Catherine McNeil
  • Publication number: 20090038077
    Abstract: Provided is a sleeping posture supporting apparatus for supporting and maintaining a person's entire body lying at full length (lying on one side) and increasing breathing capacity while sleeping so as to prevent the person from snoring, thus allowing the person to have a good sleep.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2008
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Applicants: EVEZARY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jin Kyu Han, Il Hee Hong
  • Patent number: 7467431
    Abstract: A patient incline device includes an incline ramp and a centerline spinal support located on a base member. The incline ramp supports the upper torso and head of a patient such that the upper torso and head are elevated with respect to the base member. The centerline support is located adjacent the inline ramp for contact with a central portion of the patient's back located adjacent the spine to elevate the central back portion. According to one embodiment, the incline ramp and the spinal support are inflatable. The width of the spinal support is less than that of the incline ramp to define lateral spaces along opposite sides of the centerline support to receive the arms and side portions of the patient for lateral extension of the chest wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Inventors: Robert E. Weedling, James E. Weedling
  • Patent number: 7451508
    Abstract: A support pillow that comprises a pillow body having a medial region and two curved arms that extend from the medial region to define a generally open well. A back rest extends vertically upward from the medial region. This configuration permits an infant to be placed in the open well, with the curved arms of the pillow body supporting the infant from tipping side to side and the back rest supporting the infant's back. Conveniently, the back rest may be incorporated into a slipcover that is placed over the pillow body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: The Boppy Company, LLC
    Inventors: Susan Matthews Brown, Kristin A. Tidwell
  • Publication number: 20080236452
    Abstract: Convertible, multi-functional furniture is disclosed that has at least a standard configuration and a converted configuration, the standard and converted configurations providing different uses for the convertible furniture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Inventors: Michael J. Pratt, David W. Bradley
  • Publication number: 20080229504
    Abstract: A foldable massaging bed cushion for supporting a person in a sitting position is disclosed. The foldable massaging bed cushion has a backrest with two side edges, two armrests rotatably coupled to the backrest, and one or more massaging units within the backrest. The two armrests can rotate from a sitting position to a folded position along the two side edges of the backrest. The foldable massaging bed cushion can also have one or more heating units and one or more massaging units located within the backrest and a control panel to control the massaging units and heating units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Inventors: Kenneth David Harris, Stephen R. Lyman, Joseph Neil Gleason, Steven H. Schwartz, Rudy Woodard
  • Patent number: 7418752
    Abstract: A mattress insert including a substantially flat bottom surface configured to rest on a mattress and a concave portion formed in a support base opposite the flat bottom surface. The concave portion includes a recessed area between a head rest area and a leg rest area. The head rest area and leg rest area are at opposite ends of the concave portion. The head rest area and the leg rest area have a height greater than the recessed area such that the infant's head and legs are elevated. The substantially flat bottom surface of the support base extends from the head rest area to the leg rest area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Inventor: Leslie Gudel Kemm
  • Publication number: 20080168604
    Abstract: A supporting device for a bed, placed on a bed plate, on top of or below a mattress, comprises a head-end inflatable bag, shaped like a triangular prism and placed at a determined position close to a head end of the bed plate, a foot-end inflatable bag, shaped like a triangular prism and placed at a determined position close to a foot end of the bed plate, and a compressor for inflating the head-end and foot-end inflatable bags. A person lying on the bed plate is supported by the head-end and foot-end inflatable bags on the upper body and the legs, respectively, assuming a sitting position upon inflating thereof and returning to a lying position upon deflating thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Inventor: Yu-Wen Cheng