Rolling Utilizing Couch, Chair, Or Other Support Patents (Class 601/115)
  • Patent number: 10449109
    Abstract: An adjustable knober system includes an elongated structure; a knober adjustably engaged with the elongated structure; an adjuster secured to the knober and configured to adjust a position of the knober relative to the elongated structure; and a mount secured to a back surface of the elongated structure, the mount is configured to secure the elongated structure of a support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventor: Donald E. Barnett
  • Patent number: 9839258
    Abstract: The application provides for a vibrating foot massager that resembles a common shoe. This vibrating foot massager has a number of vibrating motors which can be placed in a variety of combinations within the sole of the shoe. Preferably, the vibrating foot massager will be equipped with a power source so the entire device will be portable. This will enable a user to enjoy the benefits of receiving a foot massage while on the go. The vibrating foot massager is also equipped with a power switch such that when the motors are not in use, the device operates as a functional shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventor: Sanad Zahrieh
  • Patent number: 9539167
    Abstract: A therapeutic, fitness, and sports enhancement device including a cylindrically shaped core, and an overlay about the core including a plurality of shaped projections configured to enhance mobilization of soft tissue and optimize body core strength and balance training.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Performance Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Kipp K. Dye
  • Patent number: 9173804
    Abstract: There is provided a massage device capable of producing innovative and comfortable massage effect by massaging a target body part over a wide area in its lengthwise direction with substantially rectilinear motion of a pressure-applying point. The massage device 1 comprises a pair of treatment members 23, 24 arranged face-to-face with each other at a spacing large enough for insertion of part of human body; a holding mechanism 162 for holding and pressing the body part in sandwich style by moving at least one of the paired treatment members or both of them 23, 24 in the direction of width of the body part set in place between the paired treatment members; and a moving mechanism 26 for moving the treatment member 23, 24 in the direction of length of the body part while maintaining the holding condition of the treatment member 23, 24 effected by the holding mechanism 162.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: DAITO ELECTRIC MACHINE INDUSTRY COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Tetsuya Ishikawa, Shigeki Noda, Shinsaku Shimizu
  • Patent number: 9168415
    Abstract: A foldable treadmill includes a base for running or walking, a frame set pivotally connected with the base, and a folding mechanism for folding the frame set. The folding mechanism has a control assembly and a sliding rod connected with the frame set and capable of being locked or released by the control assembly. When the control assembly locks the sliding rod at a first position, the frame set cannot be rotated, and when the control assembly releases the sliding rod, the frame set can be rotated to a storage position thus pulling the sliding rod to a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Dyaco International Inc.
    Inventors: Shih-Wei Liu, Hsuan-Fu Huang
  • Publication number: 20140142478
    Abstract: A portable arm massager has an arm cuff supported by a supporting base. The arm cuff has two cuff portions connected by a hinge, allowing the cuff to open so that a user may place their arm within the cuff. The cuff may be switched from a left to right position for the user's left or right arm, or two stationary cuffs may be used. A plurality of massaging rollers on the internal surface of the cuffs provides massage pressure. A control panel allows multiple users to change a variety of massage settings which can be saved and recalled as personal presets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventor: Lalkrushna C. MALAVIYA
  • Patent number: 8560041
    Abstract: A system and method for an improved biological interface system that processes multicellular signals of a patient and controls one or more devices is disclosed. The system includes a sensor that detects the multicellular signals and a processing unit for producing the control signal based on the multicellular signals. The system may include improved communication, self-diagnostics, and surgical insertion tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: BrainGate Co., LLC
    Inventors: J. Christopher Flaherty, Richard A. Van Wagenen, Christopher Smith, Christine Decaria, Almut Branner, Nephi Harvey
  • Patent number: 8551028
    Abstract: A force sensing mechanism of the massage machine contains: a frame, a swing seat, a connecting member, and at least one sensing apparatus. The frame includes a rotary shaft fixed thereon and displaces vertically on a second sliding rail of a massage chair. The swing seat is connected with the rotary shaft and includes at least one roller. A first end of the connecting member is coupled with the swing seat, and a second end of the connecting member is connected with a first end of the stopping member, a second end of the stopping member is coupled on the frame. The at least one sensing apparatus is arranged on the frame relative to the stopping member so as to sense a movement of the stopping member, and the sensing apparatus is connected with a controller to transmit a sensing signal toward the controller so that the controller calculates a massage force of the at least one roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: Ko-Po Chen
  • Patent number: 8512370
    Abstract: The present invention provides a head-rest pillow that aids the user in sleeping by relieving their sinus congestion discomfort and snoring that may be associated with such congestion. The pillow comprises a core layer that has plurality of firm balls sewn in it forming compartmentalized section. The core layer is covered with a batting layer that is sewn all around the core layer for purposes of cushioning and providing comfort to the user. This combination of core and batting layer and inserted in a hollow pillow case that covers the core and batting layer, providing a head-rest pillow for a user to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventor: Susan M. Sorensen
  • Patent number: 8418298
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a sleep system is provided. More specifically, the invention provides a method and apparatus for an adjustable mattress that allows the user to increase or decrease the firmness of the mattress. Furthermore, the adjustable mattress has zones of adjustability thereby allowing two users to adjust the firmness of the mattress of each user's zone. The adjustable mattress is also multimodal. The motorized foundation contains adjustable massaging units that may be used for physical therapy and relaxation. Likewise, the motorized foundation may be used in relax mode to assist in obtaining sleep and awaken mode to gently awake the user by the stimulation of the adjustable mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Innovative Standards, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel W. Jones
  • Publication number: 20120323150
    Abstract: A roller massage apparatus is provided which enables therapy routines to be performed on various body muscle groups. A frame structure is part of the apparatus and comprises a base frame with a generally horizontal user support member having an opening being mounted thereon. The upper end of a roller structure rotatably supports a spherical roller, while its lower end mounts to the base frame so that at least a portion of the spherical roller extends through the opening of the user support member. The user operates the apparatus by positioning themselves upon the user support member and engaging with their body the portion of the spherical roller which extends through the opening. The vertical position of the spherical roller may be adjusted, and the frame structure itself may be collapseable for storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventor: Gary Lawrence Johnston
  • Publication number: 20120265112
    Abstract: A force sensing mechanism of the massage machine contains: a frame including a rotary shaft axially fixed thereon and displacing vertically on a second sliding rail of a massage chair; a swing seat axially connected with the rotary shaft and including at least one roller, a connecting member axially coupled therewith, and another end axially connected with a stopping member, another end of the stopping member being axially coupled on the frame; at least one sensing apparatus arranged on the frame relative to the stopping member so as to sense a movement of the stopping member, and the sensing apparatus being connected with a controller to transmit a sensing signal toward the controller so that the controller calculates a massage force of the roller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventor: Ko-Po Chen
  • Patent number: 8246557
    Abstract: A health mat (2) and a health bed (10) with the health mat (2) are provided. The health mat (2) includes a fixed bar unit (3), a movable bar unit (4) that can move relatively to the fixed bar unit (3), and a mat body unit (5) that is on the movable bar unit (4) and can move with it. The reciprocation of the movable bar unit (4) makes the mat body unit (5) move and makes the mat body unit (5) do reciprocative movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventors: Diehsu Huang, Haowen Huang, Haozhong Huang
  • Patent number: 8241232
    Abstract: A foot pain relief device can advantageously provide multiple angles of inclination, directed pressure against the plantar fascia, as well as ease of manufacturing and assembly. A toe strap, which is fastened around the ankle and the toe(s), ensures that the toes are flexed up. This toe flexing tenses the plantar fascia of the foot. A ball strap can be threaded through a hole in a ball and then operatively coupled with the toe strap. When operatively coupled to the toe strap, the ball strap keeps the ball positioned on the bottom of the foot while allowing ball mobility. The mobility of the ball can provide directed pressure on at least one component of the plantar fascia. Notably, the simultaneous combination of tension to the plantar fascia and directed pressure to the component(s) of the plantar fascia can be particularly effective at relieving foot pain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventor: Jeannie B. Sanders
  • Patent number: 8201293
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing a sleep support surface that includes a resiliently deformable sleep support having a person-supporting surface and a resiliently deformable layer with a substantially closed elongate opening that accommodates part of a massaging apparatus that has resistive compressive properties of a resiliently deformable layer lacking an elongate opening when the opening is closed. In one embodiment, the sleep support is a mattress having a foam layer with a slit formed therein in which a movable massager that is a massager head of the massaging apparatus is received. One mattress embodiment includes a foam submattress having a lengthwise extending slit extending substantially the length of the mattress and a mattress topper overlying the massager head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Innovative Standards, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel W. Jones
  • Patent number: 8182436
    Abstract: A massage device includes a motor, a body mechanism and a massage mechanism. The body mechanism includes a faceplate, a soleplate, a massage transmission assembly and a move transmission assembly which are disposed between the faceplate and the soleplate. The massage mechanism fixed to the body mechanism includes at least one massage head, a massage assembly and a massage-head transmission assembly. The transmission of the massage device is through the engagement of the worm, the worm wheel, the massage transmission assembly, the gears, the gear rack, the planetary gear and the central gear. Such transmission enables the massage head to make four kinds of motions at the same time to achieve a variety of massage effects, change the intensity of strength and vary the massage position continuously in a larger region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Inventor: Jianhong Zhong
  • Patent number: 8162860
    Abstract: A massaging shoe device for providing comfort to a user's feet comprising a base, a hollow foot covering component, a ring-shaped first massaging component disposed inside the foot covering component that can wrap around a users foot, and a second massaging component disposed in the base near the back of the shoe device. The massaging components are for massaging a user's feet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: Naser Ali
  • Publication number: 20120065558
    Abstract: A lower back alignment and decompression exercise machine having: an elongated base member, a padded seat having a front end and a rear end and at least one spring loaded pedestal having an adjustable length is located between and connected to the elongated base member and the padded seat. A roller having a semi rigid surface and a length of between four and ten inches is located behind the rear end of the seat where the bottom of the roller is substantially level with the top of the seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventor: Marshall West Abercrombie, III
  • Patent number: 8128582
    Abstract: A back massaging device includes two eccentric rotation members each having an eccentric hole and a resting face, and two swing arms each provided with a mounting hole which has a sliding face. Thus, when each of the swing arms is pressed by the user's body, the sliding face of each of the swing arms is slidable on the resting face of the respective eccentric rotation member to freely adjust the angle of each of the swing arms, so that the first massaging member and the second massaging member of each of the swing arms touch the user's body evenly and exactly, and the pressing force applied by the first massaging member and the second massaging member are distributed evenly and smoothly on the user's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Inventor: Dong-Her Wu
  • Publication number: 20110270142
    Abstract: The present invention relates to whole body and spine chiropractic massagers (including retractors), and more specifically, to a whole body and spine chiropractic massager which enables accurate treatment by automatically sensing a target treatment position even if an original treatment n position that was set during the spinal retraction phase has changed, the sensing operation being performed by a sensing part attached to a user's body, or by a sensor installed at a massager or indicator lamp disposed in the bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventor: Jae Lak Yang
  • Publication number: 20110125070
    Abstract: A multifunction massage bench includes a base frame and a bench mechanism. The bench mechanism is fixedly supported on the base frame and comprises a recumbent bench having a curved and convex top surface, a back massage assembly disposed under a first portion of the recumbent bench, a hip massage assembly disposed in a second portion of the recumbent bench, a foot massage assembly, and a head member. The back massage assembly comprises a first motor and rollers operatively actuated by the first motor so that the rollers repeatedly move upward and downward while rotating for performing a plurality of massage actions. The head member comprises a second motor for extending the head member outward to a predetermined distance so that the head of a person lying on the recumbent bench is disposed at an elevation slightly lower than that of the feet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Inventor: Fang-yu Lu
  • Publication number: 20110009781
    Abstract: A chair-type massage machine has a seat, a backrest part, and a treatment mechanism that is provided in the backrest part so as to able to move up and down, and the treatment mechanism comprises: a treatment arm having a treatment element at substantially a tip end thereof; a massage power selection mechanism for adjusting massage strength by displacing the treatment arm between a weak state in which the treatment arm is substantially parallel to a backrest face of the backrest part and a strong state in which the treatment arm is erected substantially perpendicular to the backrest face; and a push-out member that is provided closer to a base end side than the treatment element of the treatment arm and is positioned below the treatment element when the treatment arm is in the strong state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Applicant: PANASONIC ELECTRIC WORKS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Junji Nakamura, Munekiyo Ikebe, Masatoshi Dairin, Yousuke Kurata
  • Publication number: 20100286578
    Abstract: An exerciser includes a main frame having a support section. A seat is mounted on top of the support section and includes front and rear ends spaced in a first direction. Two handgrips are mounted on opposite sides of the seat and spaced in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction. A first roller mechanism includes a first roller support mounted to the support section and at least one first roller rotatably supported by the first roller support. A second roller mechanism includes a second roller support mounted to the support section and at least one second roller rotatably supported by the second roller support. The seat is intermediate the first and second roller supports in the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2009
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventor: Chin-Tsun Lee
  • Publication number: 20100222724
    Abstract: A health mat (2) and a health bed (10) with the health mat (2) are provided. The health mat (2) includes a fixed bar unit (3), a movable bar unit (4) that can move relatively to the fixed bar unit (3), and a mat body unit (5) that is on the movable bar unit (4) and can move with it. The reciprocation of the movable bar unit (4) makes the mat body unit (5) move and makes the mat body unit (5) do reciprocative movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Inventor: Diehsu Huang
  • Publication number: 20100145240
    Abstract: A combined massage and exercise device includes a frame, substantially parallel, spaced-apart rollers receivable within the frame, in which each roller is rotatable around a respective roller axis intersecting a side of the frame, and a spring that provides resistance to rotational motion about the roller axis of at least one of the rollers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Inventor: Thomas Cromie
  • Patent number: 7712172
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a sleep system is provided. More specifically, the invention provides a method and apparatus for an adjustable mattress that allows the user to increase or decrease the firmness of the mattress. Furthermore, the adjustable mattress has zones of adjustability thereby allowing two users to adjust the firmness of the mattress of each user's zone. The adjustable mattress is also multimodal. The motorized foundation contains adjustable massaging units that may be used for physical therapy and relaxation. Likewise, the motorized foundation may be used in relax mode to assist in obtaining sleep and awaken mode to gently awake the user by the stimulation of the adjustable mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Inventor: Daniel W Jones
  • Publication number: 20100069800
    Abstract: A massage device includes an outer casing, a control circuit, a power mechanism, a transmission mechanism, a big rotary disc, a small rotary disc, a massage ball, a big lid, and a small lid. The control circular is disposed in the outer casing. The outer casing has a massage surface and an installation trough. The power mechanism, the transmission mechanism, the big rotary disc and the small rotary disc are disposed in the installation trough. The power mechanism is electrically connected to the control circuit via an electric wire and controlled by the control circuit to operate. The power mechanism brings the big rotary disc and the small rotary disc to spin, respectively, through the transmission mechanism. The small rotary disc has a central shaft secured on the big rotary disc. The small rotary disc is formed with a ball aperture. The massage ball is disposed in the ball aperture. The big lid and the small lid cover the big rotary disc and the small rotary disc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2009
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Inventor: CHIH-MING HSU
  • Publication number: 20100016768
    Abstract: A vibrating and rolling massage device is wearable on a limb of a user in order to allow the user to carry out massage operation with rolling of the massage device and to provide massage effect simultaneously on the limb wearing the massage device and a part of a human body on which the palm wearing the massage device is positioned. Further, a vibration motor that generates vibration for carrying out massage operation is provided in such a way that the vibration motor is accommodated in a motor holder that can be releasably mounted/dismounted in a tool free manner so that the vibration motor can be selectively set at a position desired by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventor: Jung-Jen Liu
  • Publication number: 20090227915
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a massage device. In one embodiment, the massage device includes a massage assembly and a transmission assembly for driving the massage assembly to provide massage effects. The massage assembly include a pair of massage members. Each massage member has a driving member having an eccentric wheel and an eccentric block, a massage bracket engaged with the driving member and a plurality of massage heads attached to the massage bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Applicant: WEIGHTEC ELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chi-Wu CHIANG
  • Patent number: 7575560
    Abstract: Disclosed is a foot massaging apparatus, which comprises a housing for supporting user's foot, a rotatable roller unit mounted on the housing, and a toe-region pinching unit mounted on the housing and located in front of the rotatable roller unit. The toe-region pinching unit has an air cell adapted to be inflated and deflated, respectively, by charging and discharging air thereto and therefrom, so as to repeatedly pinch the toe region of the user's foot. The foot massaging apparatus can repeatedly perform a pressing operation for the foot or other leg region using the rotatable roller unit and a massaging operation for the toe region to prevent the user from getting bored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Panasonic Electric Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akihiro Mizuuchi
  • Publication number: 20090099490
    Abstract: A seat having a backrest and a seat cushion includes rows of adjusting elements, respectively, which adjusting elements are arranged above one another, on both sides of the longitudinal center plane of the seat. By alternately applying the adjusting elements mutually arranged in a vertically staggered manner in the two halves of the seat, a rotational movement can be actively applied to a seat user's back and possibly pelvis, which rotational movement corresponds to the rotational movement of the back, and possibly of the pelvis, when walking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2008
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Applicant: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Alexander DURT, Rudolf LEIN, Matthias FRANZ
  • Patent number: 7465296
    Abstract: The hot medicinal compress apparatus is a therapeutic and hearth care medical device which has heating, medicament and rolling functions. It includes a heater (2) and a cartridge (3) carrying a medicinal compress layer. The heater (2) includes a heating element and a heat conducting tube (4) in which the heating element is mounted and at both ends of which a front round step member (10) and a rear round step member (10?) having a through hole are respectively arranged; at another end of the front round step member (10), a washer and a demountable baffle ring (18) are provided and fixed by a screw nut (12), while at another end of the rear round step member (10?), a handle (1) is arranged, in which a through hole is provided and on which a control switch is mounted. The cartridge (3) is comprised of a metal tube (17) and a medicinal compress layer which is wrapped around the metal tube (17).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Inventor: Hang Chun Chau
  • Publication number: 20080189848
    Abstract: A foot soak tray includes a base housing, a container disposed above the base housing and having a space for receiving water in the space of the container, and a heating device disposed in the chamber of the base housing for heating the water received in the space of the container. A reflector may be disposed below the heating device for reflecting a heat generated by the heating device. A massage device may be disposed in the container and includes one or more rotatable rollers having a number of protrusions for massaging the feet of the user. The massage device preferably includes a length shorter than that of the container for forming an opening between the container and the massage device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2006
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Inventor: Chien Hsin Chao
  • Publication number: 20080146979
    Abstract: A wall-mounted back massager adapted to allow a user to self-administer a massage is disclosed. The inventive wall-mounted back massager comprises: an elongated wall mount track vertically positioned on a wall; a vertically adjustable elongated base member slidably engaged to the wall mount track; a plurality of swivel head assemblies attached in series along the elongated base member; and at least first and second pairs of spaced apart and axially aligned wheels rotatably attached to each of the plurality of swivel head assemblies by respective first and second wheel axles. Each swivel head assembly is pivotably between first and second swivel head positions. In this configuration, vertical movement of a person's back due to bending and straightening of their knees effects movement of the swivel head assemblies and attached wheels relative to the person's back, thereby allowing the person to enjoy a self-administered massage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Inventor: Luke Brown
  • Publication number: 20080077061
    Abstract: A massaging apparatus has a frame having a curved track including a plurality of curves; a mount engaging the curved track; a massage head coupled to the mount; and a motor adapted for moving the mount along the curved track. The mount engages the curved track such that movement of the mount along the curved track translates into a movement of the massage head that depends on the plurality of curves of the curved track.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2007
    Publication date: March 27, 2008
    Inventor: Hans Dehli
  • Patent number: 7217248
    Abstract: This invention relates to a chair, particularly to one provided with a massage device positioned in a seat, backrest, thigh rest or armest. The massage device is composed of a frame and massage roller unit consisting of plural rows of massage rollers fixed in the frame. Two pivotal plates are provided with a center shaft hole for center shaft and two shaft holes respectively for a center shaft and two independent shafts to fit pivotally therein and string each row of the massage rollers. The center shaft is pivotally connected with the inner side of the frame, enabling the massage roller device rotate with the center shaft as a pivot. So when a user rests the body on the massage device, he/she shifts the body to get massage function by the massage surface of the massage roller device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Inventor: Chuan-Shen Lin
  • Patent number: 6881195
    Abstract: A massage device with rollers distributed in a plurality of roller shafts has a casing with a hollow opening top section, a pair of belts or chains at the left and right sides of the casing; a plurality of roller shafts inserted into the sleeves of the belts or chains. A plurality of rollers are installed on the roller shafts and the upper portion of each roller is protruded from the open section of the casing for massaging user. A plurality of transversal plates are placed in the casing. The transversal plates have driving gears and driven gears which are engaged to the belts. The gears are driven by a motor. Thereby, when the motor is actuated, the gears will be driven to rotate and thus the roller rotates. Thereby, by the massage device with rollers distributed in a plurality of roller shafts, the area of massage is larger by distributing the rollers on the open section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Inventor: Dong-Her Wu
  • Patent number: 6821260
    Abstract: A myofascial rehabilitation device, including a board defining a handle and bores therein, the bores being of predetermined diameter ranging between ¼″ to 1½″, the bores being of a predetermined orientation, ranging from 30° 90° relative to a surface of the board; projections having ends, a first end of each projection being selectively engageable with the bores, the projections being of predetermined diameters ranging in from ¼″ to 1½″ and ranging in length from one inch to four inches; tips being sized to snugly receive a second end of the projections; and mechanism for retaining the projections when the projections are disengaged from the board and a method of use including the steps of stretching tissue to be treated to the point of discomfort; arranging at least one projection on a myofascial rehabilitation board; relaxing against the board such that the projection applies pressure on a trigger point, such pressure to be applied until there is t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Inventor: Gregory Charles Fors
  • Patent number: 6805680
    Abstract: This invention relates to an apparatus and method for providing a massage especially to the back areas of persons who have to sit for a relatively long time on seats, especially motor vehicle seats. The massage is achieved in accordance with the invention by a periodic or a continuous motion of massage elements placed in the seat surface and/or in the back rest. The massage elements are able to move in a forward and backward direction and an up and down direction with respect to the seat. The apparatus includes a supporting element formed of a flexible material that is positioned on a frame of the seat, a drive mechanism, a mechanism operatively connected to the drive mechanism to cause at least a portion of the supporting element to be bowed to provide movement of the supporting element in a direction toward and away from a person seated on the seat for the purpose of supporting body surfaces of the person on the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: Schukra-Geratebau AG
    Inventor: Knud Klingler
  • Publication number: 20040097853
    Abstract: A device whereby one or more nodules made from firm matter are configured or moved in such a way that when the said nodules are brought into contact with a human body, they correspond to, and are able to exert pressure on, the facet joints of the spine, using the weight of the said body and/or some conventional power source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2002
    Publication date: May 20, 2004
    Inventor: John Aidiniantz
  • Publication number: 20040082889
    Abstract: A cervical vertebra massaging device with roller sets comprises a driving device driving a driven seat to move reciprocally; a main axial rod protruding from the driven seat; two axial seats; each of two sides of the main axial rod being connected to a middle section of a respective one of two axial seats; two sides of each axial seat being locked with one sub axial rod; each sub axial rod being installed with one roller set. Each ends of the axial seat is protruded with a respective sliding head which is aligned to and resists against the track and then can slide therein; at a distal end of the track is installed with a protruding slope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2002
    Publication date: April 29, 2004
    Inventor: Dong-Her Wu
  • Publication number: 20040030274
    Abstract: A massage device with- rollers distributed in a plurality of roller shafts has a casing with a hollow opening top section, a pair of belts or chains at the left and right sides of the casing; a plurality of roller shafts inserted into the sleeves of the belts or chains. A plurality of rollers are installed on the roller shafts and the upper portion of each roller is protruded from the open section of the casing for massaging user. A plurality of transversal plates are placed in the casing. The transversal plates have driving gears and driven gears which are engaged to the belts. The gears are driven by a motor. Thereby, when the motor is actuated, the gears will be driven to rotate and thus the roller rotates. Thereby, by the massage device with rollers distributed in a plurality of roller shafts, the area of massage is larger by distributing the rollers on the open section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2002
    Publication date: February 12, 2004
    Inventor: Dong-Her Wu
  • Publication number: 20030181836
    Abstract: A unique biomechanical exercise and conditioning device for rehabilitating the ligaments, tendons, and muscles in the foot and lower leg with the purpose of alleviating heel and foot pain, which can lead to heel spurs. The exercise and conditioning device comprises a single, spherical surface that spins about a rod that has been set into a box. Approximately, one-third of the upper portion of the sphere is positioned above the top of the box. The user will place one foot on the sphere, press down upon it, and roll the affected foot across the sphere repeatedly. This motion will massage and stretch the foot. This action will help to loosen tight membranes and muscle fibers in the foot that cause pain when a person stands on the affected body part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2002
    Publication date: September 25, 2003
    Inventor: Carl Alfred Cameron
  • Patent number: 6599261
    Abstract: A massaging device is designed for use in conjunction with a leg frame of the massaging chair. The massaging device includes a plurality of clamp boards and massaging wheels. The clamp boards are mounted slantingly to effect a tilting motion for massaging the shank of leg and the sole of foot. The massaging wheels are eccentrically mounted to bring about an eccentric motion for rubbing the shank of leg and the sole of foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Assignee: Hsin Hao Health Materials Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuan-Chuen Chen
  • Publication number: 20030120188
    Abstract: To provide a novel posture reforming tool that may ensure the twist correction effect of the human body by a simple operation, a support portion that may support a back portion of a human body substantially in a horizontal condition without slanting the back portion of the human body on the right and left sides is provided on an upper portion of a tool body that may support at least an upper half body, the support portion having a longitudinal length in a direction of a length of the upper half body supported to the tool body, and a drop portion slanting downwardly at a steep angle is provided on the side that becomes the outside of extension of a length of the support portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2002
    Publication date: June 26, 2003
    Inventor: Toshihiko Kusumi
  • Patent number: 6551259
    Abstract: A reciprocally moving apparatus used in a massage machine comprises a long driven shaft having two ends pivotably installed in a base plate and also inserted into a sleeve hole at the lower side of a bottom mount of a massage device. The center section of the driven shaft includes a clockwise helical trench and a counter-clockwise helical trench which are arranged along a surface of the driven shaft and are crossed over one another alternatively and the ends of the two trenches are connected. The upper side of the center section area of the bottom mount serves for installing a cylindrical active link block having a guide plate. The guide plate has two tips at the upper side and inserts into one of the two tracks. Therefore, the driven shaft can be driven to move along the trenches reciprocally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Inventor: Dong-Her Wu
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20020156404
    Abstract: A massage device has a base casing, a cover casing engaging with the base casing, a driving mechanism disposed in the base casing, at least a rotating disk, and at least a massage ball set. The driving mechanism has a motor and at least a gear disk driven by the motor. A shaft is disposed on the gear disk. The massage ball set has a main rod, a three-way frame disposed on the main rod, and three rolling balls disposed on the three-way frame. The shaft is driven by the gear disk. The rotating disk is driven by the shaft. The massage ball set is driven by the rotating disk.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2001
    Publication date: October 24, 2002
    Inventor: Shu-Yu Kuo
  • Patent number: 6394970
    Abstract: A drive arrangement for a massage chair, in which massage elements, for example massage rollers, are movable in various directions, with at least one drive shaft for the massage elements, which are driven by electric motors. The electric motors are set onto the end of the shafts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: Firma Krautmann & Maier
    Inventor: Eugen Maier
  • Patent number: 6390997
    Abstract: A small lightweight yet strong frame (12) housing multiple flexible axles (22) which in turn support foam rubber roller balls (16), which roll about an axis creating: massage, intersegmental traction, trigger point therapy, and active exercise to the back of the user. These axles (22) are made more efficient by the placement of bushings (26) where they are contained by frame (12). Foam rubber balls (16) contain sleeves (30) which promote free rotation. A sliding head rest (38) is provided for comfort and is also used to facilitate optional concomitant neck and back treatment and multiple tension adjustments (46) (36) are provided for varying resistance to glide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Inventor: David M. Vitko