Rolling With Spherical Bodies Disposed On Multiple Axes Patents (Class 601/128)
  • Patent number: 11452664
    Abstract: A limb rehabilitation device has a plurality of rollers with cups. The rollers are mounted on spring mounts. The forearm or another limb may be placed between the rollers for therapeutic massage of the limb and the soft tissue thereon. The cups of the rollers aim to produce compression, shearing, and lifting of the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: KUSU INC.
    Inventors: Peter Anthony Turner, Dino Gradilone
  • Patent number: 11253421
    Abstract: A massage device, including at least two massage elements and at least one bearing element, which is arranged between the massage elements, wherein the bearing element is designed in such a way that the massage elements can rotate independently with at least two rotational degrees of freedom per massage element, wherein the massage elements are surrounded by a tensioning element, which substantially defines the spatial position of the massage elements, wherein the bearing element includes bearing balls, which are arranged circularly, and wherein the bearing balls are arranged in a bearing cage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Inventor: Dirk Wüst
  • Patent number: 10426992
    Abstract: In combination with a barbell having a cylindrical surface, wherein an improvement includes a barbell massage apparatus with a spherical member defining an exterior massage-contact surface and at least two arms extending away from the exterior massage-contact surface that respectively flank two sides of the cylindrical surface of the barbell and retain the barbell massage apparatus thereon, wherein the at least two arms at least partially define a U-shaped channel with the cylindrical surface of the barbell disposed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventor: Julian Genaro Sardinas
  • Patent number: 10137053
    Abstract: A massage apparatus in which both a massage mechanism and a warm-cool air supply section are housed inside a backrest. The massage apparatus includes a backrest for supporting a user's back; and a massage mechanism disposed inside the backrest for producing massage action on user's back. The backrest has a front side with a two-layer structure. A warm-cool air supply section is provided that is capable of feeding warm or cool air into an interlayer region of the two-layer structure. The massage mechanism can be moved up and down along the lengthwise direction of the backrest. The warm-cool air supply section is located outside of a movement area which is the range of up-and-down movement of the massage mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventors: Yasushi Sone, Shinsaku Shimizu, Zhenhai Zhang
  • Patent number: 9907720
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for therapy and training for the back, comprising two elastically deformable bodies (1) which are arranged at a distance from each other, between which a deformable spacer (2) which interconnects both bodies (1) is arranged, said device being characterized in that said spacer (2) is embodied as a spring element in form of a helical spring (2), the ends thereof being bent so as to form journals (2.1) extending in the extension of the helical spring axis, said journals being introduced into blocks (3) fixed in the inside of the bodies (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: New Balls Training Concepts GmbH
    Inventor: Tetyana Kühne
  • Patent number: 9694226
    Abstract: A device for stretching and practicing yoga is provided in the form of a wheel that has padding on an outer side. On the inner side of the wheel are contours for gripping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Raw Love Inc.
    Inventors: Dov Vargas, Raquel Vamos
  • Patent number: 9622937
    Abstract: A roller massage system provides a pair of roller massage assemblies in opposed adjustable spaced relation to allow engagement of each one of the pair of roller massage assemblies on a corresponding massageable portion of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Roll Recovery, LLC
    Inventor: Jeremy J. Nelson
  • Patent number: 9468343
    Abstract: An improved apparatus and method for cleaning is provided. More specifically, the present invention provides an improved apparatus having a vibratory portion adapted to a traditional scrubber apparatus such as a body scrubber. Additionally, the present invention provides an improved apparatus and method wherein the apparatus may have at least a vibratory portion adapted to fit about the body scrubber which may be activated and/or de-activated by the user. Moreover, the apparatus may include a reservoir for storage of a cleansing agent that may be dispensed from the vibratory portion to the body scrubber portion to help facilitate cleansing of the portion of the body to be cleaned. Still further, the invention may include at least a handle assembly in combination with the vibratory portion to provide a handle for use by the individual user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventor: Mitch Junkins
  • Publication number: 20140228723
    Abstract: A roller-ball massage instrument (10) comprises a ball support (14) arranged to support a ball (12) protruding from and rotatable with respect to the ball support (14), a retainer (16) cooperable with the ball support (14), and a holder (18) positionable between the ball support (14) and the retainer (16) to hold the ball support (18).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventors: Matthew Cockerill, Laurence Willmott
  • Publication number: 20140107545
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a massaging apparatus. Said massaging apparatus is comprised of a massage sphere that can be rotated with the use of adjacent ball bearings. The massage sphere is encased in an upper, midsection and lower housings, whereby only a section of the massage sphere is exposed. A strap is connected to the lower housing, and can be wrapped around the midsection housing for easy storage. To use the massaging apparatus, one simply has to hold the device and roll the exposed part of the massage sphere over the desired area. In order to massage hard to reach areas such as the back, both ends of the strap are held in each hand, and the massaging apparatus is placed on a hard surface such as a wall, in between the wall and the person's back. The user holds the straps and applies pressure onto the massaging apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventor: John Pathrose
  • Publication number: 20130085426
    Abstract: A device for self-administration of massage, trigger point therapy and/or myofascial release, and methods for same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, NY
    Inventor: The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, NY
  • Publication number: 20130018290
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for massage of human appendages is disclosed. The apparatus includes handles, two manifolds penetrated by a plurality of cord chases, cords attached to the handles and looping through a cord chase in the first manifold to a cord chase in the second manifold and returning through another cord chase through said first manifold to the handles. A plurality of beads is disposed on the cords in the loop. As the handles are pulled, tension on the cords causes the loop to diminish in size and provide massaging pressure to the appendage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventor: John Holdorf
  • Publication number: 20130018289
    Abstract: A post-stroke stimulation device including a garment to be applied to a portion of a body of a stroke patient to be treated. The post-stroke stimulation device includes at least one tactile actuator adapted to supply tactile stimulation to the skin of the stroke patient. The tactile actuators are controlled to be activated and deactivated in a random pattern or a pattern selected by a medical professional.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventors: Eric S. Nussbaum, Leslie A. Nussbaum
  • Publication number: 20120253248
    Abstract: An apparatus and system are disclosed for manipulating soft tissue. The apparatus includes a support member, a plurality of substantially circular voids disposed through the support member, and a plurality of spherical members. Each substantially circular void is positioned in alignment with a substantially hemispherical recess having a concave surface defining a spherical member receiving space. Each spherical member is positioned within a spherical member receiving space and is rotatable within one of the spherical member receiving spaces about an infinite number of axes of rotation. Each concave surface of the substantially hemispherical recess is made from a first material and an outer surface of each spherical member is made from a second material. The first material and the second material are selected such that a static coefficient of friction between the first material and second material facilitates rotation of the spherical members within the spherical member receiving spaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventor: Thomas G. Carlson
  • Patent number: 8262593
    Abstract: Removably attached leg cramp relieving and muscle massaging elements with a variable length handle. A non-pinching foot supporting loop combined with the handle permits a user to stretch a leg to alleviate leg cramps. Muscle massaging elements combined with the handle permit a user to massage various areas of the body. The massage elements can also be used as a foot and leg exercising and blood circulation devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventor: Ralph M. Pidcock
  • Publication number: 20110040219
    Abstract: An apparatus for massaging and aligning a spine is presented. The apparatus includes a base element, a pair of roller assemblies, a center roller assembly, a pair of hand bars, and a seat. The base element supports the apparatus along a surface. Each roller assembly includes an extendable arm and a plurality of rollers. The extendable arm is attached at one end to the base element so as to allow angular adjustment to the roller assembly with respect to the base element. The extendable arm is attached at a second end to the rollers so as to allow angular adjustment of the rollers with respect to the extendable arm. The center roller assembly is disposed between the roller assemblies and includes a second extendable arm and a pair of contoured rollers. The second extendable arm is attached at one end to the base element and at another end to the contoured rollers. The hand bars are attached to the second extendable arm and slide thereon so as to adjust the height of said bars.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2009
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventors: Benjamin Tanner, Jeffrey B. Heilman
  • Publication number: 20110034839
    Abstract: A massage recliner includes a seat member, a back member, an inverted “T” shape front leg, two arms attached to the back member, an inverted “T” shape rear leg, a gas spring which is pivotally attached to the inverted “T” shape rear leg and to the back member, a footrest attached to the seat member, and a head support attached to the back member. The back member includes two or more pairs of massage rollers symmetrically coupled to its backbone. The seat member includes two or more pairs of massage rollers symmetrically coupled to its central frame. The inverted “T” shape front leg is vertically coupled to the central frame of the seat member. The footrest includes a pair of massage rollers symmetrically coupled to a metal piece attached to the seat member's central frame. The back member's reclining angle is determined by the gas spring, which is controlled by the user through a control handle attached to one of the arms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Inventors: Mei-Hua YANG, Xiao-Mei Zhou
  • Patent number: 7762966
    Abstract: A massaging mattress assembly for massaging various parts of a user's body while lying down. The massaging mattress assembly includes a mattress that has a top, a head end, and a plurality of slots that are spacedly disposed in the top. A headrest assembly is removably attached to the head end of the mattress. A roller assembly is disposed in the slots of the mattress. The roller assembly includes base members that are disposed in the slots and also includes ball members upon which a user lies. A vibrating assembly is disposed in said mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Inventor: Delores Gaines
  • Publication number: 20100081973
    Abstract: A massage device includes an outer casing, a driving mechanism and at least one massage module. The massage module includes an inclined rotary plate coupled to a main gear seat having central massage balls. When the inclined rotary plate rotates, the main gear seat and the central massage ball are driven to rotate. The main gear seat engages with a plurality of planetary gears, each of which is coupled with a massage arm. An upper end of the massage arm has a peripheral massage ball disposed thereon and a lower end of the massage arm contacts with the inclined rotary plate. A rotation of the inclined rotary plate drives massage arms and the peripheral massage balls thereon to rotate via the planetary gear as well as to move the massage arms up and down, thereby providing a massage of kneading and acupressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Inventors: Ming-Wei Tsai, Hong-Kong Wong
  • Patent number: 7678066
    Abstract: A massage and/or dispensing device includes a body, and an applicator element intended to be placed in contact with a surface to be massaged and/or a surface to which a product is to be applied. The applicator element is movably retained in the body or mounted for movement relative to the body. The arrangement further includes a cooling arrangement which includes means of expanding a refrigerant liquefied gas directly in contact with the applicator element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Jacques Habatjou
  • Patent number: 7645249
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a medical apparatus for spinal therapy, which is a bed-type apparatus equipped with a treatment head and performs message and acupressure while moving along the length of the spine, and more particularly to a fixing structure of a treatment head in the medical apparatus, which wears out slowly and allows the treatment head to move in a vertical direction. The medical apparatus for spinal therapy having the fixing structure of a treatment head is advantageous over known apparatuses in that it can give various types of stimulation to human body parts and incurs lower maintenance expenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Happy Medical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Doo Sang Kim, Heung Gu Im, Se Yun Kim
  • Patent number: 7645248
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Inventor: Luke Brown
  • Publication number: 20090306559
    Abstract: A massage assembly includes a top cover and a base which is connected to the top cover to define a space therebetween, a massage unit and a movable unit is received in the space. The massage unit is connected to the movable unit, and a transmission mechanism is received in the movable unit to drive the movable unit to move reciprocally in the massage assembly so as to massage the user's body by the massage unit. The massage unit provides different types of massage features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Inventor: Ming-Wei Tsai
  • Publication number: 20090281468
    Abstract: The present invention provides a medication head-massaging healthcare and therapy apparatus including a disposable medication cap and a helmet. The helmet includes an inner helmet and an outer helmet. At the same time, the inner helmet and the outer helmet are helmets which are connected to a top side, a left side and a right side so that a volume size of the helmet can be adjusted. The inner helmet is connected to a bottom chassis for a device mounting and a sound absorbing chassis, and a steel ball is mounted on the edges of the outer helmet. A flange is fixed to an axis of a subminiature driving electromotor rotation pin and a steel ball are connected each other in a groove at an eccentric position of the flange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2007
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Inventor: Jingfeng Xu
  • Patent number: 7481783
    Abstract: A massage device for providing cold or hot massage therapy including a liquid reservoir and a rotatable ball positioned in an open end of the reservoir. The reservoir is at least partially filled with a liquid that is heated or cooled. The liquid in the massage device is heated or cooled. The rotatable ball is heated or cooled through heat transfer between the liquid and the rotatable ball. Massage therapy can be provided using both the reservoir portion and/or the rotatable ball of the massage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Polar Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerry S. Kelley
  • Publication number: 20090012435
    Abstract: An adjustable massage tool having a base and two adjustable “pressure balls” attached to the base. The base has a sloping face on both sides. The pressure balls are attached to threaded shanks. A pair of nuts are attached to the wooden base by shanks. The massage tool may be used to simultaneously provide pressure on any two pressure points on the user's back. The distance between the pressure balls (as well as the elevation of the pressure balls with respect to the base) may be adjusted by turning each threaded shank. To use the device the user simply rests his or her back on the pressure balls. The user preferably aligns the pressure balls on two “chi points” that are located on either side of the spinal column.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2007
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Inventor: Curt Masek
  • Patent number: 7328476
    Abstract: The present invention is a foot cleaning device for accommodating a foot and thoroughly cleaning the foot positioned within the device. The foot cleaning device has a foot receptacle, scrub brushes, roller brushes, a liquid dispensing assembly for carrying water and soap into the receptacle, and spray jets attachable to the liquid dispensing assembly for dispersing the water and soap throughout the receptacle. The scrub brushes are distributed throughout the foot receptacle for allowing the user to clean his or her feet. The roller brushes are positioned along the bottom of the foot receptacle for massaging, cleaning, and supporting the user's foot within the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Inventor: Darwin Heidemeyer, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6966883
    Abstract: Removably attached leg cramp relieving and muscle massaging elements with a variable length handle. A non-pinching foot supporting loop combined with the handle permits a user to stretch a leg to alleviate leg cramps. Muscle massaging element combined with the handle permits a user to massage various areas of the body. The massage element can also be used as a foot and leg exercising and blood circulation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Inventor: Ralph M. Pidcock
  • Publication number: 20040243035
    Abstract: A tubular sleeve is made of a tufted fabric having a pile on an interior surface. A pair of spaced-apart tennis balls each has a diameter exceeding a diameter of the tubular sleeve so that the sleeve engages the balls. The balls are manually positioned within the tubular sleeve. Each of the tennis balls has a fuzzy napped exterior surface. A pair of handles are attached at opposing ends of the tubular sleeve. The pile of the sleeve and the napped surface of the tennis balls are of such substance as to naturally engage in holding the tennis balls in selected engagement positions within the tubular sleeve, yet the balls are able to be manually moved to alternate engagement positions within the sleeve, without purposeful disengagement of the balls and the sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2004
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Inventor: Jenny Devlin
  • Publication number: 20040106883
    Abstract: Removably attached leg cramp relieving and muscle massaging elements with a variable length handle. A non-pinching foot supporting loop combined with the handle permits a user to stretch a leg to alleviate leg cramps. Muscle massaging element combined with the handle permits a user to massage various areas of the body. The massage element can also be used as a foot and leg exercising and blood circulation device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2002
    Publication date: June 3, 2004
    Inventor: Ralph M. Pidcock
  • Patent number: 6659969
    Abstract: Exercise is performed and an exerciser device is designed so that they use a massage belt with at least two ends and a chain of ovals composed of ceramic, crystals, wood, plastic or ferromagnetic materials, while a user holds one end of the belt and applies a punching imitating movement, while the other end offers resistance each arm alternating creates resistance to the other arm's motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Inventor: Mikhail Levitin
  • Publication number: 20030093016
    Abstract: A massager has a rotation shaft with arcuate grooves defined in a periphery of the rotation shaft and a guide received in the arcuate grooves so that when the rotation shaft rotates, the guide is able to control the rotation shaft to rotate and extend.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2001
    Publication date: May 15, 2003
    Inventor: Chin-Chen Chen
  • 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: 6409690
    Abstract: A massage device for massaging feet of user has a rotary member rotatably supported on a base and having a number of massage projections for massaging the feet of the user. A handle is supported above the base for supporting the upper portion of the user. The upper surface of the rotary member is preferably upwardly curved for increasing the massaging effect of the massage projections. The handle may be stored in the bottom of the base. A latch may be used to selectively lock the rotary member to the base for preventing the rotary member from rotating relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Inventor: Sherry Chen
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20020019601
    Abstract: A health and beauty massage device whose multiple treatment members make rubbing contact evenly and efficiently which promotes circulation of the blood and burns fat in the areas of the body to be treated. The health and beauty massage device is configured so that multiple treatment members are disposed on a frame body which is provided with a recessed part into which the areas of the human body to be treated are placed or inserted. At the same time, a linking means which links each of the treatment members is disposed between the installation shafts of the adjacent pairs of treatment members. The treatment members are interlocked with at least one drive mechanism and all of the treatment members are rotated at the same time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2001
    Publication date: February 14, 2002
    Inventor: Masaki Wada
  • Patent number: 6328705
    Abstract: A brush having a handle, the handle having one end terminating in a bristle holder mount and an opposite end terminating in a handgrip, and a bristle holder mounted in the bristle holder mount and holding bundles of bristles, wherein the bristle holder mount is equipped with at least one first massaging wheel suspended at a front side thereof for massaging, and the handgrip has a second massaging wheel disposed at one end thereof remote from the bristle holder mount for massaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Inventor: Chin Wan Hsieh
  • Patent number: 6315742
    Abstract: A massaging device is adapted for effective back massage especially along the spine. A flat platform supports a number of rotating wheels positioned for contact with separated muscle groups and acupressure points. The wheels are of a rubber material of such hardness as to allow a person to lay down onto the device without pain but to receive an effective pressure massage in the tissues of the back without bruising. With the device centered on the spine and with its wheels spaced on either side of the spine the individual may move along the ground while receiving a deep therapeutic massage. A pair of close spaced rollers are positioned relative to the wheels for massaging the tissues of the neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Inventor: Christian Howard
  • Patent number: 6306109
    Abstract: A hand held manual massager is constructed as a cylindrical cage with a series of axles arranged in a circular or near circular array. Each of the axles provides a series of side-by-side massaging wheels. The wheels have a ridged circumference for rolling on the surface of the skin in a manner for stimulating the muscles and circulatory system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Inventor: Gus Polychronis
  • Patent number: 6299585
    Abstract: A finger pressure device 1 including semi-spherical bodies 10, 10′ with a plurality of protuberances 11 on the outer surface, penetrating grooves 12, 12′ in upper/lower part, a concavity 13, a convexity 14 in the internal center and circular groove 15; a circular rim 20 with a plurality of protuberances 21 on the outer surface, a projection 22 on the inner circumference and a space 23 to be placed between the two semi-spherical bodies; a coupling rod 30 with circular protuberances 31 on both sides to be inserted into the circular groove 15 of the semi-spherical bodies 10, 10′ through the space 23 of the circular rim 20; and a cap 60 covering the upper/lower grooves 12, 12′ after fastening with the bolt 40 and the nut 50.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Inventor: Dong-hoon Yoo
  • Patent number: 6258048
    Abstract: An electric foot massaging assembly is provided including a slipper mount. A flexible slipper is positioned on the slipper mount with an opening formed in an upper extent thereof for receiving a foot therein. A roller assembly includes a plurality of rollers mounted on the slipper mount for massaging a foot within the slipper. A motor is included for rotating the rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Inventor: David L. Montague
  • Patent number: 6174297
    Abstract: A bath scrubber mainly includes a front nylon piece and a back piece that are sewed up to form a bag defining a unitary inner space for accommodating a plurality of massage balls therein. Restricting means are provided on the back piece and the front nylon piece at positions between any four adjacent massage balls. The restricting means divide the unitary inner space defined by the bag of the bath scrubber into several smaller spaces that each confines a massage ball therein but allows the massage ball to freely and smoothly rotate when the bath scrubber is moved on a user's skin to and fro for cleansing purpose. The bath scrubber with massage balls restricted in separated small spaces can therefore not only hold more bubbles to achieve enhanced cleaning effect but also provide good massage effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Inventor: Kuo-Chin Chen
  • Patent number: 5916182
    Abstract: A massaging apparatus (28) which is designed to be located within the space (26) under a bed (20). The massaging apparatus (28) includes a mounting arm (108) which can be moved from the space (26) under the bed (20) and pivoted to an upright position. When in the upright position an elongated arm (32) is connected to the mounting arm (108) and pivotable in a direction toward and away from the bed (20). The elongated arm (32) includes a massaging device (50) mounted on its outer end thereof. The massaging device (50) is to be capable of being separately driven in a reciprocating manner. The elongated arm (32) is to be appropriately counterbalanced (198) so that the massaging device (50) will apply a slight downward pressure onto the human (22) who is being massaged. The mounting arm (108) is to be moved over a preprogrammed path (48) which will also move the massaging device (50) in the same path on the body of the human (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Inventor: Wolfram F. O. Fengler
  • Patent number: 5913839
    Abstract: A ball-massaging board (14) molded out of plastic with a curved surface to comfortably support a person's spine in the supine position. Attached to the surface of board (14) are a number of rubber balls (15/16) that have a bolt head (18) bonded inside them, and a threaded portion (19) protruding outside them. Threaded portion (19) is inserted through a hole (21) in board (14), then secured in place by a lock nut (20). Because hole (21) is larger in diameter than the diameter of threaded portion (19) balls (15/16) are able to freely spin about the surface of board (14). Balls (15/16) are able to spin and roll simultaneously along the surface of board (14) while remaining attached to board (14). As an individual lies on the massaging board (14) and swivels his or her hips a combined spinning and rolling effect is created by balls (15/16) on the user's back and neck, simulating a real life massage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1999
    Inventor: Christopher P. Wincek
  • Patent number: 5833635
    Abstract: A skin stimulator which has a number of handles around the periphery of a generally circular base. Opposite each handle and on an opposing edge of the base member, are teeth or stimulators which are used to stimulate the skin (i.e. back, soles, or legs) of a user. A mounting bracket permits the stimulator to be mounted onto a wall, a door, or a floor stand. The preferred mounting bracket is created by a series of radially extending channels which allow the user to readily adjust the stimulator so that a particular set of unique teeth are accessible. In one embodiment of the floor stand, a vibrator is used to vibrate the stimulator so that the soles of a user's feet are massaged and stimulated. In one embodiment of the invention, each handle is provided with a tactile indicia so that the user is able to identify the teeth which will be used by merely grasping the handle portion. Teeth, in this context, include: pointed protrusions, rounded protrusions, rollers, and rolling balls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Inventor: George Moses Aboud, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5797859
    Abstract: A massager for producing rotary and/or vibratory massage motion includes a base structure, a support plate with a contact surface and a mounting surface, and resilient mounts for coupling the support plate to the base structure. At least one rotator structure is associated with the contact surface of the support plate and includes massage members extending therefrom. A motor is attached to the mounting surface of the support plate and manifests a first direction rotary output and a counter direction rotary output. A gear structure couples the motor to the at least one rotator structure to cause rotary movement thereof, upon actuation of the motor. The massager includes an eccentric weight and a clutch system for driveably coupling the eccentric weight to the motor when the motor produces a first direction rotary output; and for decoupling the eccentric weight from the motor when the motor produces the counter-direction rotary output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1998
    Assignee: Conair Corporation
    Inventor: Barry V. Prehodka
  • Patent number: 5792081
    Abstract: A self-operated apparatus particularly adapted for massaging a user's wrist and forearm affected by repetitive strain injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome comprises two clamping arms hingedly joined at one end and provided with cooperating handles at the other ends. Rollers and balls are mounted on opposite median sections of the arms. The hinged ends of the arms are universally attached to a support that can be strapped over the user's thigh, whereby an arm can be adjustably clamped between the sets of rollers and balls by bringing the two handles together and the arm and wrist massaged by translating and rotating movements of the arm along an axis perpendicular to the mounting axes of the rollers and balls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Inventor: Terry M. Cross
  • Patent number: 5779652
    Abstract: A unitary and configurative acupressure and massaging device and system for detecting and treating muscular irregularities and injuries, comprised of a plurality of resilient and compressive balls slidably mounted on and between the ends of an elongate and flexible fibrous component functioning as a ball carrier, and against which device a user's body weight is applied when the body is either at rest or in motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Inventor: Bonnie Mencher-Aliazzo
  • Patent number: 5772614
    Abstract: A back massage and exercise device comprising a substantially flat, elongate frame able to be utilized on a supporting surface, with the frame having a pair of long sides joined together by a pair of short sides and being several times as long as it is wide. A roller array in the form of a parallel series of elongate rollers are loosely mounted in a spaced apart, operational relationship between the long sides of the frame. The frame has an operative position in which a lower portion of substantially all of the rollers is in contact with the supporting surface, with an upper portion of the rollers being available for directly supporting the body of a user. The user is able to readily bring about back and forth rolling movement of the frame along the supporting surface at such time as he is lying on the rollers, with the motion of the upper portions of the rollers during such movement of the frame bringing about a massaging action to the portion of the user's body in contact with the rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Inventor: Edward E. Lindquist
  • Patent number: 5769798
    Abstract: A massage apparatus includes a motor driving in rotation a drive shaft and a massage head. Supports for the massage head are adapted to allow axial movement and angular displacement of the massage head relative to the drive shaft. Furthermore, the radial and axial supports are fitted so as to actuate the massage head towards a stable equilibrium position and to permit axial movement and angular displacements of the massage head from the equilibrium position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1998
    Inventor: Jean Frajdenrajch