Kneading Or Deep Pressure Patents (Class 601/134)
  • Patent number: 11000443
    Abstract: A portable therapeutic massage mat includes a base and a plurality of protrusions extending from the base. The protrusions may have a square pyramidal shape or other suitable shapes. The plurality of protrusions, the base, or the entire massage mat may be formed of a material that includes at least one thermochromic pigment. The material that includes the thermochromic pigment may be a thermoplastic elastomer. When a user sits or rests upon the portable massage mat for a time, local blood flow increases causing a rise in local body temperature which is exhibited by a color change of the portable massage mat, due to the thermochromic pigment. The increased local blood flow provides beneficial therapeutic effects such as reducing the appearance of cellulite, relieving minor aches and pain, and relieving minor muscle spasms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: SANKO TEKSTIL ISLETMELERI SAN. VE TIC. A.S.
    Inventor: Ali Gallagher
  • Patent number: 10881543
    Abstract: The lumbar support assistive device includes a plastic rigid main member having a half-fusiform whose front side curves in accordance with human spine. A trough is provided along the front side extended in an axial direction to a bottom side of the main member. A number of forward bulging semi-ellipsoidal elements are arranged at intervals in two columns along lateral sides of the trough. The semi-ellipsoidal elements closer to a bottom of the main member are wider and higher; and the semi-ellipsoidal elements closer to a top of the main member are narrower and lower, and they are closer to the semi-ellipsoidal elements in the other column. These semi-ellipsoidal elements provide massaging effect and support to corresponding intervertebral discs of the spine. The semi-ellipsoidal elements also raise the lumbar support assistive device to provide enhanced ventilation so that wearing the lumbar support assistive device would not feel sultry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Inventor: Kun-Yen Chung
  • Patent number: 10856925
    Abstract: The system for surgical correction of a bunion includes a capital fragment positioner and a guide wire targeting assembly. The positioner has an L-shaped handle having a transverse post extending across the end of the long arm of the handle and two tubes at opposite ends of the post extending orthogonally to the plane of the handle. The handle extends obliquely from the post to enable fluoroscopic visualization of the capital fragment. The guide wire targeting assembly includes a lower block that may be secured to the foot by K-wires and an upper block rotatably mounted on the lower block. The upper block supports guide wire tubes and is rotated to position the guide wires across the osteotomy cut in the metatarsal bone. Cannulated fixation screws are inserted over the guide wires in proper position to fix bones on opposite sides of the osteotomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventor: David Pontell
  • Patent number: 10828221
    Abstract: Described embodiments provide a shape memory alloy (SMA) cartridge for use in providing controllable compression. The SMA cartridge includes first and second end caps, each of the first and second end caps being coupled to a passive material. One or more SMA coils extend between the first and second end caps. The SMA coils have a trained state and a deformed state, where the SMA coils are in the deformed state when a stimulus is provided thereto and the SMA coils are in the trained state when the stimulus is removed therefrom. The first end cap and the second end cap include a locking mechanism to automatically lock the first and second end caps in a fixed position relative to one another when the SMA coils are contracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Bradley T. Holschuh, Dava J. Newman, Giacomo Gatto, Luca Levrino
  • Patent number: 10830218
    Abstract: The invention provides a health device for automatically administering skin pressure-based therapies to a user. The device comprises one or more actuator members, each comprising a smart shape-changing material of a class which is disposed to change shape in response to a change in temperature or to the application of an electrical stimulus. The actuator members are controlled by a controller to apply pressure to one or more points on a user's skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Daan Anton Van Den Ende, Sander Theodoor Pastoor, Yanchun Zhang, Kars-Michiel Hubert Lenssen, Warner Rudolph Theophile Ten Kate, Alex Ivanov
  • Patent number: 10765859
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to neuromuscular stimulation and sensing cuffs. The neuromuscular stimulation cuff has at least two fingers and a plurality of electrodes disposed on each finger. More generally, the neuromuscular stimulation cuff includes an outer, reusable component and an inner, disposable component. One or more electrodes are housed within the reusable component. The neuromuscular stimulation cuff may be produced by providing an insulating substrate layer, forming a conductive circuit on the substrate layer to form a conductive circuit layer, adhering a cover layer onto the conductive circuit layer to form a flexible circuit, and cutting at least one flexible finger from the flexible circuit. The neuromuscular stimulation cuff employs a flexible multi-electrode design which allows for reanimation of complex muscle movements in a patient, including individual finger movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Chad E. Bouton, Gaurav Sharma, Andrew Sweeney, Amy M. Heintz, Stephanie Kute, Nicholas Annetta, Thomas D. Haubert, Steven M. Risser, Jeffrey Friend, John Bartholomew, Rachel Thurston, C. Alexander Morrow, George Brand, Jeffrey Ellis, Matthew Mowrer, Raymond Zaborski
  • Patent number: 10765198
    Abstract: The Hair Removal Device may be a wall mounted assembly of spines or tentacles projecting outward from the wall and disposed to form a plurality of finger rows therebetween. The tentacles being a flexible, resilient material adapted to urge hair on a user's finger to engage a tentacle and release from the finger whereby the hair follicle is captured and retained until cleaned for proper disposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventors: Patricia Watne, Andrew Watne
  • Patent number: 10688008
    Abstract: A method for stimulating contraction of a target muscle, the method including: locating a first neuromuscular junction of a target muscle by visualization or palpation, delivering a first stimulus to the first neuromuscular junction, locating a second neuromuscular junction of the target muscle by visualization or palpation, and delivering a second stimulus to the second neuromuscular junction. The first and second stimuli are effective to stimulate contraction of the target muscle. Further, contraction of the target muscle is effective to result in a measurable increase of at least one of: output force of the target muscle or range of motion of a body part associated with extension or contraction of the target muscle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: One80 Physical Therapy, P.C.
    Inventor: Rhett E. Polka
  • Patent number: 10675215
    Abstract: A device for the treatment of discomfort or pain in the body and muscles. The position of one or more pressure members of a therapy device which make contact with one or more areas of the body may be adjusted finely, readily, and independently with respect to their distance to a support base and/or with respect to other pressure members. Exemplary embodiments can be configured for muscle relief therapy for areas such as the head, neck, shoulders, back, hips, legs and feet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventors: Young Yoon, Tyler Forbes
  • Patent number: 10632042
    Abstract: The invention is guiding means that are adapted to serve as guides to accurately locate specific locations on the body to be stimulated in order to prevent, diagnose, and treat specific types of diseases and other conditions in humans and animals. The invention includes specially modified and personalized articles of clothing and an apparatus for supporting an organ of a human or animal body adapted for accurately positioning and orienting the organ with respect to each other a device for administering the stimulation or the healing process. The apparatus and embodiments of the articles of clothing are adapted as stands that support devices used to apply stimulation to the location. The applied stimulation can be any of the therapies which depend on the application of energy or force to specific locations on the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: MS GOOD ENERGIES LIMITED
    Inventor: Michael Schlosser
  • Patent number: 10589704
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a foot-supporting safety device of a motor vehicle. The foot-supporting safety device includes a foot mat, which is provided so as to be arranged on a foot-space floor of the vehicle. The foot mat has a supporting surface and at least one hollow space that receives at least one fluid. The at least one hollow space is arranged in a direction perpendicular with respect to the supporting surface and with a major portion below the supporting surface. In accordance with the disclosure, the at least one hollow space is permanently filled with a predetermined quantity of the at least one fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Meckenstock, Martin Salz-Breuer
  • Patent number: 10568802
    Abstract: A foot therapy device includes a generally hemispherical dome element detachably connected to a support element having substantially planar top and bottom faces. In some embodiments, the support element is optionally detachably connected to one or more additional stacked support elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: YZ Studio, Inc.
    Inventor: Yamuna Zake
  • Patent number: 10517767
    Abstract: A kinesiology tape bandage includes a piece of anisotropically stretchable woven fabric, a stretchable dressing attached to a first side of the fabric, and pressure-sensitive adhesive applied to at least some of an exposed area of the first side of the fabric. The kinesiology tape bandage is applied to a body by stretching the kinesiology tape bandage to at least 125% of its unstretched length, positioning a dressing of the bandage over a wound on the body, and pressing the stretched bandage against the body to activate a pressure-sensitive adhesive on the bandage and adhere the stretched bandage to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Implus Footcare, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Capobianco, Gregory van den Dries
  • Patent number: 10406064
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a massaging device. The massaging device includes a plurality of massaging implements and at least one sleeve member adapted to encompass the plurality of massaging implements and forms an abutting configuration. Further, a housing member is configured to engage a massaging area on a user. The housing member is adapted to enclose the sleeve member encompassing the massaging implements, wherein each of the member is aligned along an internal axis of the housing member. The housing member ensures that massaging implements in the sleeve member is adapted to roll along a direction perpendicular to the internal axis and resist rolling along the direction of the internal axis upon application of a force during a massaging event. The device provides a stable platform for the user, thereby mitigating manual intervention of the user for holding the device during the massaging event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: TUNE UP FITNESS WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventor: Robert Faust
  • Patent number: 10406067
    Abstract: An apparatus (1) for providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation by applying compressions to a chest of a patient (P). The apparatus (1) comprising a chest compression unit (10), in particular comprising automatic actuation, at least one band (20) to be passed around the patient's chest for maintaining the chest compression unit (10) in position on the patient's chest. At least one end of the band (20) is releasably connectable to the unit (10) or another band. The apparatus (1) is designed for pushing the band (20) underneath the patient's chest, in particular on the side where the patient contacts the ground (G). The apparatus (1) comprises or is connectable to an application aid (30), in functional connection with the band (20), fixable to or movable relative to the band and adapted to support pushing the band (20) underneath the patient's chest. The application aid is stiffer than the band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: SCHILLER AG
    Inventors: Alfred Schiller, Johann-Jakob Schmid, Roman Steiner
  • Patent number: 10111800
    Abstract: A therapeutic device is provided. The therapeutic device includes a substantially flat board and a pair of risers. The board includes an upper surface, a lower surface opposite the upper surface, and a perimeter comprising a top edge and a bottom edge opposite the top edge. A first riser and a second riser protrude from the top surface of the board. Each of the first riser and the second riser include a taper from a first end to a second end. The first end of the first riser and the first end of the second riser are disposed near the top edge. The first and second risers are disposed at an acute angle relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: J. Christopher Sova
  • Patent number: 10099031
    Abstract: A system for soothing an agitated patient, including a motor, a linkage operationally connected to the motor, an armature operationally connected to the linkage, and a lifelike hand connected to the armature. Energization of the motor enables the lifelike hand to move in a generally circular, rubbing motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventors: Dorothy Ungerleider, John Harrison Ungerleider
  • Patent number: 10076462
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods for providing active and/or passive compression therapy to a body part can include a compression device worn over a compression stocking. The compression device can have a pulley based drive train that is driven by a motor to tighten and loosen compression elements, such as compression straps, in a precise, rapid, and balanced manner. Sensors can be used in the compression device and/or compression stockings to provide feedback to modulate the compression treatment parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: RADIAL MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Eric Johnson, Thomas J. Fogarty, Sylvester Lucatero, Gilbert Laroya, James K. Wall, Conrad Salinas
  • Patent number: 10022289
    Abstract: A massaging apparatus includes a sheet attachable to skin, multiple skin condition sensors, and multiple massage elements. Each of the skin condition sensors included in the sheet detects skin condition near the skin condition sensor. Each of the massage elements which is included in the sheet and which is disposed at a position corresponding to that of a corresponding one of the skin condition sensors is operated based on the detection result obtained by the skin condition sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kaori Ajiki, Toshimitsu Minowa
  • Patent number: 9924907
    Abstract: A method and system for identifying location of a touched body part. The method includes initializing a tracking system for monitoring travel of a pointer useful for indicating a touching operation, wherein the touching operation is performed on a body part. In addition, the method includes monitoring the travel of the pointer from a predetermined first location to a second location, wherein the second location coincides with a touch endpoint on a body part; and identifying the location of body part that was touched by the pointer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: William P. Alberth, Rachid M. Alameh, Timothy Dickinson
  • Patent number: 9687416
    Abstract: A neuromuscular therapy device and method is provided. The neuromuscular therapy device includes a top unit including a pair of square pyramidal bodies separated by a central valley. Each of the pair of square pyramidal bodies includes a top peak with vertices that are smoothly radiused. The neuromuscular therapy device may also include a base unit including a hollowed top central portion configured to provide a seat within which the top unit is secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventor: Thomas W. Turner
  • Patent number: 9681840
    Abstract: A wearable mobile device and a method of detecting a biosignal with a wearable mobile device are provided. A method of detecting a biosignal with a wearable mobile device involves determining whether a wearable mobile device is closely attached to a user; and providing a biosignal-based service in response to the wearable mobile device being determined to be closely attached to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chang Mok Choi, Sang Joon Kim, Sang Il Park, Se O Lee, Young Joong Jun
  • Patent number: 9676434
    Abstract: A bicycle seat includes a deformation space that corresponds to a pressure deformation of a bicycle rider. Wherein, a plurality of filler particles is filled in the deformation space. Therefore, the plurality of filler particles in the deformation space is sliding and rolling under pressure, and the bicycle seat can average support the body of the rider and bring lower friction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: GIANT MANUFACTURING CO. LTD
    Inventors: Chi-Ming Wu, Che-Wei Hsu
  • Patent number: 9603772
    Abstract: A mechanical CPR device includes a back plate, a first tower removably attached to the back plate, a second tower removably attached to the back plate, and a beam releasably connected to each of the first tower and the second tower. The first tower can include a first linear motion device. The second tower can include a second linear motion device. Each of the first and second linear motion devices can be configured to move one end of the beam toward and away from the back plate. The first and second linear motion devices can be configured to operate in concert such that, when the back plate is resting on a surface, the beam remains substantially parallel to the surface during movement of the beam toward and away from the back plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventor: Anders Torbjörn Jeppsson
  • Patent number: 9549870
    Abstract: A system that applies vibration to a desired region of a human body including a plurality of vibratory stimulators installed in a flexible material; a programmable control unit (PCU) connected to each said vibratory stimulator a plurality of sensors to collect biofeedback data; a set of programs for the operation of the PCU; a biomechanical database stored in a computer and being populated by the biomechanical data collected by the sensors after application of each said predefined pattern of vibration; and an algorithm to analyze and rank said patterns of vibration according to a ranking factor, wherein a user can choose a pattern of vibration that has a higher ranking factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Inventor: Iman Shafieloo
  • Patent number: 9545259
    Abstract: The exsanguination tourniquet includes a constricting member and at least one sleeve removably coupled to the constricting member. The system includes the exsanguination tourniquet and an applicator device. The method of assembling includes obtaining a constricting member, obtaining at least one sleeve, and wrapping the at least one sleeve around the constricting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: OHK MEDICAL DEVICES, LTD.
    Inventors: Noam Gavriely, Or Riven, Oded Fishelzon
  • Patent number: 9474361
    Abstract: A device for cleaning cosmetic brushes includes first texturing features formed along a first surface region to provide a directionally neutral texture adapted for movement of a brush head substantially equally in all directions along the first surface region. Second texturing features are formed along a second surface region to provide a directionally oriented texture adapted for movement of the brush head in a predetermined direction along the second surface region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Sigma Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Rene Xavier Filho, Simone Rodrigues Oliveira Xavier
  • Patent number: 9427158
    Abstract: A wearable mobile device and a method of detecting a biosignal with a wearable mobile device are provided. A method of detecting a biosignal with a wearable mobile device involves determining whether a wearable mobile device is closely attached to a user; and providing a biosignal-based service in response to the wearable mobile device being determined to be closely attached to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chang Mok Choi, Sang Joon Kim, Sang Il Park, Se O Lee, Young Joong Jun
  • Patent number: 9211230
    Abstract: An acupressure device for promoting healing includes a plate having a frame, a vertical center plane and independently moving left and right wings attached to the frame. Three horizontal pairs of acupressure protrusions are affixed on the left and right wings, each protrusion affixed equal-distant from the vertical center plane. A fourth horizontal pair of acupressure protrusion is affixed to a bottom portion of the frame, both protrusions affixed equal-distant from the vertical center plane. Finally, a fifth horizontal pair of acupressure protrusions is affixed on the left and right wings and positioned vertically between a lowest and a second lowest pair of the first four pairs of protrusions and is centered about the vertical center plane at a horizontal distance greater than a horizontal distance of the first four pairs of protrusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Inventor: Brendan Armm
  • Patent number: 9039640
    Abstract: The present invention provides in some embodiments, a portable device for massaging and treating a person's muscles. The device can include an elongate center shaft and a roller section rotatably positioned about the outer surface of the elongate cylindrical center shaft and extending at least a portion of a distance between the first end of the elongate cylindrical center shaft and the second end of the elongate cylindrical center shaft. The device can also include a first and second handle coupled to the elongate center shaft. The first and second handles can be configured to collapse in order to decrease an overall length of the portable roller massager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Hygenic Intangible Property Holding Company
    Inventors: Jason Crowell, April Bertram
  • Publication number: 20150141886
    Abstract: A muscular strength assisting apparatus may include: a wearing unit configured to enclose a part of a user's body; a tightening unit configured to pull the wearing unit in one or both directions; and/or a control unit configured to drive the tightening unit to tighten the part of the user's body on which the wearing unit is located, when it is determined that muscular contraction occurs at the part of the user's body on which the wearing unit is located. A method of controlling a muscular strength assisting apparatus may include: determining whether muscular contraction occurs at a part of a user's body that is enclosed by a wearing unit; and/or driving a tightening unit pulling the wearing unit in one direction or both directions to tighten the part of the user's body on which the wearing unit is located when it is determined that the muscular contraction occurs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Tae Sin HA, Young Do KWON, Youn Baek LEE
  • Publication number: 20150126915
    Abstract: Disclosed are neuromuscular release (including myofascial trigger point) therapy devices, systems, kits and methods. The therapy tool comprises a body, wherein the body includes an outer surface, an inner surface, a tip defined at the upper-most portion of the body, a base, a stop surface defined in the body outer surface, a pocket defined by the inner surface and extending from the base upwards in the direction of the tip, and a recessed groove defined in the inner surface and extending upwards from the base and having a groove diameter and depth. The body can be generally bell-shaped with the base having a larger diameter than the tip. The system can further include a riser, either disk or wedge shaped, and a rocker base. The system components are configured to stack and nest into a compact assembly for easy carrying as a kit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Jonathan F. Reynolds, Alexander G. Barr, James M. Poplett, Raoul G. Antelme
  • Publication number: 20150100004
    Abstract: A tremor reduction device is disclosed. The tremor reduction device has a mechanical flap having a flap portion arranged to apply pressure on part of an inner arm in order to reduce tremor. The pressure can be manually adjusted by moving a rod in a channel in the tremor reduction device. The tremor reduction device has a case for pivotably mounting the mechanical flap and the pressure is at least partly determined by the angle of the mechanical flap relative to the case. The rod has a tapered section and the mechanical flap has a pin in contact the tapered section for changing the angle of the mechanical flap. Optionally a sensor is placed near the pressure applying location to sense the tremor and to provide a sensing signal to a driving mechanism which causes the rod to move in order to adjust the pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: David A. Goldman
  • Patent number: 8998832
    Abstract: The body therapy device includes a thoracic pad having a top edge and a rear surface with a base having a bottom edge, a front angled surfaced and a rear surface. A spherical member is attached to the angled front surface of the base and includes a hard inner core therein. A pump, with active and passive elements, is provided to enable the user to adjust the hardness of ball portion of the device for customized therapy to a head and neck region. As a result, the device of the present invention is effective for physical therapy and treatment of a wide range of ailments and conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Cellflo, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert S. Almeida, Douglas E. Stern
  • Publication number: 20150094627
    Abstract: A massager with symmetric massaging structure includes first and second casing assemblies coupled to a connection belt each and connected pivotally by first and second movable sleeves, respectively. The casing assemblies, whose included angles are adjustable, have therein power sources for driving first and second transmission members connecting with and driving first and second massaging sets to knead a user's body in a fixed-point manner. The transmission members drive the tooth-guiding groove screws to advance toward the movable sleeves in a fixed-point manner, respectively. With first and second tooth-like keys, the movable sleeves engage with tooth-guiding grooves of the tooth-guiding groove screws, respectively. The tooth-guiding groove screws rotate to pull synchronously the casing assemblies toward each other or away from each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Jue-Yao Chen
  • Publication number: 20150025426
    Abstract: The proposed device includes two segments adapted to enclose a body part in a form-fitting manner. Each segment contains an electroactive-material-based actuator, which is adapted to receive an electrical control signal and in response thereto adjust the actuator's morphology, so as to cause the segment to apply a basic pressure profile to the body part. A pressure transition is adapted to redistribute the basic pressure profiles between the first and second segments. A control signal in respect of the first segment causes the pressure transition system to apply a first adjusted pressure profile to at least part of the second portion of the body part, and vice versa, a control signal in respect of the second segment causes the pressure transition system to apply a second adjusted pressure profile to at least a part of the first portion of the body part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Tomas Larson, Landy Toth
  • Publication number: 20150011921
    Abstract: It is one aspect to provide a novel trigger point therapy device which is effective for pain management with the treatment of trigger points, releasing tight and painful myofascial fascia, and general self massage. In preferred embodiments, the apparatus comprises: a flexible strap; a first knob mounted to the strap and protruding out from a side of the strap; a second knob mounted proximate to the first knob and protruding out from the side of the strap in the same direction as the first knob; and a strap adjustment means; and wherein the device is configured so that a user may apply varying degrees of pressure to tight and painful myofascial fascia providing hands free self massage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Jaspinder Sidhu
  • Publication number: 20150005683
    Abstract: A physical therapy ball comprises inner and outer hallow spherical bodies. A web positions the inner spherical body with respect to the outer spherical body to form a gap there between. The gap is filled with a high heat capacity gel. An array of conical sections extends from the outer surface of the outer spherical body to facilitate foot massage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Jennifer Balducci
  • Patent number: 8905952
    Abstract: A simple, lightweight, portable, lumbar spinal distraction device is provided which employs a frame having concave left and right hand upper leg contacting members for asserting forces against substantially vertically oriented left and right upper leg portions of a user assuming a substantially horizontal position. The user pushes the portable frame forward by manually grasping a pair of handles, causing the left and right contacting members to press against the vertically oriented left and right upper leg portions respectively. Increased unilateral traction ability is produced by simply having the user apply extra force to one handle or the other. This will permit users suffering from unilateral pain in the buttocks, hip or leg to obtain a little extra pressure on the symptomatic side. Anyone who has suffered low back pain can relate to the fact that some days the pain feels more right sided and some days more left sided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Roland F. Berthiaume
  • Patent number: 8900169
    Abstract: A method and device for reducing the damaging effects of radiant energy, blast, or concussive events includes applying pressure to at least one jugular vein to reduce the egress of blood from the cranial cavity during or before the incidence of the imparting event. Reducing blood outflow from the cranial cavity increases intracranial volume and/or pressure of the cerebrospinal fluid to reduce the risk of traumatic brain injury and injuries to the spinal column. Reducing blood outflow further increases the intracranial pressure and volume, and thereby increases the pressure and volume of the cochlear fluid, the vitreous humor and the cerebrospinal fluid to thereby reduce the risk of injury to the inner ear, internal structure of the eye and of the spinal column. In addition, increasing intracranial pressure and volume reduces the likelihood of brain injury and any associated loss of olfactory function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: TBI Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: David W. Smith, Kevin John Vititoe, Jamison Joseph Float, Chad Michael Leeder
  • Publication number: 20140350444
    Abstract: A therapeutic pressure strap for applying pressure across a muscle or muscle groups on a mammalian limb is described. The strap is particularly well suited for treating “tennis elbow”. The strap contains an adjustable fastening means for securing and tightening the strap around a limb. The strap also possesses a plurality of pressure members (e.g., elongated rubber tubes) that apply separate and discrete areas or points of pressure in a line across a muscle or muscle group and generally perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the limb.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: WESLEY COX
  • Publication number: 20140343468
    Abstract: The invention muscle fiber excitation system (MFES) targets improving muscular and skeletal systems and preventing blood clots. MFES consists of 2 shafts, each affixed with 2 CAMs featuring surround peaks and valleys surfaces, a platform with stiffener side and compliant other side, and 4 plungers at the corners. The shafts tied with timing bets through pulleys are driven with DC motor. As the CAMs rotate the peaks and valleys make contacts with the platform stiffener side causing the platform to telescope 1 mm to 4 mm displacements, transferring contact stress stimuli from platform stiffener to compliant human contact side at frequency that encompass muscle fiber excitation frequencies. Wearable and standing model tests show improved bone density, muscle contraction and blood flow, preventing blood pooling. There is no side effect compared to use of blood thinners for blood clot prevention. Wearable model is concealable compared to compression pneumatic device with user complaints.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Bertram Ezenwa
  • Patent number: 8888808
    Abstract: A sleeping massage pad having a removable semi-cylindrical shaped acupressure support, an acupressure pad and a pair of mated connectors. The acupressure pad includes a neck section, a shoulder section and a back section. Each section of the acupressure pad having a plurality of different sized protrusions configured to apply acupressure with the protrusions being generally same sized within the same section. The pair of mated connectors removable connect the acupressure pad and the removable semi-cylindrical shaped acupressure support to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Byung Soo Park
  • Publication number: 20140336551
    Abstract: A method of treating venous insufficiency and lymphedema in an individual by placing pulsatile, localized pressure or compression on deep veins and subcutaneous tissue by inflating and deflating volume-changing members implanted within the individual. A method of potentiating venous circulation, by placing pulsatile, localized pressure that compresses the deep veins by expanding and contracting volume-changing members located between the fascia and muscular compartment, such that the increase in volume from the volume-changing members is transferred to deep veins, and augmenting the effects of muscle contractions around the deep veins and improving blood circulation. A method of potentiating lymphatic circulation. A method of potentiating venous and lymphatic circulation. A pulsatile pressure implant including at least one volume-changing member in electronic connection with an electronic-controlled microprocessor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Lucymarie Mantese, Vito A. Mantese, Annamarie Mantese
  • Patent number: 8864690
    Abstract: This massage head is fitted with a case defining an internal chamber in which a skinfold is formed when it is applied to the skin of a patient. The fold presses against the lower edges of the chamber, which is defined by two lateral walls and by two transverse walls The transverse walls each include a clack valve able to be driven in a pivoting motion, so as to cause the lower edges of the clack valves in contact with the skinfold to come closer together or move further apart. The relative displacement of the clack valves is ensured by of a motorized rotary cam provided in the massage head. The cam defines a cam path engaging with a component associated with the clack valves, and able to cause the swivelling motion thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: LPG Finance Industrie
    Inventor: Arnaud Fuster
  • Patent number: 8845564
    Abstract: A massaging device provided with an operating unit comprising a respective massaging unit designed so as to exert, in use, an action similar to a finger pressure; a coupling unit being provided in order to maintain the operating unit stably into contact with a rear muscular region of a user, positioned between respective scapular regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventors: Antonio Cascini, Daniela De Pasquale, Davide Roncuzzi
  • Publication number: 20140257152
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and a system that treats Neuromusculoskeletal conditions and/or injuries in an integrated and structured manner. Such conditions and/or injuries are not one-dimensional in origin, severity or persistence; they are multi-factorial. The present invention treats the conditions and/or injuries in a multi-disciplinary and structured sequence in order to maximize the efficacy of the treatment which results in a shorter period of treatment, fewer office visits and treatments, lower cost and increased patient satisfaction. More specifically, various embodiments of the present invention comprise a sequential treatment comprising transverse frictional massage, mobilization clearances, decreasing active stiffness and decreasing passive stiffness of the over-facilitated tissues, increasing active and passive stiffness of the inhibited tissues followed by neuromuscular re-education.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Josh J. Sandell
  • Patent number: 8827936
    Abstract: The present invention relates a portable medical device for treating foot and hand edema. The device consists of hand and foot massaging unit, a portable waterproof electronic control unit with voice feedback and temperature control. Each of the massaging units includes internal extremity engaging elements and portions that perform the massaging activities with the glove being provided with a movable motorized pressing element that moves over the outer hand extremity, and the boat having inflatable air bags or bladders for applying massaging pressures to the foot. The boot also, include a cotton-padded rubber for comfort and the may be provides with a removable, easy to sterilize material. The control unit also provides compressed air and pressurized water or fluid through plastic delivery lines attached between the unit and the massaging units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Hamdah J. S. Adaie
  • Patent number: 8821421
    Abstract: A massage device, methods and apparatus are disclosed. Embodiments of a massage device are provided that include a first end configured to be held and manipulated by the hand of a user and a second end configured for application to a portion of the human body. The device further includes a flexible portion connecting the first end to the second end. The flexible portion contains a source of vibrational motion and has a rigidity of an amount sufficient to transmit the vibrational motion from the source to the second end of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: JJ Acquisition, LLC
    Inventors: Ethan F. Imboden, Yves Behar, Josh Morenstein, Jeff Wyatt
  • Publication number: 20140236059
    Abstract: A carpal tunnel relief device is configured for adhesive application to a skin area above the median nerve of the distal forearm, wrist or a palm of the subject and includes a middle curved portion shaped to pull the skin and surrounding soft tissues away from the median nerve therefore releasing compression of the median nerve and pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. Resilient flexible member may be incorporated with the device or inserted in a pocket of a flexible fabric after its adhesion to the skin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: Jae S. Son