Frictioning Patents (Class 601/136)
  • Patent number: 11065178
    Abstract: A vibrating back massager with guide slot and vibrating heads is described. The guide slot is designed to restrict lateral movement of the massage device when the guide slot is engaged with a supporting member. The supporting member may be the edge of an open door, a corner, a vertical pole, or other generally available structure. The device includes a strap handle which may be draped over the user's shoulder and used to control the vertical position of the device. The described vibrating massage device allows a single user to create and maintain a significant amount of massage pressure without fatiguing his arms or relying on a second person. In a preferred embodiment, the controls for the vibrating massage device are incorporated into the strap handle so that the speed, intensity, and/or temperature may be controlled by the user without repositioning the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventor: Pete Trevino, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10588392
    Abstract: The novel detangling innovations disclosed include a detangling device comprising a handle having an upper portion and a lower portion, and a plurality of arced tines. The plurality of arced tines are connected to the lower portion of the handle along a first periphery extending around the lower portion of the handle. The arced tines arc inwardly with respect to a center of the lower portion of the handle. An arced tine comprises an arced flexible member; a base situated at a proximal end of the arced flexible member, and a tip. The base is connected to the lower portion of the handle. The tip is situated at a distal end of the arced flexible member. The arced flexible member has an elongated arced profile between the base and the tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Knotty Tamer LLC
    Inventor: Patricia Ann Louise Scribner
  • Patent number: 10420698
    Abstract: A head massaging cap device for massaging the head includes a shell that is cap shaped. The shell has an inner layer and an outer layer. A compartment is coupled to a front of the shell. A power module is coupled to and positioned in the compartment. A solid state music player is coupled to and positioned in the compartment. A plurality of cooling zones and plurality of heating zones are positioned in the outer layer. A plurality of tracks is positioned on and coupled to an interior surface of the inner layer. The tracks comprise rack gears. Each of a plurality of massage probes is coupled to a respective one of the tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventors: William Jones, Jr., Lisa Simmons-Jones
  • Patent number: 9693908
    Abstract: Devices and methods for wound treatment are disclosed. A chamber may define a treatment space having an interior engineered surface including a plurality of structures configured to provide pathways for the distribution of negative pressure and to exert mechanical stress on a wound. In some specific embodiments, the devices and methods may treat wounds on the head, neck, and face. One or more tubes may be in fluid communication with the treatment space to facilitate the application of negative pressure, the introduction of therapeutic agents, and the removal of wound material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: APPLIED TISSUE TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Elof Eriksson, Michael Broomhead
  • Patent number: 9039641
    Abstract: A massage device is disclosed and may include a substantially solid body with an array of at least twenty, and in some cases thirty or thirty-two or more, massage fingers each with an outward tip, an inward base and a center axis, the center axis extending to a center of the body. The massage fingers are spaced about the body at substantially equal distances from each of at least three, and in some cases up to five or six, massage fingers nearest to each massage finger such that the center axis of each massage finger is spaced and positioned to correspond to a location of one of at least twenty vertices of a polyhedron, in some cases a pentakis dodecahedron, and aligns with a vertex axis extending from a polyhedron center point through one of the vertices of the polyhedron.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Ronald B. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20150133837
    Abstract: The present invention provides in some embodiments, a cover for an exercise roller. The cover can include an elongate tubular structure defining a generally cylindrical elongate lumen extending through the length of the elongate tubular structure. A wall of the cover can have an inner face surrounding the generally cylindrical elongate lumen, which is configured to surround an outer surface of the exercise roller. The outer face of the elongate tubular structure can have a textured surface, and the elongate tubular structure has a density configured for myofascial release. Additionally, the inner face of the wall and the outer face of the wall define a thickness of the cover for an exercise device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Jason Crowell, April Bertram
  • Publication number: 20150133836
    Abstract: There is provided a flexible therapeutic support (32, 35, 40, 48, 54) for the prophylaxis or treatment of the accumulation of a fluid in the body of a subject in need thereof. The therapeutic support has a plurality of protuberances (14) for respectively applying localised pressure to an area of the subject's body with, or subject to, accumulation of the fluid, the support being configured to be worn by the subject over the area and press the protruberances (14) against the body of the subject, and the protruberances being spaced apart from one another about the face (12) of the support. There are also provided methods for the prophylaxis or treatment of the accumulation of a fluid in the subject's body comprising wearing the therapeutic support (32, 35, 40, 48, 54) over the area to be treated by the support. The accumulated fluid can, for instance, be lymphoedema or other form of oedema.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Cheryl Leonie Pollock
  • Publication number: 20140296626
    Abstract: The textured tongue sex stimulation device is used to enhance arousal to the bodies erogenous areas including but not limited to direct clitoral stimulation, vagina, penis, nipples, testicles, anus, and body. The sex stimulation device slides onto an individuals tongue like a sleeve and conforms. Imagine a condom for the tongue. The sex stimulation device is secured to tongue by a ribbed band and reinforcement strap. The tongue sex stimulation device has multiple textures and design variations used to elevate oral stimulation and help reach the ultimate climax. The sex stimulation device will consist of one continuous piece. All textures will be soft, and protrude from the surface of sex stimulation device. The cut and perforated version of sex stimulation device allow for additional tongue exposure while wearing the sex stimulation device. The sex stimulation device will be made out of a stretchy, thin and flexible material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Zsavon Lovett Butler
  • Publication number: 20140276279
    Abstract: A massage earphone includes a main body, a clamp assembly and a connecting element connecting the main body to the clamp assembly. The clamp assembly includes a first clamping plate, a second clamping plate and a shaft connecting the first clamping plate to the second clamping plate. The first clamping plate includes a first massage portion, and the second clamping plate includes a second massage portion. The first clamping plate and the second clamping plate pivot around the shaft to clamp an auricle of a user's ear between the first massage portion and the second massage portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicants: FIH (HONG KONG) LIMITED, SHENZHEN FUTAIHONG PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: JIAN-HUI LI
  • Patent number: 8821420
    Abstract: A hand and wrist restorer and method of use having a cuff which is capable of grasping a portion of the outer skin of a limb and securing the fascia tissue thereunder together with a support which allows a user to provide a distal force upon the limb while rotating or moving the distal portion of the limb whereby a stretch of the fascia tissue occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Dennis J. Callahan
  • Publication number: 20140058300
    Abstract: A brush implement for the use with a skin treatment device, the brush implement having bristles of a first type and bristles of a second type, wherein the bristles of the first type are longer than the bristles of the second type and are positioned closer to the outer contour of the brush implement and the bristles form at least three distinguishable sectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Christof Ungemach, Michael Maichel, Ulrich Stoerkel, Jochen Kawerau, Frank Roland Gliemroth
  • Publication number: 20140018714
    Abstract: A device for washing and massaging human body parts comprises a body (1) consisting of a central part (2) and extensions (3); the body having a front surface (4) and a rear surface (5). The front surface (4) is detailed with bristle-shaped projections (6) integral with the body (1) and the rear surface (5) are equipped with suction cups (7) for a removable attachment of the device to a fixed surface. The device can be applied to a shower wall, a bathtub or bidet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Marcello Dolenz, Alessia Rivers
  • Publication number: 20130245517
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of improving the efficiency of lymphatic and venous circulation of the lower body using a seat cushion composed of breathable open celled polyurethane fabric with strips of dense foam to provide compression with constant shear force to interstitial tissue. The strips of dense foam apply a shear force onto the interstitial tissue, which positively affects the thixotropic properties of the interstitial fluid in the congested fibrotic tissue and thereby decreases the viscosity of the interstitial fluid over time. The strips of the dense foam are designed in such a pattern that channels interstitial fluid away from the dorsolateral and dorsomedial lymphatic territory of the thigh to the lymphatic capillary network on the lateral border of the thigh and lower lymph quadrant of the trunk.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventor: Nola Ann Eddy
  • Patent number: 8505551
    Abstract: A device and method for removing dead skin from a person's foot by using a mat made of a foamy, cushioned, and light weight material. The mat has an upper surface and bottom surface. The upper surface has a rough or sandy like surface. The mat is further has a device for holding the bottom surface against a floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Josephine Moretti
  • Publication number: 20130158446
    Abstract: A dual stimulating massage apparatus including a flexible massage apparatus body including a deformable middle portion having a first end in communication with a ring-shaped portion configured to be engaged to a male sexual organ and a second end in communication with a stimulator portion that defines a receptacle configured to receive a vibratory component therein is disclosed. The deformable middle portion defines a first arm and a second arm that collectively define a deformable opening, wherein when an external force is applied to the stimulator portion the deformable opening assumes a deformed configuration and when the external force is not applied to the stimulator portion the deformable opening assumes a non-deformed configuration such that an individual wearing the massage apparatus may simultaneously provide a massage effect to the wearer of the massage apparatus and the wearer's partner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: Nanma Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Simon Siu Man Nan
  • Patent number: 8419663
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for massaging the body of a user comprising an arcuate member extending between first and second opposed ends and a central portion therebetween. The first and second ends are oriented away from the central portion and the arcuate member defines an arc having an angle of less than 180 degrees. The apparatus further comprises gripping portions disposed at the first and second opposed ends and a therapy applicator connectable to the central portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: Gary Donald Eitzen
  • Publication number: 20130079691
    Abstract: A device made to easily scratch the users scalp. It is easy to use and clean. It has a handle with a prong extending therefrom. It may have a snap-on cap to receive the prong and a shoulder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventor: Linda Faye Huxable
  • Patent number: 8357108
    Abstract: The physical therapy tools, systems, kits and methods described herein may be used to apply gentle, passive and progressive amounts of pressure (including numerous repetitions of small movements) to achieve therapeutic mobilization of a spinal joint. The tools described herein may include a plurality of pads and actuators, where the pressure within each actuator is controlled so that a continuously varying pressure may be applied to mimic the pressure applied by human hands. These tools may also include a controller and one or more user inputs. The physical therapy tools may be operated at different operating modes (e.g., continuously varying pressure modes, step-pulse high frequency modes, step-pulse low frequency modes) for treating a subject's spine, and may be part of a system or kit. Methods of treating a subject using these physical therapy tools are also described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Advanced Therapy Systems LLC
    Inventor: Alan R. G. Taylor
  • Patent number: 8282585
    Abstract: A massager system includes one or more gear trains coupled to a motor to rotate at least a pair of shafts that each supports a pair of nodules for rotation about the associated shaft. A pillow-shaped outer housing surrounds the motor and number of coupled gear trains with the nodules protruding above the outer housing to facilitate contact with a selected bodily region to knead or otherwise stimulate surface skin in a bodily region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Inventors: Jane Ding, Yu Bo Ding
  • Publication number: 20120245410
    Abstract: The Lotus massage systems and methods disclosed herein include various combined components that enhance the overall massage experience. These components integrate choreographed, mapped, synchronized, and freeform application of massage techniques with music, silence, ambient noise reduction, 360 degree site cancellation, aroma therapy, etc. The massage systems and methods disclosed herein may also involve choreographed, mapped, synchronized and/or freeform application of strokes and movements, by referencing one or more music body charts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventor: Sean Davis
  • Publication number: 20120245497
    Abstract: Skin stimulus arrangements are described for creating a stimulus in the skin in the vicinity of a treatment or wound site to alleviate the perception of pain. First and second textured surfaces are provided for making contact with the skin, with the surfaces being moved to create a stimulus which alleviates the perception of pain. The movement may be linear, rotary or a combination of both, and just a single textured surface may be provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Applicant: OWEN MUMFORD LIMITED
    Inventors: Clive Nicholls, Timothy Simon Evans, Christopher W. Hudson
  • 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: 8191196
    Abstract: A mountable scrubbing device comprises a support element comprising a rear surface and a front surface. Further, the mountable scrubbing device comprises a plurality of suction cups configured on the rear surface of the support element. The plurality of suction cups is adapted for detachably securing the support element on a flat surface. Furthermore, the mountable scrubbing device comprises a scrubbing element removably attached to the front surface of the support element. The scrubbing element is capable of scrubbing a posterior portion of an individual. Additionally, the mountable scrubbing device comprises a reversible hand scrubbing member detachably attached to the support element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Inventors: Sylvia Aguilar, Olivia Camacho
  • Publication number: 20120130292
    Abstract: A device for a human leg, includes a one-piece frame made of an at least partially deformable material, having a supporting portion arranged so as to at least partially surround a foot over the length thereof and a generally elongate actuating portion extending substantially perpendicular to the supporting portion and connected to the latter by an intermediate portion, the actuating part including a contact area shaped so as to conform to the human leg and having a defined length in order to be supported on a selected portion of the leg located between the bottom of the Achilles tendon and the bottom of the thigh, so as to provide a self-massaging effect during a walking movement of the human leg.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventor: David Benjoar
  • Publication number: 20120121313
    Abstract: A massage device (10), in particular for the scalp, comprising support means (18, 22, 42) and massage fingers (20) that are pivotally mounted to the support means and that are configured to move apart from one another when they are pressed against the scalp, each finger being connected to the support means via hinge means (38) that define at least one pivot axis (40) for the finger, the support means including pivot-limiter means (62) for the fingers that define the most spaced-apart position for the fingers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: L'OREAL
    Inventor: Laure Thiebaut
  • Publication number: 20120065557
    Abstract: A massage roller includes a generally resilient roller body and a plurality of massage zones having various densities provided on the roller body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventor: Cassidy Phillips
  • Patent number: 8128583
    Abstract: A stimulator pad includes a layer of support material and at least one stimulator node secured to and supported by the support layer, the stimulator node comprising a housing having one end region secured relative to the support layer and the other end defining an aperture which in use confronts a body surface and in which at least one pressure member includes a plurality of pressure member components is resiliently located, resilient biasing device provided within the housing to act between the support layer or a base portion of the housing and at least some of the pressure member components to urge the at least some of the pressure member components to protrude through the housing aperture, and a layer of flexible cover material which extends over at least one of the pressure members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Inventor: Ramesh Ghatge
  • Publication number: 20120041349
    Abstract: A bead massage device is provided, which includes a vessel for receiving a plurality of beads submerged in a bath. The vessel includes at least one inner wall that drives the beads so that the beads are moved when contacting a human limb inserted into said vessel. The vessel is rotatably mounted and preferably removable so that it can be easily cleaned and disinfected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: AQUAROLL
    Inventors: Thierry Favreau, Gérard Flavien, Daniel Bussolino
  • Publication number: 20110218465
    Abstract: A massaging apparatus includes: a main frame including a guiding rail unit extending in a longitudinal direction, and a mounting seat mounted slidably on the guiding rail unit; a drive unit mounted on the main frame for driving the mounting seat to move along the guiding rail unit in the longitudinal direction; and a massage unit mounted on the mounting seat and including a massage rod having a head portion, and a motor having an output shaft journalled on the mounting seat and connected to the massage rod for driving eccentric rotation of the massage rod relative to the output shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Inventor: Tsung-Hsun Yang
  • Publication number: 20110196274
    Abstract: A massager system includes one or more gear trains coupled to a motor to rotate at least a pair of shafts that each supports a pair of nodules for rotation about the associated shaft. A pillow-shaped outer housing surrounds the motor and number of coupled gear trains with the nodules protruding above the outer housing to facilitate contact with a selected bodily region to knead or otherwise stimulate surface skin in a bodily region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Applicant: PROSEPRA, INC.
    Inventors: Jane Ding, Yu Bo Ding
  • Patent number: 7981065
    Abstract: Implantable devices containing extracellular matrix and methods of using the devices are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Randy Westlund, Jeffrey Ross
  • Publication number: 20110160628
    Abstract: A shoulder and backside massager includes a support body. Said support body comprises a balance weight portion and a massaging portion, said balance weight portion are separated and astraddle provided on the two fore-and-aft sides of the should. Said massaging portion is provided with a massage device, said balance weight portion is provided with a balance weight body (9), and said balance weight body is used for balancing said massage device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventor: Guoqing Ni
  • Publication number: 20110098614
    Abstract: In order to provide an exercise device to give movement of the calf muscles to help pump blood from the legs to the heart and thereby reduce the risk of DVT, an oval or elliptical shaped oscillator is provided which can be used by a seated person by rocking the device backwards and forward underneath the foot. Lift is provided by the dual can effect of the rocking device, reacting with the floor, which increases the angle of the foot so as to flex the calf muscles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventor: Noel Robertson McKenzie
  • Patent number: 7850628
    Abstract: Disclosed is a massaging and reflexology system for an article of footwear comprising a core body generally configured in the shape of a shoe insole, a plurality of cups disposed on a top surface of the shoe insole, and a respective bump or pressure nub disposed within each of the cups. The cups may be disposed on a bottom surface of the core body. The shoe insole may define toe, intermediate, heel and arch portions, or any combination thereof. Each cup may define a substantially concave surface projecting outwardly from the top surface with the cup perimeters being generally circular. The pressure nubs may be centrally disposed on the concave surface of each one of the cups on the top surface. The core body, the cups, the cup spacers and the pressure nubs may be formed as a unitary structure of resilient, elastomeric material such as silicone gel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Inventor: Ahmad M. Beiruti
  • Patent number: 7824350
    Abstract: A towel structure is configured with a plurality of energy bodies mounted on the surface of the towel to form a geometrical pattern with creation and artistry. Due to the energy bodies project from the surface, the energy bodies rub against the skin of the user when using to improve the blood circulation. Additional, the energy bodies mix with energy elements to promote the health of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: SCI-Sportek Sport Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shin-Chiang Lu
  • Patent number: 7815878
    Abstract: An air freshener device includes an open-cell, polyurethane foam body having a scent material interspersed in the foam body that is capable of diffusing out of the foam, and a flexible cover surrounding and conforming to the foam body having at least one hole in the cover to facilitate the release of scent. The foam body can be flexible and compressible, and also resilient and returnable to its original configuration. The flexible cover can have a fabric shell that is soothing to the touch, and may also have a non-porous inner liner to contain the scent material and prevent it from migrating out of the foam body. In addition, the air freshener can have a freestanding, self-supported, three-dimensional shape, and can be fashioned into the shape of a common sports ball, such as a baseball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: American Covers, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan J. Wheatley
  • Publication number: 20100249613
    Abstract: A massage apparatus includes: a massage unit configured to massage a user; a biological information acquisition unit configured to acquire biological information of the user; a stress estimation unit configured to estimate a degree of stress of the user based on the biological information acquired by the biological information acquisition unit; and an operation determination unit configured to determine a massage operation to be performed for the user by the massage unit based on the degree of stress of the user estimated by the stress estimation unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicant: SANYO ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masahiko HASHIMOTO
  • Publication number: 20100121235
    Abstract: A personal portable massage lever having a pair of elongated upstanding posts adapted to be secured to the back and seat of a chair. A pivoted rod is mounted between the upper ends of the posts and has a shoulder-massaging device adapted to abut against one's shoulders to massage the same when the user sits on the chair with his or her back against the posts. The posts may be secured directly to he back of the chair or be resiliently secured to a base resting on the seat of the chair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2008
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Inventor: Nicholas Sasano
  • Publication number: 20100030122
    Abstract: An automated infant massager system that monitors an infant's physical, physiological and behavioral response to the massage and can adjust the intensity of the massage and massager duration settings based on the responses of the infant and/or information from a user, preferably autonomously. A processor, which is operatively associated with the infant massager, coordinates overall operations and functions of the infant massager, as well as receiving information regarding the infant's physical, behavioral, and physiological responses to the massage. The user input through the remote receiver transmitter, and/or an associated bar code/radio-frequency identification (RFID) scanner, and/or direct communications with the processor may be employed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Inventor: Sanna Gaspard
  • Publication number: 20100010403
    Abstract: A rolling tray with dangling stimulators beneath it moves horizontally back and forth over a human who is lying face-down on a floor or bed. The rolling tray is built into a table-shaped housing with legs that are of adjustable height so that the dangling stimulators can make contact with persons of various sizes. The rolling tray moves back and forth via a simple belt and pulley mechanism driven by a low rpm electric motor. Interchangeable dangling stimulators include pointed shapes, rounded shapes, and rollers to achieve various pleasant skin sensations on the back of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Inventor: Thomas Fred Haviland
  • Publication number: 20100004573
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises at least two massaging means arranged side by side, each including a vibration application area designed to be applied on the patient in order to transmit vibrations; the two massaging means are located at a distance from each other such that one of said massaging means can be applied essentially opposite the transverse apophysis of a vertebra while the other massaging means can simultaneously be applied essentially opposite the other transverse apophysis of the same vertebra; inclination detecting means arranged along a direction parallel to the direction from one massaging means to the other, this inclination detecting means being for detecting a level difference between the application areas of the two massaging means; and means for operating one or the other of said massaging means according to the level of difference detected between said application areas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Publication date: January 7, 2010
    Inventor: Alain Mairet
  • Publication number: 20090306560
    Abstract: A massage implement consisting of two elements. One element is a metal tube that receives an adjustable insert therein. The insert and the tube are adjustable in length relative to each other. The metal tube has at its top a T-shaped configuration attached thereto which is made of a hard rubber or plastic material. The sliding insert is made of hard rubber or a plastic material and has a way of arresting the sliding insert therein after a predetermined length has been established. The sliding insert has at its bottom replaceable massaging tools thereon. The different massaging tools are used for treating different areas on the body of a patient. The massage implement is used by a therapist by placing the T-shaped configuration in the area of the armpit and by applying pressure to any of the bottom massage tools. The pressure is applied by the weight of the body of therapist.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Inventor: Merrill A. Lund
  • Publication number: 20090240177
    Abstract: A preventive and/or therapeutic massage device having a fine contact edge and a pressure dispersing edge to provide alternative modes of stretching to the skin, muscles, fascia, and/or tendons of a user. The massage device includes a main body portion with first and second opposed surfaces defined between lower and upper portions and first and second ends. An upper handle portion is formed between the first and second opposed surfaces along the upper portion of the main body. The fine contact edge is formed along the lower portion of the main body and the pressure dispersing edge extends from the first opposed surface. The fine contact edge is used to provide an aggressive, deep stretch, while use of the fine contact edge in combination with the pressure dispersing edge provides a gentle stretch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Inventor: Thomas Sullivan
  • Patent number: 7585284
    Abstract: A body rubbing device has a housing having a lower side adapted to face a body part to be acted upon and an upper side, the housing having an upper surface which is upwardly convex and is elongated in a longitudinal direction to define a substantially oval shape, the upper convex surface being formed so that a palm of a user's hand can rest on the upper convex surface, a handle placeable between fingers of the user's palm and extending substantially over a part of the housing, the housing also having a lower surface at the lower side, and acting means provided on the lower surface of the housing for acting on a body part of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Inventors: Sam Zhadanov, Eli Zhadanov
  • Publication number: 20090182249
    Abstract: In a massaging device, a treating section 3 has a body plate 4 formed of a flexible material and a plurality of protrusions intersecting the surface of the body plate and protruding downwardly. A massaging device main body has a reciprocal drive mechanism that deflects the body plate up and down. The small wall-like protrusions smaller than the third protrusions are provided on the surface of the body plate, and communicating portions communicating the interior with the exterior are provided inside the small wall-like protrusions. A containing portion for shampoo that is communicated with the communicating portions is provided between the massaging device main body and the body plate. A shampoo is applied inside the small wall-like protrusions with the surface of the body plate facing upwardly, and is supplied to the containing portion. The shampoo is whipped correspondingly to the deflection of the body plate while supplied from the communicating portions to perform hair washing and scalp massaging.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Applicant: Twinbird Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroei Sakai, Masahiro Kobayashi, Katsuhiko Yoshida
  • Publication number: 20090093743
    Abstract: The invention pertains to a versatile back treatment implement system that consists of different implements that can be interchangeably used. Any one of the implements can be a lotion applying implement, a brush implement or a massaging implement. A handle has at one end thereof of friction grip handle and at another end an attaching system that can interchangeably attach any one of the various implements. The interchangeability also includes various elements that allow any one of the implements to be used in a rigid manner on the back of a person in a pivotal manner or in a manner where any one of the implements can change to different directions of movements simply by tuning the friction grip handle. The handle can also be adjusted to different lengths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Publication date: April 9, 2009
    Inventor: Jean P. Corzine
  • Publication number: 20090088672
    Abstract: A back scratching device for mounting on a corner which includes a mounting element and a scratching element. The mounting element is mounted on the wall while the scratching element is releasable attached to the mounting element. The external surface of the scratching element is a material appropriate for scratching the user's back.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Inventors: Thomas A. VAUGHAN, Robert W. Strauch, SR., Marie A. Strauch
  • Patent number: 7500282
    Abstract: Presented is a device having a unitary body molded from synthetic resinous material and including a base member having a central mounting recess on its back side for receiving the mounting stud of a suction cup. On its front side the device is provided with a multiplicity of rows of spaced elastically resilient “prongs”, or a multiplicity of “tuft” like projections each formed of many different thin filaments, or a multiplicity of “rod” like projections the distal ends of which are semi-spherical or “rounded” and useful for applying deep massaging pressure to the skin for stimulation thereof. Integrally formed on the base member are mounting flanges having integral mounting lugs and mounting apertures for detachably interconnecting one such device to a similarly constructed adjacent device to selectively form a specifically arranged configuration or array embodying a multitude of the devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Inventor: Stewart B. Park
  • Patent number: 7485102
    Abstract: A device for foot therapy has a central, generally spherical dome with a rim about a generally circular, generally planar base of the dome. Preferably, the dome is resilient to foot pressure. A system of foot therapy including the device supports the device on its base and presses a selected portion of the bottom of a foot against the dome. Preferably, the base of the dome is supported on a floor and the selected portion of the foot is pressed against the dome from a standing or chair-sitting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Inventor: Yamuna Zake
  • Patent number: 7472449
    Abstract: An inflatable plastic pillow with exfoliating surface on one side having a roughness at least as great as that of human skin, for use with exfoliating gels. The pillow is attachable to a shower wall with suction cups and reversible so that a massaging surface of greater roughness may also be used. The pillow provides a conformable cushion of air so that a user can move the body against the exfoliating surface held in place by the suction cups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Inventor: John J. Orban