Foot Support Having Protuberances Patents (Class 601/28)
  • Patent number: 10994457
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a massage wear-resistant treadmill deck and a finished product thereof are provided. The method includes step 1: providing a mold, the mold having a plurality of cavities thereon, a wear-resistant material being injected into the cavities of the mold; step 2: placing a deck in the mold so that the wear-resistant material is bonded to a surface of the deck to form a plurality of massage protrusions on the deck; and step 3: demoulding the deck from the mold, the surface of the deck being formed with the massage protrusions to form the massage wear-resistant treadmill deck. A wear-resistant layer having the massage protrusions is first formed in the mold, and then the deck is placed into the mold to bond with the wear-resistant layer to form the massage wear-resistant treadmill deck. The manufacturing cost is reduced and the manufacturing mobility is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Chung-Fu Chang
  • Patent number: 10219644
    Abstract: A mat includes a mat body defining an upper surface dimensioned for a user to stand on the upper surface. The upper surface is non-planar and includes at least one terrain feature defining the non-planarity. The terrain feature has a size that is on the order of magnitude of the size of the user's foot. Presenting this surface to the user may help remind him or her to move his or her feet to thereby adopt multiple poses, thereby preventing the user from maintaining any single pose for a fatigue-inducing duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventors: Ryan Feeley, Christopher Perkins, Isaac Borowiec
  • Patent number: 10213642
    Abstract: For use with a treadmill, a treadmill belt including terrain-simulating protrusions containing hard beads to simulate rocky terrain when walked or run upon by a user. In an embodiment, the hard bead is a glass bead. An embodiment includes layers of a silicone compound on the treadmill belt and covering the hard beads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Katie Swarts
  • Patent number: 9993686
    Abstract: An exercise device is described. An exercise device including a body, the body having a top, a bottom, a first end located at one edge of the body, a second end located at an opposite end of the body, and first and second sides extending between the first and second ends; a first axle connected to a first wheel, the first axle also connected to the body proximate the first end at a first hub; a first spring having a first spring end, the first spring positioned at least partially within the first axle, with the first spring end slidably connected to one of the first wheel and the first hub at a first junction, wherein the first junction is configured to convey torque between the one of the first hub and the first wheel and the first spring end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: MILLZ, INC.
    Inventors: Soren Mills, Jessica Mills, Jonathan Thomas Johnson
  • Patent number: 9629415
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear includes one or more outsole portions. At least some of these outsole portions include a plurality of alternating upward-facing and downward-facing elongate channels. The channels may have a base and two sidewalls, with adjacent channels sharing a common sidewall. The bases of the downward-facing channels form an upper surface of the outsole portion and the bases of the upward-facing channels form a lower surface of the outsole portion. The sidewalls are arranged at non-perpendicular angles to the upper surface. A first outsole portion has a pressure-versus-strain curve having a local maximum at a “trip point” pressure value and a first strain value and wherein the pressure-versus-strain curve has a change in strain of at least approximately 10% before a second occurrence of the “trip point” pressure value is reached. An article of footwear having the sole structure attached to an upper is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Margarita Cortez, Fred G. Fagergren, Klaas P. Hazenberg, Eric S. Schindler, Camden Stanke
  • Patent number: 9364710
    Abstract: A lower limb bouncing device causes knee bouncing by stimulating the hip joint, or base end of a lower limb, while allowing the lower leg, or terminal end of the lower limb, to relax. The device includes: a flap and a motor coupled to the flap. The flap allows a heel resting surface to swing from the motor. The motor includes: an output axis with an eccentric cam; and a pivotable plate on the eccentric cam. The pivotable plate has an attached pivoting end. The flap is on an enclosure side so that the heel can be placed at a minimum height above the floor when the foot is placed on the floor surface. The flap connects to another end of the pivotable plate allowing swing movement by the pivotable plate pivoting around the attached end in response to rotation of the eccentric cam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: MKR-J CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kikunori Tsukasako
  • Patent number: 9345927
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a feet stretching device, which includes a base placed on the ground; an extendable rod having an end fixed at a front edge of the base and the other end extended upward; a control device having a control panel fixed at the other end of the extendable rod, two control handles disposed at two sides of the control panel for being held by user's hands, and a control circuit for generating different output signals selected by the user; and a driving mechanism having an end pivotally linked with the base at a position near a back edge of the base and the other end movably and reciprocatingly mounted on a support plate, so as to dynamically kept the angle between the support plate and the base according to the output signal for performing a stretching exercise on user's feet standing on the support plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Inventor: Shu-Wei Chang
  • Patent number: 9132308
    Abstract: An exercise device for a lower leg and foot is provided. The exercise device provides a user with the ability to exercise multiple muscles in both lower legs and both feet, and provides the user with multiple exercises with a single exercise device. Additionally, the exercise device is capable of providing variable resistances during exercise to accommodate users of different strength and to accommodate a user's increase in strength. To provide variable resistance, the exercise device includes a plurality of resilient resistance member interchangeably coupled to a housing of the exercise device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: RK INVENTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Michael Kole, Naftali Mayer Garber
  • Publication number: 20150119767
    Abstract: Provided are methods of treating or improving neurological conditions and/or outcomes thereof in a subject afflicted with a neurological condition. The methods include placement of a device comprising at least two calibrated, differential disturbances or protuberances under the subject's foot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Amit Mor, Avi Elbaz
  • Publication number: 20120232443
    Abstract: Foot disorders such as Morton's neuroma, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs tarsalgia and metatarsalgia may be treated with the apparatus described herein. The apparatus is comprised of a base, a stem and at least one therapeutic member. The base rests upon a floor. The stem perpendicularly extends from the base. The therapeutic member is attached to the stem. The therapeutic member has a rigid flat upper surface distal to the base and is sized to be covered by the plantar surface of a foot. To use the apparatus a user rests the plantar surface of his or her foot on the therapeutic member and moves the foot to stretch foot tissue or to spread metatarsal bones within the foot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventor: Roy S. Ormsbee D.C., DABCO
  • 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: 8162860
    Abstract: A massaging shoe device for providing comfort to a user's feet comprising a base, a hollow foot covering component, a ring-shaped first massaging component disposed inside the foot covering component that can wrap around a users foot, and a second massaging component disposed in the base near the back of the shoe device. The massaging components are for massaging a user's feet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: Naser Ali
  • Patent number: 7544173
    Abstract: A massage machine is provided which is adapted to stretch the legs of the user as seated in a chair on opposite sides of the leg. Side air bags (11) inflatable and contractable by being supplied with air and releasing the air therefrom are provided as holding means on opposite side walls defining each cavity (6) of a legrest (7) for placing the leg thereinto. Side air bags (16), (17) serving as means for moving the foot leftward or rightward are provided on opposite side walls of each cavity (15) of a footrest (8) for placing the foot thereinto. Control means alternately inflates the side air bags (16), (17), with the leg held between the side air bags (11) as inflated, to move the foot leftward or rightward. As a result, the leg is tensioned and stretched on the side thereof opposite to the direction of movement of the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takamasa Suzuki
  • Patent number: 7465296
    Abstract: The hot medicinal compress apparatus is a therapeutic and hearth care medical device which has heating, medicament and rolling functions. It includes a heater (2) and a cartridge (3) carrying a medicinal compress layer. The heater (2) includes a heating element and a heat conducting tube (4) in which the heating element is mounted and at both ends of which a front round step member (10) and a rear round step member (10?) having a through hole are respectively arranged; at another end of the front round step member (10), a washer and a demountable baffle ring (18) are provided and fixed by a screw nut (12), while at another end of the rear round step member (10?), a handle (1) is arranged, in which a through hole is provided and on which a control switch is mounted. The cartridge (3) is comprised of a metal tube (17) and a medicinal compress layer which is wrapped around the metal tube (17).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Inventor: Hang Chun Chau
  • Patent number: 7442174
    Abstract: Method, procedure, and device for applying tactile sensation and vibration to the human body. In this invention one (or more vibrating) elements emit sine waves between 20 and 800 Hz. These waves are varied in frequency, amplitude and rhythm to create in the subject the sensation of massage moving through different parts of the body even though the signal emitter may be a point source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Inventor: Charles F. Butler
  • Publication number: 20080243037
    Abstract: A therapeutic method for the correction of scoliosis, comprising a step of applying a pressure stimulation at one or more selected insertion points of intrinsic muscles of the foot plant, so as to affect sensorial afferences coming from the foot plant, and a step of stimulation of cranial receptors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2007
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Inventor: Maria Antonietta Fusco
  • Patent number: 7413553
    Abstract: An exercising apparatus includes a base, two supporting brackets, a driving assembly, a pedal assembly and a case. The supporting brackets are mounted on the base. The driving assembly includes a motor, an eccentric wheel and a lifting bracket. The motor has a motor shaft. The eccentric wheel is mounted eccentrically on the motor shaft. The lifting bracket has a wheel slot and two pivoting brackets. The wheel slot is defined through the lifting bracket and engages the eccentric wheel. The pivoting brackets are formed near two ends of the lifting bracket. The pedal assembly includes two pedals and two pedal pads. The pedals are mounted respectively and pivotally on the supporting brackets and the pivoting brackets of the lifting bracket. The pedal pads are mounted respectively on the pedals. The case is mounted on the base and has two openings corresponding to the pedal pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Inventor: Chin-Te Chen
  • Publication number: 20070299372
    Abstract: A foot sole massager comprised of a casing, a power unit in the casing, and a mobile part; the mobile part being driven by the power unit; the mobile part being comprised of multiple pieces and located at where in corresponding to toes of a user when stepping into the foot sole massager; the mobile part operating in a specific or a preset sequence to work out toes of the user to stimulate and enhance the circulation system of the user for the user to stay fit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2006
    Publication date: December 27, 2007
    Inventor: David Chang
  • Patent number: 7264599
    Abstract: A waterproof bathing slipper having a plurality of nodules for massaging and stimulating specific parts of the soles and sides of the users feet. The present invention includes static and electrically operated pulsating nodules disposed in such a manner as to stimulate specific regions of the foot as applied by the principles of reflexology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Inventor: ShellyAnn S Milligan
  • Patent number: 7189210
    Abstract: A foot massaging method and device includes a first spherical member and a second spherical member. Each of the first and second spherical members is comprised of a resiliently compressible material and each has a substantially same size. A connector is attached to and extends between the first and second spherical members. The connector is comprised of a resiliently compressible material and has a first end attached to the first spherical member and a second end attached to the second spherical member. The connector has a circular cross-section taken perpendicular to a line extending through the first and second ends and through the axis of the first and second spherical members. The connector is positioned against a sole of a foot and rolled along the sole so that the connector and the first and second spherical members massage the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Inventor: Tiffany Hillman
  • Patent number: 7150720
    Abstract: A foot massaging device has a body section. A pair of foot holding devices are coupled to an interior of the body section. The foot holding device has an elongated housing for holding a foot and an opening located at a top section of the elongated housing for inserting the foot into the elongated housing. At least one massaging device is coupled to an interior section of the elongated housing for massaging the foot and for applying pressure to certain areas of the foot to relieve body aches based on reflexology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Inventors: Victor J. Adkins, Chikae Adkins
  • Patent number: 7101344
    Abstract: A multi-functional float board structure uses a wedge shape design and is constructed with buoyant materials. The float board includes an the inclined surface design on one side of the float board which when placed on a level surface can facilitate foot stretching for a user prior to any aquatic activities. Furthermore, massage nodes on the inclined surface serve as a sole massage device when a user steps on the incline surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Inventor: Hsi-Fen Wu
  • Patent number: 6979300
    Abstract: A massage system includes a magnetic massage head which produces a pulsating magnetic field. The massage system also includes a foot pad which includes raised areas for massaging the arch and toes of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Inventors: Mark C. Julian, Michael K. Julian
  • Patent number: 6932777
    Abstract: The present invention provides prophylactic and therapeutic methods of treating the ductal epithelium of an exocrine gland, in particular a mammary gland, for disease, in particular cancer. The methods comprise contacting the ductal epithelium of the exocrine gland with an epithelium-destroying gent, preferably by ductal cannulation, so as to realize a prophylactic or therapeutic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Inventor: Saraswati Vaidyanathan Sukumar
  • Patent number: 6923773
    Abstract: A device for vibratory stimulation on the human body comprises a support platform, a panel supported by the platform and forming a standing surface for a person using the device, and a vibrator for imparting to the panel a vibratory movement. Two standards are mounted to the platform at opposite sides of the panel, forming handles for the person standing on the standing surface between the standards to hold on. A sensor is provided for sensing the load on the panel or on the standards exerted by the person standing on the standing surface. A control unit is connected with the sensor and the vibrator for controlling the operation of the vibrator in dependence on the load sensed by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Assignee: Arctic Medical AS
    Inventors: Gunnar Leivseth, Ole Olsen
  • Patent number: 6811539
    Abstract: A heated vibrating foot massaging device for reducing tension in the feet of a user. The heated vibrating foot massaging device includes a base member having a plurality of wall members for pivotally supporting an elongate semi-circularly shaped massage unit. The massage unit incorporates both a vibrator assembly and a heater unit coupled to heating elements thereby providing both oscillatory and thermal comfort. A plurality of pressure points are positioned on the exterior surface for therapeudic action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Inventor: Duc T. Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20040204665
    Abstract: A massage cushion has a body. A plurality of first protrusions and a plurality of second protrusions are formed on a side of the body. Each first protrusion and each second protrusion are made of the same material. A diameter of a root portion of each first protrusion is greater than that of a root portion of each second protrusion. The first protrusions and the second protrusions are so constructed that the buttocks of a person sitting on the side of the body are in contact with at least one of the first protrusions and at least one of the second protrusions. The first protrusions on the body cover an area that corresponds to an area occupied by buttocks of a person sitting on the side of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2003
    Publication date: October 14, 2004
    Inventor: Julian Chu
  • Patent number: 6790188
    Abstract: A foot-immersing massaging machine includes a body and an immersing vessel combined on the body. The body has a housing, a motor, a switch, a power cord, and a vibrator. The vibrator is fixed on an upper end of the shaft of the motor, and produces vibration when rotated by the motor. The immersing vessel has a vessel body and a soft massage cushion. The vessel body has a through hole in the bottom center for an upper portion of the vibrator to extend through upward, and the massage cushion is placed on the bottom of the vessel body and closes up the through hole, covering the vibrator with a gap between itself and the vibrator. Then a user can put the feet in the immersing vessel and receive massage performed by the vibrator at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Inventor: Chao Yang Chen
  • Publication number: 20040176708
    Abstract: A footrest plate has a footrest side and a rear side opposite to the footrest side. The rear side is provided with a pair of clips 30, 31 to be fixedly received into a pair of corresponding mounting holes 41, 42 formed in a workpiece 39. The pair of clips are disposed with leaving a certain distance therebetween in the longitudinal direction of the footrest plate, in alignment with the pair of corresponding mounting holes disposed with leaving a certain distance therebetween. Each of the clips has a rectangular cross-sectional insertion portion insertable into corresponding one of the mounting holes each formed in a rectangular shape. The rear side is further provided with a reference protrusion 45 at an intermediate position between the pair of clips 30, 31 disposed with leaving the certain distance therebetween in the longitudinal direction. The reference protrusion 45 is insertable into a reference hole 43 formed in the workpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2004
    Publication date: September 9, 2004
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Kato
  • Patent number: 6749539
    Abstract: A transmission device for a swing exercising device and includes two shafts respectively and eccentrically connected to two gears. One of the shafts pivotably connected to a support member and the other shaft is reciprocatingly retained in a slot of a frame in the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Inventor: Wen-Hsu Hsieh
  • Patent number: 6742289
    Abstract: A stress reduction kit includes a display package holding a pair of perforated reflex pin holders each with a printed foot reflexology chart integrally formed thereon. To facilitate creating pressure points on the feet of a user, the stress reduction kit also includes a bag of reflex pins, where each pin is dimensioned to be received in a friction tight fit into any one of the perforations disposed in the reflex pin holders and a set of instructions that guide a user on the placement of individual ones of the reflex pins in respective ones of the reflex pin holders. In accordance with the method of the present invention, when the user inserts the reflex pins in selected ones of the perforations and places the reflex pin holders within his or her shoes, desired body responses are achieved relative to the pressure points created by the pins against the feet of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignee: Medical Device Group, Inc.
    Inventor: George D. Celmo
  • Publication number: 20040082890
    Abstract: A foot kneading rug includes a base panel having a number of bulges and swellings extended upwardly from the upper portion of the base panel. The swellings may include a height greater than that of the bulges, and may include a hardness greater than that of the bulges for resiliently supporting users' feet before the users' feet contacting with the bulges. An anti-slippery device includes a sheet member secured to the bottom portion of the base panel, and a number of suction cups attached to the sheet member for anti-slippery purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2002
    Publication date: April 29, 2004
    Inventor: Chun Fu Kuo
  • Publication number: 20040002666
    Abstract: A foot-immersing massaging machine includes a body and an immersing vessel combined on the body. The body has a housing, a motor, a switch, a power cord, and a vibrator. The vibrator is fixed on an upper end of the shaft of the motor, and produces vibration when rotated by the motor. The immersing vessel has a vessel body and a soft massage cushion. The vessel body has a through hole in the bottom center for an upper portion of the vibrator to extend through upward, and the massage cushion is placed on the bottom of the vessel body and closes up the through hole, covering the vibrator with a gap between itself and the vibrator. Then a user can put the feet in the immersing vessel and receive massage performed by the vibrator at the same time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2002
    Publication date: January 1, 2004
    Inventor: Chao Yang Chen
  • Publication number: 20030225348
    Abstract: A massaging machine includes a machine base, a massaging board, a stopper and a handle. The massaging board has a board body, a motor and a vibrator. The board body is flat and pivotally connected on the machine base, the motor is fixed on the board body, and the vibrator is eccentrically combined with the motor and rotated by the motor to produce vibration, The stopper is fixed between two side plates of the machine body and on the board body, supporting the front portion of the board body to let the board body normally parallel to the ground. The a user can use the massaging machine to carry out massage by the vibrator and also make muscle pulling exercise by repeating inclining the body rearward and moving back to an original upright posture with swinging of said board body for an acute angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2003
    Publication date: December 4, 2003
    Inventor: Chao Yang Chen
  • Publication number: 20030195440
    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: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2003
    Publication date: October 16, 2003
    Inventor: Yamuna Zake
  • Publication number: 20030187372
    Abstract: The space for putting round the toes 5 surrounded by the opposed edges 11 of the horizontal band pieces 1 and 2 and the cord for putting round the toes having contraction and expansion properties 4 is formed by linking between the upper ends of the opposed edges 11 of the pair of horizontal band pieces 1, 2 for right and left sides using the cord for putting round the toes having contraction and expansion properties 4 and by linking the lower ends of the horizontal band pieces 1 and 2 for right and left sides by the fasteners 3 or the like. Moreover, the section for putting round an ankle 12 is formed by linking the idler ends 10 and 10 of both the horizontal band pieces 1 and 2 each other by given means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2002
    Publication date: October 2, 2003
    Inventor: Kazuo Iwata
  • Publication number: 20030130601
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a multifunction hyperthermo-therapeutical apparatus, and more particularly, to a multifunction hyperthermo-therapeutical apparatus which basically uses the hyperthermo-therapeutical apparatus and, of course, selectively uses one or more specific appliances according to the selection of a user by installing a sleep aid means, foot pressure means and vertebral correction means with additional functions at the one hyperthermo-therapeutical apparatus, thereby maximizing a hyperthermo-therapeutical curative effect and achieving an optimum sleep, blood circulation and vertebral correction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2002
    Publication date: July 10, 2003
    Applicant: Dwzone Medical Instruments Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Myeong-su Kim
  • Patent number: 6589630
    Abstract: The present invention provides performance enhancing shoe components and methods of using those shoe components to increase exercise performance. The shoe components comprise a layer of 1,4-polybutadiene and, optionally, a high energy returning rubber. A second layer of an energy returning rubber and/or a coating is optionally applied to the first layer. The invented shoe components may be formed as shoe inserts, insoles, midsoles, soles, or portions thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Inventor: William R. Crow
  • Patent number: 6579250
    Abstract: A desk chairmat includes a substantially planar member having an upper surface, a lower surface, and a peripheral edge; the planar member having at least one foot massage area in a selected part thereof; and a foot massage panel secured within the selected area, the foot massage insert having a base and a plurality of upwardly projecting foot massage nodules. The foot massage panel may also be in the form of a peel and stick pad that is adhesively secured to the upper surface of the desk chairmat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Inventors: Edward S. Robbins, III, Bobby Keith Rhodes
  • Patent number: 6554782
    Abstract: A desk chairmat includes a substantially planar member having an upper surface, a lower surface, and a peripheral edge; and a plurality of foot massage nodules projecting upwardly from the upper surface located in a selected area of the planar member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Inventors: Edward S. Robbins, III, Bobby Keith Rhodes
  • Patent number: 6511447
    Abstract: A swing machine includes a casing having a sliding member movably engaged with a rail and the sliding member is driven by a block eccentrically connected to an output shaft of a motor. A support member is connected to a top of the sliding member. A first protrusion extends from a side of the sliding member and a limitation member located in the casing has a wave-shaped slot in which the second protrusion is movably engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Inventor: Yu-Tong Huang
  • Patent number: 6506173
    Abstract: The purpose of my invention of the foot massaging pad is massaging pressure point device. When used on a standard enamel, acrylic plastic fiberglass and heavy porcelain tub a person massaging their pressure points may sit comfortably in a warm bath placing their feet either the left foot or right foot or both which has pressure points distributed over substantially entire front of the pad. The foot massaging pad's holding means are in the form of integral suction cups formed on the back face to maintain the position of the device in use. My invention can be placed and removed after each use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2003
    Inventor: Sharon E. Gordon
  • Publication number: 20020183662
    Abstract: A veins and arteries massager, which can make the user stand by the way that the location of the tiptoe is higher than that of the heel according to ergonomics, achieves the function of massage veins and arteries, comprising a base whereof the end portion is bent vertically upwardly to serve as a stopper, a pedal board joined above the base having a joined end which is pivoted to the base at the position near the stopper and a free end which can rotate respectively to the base, a pair of massage pads set on the pedal board for users, and a support for sustaining the free end of the pedal board such that the pedal board can be maintained at an oblique pose with positioning the free end at the location higher than the location of the joined end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2002
    Publication date: December 5, 2002
    Inventors: Shun-Tsung Lu, Ta-Wei Lui
  • Publication number: 20020183663
    Abstract: A walker on which the player has to stand with toes higher than the heels to enjoy a massage at least comprises a base frame having a retainer and a stop at the rear; a pedal over the base frame, having one end linked with the retainer of the base frame, and a free end. The top of the pedal is mounted with a massage pad; and a drive mechanism designed with a bias wheel and linked with the free end of the pedal to make continuous up and down movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2002
    Publication date: December 5, 2002
    Inventors: Shun-Tsung Lu, Ta-Wei Lu
  • Patent number: 6478756
    Abstract: A device to clean and rub the foot includes a main body and an auxiliary massage member. The main body is provided in the underside with a plurality of suction cups, and in the upper side with a cleaning area for cleaning the foot, a rubbing area for massaging the foot, and a receiving slot for retaining the auxiliary massage member different from the rubbing area in the massaging effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Assignee: Chyau Feng Plastics Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ching-Hsi Chen
  • Patent number: 6475171
    Abstract: A massage device for massaging back and/or feet of a user consists of groups of massaging elements connected together so that the elements of each group move together to execute a recurrent motion and press against a resilient surface in contact with the user. The elements in each group are able to move independently of the other groups and the elements are arranged in parallel rows with the massaging elements of each row staggered along the row with respect to the massaging elements of an adjacent row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Inventor: Stella M. Williams
  • Patent number: 6464654
    Abstract: A massaging shoe device for providing vibrating massage to the bottom portion of a wearer's foot. The massaging shoe device includes a sole having a cavity positioned therein. A vibrator is positioned in the cavity. A power supply for powering the vibrator is electrically coupled to the vibrator. An actuator for selectively turning the vibrator on and off is electrically coupled to the vibrator. A perimeter wall is integrally coupled to a perimeter edge of the sole and extends upwardly therefrom for substantially covering a foot of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Inventors: Julia S. Montgomery, Sharleen M. Warner
  • 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: 6241695
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for alleviating excessive pressure development on a body area are provided. The apparatus is preferably embodied in a cushion, and includes a bottom surface and a top surface which is spaced from the bottom surface and has a plurality of channels formed therethrough. A compressible inner layer is disposed between the top and bottom surfaces, and a plurality of elongate, inflexible members are supported by the inner layer and are disposed at least partially within the channels. The members have first ends that extend at least partially through the channels to project beyond the top surface, where the members are located at a neutral position in the absence of pressure. In operation, pressure applied to the first ends causes the members to be displaced axially along the channels away from the neutral position and toward the bottom surface without deformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Inventor: Reza R. Dabir
  • Patent number: 6210349
    Abstract: A roller massaging apparatus includes a massaging portion having a plurality of bar-shaped rotatable rollers. The rollers are circumferentially mounted to the massaging portion at a certain interval. The roller massaging apparatus also includes a driving mechanism for rotating the massaging portion around an axis thereof and a stimulating member disposed at an upper side of the massaging portion. The stimulating member is pushed up by the rollers. A mutual positional relationship between the massaging portion and the stimulating member is changed by moving as least one of the massaging portion and the stimulating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd.
    Inventors: Haruhiko Naruse, Keiji Hata, Yoshiyuki Miyake, Toyohito Hasegawa, Mikio Ito