Device With Applicator Having Specific Movement Patents (Class 601/84)
  • Patent number: 11471360
    Abstract: A power assist suit includes a harness worn at least around hips of a wearer, an assist unit, a power unit, and a bearing roller. The assist unit includes an arm and a thigh-worn part. A rail is provided at a part of the arm in a longitudinal direction. The rail includes channel-shaped parts extending along the longitudinal direction. The thigh-worn part is connected to sliding movable parts or integrated with at least a portion of the sliding movable parts. The bearing roller is disposed between each of the channel-shaped parts in the rail and each of inner wall surfaces of the sliding movable parts facing the respective channel-shaped parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: JTEKT Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshinobu Katoh, Kazuyoshi Ohtsubo, Hiromichi Ohta, Kensaku Kogushi, Akihisa Umetani, Nobuaki Shibata, Yuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 11432994
    Abstract: A percussive therapy system that includes a percussive massage device including a network interface, and an intelligence engine. The intelligence engine is configured to receive manual capture data and real-time tracking data from the percussive massage device, receive remote data from a remote data source, and generate recommendation data comprising a recommended protocol to be performed by the percussive massage device. The recommendation data is generated from demographic, activity, temporal, analytics, and biometric data, received from the manual capture data, the real-time tracking data, and the remote data inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Therabody, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Wersland, Benjamin Nazarian, Jaime Sanchez Solana, Eduardo Merino, Gregory L. Chambers, Daniel Delshad, Timothy Roberts
  • Patent number: 11422629
    Abstract: Various implementations provide intelligent interruption of waveform-based feedback. Various systems and methods coordinate a transition from a current waveform associated with a current feedback control signal to a subsequent waveform associated with a subsequent feedback control signal such that an amplitude and a direction of a beginning of the subsequent waveform matches an amplitude and a direction of an ending of the current waveform. For example, various implementations include an electronic device that includes a touch sensitive interface, a waveform actuator, a memory, and a processor. The touch sensitive interface includes one or more touch sensors and a touch surface. The touch sensors identify a touch event on the touch surface. For example, touch sensors may include force-based sensors (e.g., MEMS sensors).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Joyson Safety Systems Acquisition LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Borgerding, Jason Lisseman
  • Patent number: 11413213
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods relate to a pneumatic compression therapy device configured to suggest content to the patient based on a determined disease state, the content pertaining to suggested changes in lifestyle based on a standard of care. In an illustrative embodiment, the suggested changes may include modifications to treatment location, treatment time, diet, eating habits, or sleeping schedule. Various examples may further sample the patient's health and automatically adjust a treatment parameter within a predetermined parameter range based on a history of measured parameters, such as limb volume, for example. In coordination with the therapeutic treatment, the therapy device may deliver suggested content to guide the patient to make more healthful lifestyle choices to reduce recovery time and improve patient health outcomes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Nextern Innovation, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Douglas, Casey Carlson
  • Patent number: 11409823
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a means for storing coating material information on coating material, and tactile sensation information in which the tactile sensation when each coating material is applied to the skin is recorded, the coating material information and the tactile sensation information is associated with each other, a means for acquiring search criteria for at least one of tactile sensations and textures, identifying at least one tactile sensation information corresponding to the acquired search criteria, and a means for presenting the coating material information associated with the identified tactile sensation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Shiseido Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoki Saito, Ryuta Okazaki, Naomi Kitamura, Kohei Matsumori, Yuichiro Mori
  • Patent number: 11266200
    Abstract: An article of footwear can include provisions for improving the operation and use of various systems associated with the article. A control device included in the article can be configured to allow manual control of a system by a user. A lockout feature that can disable manual control may be included. During periods of competitive activity, the manual controls may be disabled to allow a user wearing the article to engage in different activities without inadvertent activation of a system. In some cases, the control device and lockout feature can be used in conjunction with a motorized tensioning system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Tiffany A. Beers, Andrew A. Owings
  • Patent number: 10928283
    Abstract: The invention provides a surface analysis device for application to a receiving surface to enable analysis of at least one measure of an elasticity of said surface across multiple different linear stretches or sections of the surface. The device includes a two-dimensional arrangement of actuators and sensors, comprising at least one actuating element, at least one sensing element, and at least one further sensing or actuating element. Selected sets of two or more of these elements are activated together by a controller, each set including at least one actuator and one sensor, to thereby obtain a measure of elasticity between each actuator and sensor pair in the set. Elasticity measures are obtained based on stimulating a deformation in the receiving surface at the actuator site, and measuring a resultant pressure and/or force exerted by the receiving surface at a further displaced point. Sensors may monitor a change in the exerted pressure and/or force for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Eduard Gerard Marie Pelssers, Cornelis Petrus Hendriks, Achim Hilgers, Mark Thomas Johnson, Daan Anton Van Den Ende, Roland Alexander Van De Molengraaf
  • Patent number: 10835708
    Abstract: Disclosed is a weighted material that is configured to effectuate deep pressure therapy to a person when a piece of the weighted material is used as a blanket over the person's body. A length of layered yarn is interlooped to form the piece of weighted material. The layered yarn includes an outer tube extending longitudinally from a first end to a second end. The outer tube defines a conduit extending longitudinally therethrough from the first end to the second end. A plurality of inner layers of material are disposed within the conduit and extend longitudinally from the first end to the second end. The interlooped length of yarn, by itself, is configured and sufficiently weighted to effectuate deep pressure therapy to a person when the blanket lies over the person's body. Various other systems and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: BEARABY INC.
    Inventor: Kathrin Hamm
  • Patent number: 10682078
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for matching the tinnitus of a subject are provided. A plurality of sounds are applied to a subject. The plurality of sounds includes a plurality of first sounds and further includes a plurality of second sounds. A first likeness score associated with the plurality of the sounds is received. Each first likeness score is representative of the similarity of the sound associated therewith to the tinnitus of the subject. At least one third sound is generated based on at least one of the plurality of first sounds and based on at least one of the plurality of second sounds. The at least one third sound is generated based on the first likeness scores associated with the plurality of sounds. A fourth sound is determined based on the at least one third sound. The fourth sound matches the tinnitus of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: The Regents Of The University Of California
    Inventors: Fan-Gang Zeng, Duo Zhang, Janice Erica Chang
  • Patent number: 10327983
    Abstract: Triple area vibrator designed to stimulate three erogenous zones simultaneously or independently, providing stimulation to the vagina, clitoris, and anal/perianal regions. Also functions as a g spot rocker vibrator designed to stimulate both the g spot and the clitoris. Alternatively, the invention may also be used as a prostate massager. Among the unique aspects of the invention is that the multiple vibrating appendages resemble the shape of a cannabis leaf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: HEATHER B. ENTERPRISES, LLC
    Inventor: Heather Nicole Schnurr
  • Patent number: 9642412
    Abstract: An adjustment mechanism for a headband arrangement including a rotatable knob having a first contact member; a rotatable hub member to engage a notched track of a headband member; and a rotatable notched track member, wherein during contact between the first contact member and the hub member the rotatable notched track member does not rotate, and wherein during contact between a second contact member and the hub member the rotatable notched track member rotates in a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: MSA Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Klotz, Kevin R. Ketterer
  • Publication number: 20150133830
    Abstract: A device for providing tactile stimulation of a subject via a pulse of compressible fluid, typically for medical diagnostic and therapeutic applications. The device preferably includes a high pressure fluid source and a low pressure fluid source. A pressure valve selectively connects the pressure sources to an outlet conduit. The outlet conduit includes an applicator for directing pulses against the skin of a subject. The pulses may be applied via one applicator or a plurality of applicators, and may be applied in one pattern or several patterns at various application sites. A method of providing tactile stimulation is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: EPIC MEDICAL CONCEPTS & INNOVATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Aaron J. Dirks, James R. Lucas
  • Publication number: 20150100003
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a therapeutic system and methods of using the therapeutic system. In particular, the present invention relates to systems having hardware, software, and appliance components for assessing and entraining a neuromuscular pattern or behavior in a patient. The methods include configuring the hardware and software systems to receive data from an orofacial stimulation appliance and to generate a precise therapeutic pulse profile that is actuated as a tactile stimulus. In one embodiment, the system and methods also include collecting data using the orofacial stimulation appliance and delivering the tactile stimulus via the orofacial stimulation appliance to entrain an organized neuromuscular pattern or behavior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Steven M. Barlow, David L. Stalling, Kenneth Aron
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8979779
    Abstract: A left and right movable massage device includes a first outer housing, a first inner housing, a motor, a left-and-right moving gear assembly, a second outer housing, a second inner housing and a massage assembly. The main driven gear is disposed on the first inner housing and is rotated by the motor, and the guiding pin is restricted in the direction restricting groove of the first inner housing, so that the rotation of the main driven gear is converted into linear motions in two directions to move the first inner housing in the left-and-right direction. With a single motor, different massage movements can be performed to meet different users' requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Listore International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jui Yao Chen
  • Publication number: 20150073318
    Abstract: An active compression garment includes at least one passive member to at least partially surround a body part of interest and at least one active actuator member including a shape memory alloy (SMA) that is coupled to the at least one passive member. The at least one active actuator member may be configured to apply compression to, or remove compression from, the body part of interest based on the presence or absence of an applied stimulus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Bradley T. Holschuh, Dava J. Newman, Edward W. Obropta, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150073319
    Abstract: An active compression garment includes at least one active textile member formed from a shape memory alloy (SMA) material to provide controllable compression to a body part of interest. The active compression garment may also include at least one contact for applying an electrical stimulus signal to the active textile member to cause the SMA material to return to a trained shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Bradley T. Holschuh, Dava J. Newman, Edward W. Obropta, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150073317
    Abstract: A therapeutic pressure band for applying pressure across a muscle or muscle groups on a mammalian limb is described. The band is particularly well suited for treating “shin splints.” The band includes a plurality of straps that are connected together via a connecting material. Ends of each of the straps have adjustable fasteners for securing and tightening the band around a limb. The band 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, tendon, bone, or muscle group and generally perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the limb.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Wesley Cox
  • Publication number: 20150051523
    Abstract: A compression garment, having: (a) a body portion dimensioned to be wrapped around a body limb, the body portion having a top edge, a bottom edge and a pair of opposite side edges; and (b) a plurality of bands, wherein the bands are each attachable onto the body portion at a plurality of different locations, and wherein the bands wrap around part of the body portion when the body portion is wrapped around the body limb to apply compression force to the body limb.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: Circaid Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Moses A. Lipshaw, Thomas Richardson, Teresa Kennerknecht, Sandra Anne Shaw
  • Publication number: 20150051524
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a compression hosiery designed to be worn on a human leg. The compression hosiery includes a first portion adapted for a lower portion of a human leg and having a first pressure gradient slope and a second portion adapted for an upper portion of a human leg and having a second pressure gradient slope. The pressure gradient slopes generally decrease in a direction from the first portion to the second portion such that the compressive forces at the first portion are greater than the compressive forces at the second portion when the hosiery is worn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Robert H. Messier
  • Patent number: 8951216
    Abstract: Disclosed is a skin massage device, the proposed idea capable of a skin massage device of scrubbing a skin applied with a massage cream, then giving physical stimulus on the skin at a massage thus helping the relaxation of muscles and activating metabolism to serve an elastic, healthy skin, characterized in that an operation device 15 to reciprocally translate a beating member 21 back and forth is installed at a rotating shaft 14 of a drive motor 15 to which an electric energy of a battery 100 is selectively supplied/blocked according to change of on/off of a rotary switch 12, comprised of the beating member 21 inflicting physical stimulus while interworking with the operation device 15.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Amorepacific Corporation
    Inventors: Chang Gyu Yoo, Ju Ho Kim, Taek Keun Hong
  • Publication number: 20150032038
    Abstract: Provided herein are muscle compression devices and self-actuated muscle compression devices. The devices generally comprise at least one encompassing member with an inner surface substantially contacting a muscle perimeter in at least one location on the subject's skin, at least one compression member disposed on the inner surface and at least one actuator disposed on the encompassing member in a tightening relationship therewith. The components of the device may be arranged as single clasping loops around the subject or as a vest or harness worn by the subject. Also provided is a method for compressing a muscle in which the device is positioned on the subject and the actuators are self-actuated to tighten the encompassing members. Tightening results in the compression members contacting the muscle target site with increasing compressive force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Ali Sied Atry
  • Publication number: 20150032039
    Abstract: A method of selecting and using a compression garment is disclosed. The method may include selecting a garment comprising a compression sleeve including a proximal end and a distal end. The compression sleeve may comprise material having one of short-stretch function and inelastic function. The method may include donning the garment by inserting a limb of an animal or human through an opening in the proximal end and positioning the compression sleeve such that the material extends over at least a portion of a muscle mass of the limb. When the muscle mass is activated, the compression sleeve may augment the venous muscle return produced by the muscle mass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Wade P. Farrow, Barry L. Creighton
  • Publication number: 20150025424
    Abstract: A therapeutic compression garment made from body and band portions wherein at least one of the body and spine portions is narrower or wider across its mid-section than at either or both of its top and bottom edges such that the garment assumes a non-planar shape when the body and spine portions are attached together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: CIRCAID MEDICAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Richardson, Moses A. Lipshaw
  • Publication number: 20140378878
    Abstract: A manual device for massaging one or both of the upper and lower lids of the eye, the device comprising: a body, composed of flexible resilient biocompatible material, wherein the body provides jaws or lips, wherein the lips are biased into a spaced relationship by the material of the body, and wherein each lip is adapted to engage either the upper or lower eyelid, such that movement of the lips causes movement of at least one eyelid with respect to the other. The devices can conveniently be used to manipulate the meibomian glands of the eye in an optimum orientation, for example for alleviating or treating dry eye.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Anant Sharma, Benjamin Anand Ruben Sharma, Jonathan Moore, Laurent Le Mentec, Ginny Conde
  • Patent number: 8911386
    Abstract: A device and method for restricting the respiratory movement of a patient undergoing medical treatment. A respiratory compression belt is positioned properly, secured on the patient and pressurized to control patient movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Nicholas G. Zacharopoulos
  • Patent number: 8893732
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a makeup puff apparatus. A puff is coupled in such a way so as to be freely movable, and is very efficiently designed to have functionality including flexibility, elasticity and a restoring force, thus ensuring durability resulting from firm coupling and enabling reliable operation, and thereby considerably increasing the ease and convenience of use. Particularly, the apparatus enables flexible motion and adjustment of the puff in conformity with a variation in angle on a touch portion when the apparatus is in use, thus continuously maintaining a soft touch sensation of the puff, and allows the apparatus to be immediately restored to its original state, thus preventing the angle of the puff from deviating from a predetermined angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignees: Hichen Co., Ltd., Corea Puff Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Min Seok Kim
  • Patent number: 8888726
    Abstract: A two dimensional moving massage device includes a base, a first movable device in the base, a second movable device in the first movable device, and two massage assemblies disposed on the second movable device. The first stage power gear of the first motor cooperates with the toothed bar of the base to make the first movable device move in the up-and-down direction. The left-and-right moving driven gear is restricted to only be movable in the left-and-right direction and in the up-and-down direction by the first guiding portions and the direction restricting groove. Therefore, rotation of the left-and-right moving driven gear will be converted into displacement of the left-and-right moving driven gear along the left-and-right direction and the up-and-down direction. The massage assembly disposed on the second movable device is also capable of moving both in the up-and-down and left-and-right directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Jui Yao Chen
  • Patent number: 8882686
    Abstract: A movable massage device is capable of overcoming the fixed-point type massage device and is provided with an outer housing, a toothed bar, an inner housing, a driven assembly, a drive assembly, a first massage head and a second massage head. With the cooperation of the driven and drive assemblies, the inner housing is able to drive the first and second massage heads to reciprocate transversely within the outer housing, to perform a local massage in a non-fixed-point manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Listore International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jui Yao Chen
  • Publication number: 20140323932
    Abstract: A medical compression suit has first and second elongate openings and first and second fasteners for releasably closing the first and second elongate openings respectively such that releasing the fasteners allows the openings to be opened, facilitating the donning and doffing of the suit by a wearer, the first and second openings being provided on the front or the rear of the suit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Jobskin Limited
    Inventor: Rachael G. Holmes
  • Publication number: 20140316312
    Abstract: Compressive circular knit for pulling over an articulated extremity, consisting of a knitting thread and an elastic thread, which form the loops, and an inlaid elastic weft thread, comprising: two first knitted fabric portions (2) which are spaced apart from each other in the knitted fabric longitudinal direction and which are knitted with floating and wherebetween there is provided a knitted fabric region (3) consisting of further different knitted fabric portions adjoining each other in the circumferential direction, wherein the knitted fabric region (3) consists of: a second knitted fabric portion (4) knitted with floating, wherein the float count is greater than that of a first knitted fabric portion (2), two third knitted fabric portions (5) adjoining the second knitted fabric portion (4) in the circumferential direction which are each knitted with floating, wherein the floats of any one course are knitted offset relative to the next course, and also a fourth knitted fabric portion (7) provided in th
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: medi GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Jan ATMANSPACHER
  • Publication number: 20140316313
    Abstract: Methods and systems for dynamic compression of venous tissue enable improved blood movement in the extremities. In accordance with an exemplary embodiment, a pressure pad provides a compressive force to a portion of the human body. The pressure pad is successively withdrawn and re-pressed against the body. In this manner, prevention and/or treatment of various medical conditions may be achieved, for example restless leg syndrome, edema, plantar fasciitis, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, venous insufficiency, wound care, and/or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Matthew J. Mayer, Gerald B. Rill
  • Publication number: 20140303532
    Abstract: A computer user back brace is a garment which provides support to the upper and lower extremities in the back and also provides support to the chest, shoulder area and neck (optional) to prevent or alleviate pain while using a computer for an extended period of time. It can be made in the form of a vest or jacket to treat those areas covered by the garment. This invention may be used by just about anyone who suffers from pain in those areas listed above. For example, hospital patients, military/government personnel, corporate/large and small company employees, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Marvin Harding
  • Patent number: 8845562
    Abstract: A gas supply system comprises a person-support surface, a garment, and a gas supply. The person-support surface includes a chamber configured to contain a gas therein. The garment includes a chamber configured to contain a gas therein. The gas supply is configured to supply a gas to both the garment and the person-support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy J. Receveur, David Ribble, Sandy M. Richards, Stephen L. Douglas, Eric R. Meyer
  • Publication number: 20140288466
    Abstract: A device for expression and collection of breast milk includes an actuatable assembly, a breast interface, and a tube. The breast interface is sized to receive a breast and form a fluid tight seal against the breast. The breast interface includes a deformable member disposed within at least a portion of the breast interface. The deformable member deforms in response to actuation of the actuatable assembly and applies vacuum pressure against the breast to express milk. The tube operatively couples the actuatable assembly to the breast interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Naia Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery B. Alvarez, Janica B. Alvarez, Jan Rydfors
  • Publication number: 20140288383
    Abstract: Described here is a plurality of laminations and elements for constructing an improved Equestrian soft tissue compression support and intelligent textile for Equine, Equestrian Sports or Activities including but not limited to bracing. Scientific research and testing cites the inherent flaws to Prior Art which may make them undesirable to use. Prior Art has been shown to introduce allergies, heat damage, mechanical injuries and joint interference from material binding, bunching and migrating. Due to inherent flaws of Prior Art, they are not suitable for the plurality of laminations and elements to include fibertronics; organic electronics and other forms of e-textiles. Intelligent textiles can aid in expanding the working knowledge of equine or human sports related, repetitive use, occupational and mechanical injuries, rehabilitation treatment and prevention. The intelligent textile pertains generally to monitoring of joint and soft tissues that support a joint of a human or animal body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Kelly Annette Vanscoy Barnett
  • Publication number: 20140276259
    Abstract: Muscle and connective tissue support systems particularly suited to help muscles having a specific point needing support. The systems are comprised of a muscle and connective tissue support element such as straps or a compression sleeve that encircle or otherwise attach to the muscle, and at least one pressure-point button is sized and configured to apply significant supportive pressure to the point injury. The pressure-point button can be at least about 1 cm wide (about 0.5?) and 0.5 cm deep (about ¼?). The muscle and connective tissue support element and pressure-point button are cooperatively configured such that the pressure-point button can be relocatably attached along an inwardly facing surface of the muscle and connective tissue support element that is to be placed at a desired location on the muscle and connective tissue support element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Anthony L. Smart
  • Publication number: 20140276274
    Abstract: A compression therapy apparatus for applying therapeutic compression to a limb includes a bandage having a trunk, a first end, a second end, and a compression line between the first end and the second end. The apparatus also includes a plurality of compression control members disposed on the trunk along the compression line. Each compression control member defines a compression zone and is adapted to independently control a therapeutic compression associated with the compression zone. The plurality of compression control members are configured to provide a substantially continuous compression profile along the compression line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Rob Clare, Elliott James Rider
  • Publication number: 20140276275
    Abstract: A compression therapy apparatus and a method for manufacturing and applying compression with the same may include a bandage and a tension indicator coupled to the bandage. A tension indicator may include a film having layers of liquid crystal droplets deposited on a polymer matrix. The tension indicator can b adapted to color shift under tension between the first end and the second end of the bandage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Stokes, Timothy Mark Robinson
  • Patent number: 8834393
    Abstract: A combined heating, cooling, and compression therapy system is provided. The system is configured for automated use with a controller. The system can have a core with separate channels for providing cold and heat and compression therapy; a cover for receiving the core; and a skin sensitive temperature node attached to the core cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Maldonado Medical LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Brian Maxon-Maldonado, Adam M. Callinan
  • Patent number: 8827935
    Abstract: A method for providing a combined DVT and compression therapy to a patient is provided. The method includes providing a control unit configured to condition heat transfer fluid and to selectively provide a compressed gas, providing a thermal compression device that is mountable to a select portion of the patient, and programming the control unit to supply heat transfer fluid to the thermal compression device and to supply compressed gas to the thermal compression device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Maldonado Medical LLC
    Inventor: Gregory Brian Maxon-Maldonado
  • Patent number: 8816873
    Abstract: A seat (5) includes a sensor (21) mounted on the seat which is arranged to sense the presence of an object, or movement or position of an object in a non-contact manner, within a sensing region around the seat. A processor is arranged to receive an audio signal and to process the audio signal based on presence, movement or position detected by the first sensor. A processed signal is delivered to a vibro-acoustic transducer mounted within the seat. The processor can also control a lighting effect based on presence, movement or position detected by the first sensor. A user can interact with audio in a personal way, to suit the mood of the user. A seated user can move their body (especially arms or hands) to modify audio, such as music. The seat has a nodule (12) which, in use, fits between the legs of a seated user. The nodule can house the sensor (21) and user controls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Trignom Ltd.
    Inventors: David Lindsey Bisset, Tristan Alexander Powell
  • Publication number: 20140236058
    Abstract: A method of inhibiting hypotensive symptoms in a patient undergoing treatment or a procedure involves elastically constraining the internal organs within the abdomen of the patient while applying non-pulsating, compressive pressure to the internal organs within the abdomen of the patient. The method may also involve one or more of infusing fluid, applying the compressive pressure using compression device, or applying the compressive pressure based upon bio-indicator measurement parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: GLOBAL MONITORS, INC.
    Inventor: Jen-shih Lee
  • Patent number: 8808207
    Abstract: A device and methods for treating a subject with dysphagia or other neurological disease, neurological disorder, neurological injury, neurological impairment or neurodegenerative disease that affects voluntary motor control of the hyoid, pharynx, larynx, or oropharyngeal area is disclosed. A device of the invention generally comprises a vibrotactile stimulator for applying at least one stimulus to the outside surface of a subject's neck; a connector for attaching the vibrotactile stimulator to an outside surface of the subject's neck, and a switch control communicatively connected to the vibrotactile stimulator to selectively engage a manual stimulation module and/or automatic stimulation module. Stimulation of an outside surface of the throat area of a subject by a device of the invention stimulates a swallowing reflex in the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services
    Inventors: Christy Leslie Ludlow, Newlin Morgan, George Dold, Soren Lowell, Katie Dietrich-Burns
  • Publication number: 20140207034
    Abstract: An adjustable orthostatic intolerance garment formed of a knitted spandex powernet construction in order to provide compression when on the leg, and including legs and a torso portion that extends upwardly into the abdominal area below the pectoral muscles; and a respective pair of elongate panels that are retained in place by attaching elements, and that are introduced into or removed from the garment to increase or reduce compression on the wearer's body as desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: BSN MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventor: Mary Ann Hettich
  • Publication number: 20140200494
    Abstract: A graduated compression garment is disclosed that includes a plurality of longitudinal fuzzy wales arranged to form a fabric with a plurality of transverse elastomeric threads under variable tension connecting the adjacent longitudinal fuzzy wales to deliver a first level of elastic compression distally on a limb and a gradually decreasing level of elastic compression as the limb increases in diameter proximally.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: COMPRESSION DYNAMICS LLC
    Inventors: Martin J. Winkler, SR., Alan S. Neil
  • Patent number: 8777881
    Abstract: A handheld massage device includes an actuator mechanism and a massage unit received in an outer housing. The actuator includes a motor, a bearing and a tilting piece having a first shaft coupled with the motor and a second shaft fitted into the bearing. The crank-shaped first and second shafts do not lie on a straight line. The massage unit has a base plate and massage elements mounted on the base plate. The massage elements protrude from one end of the outer housing. The bearing is fitted in the base plate. Because the first and second shafts form an angle therebetween, the base plate is tilted and swings like a conical pendulum. Therefore, the massage elements on the base plate move back and forth along a direction of an axle of the motor, thereby providing kneading and percussion massages on the user's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventor: Ming-Wei Tsai
  • Publication number: 20140194674
    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: October 8, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: Sean W. Davis
  • Patent number: 8764689
    Abstract: A device for compressive treatment of a body part includes a compression member, adapted to at least partly encircle the body part, and an actuation unit, arranged to tighten the compression member to provide a compressive force to the body part. The actuation unit includes an active material actuator. There is also disclosed a system comprising such a device and methods for its therapeutic, cosmetic and non-therapeutic use and operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Swelling Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Landy Toth
  • Publication number: 20140180183
    Abstract: An apparatus for applying pressure to a body part comprising multiple interconnectable bands of compressible or noncompressible material. Optional spine to further interconnect the bands. Interconnectable pieces designed for covering specific body areas. Modular arrangement of the individual components. Customized or off-the-shelf availability of the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventors: Wade P. Farrow, Barry L. Creighton