Positioner For Recumbent User Patents (Class 606/240)
  • Patent number: 10265582
    Abstract: An exercise support having a base with a top surface, a bottom surface, a first end and a second end. Preferably, the base is curved to form generally an S-shape. Attached to the bottom surface is a support member. A narrowed or head section is formed at the second end of the base. Preferably a pair of handles extend outwardly from the narrowed section for gripping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Nathan J. Price
  • Patent number: 9492284
    Abstract: Configurations are described for conducting minimally invasive medical interventions utilizing elongate instruments and assemblies thereof to stabilize and/or fixate a sacro-iliac joint. In one embodiment, a tool assembly may be advanced from a posterior approach into the SI junction and configured to create a defect defined at least in part by portions of both the sacrum and the ilium, the defect having a three dimensional shape defined in part by at least one noncircular cross sectional shape in a plane substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the tool assembly. After a defect is created, the tool assembly may be retracted and a prosthesis deployed into the defect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Tenon Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard S. Ginn, Scott Yerby, Nicanor Domingo, Hans F. Valencia, Robert Elliot DeCou
  • Patent number: 9463131
    Abstract: A spinal therapy apparatus including at least one gripping member whose direction deviates from the transverse direction relative to the spinal column, so that the angle between the gripping member and the midline of the spinal column is less than 90°. A gripping member unit includes preferably two gripping members the angle between the ridges of the gripping members being less than 180°. There is a gap or groove between the gripping members. The gripping member unit also includes a support part, the support part being padded, preferably including two parts and in an inclined position relative to the floor. There is a groove between the gripping member and the support part. The spinal therapy apparatus may also incorporate at least one support handle, which the user can use to move the required part of the spinal column to the ridges of the gripping members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventor: Markku Heikkilä
  • Patent number: 9314669
    Abstract: A total-body exerciser comprises: an upper-body exercising unit; a buttocks exercising unit; and an ankle exercising unit. The upper-body exercising unit comprises: an upper-body support for supporting the upper body; an upper-body supporting guide rail formed on the bottom surface of the upper-body support and enabling the upper-body support to move horizontally; and a rotating bracket mounted on a lower surface of the upper-body supporting guide rail. The buttocks exercising unit comprises: a buttocks support for supporting the buttocks; and a buttocks-supporting height-adjusting cylinder connected to a lower portion of the buttocks support, and capable of adjusting the height of the buttocks support. The ankle exercising unit comprises: an ankle support for supporting an ankle; an ankle-supporting guide rail formed on a bottom surface of the ankle support and enabling horizontal movement of the ankle support; and a rotating bracket mounted on a lower surface of the ankle-support guide rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: OVERTECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Seung Hoon Oh
  • Patent number: 9289344
    Abstract: An apparatus for facilitating tracheal intubation on an obese patient has a base section (1), a head section (11) attached to the base section (1) and a pad (2) removably positioned on the head section (11). The base section (1) receives a portion of an obese patient's back. Separate arm rests (3, 4) are positioned on both left and right sides of the base section (1). The base section (1) has an indentation (16) for receiving the occiput of a patient's head. The pad (2) has an indentation (115) for receiving the occiput of a patient's head and which is aligned with indentation (16) when pad member (2) is positioned on the head section (11). The apparatus raises the obese patient's head and neck above the patient's chest and positions the patent's head in a stable, extended position to allow easy ventilation and intubation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventor: Kaiduan Pi
  • Patent number: 8997749
    Abstract: A surgical assembly (20) comprises a post (100) having a longitudinally extending axis (104), a support (56) for resisting movement of the post in a negative longitudinal direction, and a platform (70) offset from the support in a positive longitudinal direction. The platform includes an opening (82) through which the post projects. The opening includes a throat (86). The post has a first dimension which renders the post incapable of passing through the throat and a second dimension which renders the post capable of passing through the throat. Alternate embodiments in which the post can be removably engaged with the support and platform and disengaged therefrom without translating the post in the longitudinal direction are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Allen Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Scott Drake, Dustin T. Libby
  • Publication number: 20150080949
    Abstract: A cervical orthotic device is generally provided. The device includes a base, sidewalls extending upwardly therefrom, and a cervical support surface opposite the base. The cervical support surface unites the sidewalls. The sidewalls include opposingly paired lateral sidewalls and opposingly paired longitudinal sidewalls. The cervical support surface includes a first planar portion adjacent a first longitudinal sidewall of the opposingly paired longitudinal sidewalls, a second planar portion adjacent a second longitudinal sidewall of the opposingly paired longitudinal sidewalls, and an arcuate portion intermediate the planar portions. The arcuate portion of the cervical support surface delimits a cervical engagement ridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Core Products International Inc.
    Inventor: Paul R. Norstrem
  • Publication number: 20150047646
    Abstract: The present invention provides devices for neck support and correction, for example, pillows, headrests, or cushions, designed to be placed under the head and neck of a person lying in a supine or side-lying position. Such devices are useful for maintaining or improving cervical and/or thoracic spinal curvature and/or alignment and for reducing pain associated with ailments of the neck or cervical vertebrae. Also provided are methods of improving cervical spinal alignment and for treating or ameliorating ailments of the neck or cervical vertebrae.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: John Marinkovic
  • Patent number: 8920467
    Abstract: The invention provides a lumbago treatment instrument which manipulates the pelvis safely and properly by pressing the coccyx utilizing the patient's own body weight. A coccyx contact treatment member is disposed inside a cylindrical casing so as to be movable in the vertical direction via an elastic member. A coccyx contact buffering member made of sponge or the like is provided on the upper end of the coccyx contact treatment member. The patient straddles the coccyx contacting buffering member, assuming a sitting posture, and places the coccyx on the coccyx contact buffering member. In this posture, both feet are slightly lifted from the floor to apply the body weight on the coccyx contact buffering member so that the coccyx is pushed up from below. When doing so, the patient continues to maintain an upright posture while pressing the upper body against a posture holding member and gripping a handle with both hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventors: Hiroshi Taguchi, Akiko Taguchi
  • Patent number: 8882802
    Abstract: A chiropractic machine is disclosed which uses separate supporting members for the various body parts of a patient. These separate supporting members are mounted on a flexible structure that allows them to be rotated and elongated in relation to each other. This allows greater flexibility and range of motion, thus facilitating chiropractic treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Yi-Chin Kao
  • Publication number: 20140277136
    Abstract: At least one embodiment of the invention describes a portable wireless point-of-sale vending machine that is easily moved and carried by a user. The vending machine includes an outer surface and at least one inner portion enclosed by the outer surface. The one or more inner portions include one or more receptacles, where each of the receptacles contains one or more reusable and interchangeable mechanical items. The vending machine may also include a wireless transceiver and embedded or removable computer that communicate with at least one third party in a bidirectional manner. The mechanical items are dispensed out of the outer surface as needed and the entire portable wireless point-of-sale vending machine may also be structurally used as an exercise device, integrated service device, carrying device, baby carriage or a physical therapy device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Spencer Mason STEIN
  • Publication number: 20140207190
    Abstract: A spinal three-dimensional orthopedic equipment comprises a frame, a front board member and a drive device for driving the front board member fixed on the frame, a back board member and a middle board member as well as their drive devices fixed on the frame, a head holding device fixed on the middle board member for holding the patient's head, and a drawing and holding device for drawing and holding the head and neck of the patient. The head holding device comprises a splint connected to the middle board member immovably, two sliding grooves are provided on the splint, and two head holding clips and a mandible tray connected to the sliding pieces mounted in the two sliding grooves respectively, which can slide along the sliding grooves. The spinal orthopedic equipment also comprises a front board member fast lifting device, and a drive device for controlling the lifting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventors: JILIN ZHANG, YI ZHANG
  • Patent number: 8764693
    Abstract: A traction device comprises a frame, a first bladder portion, a second bladder portion, a spacer, and a pump. The first bladder expands in an outward direction a distance greater than in a transverse direction. The second bladder expands in an angular direction. The second bladder is positioned generally below and to the side of the first bladder. Upon expanding in the outward direction, the first bladder bears against the back of the user's neck. Upon expanding in the transverse direction, the first bladder applies an angular traction to the cervical spine. Upon expanding in the angular direction, the second bladder bears angularly against the back of the user's upper thoracic region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Richard A. Graham
  • Patent number: 8734372
    Abstract: A traction device comprises a frame, a first bladder portion, a second bladder portion, a strap, and a pump. The first bladder expands in an outward direction a distance greater than in a transverse direction. The second bladder expands in an angular direction. The second bladder is positioned generally below and to the side of the first bladder. The frame is secured to the user's head. Upon expanding in the outward direction, the first bladder bears against the back of the user's neck and forces the cervical spine to curve forwardly. Upon expanding in the transverse direction, the first bladder applies an angular traction to the cervical spine. Upon expanding in the angular direction, the second bladder bears angularly against the back of the user's upper thoracic region and forces the thoracic spine to decompress and reduces hyper-kyphosis of the upper thoracic spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Richard A. Graham
  • Patent number: 8696607
    Abstract: A portable massage bed having a plurality of pressure point pads that protrude from a surface of the massage bed and contact one or more key pressure points of a user to relieve pain in muscles and tendons in pain afflicted areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Great Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph A. McDonnell, Nicholas John Ruggiero, Joel A. Tunon
  • Publication number: 20140046371
    Abstract: There is provided a device for use with a patient. The device includes a first load line including an anchor attachment end and a first inline end. The anchor attachment end is sized and configured to be attachable in a terminating manner to an anchor object. The device further includes a second load line including a head attachment end and a second inline end. The head attachment end is sized and configured to attach to a head of the patient. The device further includes an elastomeric member disposed between and attached to the first and second inline ends. The elastomeric member has a significantly lower linear elastic modulus than each of the first and second load lines. The device further includes an adjustment element sized and configured to adjust the tension in an effective tension length of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventor: Jeff Fisher
  • Publication number: 20130274800
    Abstract: A spinal column corrective device is provided that includes an upper and lower portion joined by a connection area which may articulate, having an adjustment means and wider support area by which a device user can mirror a cervical radius, thoracic radius, lumbar radius and sacral radius, inherent in the device, with users spine for educational and wellness purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventors: Robert J. Herman, Shelly R. Herman
  • Publication number: 20130253582
    Abstract: A physical therapy apparatus includes an elongated body support sized to substantially support the user's torso with the user's spinal column oriented and aligned in positions which maximize the intervertebral spacing along the anterior regions of the spinal column. The body support is provided with a support pad which extends from a forward end to a rearward end having a longitudinal length of between about 0.6 and 2 meters. An upwardly curving convex portion is positioned adjacent each of the forward and rearward ends, with an upwardly middle concave saddle portion connecting each convex portions. A first convex portion has a curvature selected to provide supporting contact to the user's lumbar and thoracic regions of the spine in the performance of one procedure, and the sacral and pelvic regions in another procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventors: Yako Merogi, Medlum Merogi, Hivi Merogi
  • Publication number: 20130226238
    Abstract: A vertebrae support device and method. An embodiment of a method of using the vertebrae support device by a person includes disposing a resting surface of a vertebrae support device on a substantially flat horizontal surface, and lying on the vertebrae support device such that muscles on the left side of a vertebrae column of the person are supported on a first rail of the vertebrae support device, the muscles on the right side of the vertebrae column of the person are supported on a second rail of the vertebrae support device, and the thoracic and lumbar portions of the vertebrae column of the person lying on the vertebrae support device are disposed unsupported in a trough between the first rail and the second rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventor: Kevin D. Jones
  • Patent number: 8496007
    Abstract: A device avoiding the use of any motor or perpendicular or rectangular elements, having a convex asymmetrical longitudinal curve, a central longitudinal groove, and mirrored perpendicular and latitudinal, symmetrically-matched convex curves extending from the central groove to the sides, and optimally surfaced with a soft dense foam, uses gravitational force on the body of a user to provide an effective, yet gentle stretch along the length and across the width of the back, particularly at the thoracic vertebrae thereby relieving postural mechanical shoulder, back or spine pain. Additional alternative embodiments using a heating, cooling, or vibrational element along the central longitudinal groove are also described and claimed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Inventors: John Rambo, Vincent Chang
  • Patent number: 8393329
    Abstract: A device for positioning an infant patient in a clinically preferred position for conducting a lumbar puncture includes a board, a positioning member adjustably coupled to the board, and a locking device coupled to the positioning member for locking the positioning member in a position relative to one or both of the board or the patient. The positioning member may be configured to induce the patient into a clinically preferred position for performing a lumbar puncture on the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska
    Inventors: Marcus H. Snow, Ken Sieger
  • Publication number: 20130046343
    Abstract: A device for mobilizing a joint includes a flat, planar substrate having a first face and an opposing second face. A first longitudinal side extends between the first face and the second face. A second longitudinal side extends between the first face and the second face, distal from the first longitudinal side. A mobilization portion extends above the first face and includes a first convex rib extending parallel to the first longitudinal side, a second convex rib extending along the second longitudinal side and parallel to the first convex rib, and a valley extending between the first convex rib and the second convex rib along a longitudinal centerline of the flat, planar substrate. A cavity extends above the first face. The cavity is defined by an opening between the first face and the mobilization portion and is sized to receive a bladder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Inventors: Julie Adamski, Dennis Adamski
  • Publication number: 20130018417
    Abstract: An adjustable head and neck support device with an adjustable head rest assembly and an adjustable neck rest assembly that attach to and move with respect to a base. The adjustable neck rest assembly is configured to move and non-fixedly lock on a z-axis and to rotate about non-fixedly lock on a y-axis. The head rest support assembly rotates about non-fixedly lock on an x-axis. The adjustable head rest assembly is configured to move and non-fixedly lock on the z-axis and to rotate about the x-axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicant: SMC LTD.
    Inventors: David Goldberg, Jason Belton, Craig Rae
  • Patent number: 8316855
    Abstract: A meditation pillow using craniosacral therapy is disclosed. The meditation pillow includes a columna vertebralis supporting part formed in a user's neck direction to support a part of a columna vertebralis located thereon, an occipital region supporting part formed at a rear of the columna vertebralis supporting part to support an occipital region of a head located thereon, and an occipital region acupressure part protrudingly formed along a superior nuchal line between an atlas and an occipital bone to stimulate nerve fibers of the occipital region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Jinbiotech Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Young-Jun Lee
  • Patent number: 8262598
    Abstract: A hyperextension brace with a frame construction has adjustable upper and lower supports as well as adjustable side members. The frame comprises a sub-clavicula support and a pelvic and pubic support connected by side members. The height of the side members and the width of the sub-clavicula support and the pubic support are adjustable by using non-rotational telescopic and lockable connections. The sub-clavicula support may be connected by a turnbuckle screw arrangement to the side members. The frame may be made of composite material, suitably a polymer reinforced by glass fiber and/or carbon fiber. All adjustments may be made without requiring any tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Camp Scandinavia AB
    Inventor: Jan Smits
  • Publication number: 20120226311
    Abstract: There is disclosed a configurable back orthosis, comprising a backplane, a plurality of support elements positioned on the backplane, each support element being associated with a respective area of the human body and a plurality of position adjusters, at least one position adjuster being associated with each of the support elements. Each support element may be adjusted using the associated at least one position adjuster in order to counteract a postural deviation of an individual using the configureable back orthosis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Applicant: BIOTONIX (2010) INC.
    Inventors: Jean-François Normandin, Sylvain Guimond
  • Patent number: 8257285
    Abstract: A traction bed having a planar table on which a patient may lie with the head disposed at one end and the feet disposed at the other end. A vibration platform is disposed on the planar table for imparting vibration motion to the patient. A pelvic belt is fitted on the patient and a first strap is connected to one side of the pelvic belt and a second strap is connected to the second side of the pelvic belt. Apparatus is included for selectively applying a tension force to the first and second straps in a direction toward the foot end of the table. Further, a chest harness is fitted on the patient and includes a pair of shoulder straps extending toward the head end of the table. Apparatus is provided for selectively applying a tension force to both shoulder straps toward the head end of the table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Inventor: Gerry Cook
  • Patent number: 8252024
    Abstract: A spinal support device for providing a guide to a user lying with the user's back on a surface for positioning the user's spine correctly over the surface. The device includes an elongated guide body having a first tubular portion, a second portion, and a third tubular portion parallel to the first tubular portion, wherein the first and third tubular portions are at least partially filled with a filler material such that the second portion forms a gutter or trough between the first and third tubular portions of the guide body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventor: Marie-Jose Bax
  • Publication number: 20120179202
    Abstract: A cervical pillow for treatment of cervical spine diseases includes a padded member made of resilient materials such as foam, rubber, or cotton. The padded member has a rectangular flat bottom side, vertically flat left and right sides, a rounded front side, a thin back side, and a wavy top side that has a flat portion connecting to the front side, a slightly concave portion in the middle, and a very convex portion connecting to the back side. The cervical pillow further includes a nearly rectangular solid block made of high-strength materials such as plastic or compressed rubber. This solid block is embedded within the padded member along its back side and under the very convex portion of its top side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Inventor: Loan Kim Thi Pham
  • Patent number: 8172737
    Abstract: A gymnastics training apparatus includes a back support rotatably connected to a frame and adapted to support a gymnast during a back handspring. The apparatus includes a guide connected to the frame and adapted to be impacted by the back support as the back support rotates about the frame in engagement with the gymnast. The guide is dimensioned such that, when the back support impacts the guide, the rotational axis of the back support is shifted and the rotation of the back support is accelerated. This acceleration causes the back support to exert pressure against the gymnast and to assist the gymnast in creating a snapdown to safely and correctly practice a back handspring without the assistance of a coach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: International Gymnastics Innovations LLC
    Inventors: Johan Nihlman, James Surgent, David Surgent
  • Publication number: 20120089183
    Abstract: A spinal traction device permits a user to conduct spinal traction therapies, either with or without aid by another, using the user's leg weight and/or leg muscle and/or torso muscle action to apply tensile forces to the spine. The device includes a body support portion on which the user lies in a supine position, and a movable leg support that is coupled to the body support portion. The leg support pivots and/or translates relative to the body support portion in response to the application of leg weight and/or leg muscle and/or torso muscle action to the leg support. Under-arm supports along the body support portion engage the user's underarms to keep the user's upper torso in a substantially fixed position, so that tension is applied to the user's spine in response to movement of the leg support, as it is engaged by the calves and/or backs of the user's legs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Inventors: Mark L. Gostine, Todd J. Staniulis
  • Patent number: 8100846
    Abstract: Spinal traction and restoration using application of forces in user-selectable distinct unitary directions by a rotatable pointable constrained inflator proximate a device base. The constrained inflator provides selectable, variable and pointable force to effect any of the following therapies: [1] Axial Traction; [2] Force to Upper Cervical Spine; [3] Force to Mid-Cervical Spine; [4] Force to Lower Cervical Spine; and [5] Traction Force Applied to Upper Thoracic Spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Inventor: John J. LaMonica
  • Patent number: 8012113
    Abstract: A spinal brace includes a flexible air injectable band configured to be disposed about a torso of a user and to provide traction to a spine of the user, at least one support panel configured to provide support by compression to at least a region of the torso, the at least one support panel being less flexible than the air injectable band, and at least one means of associating the at least one support panel with the flexible air injectable band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Disc Disease Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Bert T. Lee, John J. Lee
  • Publication number: 20110152931
    Abstract: A spinal three-dimensional orthopedic equipment includes a frame for fixing an operation means and a drive device, a front board member and it's drive device fixed on the frame, a back board member and a middle board member as well as their drive devices fixed on the frame, and a head holding means fixed on the middle board member for holding the patient's head. The head holding means includes a splint connected to said middle board member immovably, two sliding grooves are provided on the splint, and two head holding clips and a mandible tray connected to the sliding pieces mounted in the two sliding grooves respectively, which can slide along the sliding grooves. The spinal orthopedic equipment also includes a front board member fast lifting device, and a drive device for controlling the lifting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventors: Jilin Zhang, Yi Zhang
  • Publication number: 20110137343
    Abstract: A portable spinal disc decompression device includes a collapsible base unit, a traction mechanism, a series of patient support members, and a controller. The base unit includes upper and lower base members. The traction mechanism includes first and second pluralities of linear bearings slidably connected to the upper and lower base members (respectively), and a linear actuator attached to the base unit. The patient support members are connected to the base unit and include a cervical support member, a thoracic support carriage, a pelvic support carriage, and first and second leg support members. The patient support members include a plurality of locking mechanisms that allow selective linear movement of the thoracic and pelvic support carriages. The controller is in electrical communication with the linear actuator and provides a signal to the linear actuator to cause a force to be applied to the thoracic and/or pelvic support carriages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventor: David M. Vitko
  • Publication number: 20100331882
    Abstract: An anchorless non-invasive force dissipation device for orthopedic instrumentation including a base having a patient contacting surface, the patient contacting surface including a surface area adapted for external placement on a patient's body, and an instrument alignment mechanism operably connected to and selectively positionable relative to the base, the instrument alignment mechanism adapted to interface with at least one orthopedic instrument, such that forces applied by the orthopedic instrument are dissipated across the surface area of the base with the device being unanchored externally of the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: SPINEOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Todd Bjork, Dan McPhillips
  • Publication number: 20100286729
    Abstract: A device and method is disclosed for removing or otherwise ameliorating tension from the human body. The device having a body (20) a top or cusp (22) a bottom (24) and at least one inclined surface (30). Whereby a person lays on a flat surface supporting their head and neck on the body (20) for a period of time therewith decompressing tension from their body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventors: Matthew William Haugen, Jack William Smith
  • Patent number: 7708706
    Abstract: The invention is a synchronous impact table (the impact table). The impact table includes a support system having a control system therein, a power system coupled to the control system, a lift system coupled to the power system and the support system, and a patient support system coupled to the lift system. By providing a synchronous percussion wave to a user continuously over time, body and jaw alignment can be enhanced, soft connective tissue can return to its natural position, and body fluids can again flow and balance more naturally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: The Table Project, LLC
    Inventor: Steven A. Swidler
  • Patent number: 7654974
    Abstract: A traction table (200) include a frame having a base-frame portion (202) rotabably coupled to a top-frame portion (250) at a pivot point 214, a seat back portion (208) coupled to the top frame portion, and a seat-bottom (204) slidably coupled to the frame top portion. The seat-bottom can rotate about a pivot point (262) and tilt about at least one axis (260 and/or 264). The seat-bottom can further slide forwards or backwards relative to the top frame portion. The traction table can include an optional neck piece (210) coupled to the top frame portion that can move parallel relative to the seat back portion and constructed to rotate, tilt side to side or forward and backward. The traction table can include at least one actuator motor (245 or 244) for moving the seat-bottom or neck piece relative to the top-frame portion and a controller (212) for controlling such actuator(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Inventor: David B. Bass
  • Publication number: 20090248078
    Abstract: A spinal stabilization device providing dynamic stabilization to a region of a spinal column. The spinal stabilization device is configured to be connected between a first vertebra and a second vertebra of a spinal segment. The spinal stabilization device includes a central region engaging the spinous process of the first vertebra, a first arcuate arm extending from the central region to a first piece of fixation hardware secured to the second vertebra along an arcuate path, and a second arcuate arm extending from the central region to a second piece of fixation hardware secured to the second vertebra along an arcuate path. In some embodiments, the first and second arms are pivotably connected to the first and second pieces of fixation hardware with pivot connections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2008
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Applicant: ZIMMER SPINE, INC.
    Inventor: Jack A. Dant
  • Patent number: 7587770
    Abstract: The article of manufacture is a therapy table. The table has a head rest, arm rests and two cushions that are shaped similar to the human body. The head rest and arm rests are adjustable to fit a person either lying in a supine or prone position. The head rest and arm rests can also be adjusted to fit patients of different sizes. The table is designed so that its bed can go from a flat position to a dynamic convex position. An electronic linear actuator moves a lift cam which pushes on the center section of the table moving the table into a convex position which becomes rigid due to support from the curved surface of lift cam. This motion distracts the facet joints minimally which allows for a much easier and much more general repositioning of the vertebrae. The height of the table is adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Inventors: Richard E. Reser, Steve Corthell
  • Patent number: 7540877
    Abstract: A therapeutic table construction which isolates a first portion of the patient's body to a fixed table portion and a second portion of the patient's body to a moveable table portion, and applies a distraction force to the moveable portion of the patient's body while positioning the portion of the patient's spine that is to be treated at an angle so as to isolate the portion of the patient's spine which receives the distraction force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Inventor: Timothy R. Emsky
  • Publication number: 20090131973
    Abstract: A device for relieving pain and tension is provided. The device includes a base having at least one pressure member support on a first side of the base and at least one pressure member extending upwardly and rearwardly relative to the pressure member support wherein the pressure member is configured to engage a user. For use in association with the neck a and head region, preferably, the device includes two pressure members positioned on the pressure member support such that the pressure members may support the head of user while engaging the occipital region of the user's head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Inventor: Melody Selene Zacharias
  • Patent number: 7357777
    Abstract: A spinal traction/decompression device suitable for home or clinical treatment of lumbar and cervical spine pathology. The traction apparatus has a substantially flat upper body support that is moveable with respect to a fixed base. The upper body support is adapted to receive the upper torso of an individual leaning forward in a prone position while kneeling on a knee cushion. A pelvis/hip restraining portion holds the individual's lower torso in position with respect to the fixed base when the upper body support is moved. Lumbar traction may be induced by a user positioning their upper torso on the upper body support and moving it forward or backward with respect to the fixed base. The upper body support may also be divided into two independently moveable sections such that cervical traction can be induced in a neck region of a user. The traction force is preferably supplied by the individual pushing or pulling the upper body support forward with their arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Inventor: Ryan Meyers
  • Patent number: 7316707
    Abstract: Inflammation of the muscles of the posterior thoracic spine can lead to a number of physical ailments. This inflammation can have a number of causes, one typical cause being overuse in a work environment leading to stress or tension within these muscles. Although many related physical ailments can be treated with medication and a properly prescribed and maintained exercise program, at present, an effective, simple-to-use and inexpensive means for correcting the position of the thoracic spine is not available. Embodiments of the present invention provides a resilient pad that is adapted to be interposed between the upper thoracic spine of a user and a substantially hard surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Inventors: John Kalina, Pamela Siekierski, Richard Cuthbertson
  • Patent number: 7201729
    Abstract: A therapeutic table construction which isolates a first portion of the patient's body to a fixed table portion and a second portion of the patient's body to a moveable table portion, and applies a distraction force to the moveable portion of the patient's body while positioning the portion of the patient's spine that is to be treated at an angle so as to isolate the portion of the patient's spine which receives the distraction force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Cert Health Sciences, LLC
    Inventor: Timothy R. Emsky
  • Patent number: 7060085
    Abstract: An abdominal muscle and spine exercising device includes a frame having a top and a bottom surface with first and second bladders disposed on the top surface for bearing directly against thoraco-lumbar and lumbo-sacral vertebrae of a users spine in vectored directions in order to enhance an elliptical arch in the lower spine. A second arch projection is disposed on the bottom surface of the frame for enabling the frame and bladders to be rocked by the user in a transverse direction to a longitudinal axis of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Inventors: Richard A. Graham, Denise M. Pauck
  • Patent number: 7041071
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and apparatus for adjusting lumbosacral area, which corrects misalignment of the vertebrae in the lumbosacral area by applying pressure on the lumbosacral area. The present invention simultaneously applies vertical and horizontal forces to the lumbosacral area where vertebral displacement has occurred to adjust the vertebral displacement in the lumbosacral area and remove stress concentrated on the lumbosacral area. Accordingly, the lumbosacral area where the vertebral displacement has happened can be easily adjusted. Also, when the apparatus is manually operated, there is an effect that muscular strength can be increased while adjusting the lumbosacral area. In addition, stress concentrated on a lumbosacral joint wherein the lumbar vertebrae and the sacral vertebrae meet together is removed, so that a user can enjoy physically and mentally healthy life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Inventor: Sang Wook Kang
  • Patent number: 6945986
    Abstract: A chiropractic adjusting device for facilitating adjustments of the skull and cervical regions of a patient, comprising a base having relatively parallel post members spaced apart and being capable of moving on the base to adjust the spacing between the members, the post members being capable of being positioned in a first mode and a second mode; wherein in the first mode, the post members support a cervical region for facilitating the chiropractic adjustment of the cervical region; and wherein in the second mode, the post members support an upper cervical region for facilitating the chiropractic adjustment of the skull region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Inventor: Peter L. Lope
  • Patent number: 6936062
    Abstract: A chiropractic table for treatment of a patient when the patient is in a lordotic, relaxed posture lying prone on the table, includes a base and a padded frame mounted to the base. The frame has an upper side shaped to form an elongate upper surface extending in a generally horizontal longitudinal direction. The upper surface is arcuately shaped, when viewed in lateral cross-section orthogonal to the longitudinal direction. The upper surface has downwardly curved sides extending downwardly and oppositely from an uppermost ridge-line surface extending the length of the upper surface. The ridge-line surface has a face-resting concavity formed thereon at a first end of the upper surface. The concavity is adapted to receive in resting relation thereon the face of the patient when lying prone along and astride the ridge-line surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Inventor: Clint B. Hallgrimson