Extension Appliance Patents (Class 606/241)
  • Patent number: 10335661
    Abstract: A breaststroke leg strength training device, including a lower panel, and a prostrate platform connected with the panel through an elastic band and located below one side of the panel; a slit consistent with a breaststroke leg movement trajectory is formed in the panel, and an elastic band attachment column is respectively arranged at positions on both sides of the slit and on the panel; two foot pedal middle shafts are arranged in the slit and extend to the lower side of the panel; and the elastic band is connected with the attachment columns through a fixed beam fixed to the platform and the two foot pedal middle shafts. The device has a smart structural design, a trainer can comprehensively train all the muscle groups involved in the breaststroke leg actions in a continuous and efficient manner, and the breaststroke leg actions of the trainer can be specified and corrected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: SHANDONG NORMAL UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Xiaoyi Liu, Qingguo Lin
  • Patent number: 10251676
    Abstract: An implantable device comprising a driving unit and a kinematic assembly joined together: the driving includes, in an hermetic capsule, electromechanical component, like an electric motor and, the battery pack, and electronic elements, while the kinematic assembly includes a reducer and an actuator, for example a lead-screw distractor, and is lubricated by body fluids. Mechanical energy is transmitted without contact from the former to the latter by a magnetic transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: MPS Micro Precision Systems AG
    Inventors: Raphael Brunner, Claude Lachat
  • Patent number: 10220251
    Abstract: A device that is used to extend the spine and put it in traction, that is portable and user friendly. The device in an embodiment is grasped by the handles on either side and then is pushed toward the lower leg and against the upper calves via vertical intermediary bar pushing the legs with a horizontal bar in one direction and the shoulders in the other. The described process stretching the spine and putting the back in traction for the purposes of pain relief and stretching of the back muscles. The device can be an inexpensive alternative to other devices, as well as, easier to use. The force placed on the device and therefore on the spine or back is controlled by the user as is the ability to stop quite quickly if pain were to arise, giving the user complete and instant control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Robert Floyd Cullison
  • Patent number: 10111801
    Abstract: An apparatus for performing spinal decompression has a slanted surface coupled with opposing arm supports for receiving a user, or a grab bar, for suspending the user on the slanted surface under the influence of gravity, responsive to the user's weight. The amount of spinal decompression accomplished can be adjusted by varying the angle of the slanted surface, preferably by providing opposing ends of the table with legs, at least some of which are adjustable. The opposing arm supports and the grab bar are preferably adjustably associated with the slanted surface, for maximizing the user's comfort and for accommodating users of different sizes, and can be padded for added comfort and convenience. The apparatus can be made portable, for storage or transport. The apparatus can be provided with one or more heating pads to apply heat to the upper body, the lower back or the arms of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Dante Liberatoscioli
  • Patent number: 9907721
    Abstract: Systems and methods for use with haptic devices. A control system for haptic devices determines a first course of action based on a user's motion. Prior to implementing the first course of action, the control system determines if the first course of action would lead to instability in the haptic device which could cause an unsafe situation such as failure of its components. If the first course of action would lead to instability, the control device determines a second course of action that would not lead to instability and implements this second course of action. To assist in this second course of action and to prevent potential oscillation in the haptic device, the control system also selectively dampens a projected action of the haptic device. A haptic device using such a control system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: GAITTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Aliasgar Morbi, Mojtaba Ahmadi, Richard Beranek
  • Patent number: 9764188
    Abstract: An apparatus for stretching comprises a body holder for connecting to a support device. The body holder includes a body support panel for receiving an upper portion of a torso of a user, a left arm holder for receiving a left arm, and a right arm holder for receiving a right arm, and a body holder closing device. The left arm holder and the right arm holder are pivotally connected to the body support panel. The body support panel can have a curved surface to approximate a part of the torso. The left arm holder can have a flat or curved surface to approximate a left side of the torso and at least a portion of left arm. The right arm holder can have a flat or curved surface to approximate at least a right side of the torso and at least a portion of right arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Aganyan Inc.
    Inventors: Hakop Aganyan, Silvia Aganyan
  • Patent number: 9616284
    Abstract: An apparatus for stretching comprises a body holder for connecting to a support device (e.g., a frame or ball joint). The body holder includes a body support panel for receiving an upper portion of user's body, a left arm holder for receiving a left arm, and a right arm holder for receiving a right arm. The left arm holder and the right arm holder are pivotally connected to the body support panel. The body support panel can have an ergonomic curved surface to approximate a part of user's torso. The left arm holder can also have a curved surface to approximate a portion of left side of a user's torso and at least a portion of left arm. Similarly, the right arm holder can have has a curved surface to approximate at least a portion of right side of the user's torso and at least a portion of right arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Aganyan Inc.
    Inventors: Hakop Aganyan, Vernald Aganov, Ashot Arzunyan, Vagarshak Pilossyan
  • Patent number: 9480614
    Abstract: A hip distractor includes a pair of distractor members and a support configured to be fastened to a surgical table. The support includes at least two mounts for coupling to a pair of joints that couple the distractor members to the support. Another hip distractor includes a pair of distractor assemblies that are configured to apply a distraction load to a patient. Each of the assemblies includes a joint for coupling the corresponding assembly to a surgical table. The joint permits vertical and horizontal angular adjustment of the corresponding assembly. A method of distracting a hip includes coupling a patient's legs to a pair of distractor assemblies and simultaneously adjusting a vertical angle and a horizontal angle of at least one of the distractor assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignees: Smith & Nephew, Inc., Allen Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Alexander Torrie, Edward James Daley, Paul Joseph Skavicus
  • Patent number: 9308036
    Abstract: A portable assembly for treating desiccated and injured spinal discs includes a collapsible stretcher including a rectangular frame and a plurality of legs connected with the frame; a spinal stretching assembly connected with one end of the stretcher and an adjustable harness connected with the stretcher another end of the stretcher. The portable assembly operates to stretch and apply tension and decompression through the thoracic and lumbar regions of a patient lying on the stretcher. A method for treating desiccated and injured spinal discs includes the steps of administering at least one dietary supplement to the patient; administering at least one medication to the patient; hydrating the patient; positioning the patient on a stretcher in a prone position; stretching and applying tension and decompression through thoracic and lumbar regions of the patient via a spinal stretching assembly; and executing Chi breathing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventor: Ivan L. Robinson
  • Patent number: 9192503
    Abstract: A mechanical massage and traction apparatus provides patient weight-induced cervical traction and particular stimulation of distinct pressure points along a patient's shoulders and occipital ridge. A fixed base provides at least two shoulder-engaging members that preferably firmly engage with and massage the patient's shoulders. Pivotally coupled to the base is a head support that includes a plurality of occipital ridge engaging fingers that preferably firmly engage with and massage the patient's occipital ridge. A spring between the base and head support operatively flexes under the weight of the patient's head and shoulders, and thereby increases a distance between the shoulder-engaging members and occipital ridge support, to operatively produce traction in the patient's cervical vertebrae. The upper torso support operatively contacts an underlying support surface, and the occipital ridge support operatively floats above the underlying support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventors: Peter W. Peterson, George H. Blaisdell
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8814906
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a new and improved system and method for maintaining and improving the function of the human back. A first embodiment of the method may include the steps of sitting in a lumbar support chair for a first period of time with the lumbar portion of the back in a reclined neutral lordosis, placing the feet on an elevated foot support, and standing erect with the assistance of a rod for a second period of time. The lumbar support chair may include a sacral depression, a lumbar protrusion, a thoracic recession, a raised dorsal thigh support, a left thigh protrusion, and a right thigh protrusion. The elevated foot support may be capable of pivoting towards and away from the lumbar support chair and placing the feet on the elevated support may result in the knees being higher than the iliac crest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Gregory Baksinski
  • Patent number: 8790371
    Abstract: A logarithmically increasing decompression force is applied to a spinal column in a progressively changing direction lying in the mid-sagittal plane. This focuses the decompression force as compared with a straight-line pull. A table to achieve this decompression force has a fixed table section, a moveable table section, a reciprocating arm which acts as a movable pre-tension section, a vertically adjustable upstanding support supported by the pre-tension section, an attachment point attached to a tensionometer-head associated with the upstanding support for attachment to a harness, a moveable table section drive for extending the moveable table section from the fixed table section and for retracting the moveable table section toward the fixed table section, a reciprocating arm drive for extending and retracting the reciprocating arm from the movable table section, and an upstanding support drive for driving the upstanding support to different vertical positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventors: Allan E. Dyer, Lawrence A. Dyer
  • Patent number: 8672971
    Abstract: A chiropractic table has a base, a table support member connected to the base and extending upward from the base, an axial-lateral-tilt mechanism laterally connected to table support member, a cephalad section connected transversely to and being supported by the table support member above the base, a head section connected to and extending longitudinally from a first cephalad section end of the cephalad section, and a caudal section interconnected with the axial-lateral-tilt mechanism and the table support member and being positioned longitudinally adjacent a second cephalad section end of the cephalad section where the axial-lateral-tilt mechanism has an axial pivot mechanism configured to axially swing the caudal section along a predefined arc, the arc coinciding with a predefined radial distance from a pivot axis that is parallel to a longitudinal axis of the chiropractic table and located a predefined distance above a top surface of the chiropractic table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Bernwart Kellner
  • Patent number: 8597221
    Abstract: A traction exercise apparatus comprises a rectangular shaped metal frame including a pair of metal vertical members, a metal horizontal member on a bottom side, and a pair of metal horizontal members on a top side. A first rotating metal shaft and a second rotating metal shaft are located across the pair of metal horizontal members. Further a pair of ankle braces is attached to a snap hook. A cable pulley on each side of the first rotating metal shaft supports a first metal cable attached to the snap hook. A first cable reel on each side of second rotating metal shaft supports the first metal cable. A second cable reel on each side of the second rotating metal shaft supports a second metal cable attached to a hand grab bar. Second rotating metal shaft rotates to transmit a tension to the first metal cable to perform different traction exercises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Andrew Lisowski
  • Patent number: 8439948
    Abstract: A chiropractic table system for providing effective treatment of sacroiliac joint pain in a patient. The chiropractic table system generally includes a table with an upper opening, a first support member extending through the upper opening and a second support member extending through the upper opening. The support members engage the hip portion of a patient lying upon the table. The support members are separated thereby separating the sacroiliac joints, then the support members are counter-pivoted with respect to one another thereby torquing the hip portion of the patient and then the support members are quickly lowered a distance to set the hip portion of the patient as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventors: Wallace E. King, Gerald G. Voegele
  • Patent number: 8430910
    Abstract: An adjustable spinal rehabilitation device includes a bed frame, three soft pads thereon, five elevation adjustment mechanisms provided between the bed frame and the soft pads for adjusting inclinations of the soft pads, an inverted U-shaped frame provided outside the bed frame and coupled thereto from above, two tractors provided outside the inverted U-shaped frame, and five fastening belts. Four fastening belts are tied to the bed frame bilaterally for fixing in position a rehabilitation patient. Cords coupled to two fastening belts extend from the tractors and penetrate holes of the inverted U-shaped frame so as for the cords to be coupled to pulley trains disposed on rails provided on inner sides of the inverted U-shaped frame, respectively. The tractors pull the rehabilitation patient to increase inclination of the rehabilitation patient's thoracic and lumbar spine to a required angle and pull the rehabilitation patient's cervical spine from a required angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Inventor: Sunto Yen
  • Publication number: 20130066373
    Abstract: A body hauling mechanism includes a weight seat, a weight control assembly and a body hauling auxiliary part. The weight control assembly of the body hauling mechanism has an enclosure with a stretching mechanism configured inside. Said stretching mechanism is made up of a separating board, a gear unit, a cord rolling wheel, a back-stop mechanism and a driving wheel. The user can pull the two-way pulling cord to drive the stretching mechanism to control the weight control assembly hanged on the weight seat, so that the hauling cord of the weight control assembly can be retracted or released mildly, and can apply or release the hauling force smoothly. When using the body hauling mechanism to improve the symptoms caused by irritation or compression of the body nerves, secondary injury of the affected part can be avoided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventor: Chung-Fong LIAO
  • Publication number: 20130023931
    Abstract: A spinal traction device (50) comprises a collar (52) adapted to fit snugly around a user's neck, the collar (52) comprising a pair of elongate collar members (56) which respectively pass around both side of the user's neck and provide a grip against the user's neck and posterior jaw. A suspension means (58) is provided for suspending the collar (52) from a secure anchor point above the user's head. In use, when the user wears the collar (52) around their neck, and allows at least part of their body weight to be suspended by the collar (52) from the anchor point, the device (50) can apply traction to the user's spine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventors: Nicholas John Bovell, Radu Iliuta
  • Patent number: 8303626
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device comprising a shaped shoulder piece to rest on the shoulders of a person to be treated, and a shaped head piece to be laid on it, as support for the chin and two bottom points of the rear lower edge of the skull. This ensures a three-point support of the head on the top side of this shaped head piece. Further, the device comprises a lifting mechanism, which is inserted between the back of the shaped shoulder piece and the shaped head piece. This lifting mechanism is simply a pump in the form of a bellows with a one-way valve for discharge, by which the air cushion can be inflated and discharged arbitrarily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: CuraCeres GmbH
    Inventor: Paul Walter Fischer
  • 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: 20120221047
    Abstract: A portable device that provides a frame for cervical traction with an elevation clip holder that can produce gross or incremental adjustments along a vertical axis during traction supported by a stable rigid frame that can be attached to a manipulation or manipulative surgical table with support brackets, which is designed to be used in conjunction with a variety of cervical traction units and certain methods, techniques, and procedures to create decompression forces in the spine with the use of the hands of the doctor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventors: Harvey J. Segur, Sandra Kay Diehl
  • Patent number: 8251880
    Abstract: An apparatus that facilitates the stretching and exercising of the hamstring and back muscles is provided. The apparatus can be used for stretching to improve flexibility, to warm up muscles before physical activity, and/or for physical rehabilitation after injury. The apparatus includes a set of hand grips and a set of foot plates. A user grasps the hand grips and positions the arches of his or her feet above the foot plates. The apparatus includes a user actuated drive mechanism for moving a set of hand grips along the shaft toward the foot plates. The user maintains a grip of the hand grips as the hand grips move along the shaft toward the foot plates, thereby stretching the hamstring and back muscles of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventor: George Hampton
  • Publication number: 20120215258
    Abstract: A portable devise that provides a plate attached to a ball and socket structure with an adjustable range-of-motion ring supported by a stable rigid platform that is capable of performing gyroscopic motion that can be applied to the spine or pelvis in either the prone, supine, or sitting position when placed on the floor, structure with flat surface, chair, or table to be used in conjunction with the methods, techniques, and procedures of spinal manual manipulation and manipulative surgery by a doctor educated and trained in the professions of either chiropractic, osteopathy, naturopathy, or physical medicine for treatment of spinal and pelvic disorders, conditions, and syndromes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventors: Harvey J. Segur, Sandra Kay Diehl
  • Patent number: 8221456
    Abstract: A vertical rehabilitation appliance includes a horizontal frame, vertical frame, moving mechanism, head positioning structure, body positioning structure, and fastening belts. The vertical frame has two first posts coupled to the horizontal frame and formed with holes. The first posts are coupled to a second post. The second post and the horizontal frame are coupled to two third posts. Moving mechanisms are horizontally provided between the first posts and bilaterally provided with positioning devices for engagement with the holes of the first posts. The head positioning structure and the body positioning structure are provided on the moving mechanisms. The fastening belts are provided between the third posts to fix a rehabilitation patient's shoulders and lower limbs in position. Two back-positioned ends of the fastening belts have first connecting elements coupled to a second connecting element so as to pull the rehabilitation patient's back during spine rehabilitation therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Inventor: Sunto Yen
  • Patent number: 8133260
    Abstract: A chiropractic table has a base, a table support member connected to the base and extending upward from the base, an axial-lateral-tilt mechanism laterally connected to table support member, a cephalad section connected transversely to and being supported by the table support member above the base, a head section connected to and extending longitudinally from a first cephalad section end of the cephalad section, and a caudal section interconnected with the axial-lateral-tilt mechanism and the table support member and being positioned longitudinally adjacent a second cephalad section end of the cephalad section where the axial-lateral-tilt mechanism has an axial pivot mechanism configured to axially pivot the caudal section through a predefined arc around a longitudinal pivot axis that is parallel to the longitudinal axis of the chiropractic table, the longitudinal pivot axis being located a predefined distance above the top surface of the chiropractic table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventor: Bernwart Kellner
  • Publication number: 20110295317
    Abstract: A spinal decompression table includes a table frame, a back support portion attached to the table frame and defining a longitudinal direction, at least one pair of arms coupled with and extending from the back support portion. When in a release position, the at least one pair of arms is generally coplanar with the back support portion. Each pair of arms has a pair of respective distal ends which are substantially aligned relative to the longitudinal direction. The respective distal ends of each of the at least one pair of arms are removably coupled together with a securing mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventor: Richard E. Busch, III
  • Patent number: 8038635
    Abstract: A forward head position correction collar is provided which in combination includes a shoulder collar assembly, a chin mastoid piece for engaging and positioning the head of a wearer of the collar; and interconnecting means for interconnecting the chin piece to the collar assembly as to enable the chin piece to be manually and preferably incrementally adjustable with respect to the shoulder collar assembly in a Z-direction to thereby adjust the supported head of the wearer from the forward head position to an increasingly corrected position. The interconnecting means is further adapted for displacing the chin-mastoid piece in a vertical direction with respect to the shoulder collar assembly simultaneously with and proportional to the incremental adjustment of the chin-mastoid piece along the Z-axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Inventor: Ronald P. Dellanno
  • Patent number: 8028702
    Abstract: An arm support and positioning assembly is provided that includes a vertical member, an engagement member and a horizontal member having one end engaged with the vertical member through a ball joint assembly and the other end affixed with the engagement member through a wedge lock. The engagement member receives and retains a patient's arm support during the surgical or medical procedures. The vertical member is attached to the clamp support assembly affixed with the operating table. The ball joint assembly includes a first hinge plate, a second hinge plate, and a ball joint having an elongated ball neck on one end and a spherical ball on other end. The ball shape end allows the horizontal member to rotate at a varied angular position with respect to the vertical member thereby providing a greater degree of adjustability to the surgeon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Inventor: Manuel F. DaSilva
  • 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: 20110208242
    Abstract: A restraint, reposition, traction, and exercise device treats acute or chronic mechanical pain, particularly back, neck, hip, pelvis, shoulder, knees, and/or leg pain, and restores and/or increases range of motion in suitable users. The device may include two or more movable support structures and two or more restraints, such as straps. The restraints may be incrementally adjustable to stabilize two or more portions of a person's body, such as the back and/or pelvic regions, against the support structures in any number of three-dimensional orientations that produce a substantially pain-free position. The support structures may be moved apart to apply spinal traction to the portions of the person's body between the restraints. Exercises may be performed while in a substantially pain-free position before, during, or after spinal traction is applied. The user may reposition and restrain herself/himself in another substantially pain-free position and then re-apply spinal traction and/or perform further exercises.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Applicant: BackProject Corporation
    Inventors: Swee Lin Hoffman, Steven Ari Hoffman
  • Patent number: 8002797
    Abstract: A therapeutic, tilting, split table, traction apparatus for home use manually operated by the user to relieve back pain and/or to stretch lumbar spine and exercise back muscles and provide mechanical traction with the user in supine position. The apparatus having a upper tilting frame ,one end being back and head support and opposing end being a rolling or sliding carriage, pivotally hinged on base frame with approximately 13 kilograms of upper body weight offset unto the back support to offset the effect of the 13 kilogram spring used to retract the rolling or sliding carriage and keep body weight balanced for ease of use. Lower body is anchored by pelvic or waist harness to the rolling or sliding carriage. As the user releases latch, the frame tilts and simultaneously pushes up a rod and roller assembly, which is hinged to under back support and under rolling carriage, along the 35 degree incline track thereby pushing carriage away from back support creating traction/distraction force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Inventor: Zoltan Joseph Mayer
  • Publication number: 20110060364
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an underwater exercise and physical therapy device for joint release and spinal adjustment wherein a tube is worn on a user's upper body and weights are worn on the user's feet in a water tank having a predetermined depth wherein his feet are spaced apart from the bottom surface thereof to carry out underwater exercise and physical therapy by using the buoyant force of the tube and the gravity of the weights, thereby enabling his joints to be released, making his muscles reformed, and further adjusting and preventing his spinal diseases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Inventor: Gye-Hyun Seol
  • Patent number: 7833178
    Abstract: A body elongator includes a container in which a heel elongator and a calf stretcher are fixed. The heel elongator has a leg support slide selectively movable for a predetermined distance by a driving mechanism for elongating a user's heels secured to the leg support slide. The calf stretcher has a toe bar supported between and by two carrier posts. The carrier posts, along with the toe bar, can be rotated from a horizontal position to a vertical position with respect to the frame body. When the user's toes are leaned tightly against the toe bar, with heels secured to the leg support slide, making the feet plantar flexion along the movement direction of the leg support slide, the Achilles tendon and the calf muscles groups can be stretched when the leg support slide is driven to move into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Inventors: Jay Lee, Helen Chen
  • Publication number: 20100094342
    Abstract: The device consists of a shaped shoulder piece (1) to rest on the shoulders of a person to be treated, and a shaped head piece (6) to be layed on it, as as support for the chin and two bottom points of the rear lower edge of the skull. This ensures a three-point support of the head on the top sid of this shaped head piece (6). Further, the device comprises a lifting means (13), which is inserted between the back of the shaped shoulder piece (1) and the shaped head piece (6). This lifting means (13) is simply a pump (15) in the form of a bellows (15) with a one-way valve for discharge, by which the air cushion can be inflated and discharged arbitrarily.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventor: Paul Walter Fischer
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7648473
    Abstract: A traction extension table used to aid the user in performing assisted lower back and abdominal extensions for the treatment of bulging/herniated lumbar discs. The table has a frame constructed utilizing a plurality of cushioned sections forming the table's top with one movable along a roller assembly mating with the table frame for section relocation and releasable securement upon relocation. Another is contoured to have table frame supported hand-placement supports at the head. The contoured cushion is hingedly attached to the table frame and also connected to at least one shock absorber. To better accommodate the user, the pads have lumbar and chest harnesses to keep the user in position while performing an exercise while the chest pad has a face hole to accommodate the user's nose while lying face down on the table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Inventor: Jedheesh Peruvingal
  • Patent number: 7544175
    Abstract: A traction device for use on a support surface which includes a body contacting assembly which releasably contacts the a suitable anatomical region of the patient, a gas spring and associated assembly, the gas spring variable between an extended rest position and a retracted force exerting position, and means of relieving traction force exerted by the gas spring and associated assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Inventor: Anthony T. D'Amico
  • Publication number: 20090062856
    Abstract: A spinal treatment apparatus for applying a force to a patient includes a base portion, a telescoping support, a spinal distraction device and an actuator. The telescoping support is mounted on the base portion and includes a bottom member and a top member. The top member is engaged with the bottom member so that the top member has a retracted position and an extended position. The telescoping support is capable of withstanding a force, corresponding to the spinal treatment force, imparted on the top member, while in both the retracted position and the extended position. The spinal distraction device is mounted on the top member and applies the spinal treatment force to the patient. The actuator moves the top member vertically relative to the bottom member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2008
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Applicant: NORTH AMERICAN MEDICAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Norman A. Smith, Carlos Becerra, Shelly O'Neil-Fleming
  • Publication number: 20080167684
    Abstract: A treatment table with a calf/foot assembly includes an upper body support section adapted to support a patient's body, attached to a system support; and a calf/foot assembly pivotally attached to a lower part of the upper body support section, the calf/foot assembly including a calf/foot support, a linear movement mechanism adapted to move the calf/foot support linearly, and a first rotational mechanism adapted to cause a first transverse movement of the calf/foot support transverse to the longitudinal axis of the upper body support section. The treatment table further includes a second rotational mechanism adapted to cause a second transverse movement of the calf/foot support transverse to the longitudinal axis and the first transverse movement. The method of using the treatment table to applying traction to the spine of a patient at varying angles is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2007
    Publication date: July 10, 2008
    Inventor: David F. Cuccia
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20080086124
    Abstract: A system (10) and associated method are provided for mechanically fixating a region of a skull to a portion of a spine. A plate (20) is provided to contact a region of the skull and be secured thereto. A spinal rod (22) is configured to extend from a location adjacent the plate (20) to a location adjacent at least one vertebra (30). A variable connection (24) is provided to secure the rod (22) to the plate (20). The variable connection (24) has a first mode wherein the relative position of the rod (22) to the plate (20) can be adjusted and a second mode wherein the relative position of the rod (22) to the plate (20) is locked at a particular value selected to maintain a desired curvature of the spine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2006
    Publication date: April 10, 2008
    Inventors: Charles R. Forton, Robert J. Jones
  • Patent number: 7341567
    Abstract: A traction device for use on a support surface which includes a body contacting assembly which releasably contacts the a suitable anatomical region of the patient, a gas spring and associated assembly, the gas spring variable between an extended rest position and a contracted force exerting position, and means of relieving traction force exerted by the gas spring and associated assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Inventor: Anthony T. D'Amico
  • 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: 7309347
    Abstract: A calf/foot support and treatment table for extension, flexion, traction, distraction and lateral movement of the body of a patient includes a base adapted to rest upon a floor, and a system support assembly having an upper end and a lower end integrally secured to the base, a rigid support platform having a lower part and an upper part, the support platform pivotally secured to a pivot axle of said system support assembly; a lumbar support assembly disposed on the lower part of the support platform; and a calf/foot support assembly for linear traction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Inventor: David F. Cuccia
  • Patent number: 7255708
    Abstract: A medical chair has a cranium position regulating device and a pelvis-and-knee position regulating device for respectively regulating the positions of the cranium and pelvis of a subject who sits on a seat. The cranium position regulating device and the pelvis-and-knee position regulating device have structures in which they butt against both right and left sides of the cranium and the pelvis, respectively, to cause both planes centered in a right-and-left direction of the cranium and the pelvis to be in a same central plane which extends in the direction of gravity. An ideal condition of the body of the subject in which vertical and horizontal balances are achieved against the force of gravity can be achieved to ensure physiological curvature of vertebrae and the condition can be maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Inventors: Sang Cheol Kim, Masayuki Nakamura
  • Patent number: 7219963
    Abstract: A back support (6) comprising a first support element (7) adapted to be mounted on a seat back (3), and a second support element (21) adapted to be mounted to the back of a user, the elements (7, 21) each being provided with securing means (7?, 24) to secure the support elements (7, 21) together when the support elements (7, 21) are placed together. The arrangement is such that, in use, the first support element (7) supports the second support element (21) so that the back of a user of the back support (6) is in traction. The means to secure the elements together comprises a hook-and-loop-type pad on each support element (7, 21) or a tongue and groove arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Inventor: George Fridd
  • Patent number: 7179237
    Abstract: A device for preventing or relieving pain in the lower back of a human subject includes a body-engaging element configured for engaging a region of the subject's body inferior to the lumbar vertebrae while the subject lies in a supine position. A drive mechanism is configured to move the body-engaging element through a repetitive cyclic motion which includes an operative motion along a first path including a primarily vertical lifting motion followed by a primarily horizontal tensioning motion, and a return motion along a second path, the second path lying generally below the first path. The body-engaging element preferably includes at least one surface configured for engaging a rear surface of both of the subject's legs from the knees downwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Backlife Ltd.
    Inventor: Ori Elan
  • Patent number: 7125415
    Abstract: A neck traction device for delivering or imposing a tension force on the neck area of a person. The traction device includes a rigid vertical support member that has a connector for engaging a support surface. A neck cradle having a pair of rigid spaced apart arms adapted for engaging the scull at a location below the occipital bone is mounted from the rigid vertical member to allow a person to use his weight against the cradle to impose a tension force on the person's neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Inventor: William Hudgens
  • Patent number: 6960174
    Abstract: A therapeutic treatment machine alternatingly applies compression and traction to a patient. A frame includes: a platform having an upper body support pad with controllable resistance to forward and backward displacement; rollers supporting the lower back, buttocks and thighs; and a motor-driven foot support displaceable forward and backward predetermined distances and speeds. Tubular frame members fit over and adhesively engage arms projecting orthogonally from a corner section. Legs telescopically receive leg support members extending orthogonally from the arms. Compression and traction are each forcefully effected by motor rotation converted to longitudinal reciprocation of a linkage that drives the foot support. The patient's feet are held in place against footplates by clamps supported on a T-bar cross member having a stem extending forwardly through a longitudinal slot in the footplates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Inventor: Randall Fenkel