Couch Patents (Class 606/242)
  • Patent number: 10786413
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus and a method for training the muscles of the upper torso and/or for relaxing the spinal column of a person, with a movable carriage for receiving the person, and with a guide path along which the movable carriage with the person is guided and moved in such a way that kinetic energy is applied at least intermittently to the person for distraction of the torso or of the spinal column of the person. According to the invention, provision is made that the person on the movable carriage is received on the support lying in a substantially horizontal position, that the hips, legs and/or feet of the person on the support are fixed with a fixing arrangement, and that the movable carriage, with the person lying on it, is moved substantially horizontally along the guide path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventor: Elmar Buehl
  • Patent number: 10759316
    Abstract: A dynamic adjustable armrest includes a bracket supporting the armrest, a rod guide having a plurality of detents, the rod guide in slidable communication with the bracket, a locking rod engageable with the rod guide and the bracket. The locking rod is movable between at least a first position and a second position, and the armrest is movable between at least an up position and a down position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Vinay C. Bhairagond, Kiran Kumar Siddegowda, Pramod Lockhande, Navinkumar J. Singh, John Bosilkovski, Helio M. Queiroz, Alan Denys Aldrete Meza, Eliseo Arturo Flores Diaz
  • Patent number: 10751243
    Abstract: Non-invasive methods and systems for treating adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) that is characterized as having a Cobb angle with an apex at the mid-level of the thoraco lumbar spine are provided. The methods and systems involve the application of an overcorrecting external distractive force to the spine, the force being transmitted via actuated crutches while the patient maintains a predator crouch position that is stabilized by a support and the crutches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventor: Edward B. MacMahon
  • Patent number: 10639113
    Abstract: An instrument control unit for use with a surgical instrument, is provided. The instrument control unit comprises first and second plates, first and second lead screws, first and second yokes, and first and second motors. The first and second plates define a sleeve therebetween. Each of the first and second lead screws is disposed between the first and second plates. Each of the first and second yokes is threadedly engaged with its respective lead screw. The motors are disposed in mechanical cooperation with respective lead screws. Actuation of the motors causes rotation of its respective lead screw, which results in movement of its respective yoke along the longitudinal axis, and which is configured to effect a first function of a surgical instrument engaged with the instrument control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Simon R. Grover, Charles F. Kilby, Daniel L. Fuller
  • Patent number: 10531998
    Abstract: A patient support structure includes a pair of independently height-adjustable supports, each connected to a patient support. The supports may be independently raised, lowered, rolled or tilted about a longitudinal axis, laterally shifted and angled upwardly or downwardly. Position sensors are provided to sense all of the foregoing movements. The sensors communicate data to a computer for coordinated adjustment and maintenance of the inboard ends of the patient supports in an approximated position during such movements. A longitudinal translator provides for compensation in the length of the structure when the supports are angled upwardly or downwardly. A patient trunk translator provides coordinated translational movement of the patient's upper body along the respective patient support in a caudad or cephalad direction as the patient supports are angled upwardly or downwardly for maintaining proper spinal biomechanics and avoiding undue spinal traction or compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC, INC.
    Inventors: Roger P. Jackson, Lawrence E. Guerra, Trevor A. Waggoner
  • Patent number: 10004626
    Abstract: A neck movement support device includes a stationary member, a movable member connected to the stationary member and rotatable relative thereto about an anteroposterior neck movement axis, a yoke extending away from the movable member and rotatable therewith about the anteroposterior neck movement axis, a handle connected to the yoke and rotatable relative thereto about a mediolateral neck movement axis, and a head hardness connected to the handle and rotatable relative thereto about a craniocaudal neck movement axis. A head of a user is securable to the head hardness, so as to constrain the head to move or remain stationary along with the head hardness about the anteroposterior, mediolateral and craniocaudal neck movement axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventor: Joseph P. Stine
  • Patent number: 9248071
    Abstract: A walking rehabilitation and exercise machine in the form of an elliptical style machine closely replicates the mechanical foot motions of walking, while incorporating hand motion to help a disabled or injured person retrain muscles in a proper walking gait and improve physical fitness. The device includes an electrically adjustable seat, independent left or right electrically adjustable stride and an electric flywheel drive to assist the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Ergoflex, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Benda, Randy Klemm, Tim Klemm
  • Patent number: 9205015
    Abstract: A linear motion therapy device that has a single semi-enclosed worm-driven actuator (guide bar) with one end attached to a cantilevered and adjustable foot and heel support. The opposite end of the actuator is attached to a corset the person wears while in a supine position called a thoracic lumbar spine orthosis (TLSO). Next to the corset, but attached to the actuator is a motor, a height adjustment screw, and a stabilizer plate. A cord is attached to a push button hand control device for moving the foot support along the guide bar in a forward or reverse direction. Movement can be stopped at any time. A patient also wears a constraint that wraps around the thigh called a thigh support that attaches to the actuator with a pivotal and adjustable arm. This device can be adjusted to either leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventor: Lawrence Guillen
  • Patent number: 9009894
    Abstract: The claimed invention provides an improved posture correction tool in the form of a table to be used by chiropractic practitioners to treat mechanical disorders of the spine and musculoskeletal system. The improved posture correction tool provides a plurality of pads to support the various major areas of the body and has built in drop capability and adjustment capability for the pelvic pad, the lumbar pad, the thoracic pad and the head and cervical area. The claimed invention also has a novel cervical support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Posture Correction Tools, LLC
    Inventor: Mark Radermacher
  • Publication number: 20140364910
    Abstract: A system for dynamically adjusting treatment angle under tension to accommodate variations in spinal morphology during spinal decompression therapy is provided. It provides a tensioning device including a patient-positioning means, a tension-producing actuator, a positioning device, a patient interface device, a control system and a display. The control system with feedback on the resultant tension vector applied to patient spine operationally configured to allow for adjustment of either tension producing actuator position, patient position, or both while applying tension to the patient spine during non-therapeutic tension levels. The control system automatically adjusts tension producing actuator work levels such that the resultant tension vector magnitude remains ideally constant during adjustment of resultant tension vector angle, reducing the risk of eliciting paraspinal muscle contraction due to changes in resultant tension vector magnitude.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Song Ren
  • Publication number: 20140316465
    Abstract: A device for relieving back and/or neck pain of a seated user through spinal decompression includes a frame, a seat base connected to the frame, and a seat back connected to the frame. The seat base has a front portion and a rear portion, with the seat back extending from the rear portion of the seat base. At least one of the seat base and the seat back is movable relative to the other of the seat base and the seat back to increase a distance between the seat base and the seat back to decompress a spine of the seated user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Stephen G. Robinson, Ilana Diamond, Abigail R. Foster
  • 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20130060282
    Abstract: A chair comprises a seat and a seat back made of non-resilient materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventor: Loan Kim Thi Pham
  • Patent number: 8303627
    Abstract: A device for closure of a patent foramen ovale. The device includes at least one elongated tissue anchor at the distal end of the device. A distal end portion of the tissue anchor is selectively deployable between a closed position in which the distal end portion of the tissue anchor is capable of penetrating the septum and the flap, and a radially extensible position in which the distal end portion of the tissue anchor is capable of engaging the septum or flap so that the septum and flap may be urged into registry. A deployment member is associated with the tissue anchor for selectively deploying the distal end portion of the tissue anchor between the closed position and the radially extensible position. A closure element is disposed at the distal end of the device. The closure element is engageable with the septum and the flap when the septum and flap are in registry, for maintaining such registry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Thomas A. Osborne
  • Publication number: 20120271350
    Abstract: A massage table for supporting a person during a massage above a surface includes a leg assembly that engages the floor, and a table top that includes six foldable wings, four staging feet and a handle. The frame is made up of rectangular aluminum sections that are welded together to make up the frame and the wings frame. The frame includes a frame base that supports at least a portion of the person above the surface with two legs, the wings are connected to the base of the frame by piano hinge and can fold down independently while still connected to the frame base, the frame sections are made of aluminum but can be made up of various materials. A T-bar face cradle inserts into the head of the table.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: ROM-T Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: Brent Warren Palmer
  • Publication number: 20110288586
    Abstract: A chiropractic evaluation, diagnostic and adjusting system includes a surface having including an elongated slot therein, a number of actuators, each including a rod and a position sensor, and a drive for translating the adjustment actuators along the length the slot. A control system determines a curvature of a spine of a patient by controlled extension and retraction of each rod into and out-of contact with the spine of the patient via the slot during translation of the adjustment actuators along the length of the slot. The control system compares the determined curvature of the spine of the patient to a predetermined spine curvature and controls the drive and each of one or more of the actuators to apply a series of corrective stroke pulses to an area of the patient's spine requiring adjustment via the rod of the actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventor: Christopher M. Auman
  • Publication number: 20110270310
    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: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventors: Allan E. Dyer, Lawrence A. Dyer
  • Publication number: 20100121377
    Abstract: A portable lumbar support is provided and includes an elongate resilient cushion member having a pair of opposing end sections and an intermediate section having a concave therapeutic surface on at least one major side thereof for fitting against a lumbar region of a patient, and an opposed major stabilizing surface for contacting and being supported by an adjacent support structure such as a seat back when the support is in use. Pressure from contact between the lumbar region of the patient and the support elongates a fascia portion of the lumbar region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Inventor: Pamela T. Held
  • Publication number: 20100004684
    Abstract: A spiral-traction device is disclosed that includes a neck and upper back frame attached designed to attached to a patient, and a portable or stationary reclining chair. The neck and upper back frame is used with the portable or stationary reclining chair. Both the neck and upper back frame and the portable or stationary reclining chair have inflatable and deflatable air chambers that can be controlled to apply spiral traction relax muscles and to release soft-tissues and decompress spinal-joint surfaces with specificity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Publication date: January 7, 2010
    Inventor: Richard J. Rogachevsky
  • Publication number: 20090306714
    Abstract: A method of producing a support article for part of the human body, in particular the back, comprises the steps of obtaining an array of electronically encoded points defined in 3D corresponding to points on a surface of the body part utilizing a non-contact 3D digitiser. The array of points are converted into data readable by a computer aided manufacturing device. The data is adjusted to alter the surface prior to forming the article. The support article is formed incorporating the surface from the adjusted data using the computer aided manufacturing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Applicant: Tempus Computers Limited
    Inventor: Lee Crompton
  • Publication number: 20090259253
    Abstract: An apparatus for stretching the vertebral column of a person, comprising a table equipped with a traction system having fixing means for connecting a cable to the person's feet, and traction means acting on the cable to effect traction on the legs in order to stretch the legs and the column, and oscillating means that act on the cable so as to obtain movements of lateral oscillation of both legs, the traction means and the oscillating means adapted to be controlled by a control unit in order to combine movements of lateral oscillation and movements of traction. The apparatus can be used to effect movements of lateral oscillation in order to achieve muscle relaxation in the region of the pelvis and the lumbar region, and thereby make the subsequent stretching of the lower back region more effective.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2007
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Applicant: SATISFORM
    Inventor: Christophe Bensoussan
  • Patent number: 7556594
    Abstract: The Fitness Device comprises a back contacting member and a leg contacting member, with a pivotally mounted contacting member that is attached to said back contacting member. When driven by a motor or hand-operated power source, said pivotally mounted contacting member causes the position of said back contacting member relative to said leg contacting member to change, applying more or less pressure to the user's back (depending on the movement of said back contacting member) and thereby allowing the user's back to stretch relative to said leg contacting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Inventor: Vincent J. Houston
  • 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: 20090024164
    Abstract: A system for determining spinal implants includes a surgical table that moves a patient secured on the table into different positions in response to patient command, including a position of pain (POP) where the patient experiences the most pain from one or more affected levels of the spine, and a position of comfort (POC) where the patient has the least amount of pain. A scanner scans the patient on the table at least at the POP and the POC, and produces corresponding radiographic image data. Image processing apparatus coupled to the scanner quantifies changes in the relative position of adjacent vertebra at each affected level when the vertebra move from their configuration in the patient's POP, to their configuration in the patient's POC. The apparatus can then select an optimal implant device from among a number of devices whose characteristics are stored in a system database.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2008
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Inventor: Seth L. Neubardt
  • Publication number: 20080306512
    Abstract: This is a chiropractic adjusting table which makes correction of spinal misalignments in 1st thoracic through 5th lumbar easier on the doctor and patient and also does a better job than existing manual adjustment tables. It is new and revolutionary to the delivery of the chiropractic and/or osteopathic adjustment procedure. The uniqueness of the slant provides a mechanical advantage to quickly and easily correct misaligned vertebra. It provides a unique leverage advantage to gently adjust bones back into their proper position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2007
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Inventor: Frank Wallace Jeffries, IV
  • 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
  • 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: 7285128
    Abstract: A flexion-traction type lumbar traction table for treating a patient including a base supporting a stationary head-thoracic support and a pivotally movable pelvic support section positioned end-to-end with the head-thoracic support section. Upper and lower pelvic sections form the pelvic support section and are connected together for sliding longitudinal translation of the upper pelvic section on the lower pelvic section. A proximal end of the lower pelvic section is connected for pivotal movement about a horizontal transverse flexion axis between a horizontal first position and a downwardly inclined second position. An axial traction member is pivotally connected between the upper pelvic section adjacent to a distal end thereof and the frame just beneath the flexion axis wherein said upper pelvic section is automatically slidably translated further from said proximal end of the lower pelvic section as the pelvic support section is manually pivoted downwardly for enhanced longitudinal traction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Inventor: William P. Danzey
  • 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: 7127757
    Abstract: The adjustable traction table has a pair of patient supports, one of which is longer than the other. The patient supports are mounted to a base having a fixed portion and a sliding portion. A pair of screw jacks attaches each of the patient supports to the fixed portion of the base, and to the sliding portion of the base, thereby allowing the height of each end of each of the patient supports to be independently adjusted whereby each of the patient supports can slope upward toward the end away from the other patient support, downward toward the end away from the other patient support, or relatively horizontal. Further, a screw jack which is horizontally mounted between the fixed portion of the base and the sliding portion of the base provides an adjustment means which is able to provide an adjustable horizontal separation between the patient supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Inventor: Christopher Matthew Roberto
  • Patent number: 7112215
    Abstract: This present invention relates to a digitized control three-dimensional spinal orthopaedic device for cure injured spinal. The device comprises a bed body, a head-chest plate and a breech-leg plate. The bed body has a frame configuration, and comprises a top bed body and a bottom bed body. The head-chest plate is fixed on the top bed body. A traction means of the head-chest plate and an angle means of the breech-leg plate are fixed into the top bed body. The breech-leg plate is supported by a swinging arm. A left-to-right angle means is located under the breech-leg plate. A connecting shaft of the angle means is connected to the up-to-down swinging arm by a cross rod, so the head-chest plate is integrated with the breech-leg plate. The present spinal orghopaedic device can enable the bed body to go up and down automatically, the head-chest plate can vibrate and be drawn at a high or low speed, and the breech-leg plate moves up to down, rotates left to right and vibrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: Shiyou Xiao
    Inventors: Shiyou Xiao, Zaijie Guan
  • 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: 6948501
    Abstract: A patient support for an external counterpulsation cardiac assist procedure. The patient support includes: a base; and at least one support connected to the base for maintaining at least a portion of the patient above a tabletop during a positive pressure portion of the external counterpulsation cardiac assist procedure. In one embodiment, the base is a tabletop and the at least one support is movably supported on the table top in lateral and/or vertical directions. In another embodiment, the base is higher than the tabletop and the at least one support is a sling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: P.P.T.T. L.L.P.
    Inventors: Jahangir S. Rastegar, Harry Soroff
  • Patent number: 6923825
    Abstract: A foot-and-calf support and treatment table for extension, flexion, traction, distraction and lateral movement of the spine and lower 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, the support assembly including a pivot axis proximal to upper end. The treatment table also includes a selectable reciprocal extension element having an upper end and a lower end, one end pivotally attached to the system support assembly, the selectable extension elements providing reciprocal movement of the one end relative to an opposite end. The table further includes a rigid support platform having an upper end and a lower end, the platform pivotally secured to the pivot axis of the support assembly and, further, pivotally secured to the one end of the selectable extension element to provide a resultant rotational motion of the support platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Inventor: David F. Cuccia
  • Patent number: 6905508
    Abstract: A rotatable chiropractic treatment table for extension, flexion, traction, distraction and lateral movement of the spine 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, the support assembly including a pivot axis proximal to upper end. The treatment table also includes a selectable reciprocal extension element having an upper end and a lower end, one end pivotally attached to the system support assembly, the selectable extension elements providing reciprocal movement of the one end relative to an opposite end. The table further includes a rigid support platform having an upper end and a lower end, the platform pivotally secured to the pivot axis of the support assembly and, further, pivotally secured to the one end of the selectable extension element to provide a resultant rotational motion of the support platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Inventor: David F. Cuccia
  • Patent number: 6814708
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus and a method for stretching a human body in a substantially horizontal attitude. The apparatus places the body under a predetermined tensile load, uniformly distributed over the length of the body. The apparatus applies the loading force gradually in order avoid shock loads on the body. The apparatus may be operated easily and safely by the user, without assistance from another person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Inventor: Ralph Ernest Jennings
  • Patent number: 6811522
    Abstract: An exercise with traction device comprising a frame holding a seat above the floor that has a resistance loaded backrest for the purpose of rehabilitating atrophied spinal support muscle through progressive resistance exercise while the spine is under pain alleviating traction. The backrest is resistance loaded for both traction, and extension resistance or flexion resistance. This makes needed exercise for those who are hindered from such therapy by spinal compressive related pain. The exercise resistance is transmitted to the patient via a horizontal axis backrest, and can be weighted either positively for back resistance, or negatively for abdominal resistance, at the same time traction is applied from the backrest suspension system applying resistance to the user attached to it in the direction that decompresses the spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Inventor: Andrew James McQuinn
  • Publication number: 20040171974
    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: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2003
    Publication date: September 2, 2004
    Applicant: Cert Health Sciences, LLC
    Inventor: Timothy R. Emsky
  • Publication number: 20040082970
    Abstract: An apparatus for performing spinal therapy includes a base assembly having a pair of spaced-apart parallel guide posts extending upwardly from a platform. The guide posts are capable of being pivoted between a first vertical position, and a second angled position for performing different stretches. Two lift bars are slidably attached to the guide posts, with a cross bar interconnected therebetween. A cushioned pad is disposed between the guide posts and over at least a portion of the cross bar. An actuator, including a motor operably connected to the lift assembly, is used to selectively raise and lower the lift bar assembly. A cable and pulley system is incorporated into the apparatus for raising and lowering the lift bar assembly in a uniform matter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2002
    Publication date: April 29, 2004
    Inventors: Robert D. Harris, William R. Hachtmann, Daniel Haynie
  • Patent number: 6685658
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus which actively moves the legs of a disabled person in a movement pattern that is similar to physiological walking. The inclination of the standing table can be adjusted between a horizontal and a vertical position as desired. The patient is fixed to the standing table by means of a belt gear. The aim of this kind of rehabilitating locomotion therapy is to activate the locomotion structures in the spinal cord in order to improve the muscular situation in a time optimal manner, to prevent the intensity of spasticity and to improve the circulatory conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Balgrist/Schweiz. Paraplegikerzentrum
    Inventors: Volker Dietz, Gery Colombo, RĂ¼diger Rupp
  • Patent number: 6681770
    Abstract: A spinal treatment table includes a head support, a leg support, and a contoured spinal support there between defined by separate support segments of different heights. The segments are supported within a frame and connected by a scissors hinge. A first end segment is anchored to the frame, and the other segments are movable longitudinally within the frame. A linear drive is connected to a second end segment. All the segments are moved by the same amount relative to adjacent segments whenever the second end segment is moved by the linear drive to adjust the length of the spinal support for supporting spines of different lengths. A spinal manipulation device is movable within a longitudinal slot in the spinal support for evenly applying therapy to the length of the spine. The spinal manipulation device may be a reciprocating device, a roller device, or a water jet device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Inventor: Albert Shane Dreher
  • Publication number: 20030216782
    Abstract: A foot-and-calf support and treatment table for extension, flexion, traction, distraction and lateral movement of the spine and lower 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, the support assembly including a pivot axis proximal to upper end. The treatment table also includes a selectable reciprocal extension element having an upper end and a lower end, one end pivotally attached to the system support assembly, the selectable extension elements providing reciprocal movement of the one end relative to an opposite end. The table further includes a rigid support platform having an upper end and a lower end, the platform pivotally secured to the pivot axis of the support assembly and, further, pivotally secured to the one end of the selectable extension element to provide a resultant rotational motion of the support platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2003
    Publication date: November 20, 2003
    Inventor: David F. Cuccia
  • Publication number: 20030204911
    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: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2002
    Publication date: November 6, 2003
    Inventor: Ori Elan
  • Publication number: 20030200971
    Abstract: A patient support for an external counterpulsation cardiac assist procedure. The patient support includes: a base; and at least one support connected to the base for maintaining at least a portion of the patient above a tabletop during a positive pressure portion of the external counterpulsation cardiac assist procedure. In one embodiment, the base is a tabletop and the at least one support is movably supported on the table top in lateral and/or vertical directions. In another embodiment, the base is higher than the tabletop and the at least one support is a sling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2002
    Publication date: October 30, 2003
    Applicant: P.P.T.T. L.L.P.
    Inventors: Jahangir S. Rastegar, Harry Soroff
  • Patent number: 6615431
    Abstract: An improved massage bed structure, which is foldable into a compact case to facilitate transport and storage, including a bed frame, a mattress, an inclination adjusting structure and a height adjusting structure. The inclination and height adjusting structures permit easy adjustment of the angles of inclination of a back pad and the massage bed, and the height of a waist and hip pad to comply with ergonomics. A pillow is provided to provide good support for the user's head and is capable of height and angle adjustment. A rest plate is mounted at the lower end of the pillow to provide support for the user's elbows to help the user to relax the shoulder muscles to thereby enhance massaging effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Assignee: LifeGear, Inc.
    Inventor: Lawrence Lin
  • Publication number: 20030139777
    Abstract: This present invention relates to a digitized control three-dimensional spinal orthopaedic device for cure injured spinal. The device comprises a bed body, a head-chest plate and a breech-leg plate. The bed body has a frame configuration, and comprises a top bed body and a bottom bed body. The head-chest plate is fixed on the top bed body. A traction means of the head-chest plate and an angle means of the breech-leg plate are fixed into the top bed body. The breech-leg plate is supported by a swinging arm. A left-to-right angle means is located under the breech-leg plate. A connecting shaft of the angle means is connected to the up-to-down swinging arm by a cross rod, so the head-chest plate is integrated with the breech-leg plate. The present spinal orghopaedic device can enable the bed body to go up and down automatically, the head-chest plate can vibrate and be drawn at a high or low speed, and the breech-leg plate moves up to down, rotates left to right and vibrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2002
    Publication date: July 24, 2003
    Inventors: Shiyou Xiao, Zaijie Guan
  • Patent number: 6547809
    Abstract: A rotatable chiropractic treatment table for extension, flexion, traction, distraction and lateral movement of the spine 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, the support assembly including a pivot axis proximal to upper end. The treatment table also includes a selectable reciprocal extension element having an upper end and a lower end, one end pivotally attached to the system support assembly, the selectable extension elements providing reciprocal movement of the one end relative to an opposite end. The table further includes a rigid support platform having an upper end and a lower end, the platform pivotally secured to the pivot axis of the support assembly and, further, pivotally secured to the one end of the selectable extension element to provide a resultant rotational motion of the support platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Inventor: David F. Cuccia
  • Publication number: 20030055456
    Abstract: A chiropractic treatment table and method for treating a patient's spine for providing true longitudinal distraction alone or in combination with vertical flexion and extension, lateral flexion, and/or rotation. The treatment table includes a longitudinally moveable head support portion slidingly mounted on an anti-friction structure whereby the head support portion is freely moveable with practically no frictional or drag. In view of the anti-friction structure, the net longitudinal distraction force is primarily only that which is applied by the chiropractor thereby not requiring adjustment or compensation for drag or other forces, and thereby providing the chiropractor substantially improved control of the actual applied distraction force for administering the desired distraction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2001
    Publication date: March 20, 2003
    Inventor: James M. Cox