With Intermediate Pivot Patents (Class 606/245)
  • Patent number: 10219965
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus for spinal conditions comprising a knee support 10,12, a patient torso support 32,60 for supporting a patient in the kneeling position, means 32 for supporting a patient's torso in a range of inclinations below horizontal in order to cause a mass of the patient's torso to tension the spine. The torso support 32,60 is supported by a radius arm 50 that is pivoted below the torso support 32,60, is free to swivel about a fixed joint 52 located forward of, and below the level of, the knee support 10,12, and is inclined upwardly forwardly towards a ring pad support 60 for a patient's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Bass Morris Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Shaun Samuel Davis
  • Patent number: 9457904
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a sleeping platform for use on aircraft comprising: a substantially planar base panel having a vertically upper surface and a vertically lower surface. A padded layer is provided covering the base panel and a plurality of support legs are pivotably attached to the vertically lower surface of the base panel. One of each of the plurality of support legs may be on opposing longitudinal ends of the base panel; each support leg having a horizontal and transverse pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Inventor: Robert Karl Fey
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130085531
    Abstract: An apparatus (1) for treating a body part (5) of a patient (3) is provided. The apparatus comprises a support (7) for at least partially supporting and holding the body part and a manipulator (11) connected to the support for supporting and maneuvering the support. The manipulator comprises a parallel linkage device (13) comprising a plurality of hingedly interconnected linear actuators (19). The the parallel linkage device (11) comprises at least one hinge (21) comprising a, preferably resilient, tendon joint (61). Further, a method, a storage medium and a piece of headgear are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: ENRAF-NONIUS B.V.
    Inventors: Johannes Bastiaan Hartman, Arie Van Baren
  • Publication number: 20120179203
    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: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Inventor: Bernwart Kellner
  • Patent number: 8146189
    Abstract: A patient alignment device includes a table and a rotatable member positioned to rotate relative to the table. The rotatable member may be a head-support plate or a board which supports substantially all of a patient's body. A motor moves the board or plate so as to align the patient's body, or a part of the body, in a desired direction. The board may be formed in two segments, the segments being selectively connectable to each other, the segments also being selectively connectable to the table by pins, at various possible pivot points. Positioning of the pins determines the mode of rotation of the board. The invention allows an operator to align the patient's body with precision, by remote control, and without interrupting the medical procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventors: Jun Yang, Jing Feng
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8070697
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an exercise apparatus for backbone care, in which an exerciser's lower body is moved leftwards and rightwards when a lower body exercising panel rotates leftwards and rightwards, so that his or her upper body is moved in a direction opposite the moving direction of the lower body, and thus a slipped disk is restored to its original position and a bent section of the backbone is straightened. A sliding or slippery or a rotation mechanism is provided on an upper body exercising panel so that an exerciser's upper body is exercised naturally by the movement of the lower body. Thus, free rotation of the upper body exercising panel is possible even though additional power is not transmitted to the upper body exercising panel. The exercise apparatus allows exercise to be stably conducted in the shape of an S.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Inventor: Hag Chung Kim
  • 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: 7959651
    Abstract: Methods and devices for illuminating a surgical space in a patient are provided. A retractor provides a portal or working path for access to a working space location in the patient. The retractor transmits and emits light from a light delivery system to illuminate the working channel and surgical space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles L. Branch, Kevin T. Foley, Maurice M. Smith, Thomas E. Roehm, III, Harold S. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20110009903
    Abstract: A therapy mat table has an upper surface and removable mat. A portion of the mat and a separate plate is rotatably mounted within the flat top so as to be capable of being selectively raised and lowered to form a seat back for a patient reclining or sitting on the pad on an elongated side edge of the table. The table may also include transfer bars which help to move a patient on and off the table or when moving to a standing position or while simply standing. The table may further include a stowable foot stop, which prevents backward movement of the patient's feet when the patient is standing between the transfer bars. The table may also include a knee blocker, which helps to limit or prevent buckling of the patient's knees when the patient is standing between the transfer bars.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Inventor: Edward Estrada
  • Publication number: 20100211099
    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: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Inventor: Mark Radermacher
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20080312691
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an exercise apparatus for backbone care, in which an exerciser's lower body is moved leftwards and rightwards when a lower body exercising panel rotates leftwards and rightwards, so that his or her upper body is moved in a direction opposite the moving direction of the lower body, and thus a slipped disk is restored to its original position and a bent section of the backbone is straightened. A sliding means or a rotation means is provided on an upper body exercising panel so that an exerciser's upper body is exercised naturally by the movement of the lower body. Thus, free rotation of the upper body exercising panel is possible even though additional power is not transmitted to the upper body exercising panel. The exercise apparatus allows exercise to be stably conducted in the shape of an S.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Inventor: Hag Chung Kim
  • 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: 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: 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
  • 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
  • Patent number: 6692451
    Abstract: A passive motion exercise and/or treatment apparatus is provided which includes a main support assembly for supporting at least part of the body of a user of the apparatus. The assembly includes a first support member and a second support member disposed in a common plane. The second support member is pivotably connected to the main support member and is movable relative thereto so as to provide passive movement of a part of the body of a user supported by the second support member relative to a part of the body supported by the first support member. A separable leg support assembly is adapted to be connected, in use, to the main support assembly at either end so as to support the calves of the legs of the user in a plane parallel to, and elevated with respect to, the common plane while the apparatus provides the passive body movement referred to above. A motorized drive arrangement is used to provide the aforementioned relative movement of the second support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Suncepts, Inc.
    Inventor: Robson L. Splane, Jr.
  • 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
  • Patent number: 6436126
    Abstract: A mounting for the head section of a chiropractic table that allows the practitioner to maintain a much greater degree of control over the various manipulations typically performed on the patient. The head support section has a cushion that is mounted for slideable movement along the longitudinal axis of the table which coincides with the patient's spine. A linkage arrangement allows the proximal end of the cushion to remain substantially the same distance from the chest lumbar section of the table as the head section is tilted downwardly. This allow a controlled flexion movement of the patient's cervical spine. The amount of gap and thus the amount of flexion can be adjusted by adjusting the linkage that is a part of the head section structure. In addition, the slideable movement of the head cushion longitudinally allows the practitioner to apply traction to the patient's spine with or without flexion, if such a movement is determined to be desirable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: Lloyd Table Company
    Inventor: Brent McAfee
  • Patent number: 6277141
    Abstract: A hydraulic braking apparatus for an orthopedic apparatus having a main base which is adapted to rest on the floor and a support frame mounted on the main base. A head table, a center table, and an end table are mounted on the support frame. The end table is capable of sliding movement along the centerline of the frame, of rotative adjustment movement about the centerline, and of a swinging adjustment movement about a vertical pivotal axis passing through the centerline. An adjustment mechanism is located between the support frame and the end table to provide for the movements of the end table in adjustment and to hold the end table above the frame at the same general level as the head and center tables. The adjusting mechanism includes a cylindrical bar along which the end table is slidable and which provides for the rolling mode adjustment of the end table. The bar also pivots about a vertical axis at one end to provide for swinging adjustment movement of the end table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2001
    Assignee: Intra-Med Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Chester M. Lake
  • Patent number: 6186968
    Abstract: An foldable electric traction machine comprises a front beam, a rear beam and a joint connecting the front beam and the rear beam. A motor is mounted beneath the rear beam. A sliding bracket is mounted on an extension beam and can be moved by the motor. The body of a patient lying on the traction machine will be stretched by the motor driving the sliding bracket along the extension beam. A rope is provide under the front and the rear beam and will be gradually tensioned with the movement of the sliding bracket. Therefore, when the motor is operated, the traction machine not only can improve the user's body condition, but also raise the user's waist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: Modas Shing Company Ltd.
    Inventor: Jack Wu
  • Patent number: 5954750
    Abstract: A chiropractic table having an improved drop mechanism using two pair of roller bearings or other devices and a T-shaped or other bracket with the upright stem of the bracket being combined with detents including an adjustable spring loaded ball. The chiropractic table further provides a unique arrangement in which the chest and lumbar sections are combined into a single support section which is in turn hinged to the pelvic section with a separate drop mechanism provided for the combination chest lumbar section and the pelvic section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Inventor: Lloyd A. Steffensmeier
  • Patent number: 5658315
    Abstract: A lower limb traction system utilizes a perineal post for applying counter-traction and for stabilizing the patient's hips and a traction unit for supporting the leg and for maintaining traction in the leg. The traction unit is moveable along a substantially horizontal arcuate path defined by a circumferential guide and having a center of rotation that is selected to be concentric with the center of rotation location of the hip associated with the leg to be placed in traction. Abduction and adduction of a leg is achieved by moving the traction unit along the arcuate path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1997
    Assignee: Orthopedic Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve R. Lamb, Allan Epstein, Steve Orear
  • Patent number: 5478307
    Abstract: An apparatus for foot traction, including a folding bed, a transmission mechanism mounted on the folding bed at the bottom, and two ankle cradles driven by the transmission mechanism to pull the user's legs, wherein the transmission mechanism consists of a transmission shaft transversely mounted on the folding bed at the bottom, a transmission cable having one end fixedly fastened to the transmission shaft in the middle and an opposite end terminating in symmetrical pairs of branch cables respectively fastened to the ankle cradles by hooks, and a handle coupled to the transmission shaft at one end is driven to turn the transmission shaft in taking up the transmission cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 26, 1995
    Inventor: Chun-Jong Wang
  • Patent number: 5468216
    Abstract: A kinetic rehabilitation device employing controlled passive motion for use in the rehabilitation of the lumbar spine. The device includes a frame, a body support secured to the frame, a control panel, a first and second member secured to the support and pivotally attached to diametrically opposed sides of the frame, and a screw drive assembly for pivoting the first and second members about said frame. A first optical sensor assembly is mounted on one of the pivoting members to zero the body support about its longitudinal axis. A second optical assembly is mounted on the screw drive assembly to feed positional information to the control panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1995
    Assignee: Physicians Consulting Incorporated
    Inventors: Gregory E. Johnson, Uriel G. Ashworth, Mark Salerno
  • Patent number: 5444882
    Abstract: A surgery table utilizing a frame member which is supported on a ground surface, A platform is connected to the frame member and includes a laterally movable portion which supports a patient. The table also includes a torso support which is connected to and moves with the laterally movable portion of the platform. A leg support rotates relative to the platform and connects to a hip support which holds the patient's hip during such rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1995
    Assignee: Orthopedic Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: E. Trent Andrews, Robert R. Moore, Steven R. Lamb
  • Patent number: 5423861
    Abstract: A chiropractic table for the treatment of the muscular and skeletal cervical, thoracic, and lumbar areas of the patient's spine. The chiropractic table includes a base frame having an upright support with a table top disposed above the base frame and coupled to the upright support such that different segments of the table top may be articulated to assist in the treatment of the patient. A drive assembly is provided for reciprocating at least a portion of the chiropractic table. The drive assembly is isolated from the base frame and table top by a plurality of isolators, which attenuate the noise and vibration produced by the drive assembly while reciprocating the table top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1995
    Assignee: Leander Research, Manufacturing & Distributing, Inc.
    Inventor: Lawrence K. Kelley
  • Patent number: 5308359
    Abstract: The present invention provides apparatus and method for therapeutically treating an injured spine by lifting and rotating the pelvic area to straighten the lumbar spine and by applying a force to the spine to separate vertebral bodies and to stretch the connective tissue along the spinal cord by relative movement of the body of the patient with reference to a fixed point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1994
    Assignee: Lossing Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventor: Wallace W. Lossing
  • Patent number: 5300090
    Abstract: A multiple movement exercising machine is powered by an electric drive motor which is used to effect movement of various exercising components. The drive motor drives a shaft on which a plurality of pulleys are rotationally mounted. A selector arrangement is used to connect a selected one of the pulleys within the shaft so that the pulley rotates with the shaft and drives an exercising component linked to that pulley by a belt. One end of the machine is preferably pivotable relative to the remainder of the machine about a vertical pivot axis. The extent of pivotal movement is preferably selectably variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1994
    Assignee: Challenge Machinery (Proprietary) Ltd.
    Inventor: Heinrich L. Primic
  • Patent number: 5282835
    Abstract: An exercise machine for passive exercise of a patient. The machine has a patient support platform having first and second parts which are adapted to support the upper and lower parts of a patient's body. Mechanisms are provided for applying a cyclic movement to the first and second parts of the support platform. Supports are pivotally coupled to each of the first and second parts and adjustable whereby the position of the pivotal coupling of each support to the respective first and second parts can be individually adjusted relative to at least one reference plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1994
    Inventors: Howard S. Wright, Robin A. McKenzie
  • Patent number: 5258019
    Abstract: An improved lumbar spine therapy device (10) for passively exercising the muscle groups especially surrounding the lumbar spine for postoperative and other rehabilitative therapy such as to allow normal collagen formation to occur. A frame (12) is included for engaging a support surface (32). A body support (14) is provided for supporting the body a patient and includes a stationary support (64) for supporting the buttocks region of a patient a pivoting support (78) for supporting the torso and pivoting leg supports (220A,220B) for supporting the legs of a patient. A motor (92) is provided for driving at least one pivoting support oscillator (18), the oscillators (18) being provided to oscillate each pivoting support (78) independently. An amplitude adjuster (20) is connected to each oscillator (18) for altering the amplitude of displacement. A control box (22) is provided for carrying the motor controls, including at least a patient control button (24) and an emergency stop button (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1993
    Assignee: United Apothecary, Inc.
    Inventors: George E. Riddle, George M. Cox, Ronnie J. Withrow, James L. Aslinger
  • Patent number: 5192306
    Abstract: A new and improved treatment table for supporting a patient in a face down prone position for chiropractic manipulation of the cervical vertebrae patient's spine includes a base extending upwardly of the floor to a convenient working level and a thoracic cushion for supporting a patient's body below the neck in the prone position at the work level. A headpiece is pivotally interconnected relative to the thoracic cushion for supporting the patient's head during manipulation treatment. The headpiece is pivotal about a laterally extending horizontal axis spaced at a level above the thoracic cushion and just below or at a level coincident with the patient's spine. The headpiece is also movable in lateral flexion about an upwardly extending axis and is rotatable about a roll axis generally coincident with the patient's spinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1993
    Assignee: Standex International
    Inventors: Gerald R. Scott, James M. Cox
  • Patent number: 5133741
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a therapeutic table for the treatment of spinal ailments which consists of a horizontal platform or table divided into three segments. An upper segment supports the patient's torso and head, a center segment supports the pelvic region of the patient and a lower segment supports the legs of the patient. The patient, while lying on his or her back, is securedly strapped to the upper and center segments, whereupon the center segment is caused to move upward diagonally at approximately a 45 degree angle. This linear, angled motion, which is reciprocally repeated, results in simultaneous arching and tractioning of the patient's spine, thereby decompressing the vertebrae and providing therapeutic treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1992
    Inventor: Pedro L. Filho