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Publication numberUS1239539 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 11, 1917
Filing dateDec 16, 1916
Priority dateDec 16, 1916
Publication numberUS 1239539 A, US 1239539A, US-A-1239539, US1239539 A, US1239539A
InventorsOtto Julius Swenson
Original AssigneeHarry Eldon Beam, Otto Julius Swenson
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Massaging device.
US 1239539 A
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Patented Sept, 11,1917.



To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, O'r'ro JULIUs SWEN- SON, a citizen of the United States, residing at Los Angeles, in the county of Los Angeles and State of California, have invented new and useful Improvements in Massaging Devices, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to massaging devices, and it has forlits object to provide an improved massaging device for general mas- 'saging purposes having advantages not possessed by devices of this general nature as heretofore constructed, and whereby an operator may beneficially treat a patient, or the patient may massage portions of the body, and which will have inherent qualities for producing beneficial results.

In accordance with the invention, a plurality of rotatable bodies, are suitably grouped for presentation to the body of the patient or the user, to be, pressed against the body and moved as with a .reciprocatory motion contacting, with the body at spaced points and so that in the movement of the massaging device the rotating bodies will be caused to properly traverse the portions of the body being massaged with consequent stimulation .and increase of circulation at the treated portions of the body. The rotating bodies are preferably mounted between a pair of plates through one of which such rotating bodies protrude and such rotating bodies are preferably magnetized as is the apertured plate'through which they protrude, while the other plate is preferably of non-n1agnetic material. v

A further object of theyinvention is to provide a device of the general nature stated, which will be relatively simple and inexpensive in construction and organiza tion when the superior results attendant upon its use are considered, and which may be readily taken apart so that rotating bodies or other portions of the device may be cleansed aftereachuse of a device organizedin accordance with the invention, and that the magnetic parts of the device may be re-magnetized when, due to loss of magnetism, such re'magnetization becomes necessary. v

With the above and other objects in view, the invention consists in the novel and useful provision, formation, association and relative arrangement of parts, members and Patented Sept. 11, 191?.

Application filed December 16, 1916. Serial No. 137,388.

features, all as hereinafter set forth, shown in the drawing, and finally pointed out in. claims.

In the drawing:

, Figure 1 is a central vertical sectional view of a massaging device constructed and organized in accordance with the invention;

Fig. 2 is a sectional view taken on the line w w Fig. 1, and looking in the direction of the appended arrows; and

Fig. 3 is a fragmentary end elevation of the device shown in the other figures.

Corresponding parts in all the figures are designated by the same reference characters.

Referring with particularity to the drawing, in the embodiment of the. invention therein shown, A designates, in each instance,a rotatable element adapted for con tact with the body, B designates a cage or body for properly spacing the elements A and whereby the same may be caused to traverse portions of the body in properly spaced relation, and C designates handle means whereby the body B and the spaced elements A may be manually manipulated.

Each of the elements A preferably comprises a spherical body 4, and the cage or body B preferably comprises a lower apertured member of sheet magnetic metal 5, and an upper member 6 of preferably nonmagnetic material. The member 5 is provided with spaced apertures at 7 to permit the projection of the spherical members 4: therethrough, to the desired extent only, andthe member 6 is formed with cup portions 6? opposite each of such apertures 7 and in each of which one of the rotatable spherical members 4 is seated or has a bearing. The member 5 is upturned at its forward end as at 5 so that it extends into the plane of the member 6, and the upturned portion of such member 5 is provided with a plurality of apertures at 5 and 5 which apertures are adapted to receive, respectively, in hooked engagement, tongues 6 and 6 provided at the forward portion of the member 6. The other end of the member 5 is upturned and cut away to form a post 8, which post is received in a notch 9 provided in the member 6, latch means a being provided for maintaining the parts in assemblage. Such latch means a'may comprise a tubular member 10 secured to the member 6, a bolt 11 in such tubular member, a spring 12, and a notch 13 provided in the post 8 and into which the bolt 11 isuadapted to take. The. spring 12 acts against a sl1o u1. der 11 on the boltf..1l,.and against .aninwardly directed flange 1O provided at one end of the tubular member 10, so that the,

bolt 11 is urged in the proper direction to maintain the. same in the notch 13 pi 'ov1ded in the post 8. The bolt 11 is provided with a finger piece 11 whereby the same may bedle member or-means C is shownas comprising-a cylindrical; grip portion '14, supported'by end pieces 15 and-l6 secured, one

at each end of-the member Gas by screws 17, and-secured at the other ends to the mem be'r 6 as by'screws 18. The end'piece 16 is bifurcated-as atlfi to permit central positioning of the latchbolt 11 and features pertaining thereto.

Th'e operationymethod of use and advam ta'ges of the invention will be readily understood from the foregoing description, taken in' connection with the accompanying drawing and the following statement: 5

An operator by means of the handle means C'may apply pressure to portions of therbody being manipulated through-the bodyB and the members 4 held in spaced relation therein, and by reciprocation or movement :over the portions of the body of the patient being treated cause the rotation of, the membersd whichrbeing, as shown in the drawing, in staggered relation sov as to thoroughly cover portions of the bodybeingtreated tobe' firmly pressedagainst the patient and by movement of the device cause circulation of the blood throughthe portions being treated, andgdu'e to the inherent magnetic qualities of the members 4 and 5, beneficially influence the portions of the body being treated. When, after treatment of a patientior. other use of the device, it becomes necessary to cleanse the parts of the massaging device, the-(latch bolt 11 may throughlits finger piece 11 be moved "against the compression spring 12 and the member (5 first lifted at the latched end and then unhooked by moving the same in suchdirection as will cause the tongue 6" and 6 to be withdrawn from the notches 5. and 5. Aftersuch disassemblingof the parts they may be separately ,handled and cleansed or in case, the magnetic qualities of the member 7 or the members 4: have i,239,5so

beenlost or diminished, they may be remagnetized and by, again, introducing the tongues 6. and 6;intotheir1 respective apertures 5""and 5, after replacement of the spherical members 4 in their respective orifices or apertures, the latch bolt 11 may lie-(again, caused to engage the post-(8,1 and the device will be in readiness for re-use.

Having-"thus disclosed my invention, I claim and desire to secure by Letters. Patent: 1. A device of the character disclosed,'com-* prising a body, member adapted to. retainin working relation; and apply for massaging purposes a "plurality "of massaging elements, and a plurality of such massaging elements held by said; body j member: in posit-ions for servicepsaid massaging elements being "so. arranged as to provide for massaging con= tact at points spaced apartin predetermined relation-and consisting each "of a sphereroe tatably "l1ld by said body member; said body member comprising two: parts'be- 'tween whichsaid spheres are confinedfone of such parts" being provided with openings through which the spheres slightly project beyond the surface of "such 1 part means .be-

ing provided for. holding said body mem ber parts: in position; to 'so' confine said spheres between the, same oand"permitting said parts" to relatively; adjusted to re= lease said spheres; said ila'stnamedhneans comprising a latch, andfa' 'postuponrone" of said parts of ,said bodyfmember "passing through an opening-in the other'of said parts of saidbody member and,with which said latch'coeperates." r V 2'. A'- device ofhthe character! disclosed, comprising a body membery-adapted to reta'in working relationnand iapplyfor massaging purposes a plurality of "massag; ingielements, and a plurality of "suchmassaging elements held by; said body member in position for service; said massaging 'ele mentsbeing so arranged as to provide? for massaging contact at points spaced apart in predetermined relation and consisting'each of a sphere rotatably" heldfby saidSbody member; said body'. membericomprising two parts,betweenwhich said fspheres are con fined, *one of such parts: beingprovided with openings through which the spheres slightly project beyond the surface of such i part; means being provided for holding said body member partsin; position to so.- confine said 7 spheres between the same andflpermitting said parts tov be. relatively adjustd'to re,- lease said spheres; said last named imeans comprisinga latch} and a;post upon one of said parts -01 "said body member passing I 3. Adevice of the character disclosed, comelements slightly project and Which latter prising a body member adapted to retain in part likewise has an inherent magnetic Working relation and apply for massaging quality. purposes a plurality of massaging elements, In testimony whereof, I have signed my 15 5 and a plurality of such massaging elements name to this specification in the presence of held by said body member in positions for tWo subscribing Witnesses. service; each of said massaging elements having an inherent magnetic quality; said OTTO JULIUS SWENSON body member comprising two parts between Witnesses:

10 which such massaging elements are confined ALFRED H. DAEHLER,

and through one of Which said massaging FRANCIS L. Iscmee.

eopies of this patent may be obtained for five cents each, by addressing the Commissioner of Patents, Washington, D. 0.

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U.S. Classification601/19, 16/42.00R
International ClassificationA61H15/00
Cooperative ClassificationA61H2201/0207, A61H2015/0064