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Publication numberUS1322720 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 25, 1919
Filing dateJun 6, 1914
Publication numberUS 1322720 A, US 1322720A, US-A-1322720, US1322720 A, US1322720A
InventorsGlenn S. Noble
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1322720 A
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1,822,720. Patented Nov. 25, 1919.



Speccaton of Letters Patent'l Patented Nev. V'25, 1919.

Application led J'une 6, 1914. Serial No. 843,358. f

To all whom z' may concern:

Be it known that I, GLENN S. NOBLE, a citizen of the United States, residing at Chicago, in the county of Cook and State of Illinois, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Massage-Machines, of which the following is a specification.

lThis invention relates to machines for giving body treatments and is particularly applicable for giving treatments to the back, shoulders, and rear portions of the arms ofthe person to be treated l Among the objects of this invention `are to provide an exceedingly simple and eiificient machine for givinga rolling or massaging treatment; to provide means where-` by the machine may be readily adjusted for 'dierentfpersons and may be adapted to regulate the pressure for the comfort or convenience of the person to be treated; and in general, to provide suclr an improved structure and details of construction as will appear more fully in the following specication. v A

' In the accompanyingv drawings illustrating this invention: v Figure 1 is a side view of the machine, parts being shown diagrammatically; and Fig. 2 is aplan View of the same, parts being broken away for convenience in illustration. y

In general, my improved machine comprises a series of rollers orvmassage devices adapted to act on the bodyl or limbs of a person, and preferably arranged to support all or a portion of the weight of the person to be treated, or to receive pressure from the person, withmeans for supporting'and actuating such rollers or massage devices. In the form of construction shown in the drawings, 3 represents a base having stands orl bearings 4 at one end thereof, which are bored to receive trunnions 5 from brackets 6, which in turn carry a vrectangular frame 7. The trunnions are bored to receive a driving shaft 8, which may be driven in any desired manner, as by means of a pulley 9V, which is connected by a belt 10 with a pulley 11 on a motor 12. The ldriving shaft 8 is` providedwith sprockets 13 andlll which are arranged inalinement with sprockets 15 and 16 on a shaft 17, which shaft is adjustably `mounted, in bearings in brackets 18, which brackets are secured to the sides of the frame 7. This adjustment may be made in any convenient manner, as by having the bearings for the shaft `17 slidably mounted in elongated .openings in the brackets, and held in position by set screws 19.

22. The rollers or massage devices may be supported in any convenient manner, as by means of brackets23, which are connected directly to the chains, and have rods or shafts 211 extending longitudinally thereof, andsupported inthe ends of the brackets, whichv rods carry the rollers 22. These rollers or massage devices may be made of any suitable material and may be made in sections or of such configuration asmay be desired. These are the elements which act uponthe person to be treated, and they are preferably Vmade suflicientlylong so that they will make contact with the full width These Vsprocket wheels carry chains 20 and 21,

which lare arranged at either side of thev frame, Vand these chains carry the rollersY of the back and shoulders, and alsoA the rear portions of the arms of va person lying thereon or pressing against the same. A seat 25- is carried on brackets 26, which brackets areV adjustably mounted on the frame 7 andare held in position by means of set screws `27 or thev like. A foot rest 28 is hinged to the outer-edge of the seat25 so that it may befswung up into alinement with the seat,or may beswung down to the position indicated at F ig. 1. Supporting rods or braces 29 are hinged at 30 to the brackets 26, and the outer ends of these rods are provided with screws or bolts 31 to engage with holes 32 in the foot piece 28 for holdingV it inl position.V A head piece or head rest 33 is secured to the upper ,end of the frame, and serves as a support for the head as well. as toprevent the hair from' being engaged by the rollers. In order to adjust the frame to different positions, adjustable brackets'34 and 35 are secured to the sides of the frame, as by means 0f set screws, and a yoke 36 is pivoted to these brackets. This yoke is provided with a threaded stem or vrod 37 ,t which Vengages with a tube 38, which tube is pivoted at 39 to the base 3. A handwheel 4() with a threaded nut engages, with the Vrod 37 and upperk end ofthe tube 38, and provides means for moving the rod up and down.

Thech'ains and supports arel preferably made sufficiently strong so that no additional supports are needed, whereby the upperV flightsof the chains willl give a yielding action to thev rollers. As indicated by i the dotted figure in Fig. 1, the preferred i method of using this machinev is Yfor the Y person to seat himself on thesea'tV 25 with'` the .back` resting upon lthe rollers. 2.2. The. pressure may be increasedor decreased toa- `may be done by the person pressing .against across bar 41, which is supoported 1n arms 42 extending out from the rackets 34 and 35. Likewise the footrest 28 may be swung up more or'less in alinement with'the seaty so that the Vperson can pushagainst'thisl support and a thereby push themselves against .the'rollers While the chains may be reciprocated or driven in either direction, they are preferably driven-so that the 1 engaging rollers will fbe descending, or

driven inthe direction row in Fig. 1. l

The operation of this improved body 'indicated by vthe artreatmentor massage device will be obvious from the drawings. The motor being started will drive the driving' shaft, which in turn will drive the chains and thereby carry the rollers'around in the direction desired. The patient sits upon the -seat 25 with the back,'the rear portion of the neck, back of the arms, and such other portions of the -anatomy as may be conveniently brought into engagement with the rollers, ormassage devices resting thereupon; These rollers are preferablymade of wood, and serve to give an exceedingly eiiicient" and-,thorough massaging action to thev portions of the body coming in contact therewith. The person treated may assist the operation tov a` certain extent by Ypressing on the cross bar 4l Vor foot support 28 if desired. The seat Amay be readilyl adjusted for the convenience of different sized persons, and the position of the frame may be readily adjusted to increase the pressure, or to bring the person into such position as willbe most agreeable for the treatment. Itis readily apparent that various changes may be made in the structure of this apparatus, and in the construction and arrangement of the details without departing from the scope of this invention, and therefore Ido not wish to be limited to the Vexact form or arrangement shown, except as specified in the followin claims, in which I claim:

l. n a massage machine, the combination of a pair ofbelts arranged Side by side, av pluralityV of horizontally arranged massage devices carried by said belts and adapted to engagewithi the body of a per?V son, the portions of said belts carrying the devices in active engagement with the body The pressure Y `being arranged to travel in paths inclined to the perpendicular, and means for actuating said'belts toj'cause the Ydevices to move engage withsaid body engaging devices.;v j 1 `3. In a machine of the character set forth, thecombination'of a frame, 'means forad justing saidv framev to"y change Vthe Yangle thereofV in a vertical plane, a horizontal driving shaft at the lowerend-,of' the frame, a driven-shaft at the vupper end' 0fV` the frame, sprockets 'oni said shafts, chainscar ried by said sprockets, horizontally arranged rollers carried by said chains, aseat on said frame, and a head rest at the upper end of the frame, thev arrangement being such'that the body of a person sitting on the seat may come contact withthek rollers between the seatl and the Vhead rest. l

4.- In a machine of the character' set forth,

the combination of a base, a frame pivotally mounted on said base,'means for Supporting and adjusting the free end'of the frazne, a driving shaft at the lower end ofthe frame,

means for driving said shaft, a second shaft q at the upper end of the `frame,sprocket wheels carried by said shafts, chains passing over said wheels, brackets connecting between said chains,` afcontinuous serieszof Y rollers carried by said brackets, an adjustable seat at thelower end of the frame,`and a head Arest at the upper end of thel frame, the parts beingarranged to expose ther-ollers between the Y head rest and the seat, whereby a'persononv the seat may'bring hisback or other portions of the body into engagement with vsaid rollers. v i j `5. Ina machine of the charactervset forth, the combination with ax continuous seriesl of movablerbody engaging devices adapted to support all or aportion ofthe weight of a person, of abutments arranged adjacent to said devlces whereby the person maympress against 'said abutments torincrease the pressure against the devices.

6. In a machine of the character set forth', the combination `of a base, bearings .on said base, a frame having trunnions .engaging with said bearings, a shaft carriedby said an adjustable shaft mounted at the free end of the frame, .sprockets -on said shafts, chains passing over said sprockets, rollers carried by said chains, an adjustable sup- -trunnions, a motor for driving said shaft,

port connecting) between the Vfree end of the frame and the ase, a head rest at thefupp'er 130 end of the frame, an adjustable seat at the loWer end of the frame, and abutments arranged ata convenient distance in front or above the frame, against which the person may press to increase the pressure on the rollers.

7 In a body treatment machine, the combination of a pivotally mounted frame, ad-

justable supporting means for swinging the 10 frame from a substantially horizontal position to a raised position, belts mounted in GLENN s. NOBLE.



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U.S. Classification601/102, 601/103, 601/115
Cooperative ClassificationA61H15/0078