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Publication numberUS1604585 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 26, 1926
Filing dateJan 15, 1925
Priority dateJan 15, 1925
Publication numberUS 1604585 A, US 1604585A, US-A-1604585, US1604585 A, US1604585A
InventorsKennedy James W
Original AssigneeKennedy James W
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Electrical device for treating the human body
US 1604585 A
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Oct. 26 1926. 1,604,585


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J. w. KENNEDY ELECTRICAL DEVICE FOR TREATING THE HUMAN BODY Filed Jan. 15. 1925 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Jci/mes Wffennezy progresses.

merely to indicate a posslble embodiment of Patented Get. 26, 1926.




Application filed January This invention relates to instruments for electrically and mechanically treating the human body and more especially the nerves, muscles and blood vessels of the spinal column.

One of the objects of the invention is the provision of a device to correct the curvature of the spine and to adjust a misplaced vertebra.

Another object of the invention is the provision of a device for supplying electrical current and for sendingan oscillating current through the body.

Other objects will appear as The; drawings are the disclosure intended the invention. .Itis obvious that the actual needs of manufacture may necessitate cer-- tain mechanical changes. It is therefore not intended to limit the invention to the embodiment illustrated, but rather to define such limits in the appended claims.

For a more detailed understanding of the invention, attention is now called to the drawings in which a preferred embodiment isshown illustrated. In these drawings like parts are designated by like referencejnumerals in all the views. I

Figure 1 is a side view of the device for electrically and mechanically treating the human body.

Fig. 2 is a section on line 2-2 of Fig. 1.

Fig. 3 is a top view thereof.

Fig. 4 is a modified form of the device shown in Fig. 1.

Fig. 5 is a top view thereof.v

Fig. 6 is a bottom view thereof.

Fig. 7 is a section on line 77 of Fig. 5.

Fig. 8 is a section online 8-8 of Fig. 3.

Fig. 9 is a side view of a modified form of the device shown in Fig. 1.

Fig. 10 is a top view thereof.

Fig. 11 is a bottom view thereof.

Fig. 12 is a section on line 12-12 of Fig. 10. c

Fig. 13 is a view showing one of the devices applied to the human body.

Referring now to the drawings in detail, numeral 1 designates a pair of curved bars, 2 a cross-piece made of insulating material, and 3 a U-shaped handle. The handle,

, cross-piece and curved bars are connected together by means of a screw 4 and a nonconduoting nut 5.

Underneath the under face of the curved bars 1 is a cushioning material 6 of sponge relation to each other.

15, 1925. Serial No. 2,582.

or of any suitable material fastened by any suitable means to said bars. And attached to one end ofthe bars are a pair of terminals 7 for attaching a conductor 8 thereto.

In Figs. 4,5 and 6 amodified form of the invention is shown in which numeral 9 represents a circular disk of insulating material, 10 a handle attached thereto, and 11 a series of conducting terminals attached to the said circular disk by nuts 12. Covering each conducting terminal is a cushioning material 18, tied in place by a cord 14. This cushioning'material may be made of'sponge or. any otherv soft and absorbing structure.

Numerals 15 and 16 represent a pair of terminal plates for attaching electrical conduc'tors 17 thereto. It willbe seenin Fig. 5, that the terminal plate 15 connects to three conducting terminals 11 by the conductors 18, and the terminal plate 16 connects tothe other three conducting terminals by the conductors 19. i I

In Figs. 9, 10 and 11is shown another modified form of invention in which numeral 80 2O designates a pair of flexible curved bars, 21 a series of conducting terminals attached to'the underside of the curved bars and 22 spacers for keeping the bars 20. inspaced minals 21 are provided with a soft and ab- .sorbent material 23 of a similar nature as described in Fig. 5. The ends of the bars 20 are. also provided with soft and absorbent material 24, and at one end of the bars are attached terminals 25 for attaching a conductor 26 thereto.

The spacers 21 are provided withslots 27 to provide for an adjustment, and to retain the adjustment insulated nuts 28 and screws 29 are. provided.

The operation of the device shown in Figs. 1, 2 and 3 is as follows: A'wire leading from a source of electrical current is attached to the terminals 7, and thedevice is then applied in, a rocking motion, to the part of thebody desired to be treated.

While in this motion the negative and positive poles of the current are alternately changed, causing an expansion and contraction of the muscles and energizing the nerves that are directly underneath the bars 1. The electrical apparatus used with these instruments consists of a vibrating coil similar to the usual medical vibrating coil having the alternating current produced .in the secondary coil of an induction apparatus The conducting ter 85 and is describedin my coepending applica tion, Serial No. 716,746, filed May 29,1924.

The device shown in Figs. 4, 5 and 6 -isespecially designed for treatingthe regions around the thigh by being placed firmly against the infected parts. "The oscillating action of the current will expand and contract the inflamed muscles andrelease the s a n f th vr l x s, an ther by emove the pain. i i

The modification shown in Figs. 9, 10 and 11 isdesigned for treatment o f 'the cervical vertebras, the dorsalfvler tebras andthe lumb r eb a "This i s ument 'i elect d in am n se imen in wit n up;- per ends against the cervical, vertebrae. The current is then applied and oscillated, which will expand al d contr-act tliehorizontal and perpendicular muscles apposite one of the cer vicail yertebras. met ane nent is then manipulated. until the. sefi iriof conducting terminals 21 are Contact with the fleshy portion lof the back on "both sides of, the spinal column. To reach th e'lower vertebrae, the instrnment, is lowered, and then the same action as above takes place. By this treatment a. muscle'expansion and contraction is created, which will pull the misplaced vertebras into their normal position and relieve the strain of the various A snake-like movement of the whole spinal column can be brought about and thereby compel all the vertebrastn resume their nCnL'maI position by bringing any portion of thev patients body below the hips, in contact with a secondary ,currentr and connected to both limbs below the For this action the primary current is connected to both terminals 25 of this instrninent shown in Fig. 9 and the deyice. held firin- 1y against the patients bacl: a straddling position of the sine. Theos cillating finstruinent describe in my aforesaid co-pending applicatigon is then operated which the negative and positive poles of both the primary and secondary currents are changed alternately, and thereby cause the snakelike movement to be brought about in both the upper and lower spinal column All the vertebrae will then be vibrated and thence brought back to their normal position. 'Ifhe nerves will be allowed to act normally, the it e le W ll be ren h-see a i t keepthe: vertebras in a normal position and allow a-free circulation of the blood through the veins of the portion of the body aifected.

:I claim:

1. In an electric device for treating the human body, parallel bars for contacting with portions of the human body, the said bars being curved at the ends, means for keeping the said bars in spaced relation to each other and means whereby the said bars a b ripp 2. In a1 device of the class described in combination a pair of bars, soft absorbent material attached to the, under side of the said bars, means for keeping the said bars in their relative position and terminals on the said bars for attaching a conductor ghereto for supplying. current to the said are.

In. a device of the class described in combination, a pair of parallel bars, the said being cnrvecl, across 'pi ece','a. U shaped handle, means for fastening the sai'dhandle, cross piece and togethen the said bars fastened to the said cross piece at the c ente g'the ends being free, a soft absorbent i jlaterial on the under side of they said bars and terminals for connecting an electrical ceiifll to th retol Y 7 4. In an lectrical apparatus for treating the huniam system comprising a pair of re- .Silient parallel bars, conducting"terminals attached to the said resilient bars, soft absorbent niaterial attached to the said con.-

dn cting terminals, "and terminals attached to the said bars for connecting to a source of current.

.5. In a device of the class described in combination, a pair of resilient bars, the said bars being curved and also parallel to each other, crosspieces for keeping the said.

,bars in spaced relation-to each other, slots inthe said cross-pieces for allowing an adjustment of the bars, means for fastening the Said bars to the said cross pieces, a series of conducting terminals attached to the said bars, soft and absorbent material covering the said condnctingterminals, soft and absorbent material covering the ends of the said bars, and 'terminalsfattachedto the said bars for connecting wire thereto.

In testimony whereof I an my signature.


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US4457309 *Jun 30, 1981Jul 3, 1984Elmeskog Alf UElectrocardiographic electrode device
WO1982000089A1 *Jun 30, 1981Jan 21, 1982Elmeskog AElectrocardiographic electrode device
U.S. Classification607/148, 607/68, 607/76, 607/150, 607/72, 607/75, 607/2
International ClassificationA61N1/04
Cooperative ClassificationA61N1/0452, A61N1/0456, A61N1/0408, A61N1/0472, A61N1/0476, A61N1/0492
European ClassificationA61N1/04E2, A61N1/04E2A, A61N1/04E1, A61N1/04E1M, A61N1/04E1N