US 1820895 A
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Aug. 25, 1931. J. H. WEBER THERAPEUTICAL DEVICE Filed March 1, 1926 INVENTOR JACOB/i WEBER TIORNEYS Patented Aug. 25, 1931 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE JACOB H. WEBER, OF NEW YORK, N. Y., ASSIGNOR TO A, BRESLAUER, INC., 01 NEW YORK, N. Y., A CORPORATION OF NEW YORK THERAPEUTICAL DEVICE Application filed March 1, 1926. Serial No. 91,396.
My invention relates to that class of thera- 3 peutical devices in which a roller is employed Q same being to simplify and vide means whereby mounted for rotation between the branching arms of a forked handle, the
object of the otherwise improve the construction and means of mounting of the roller so that the interior thereof is rendered easily accessible.
A further object of the invention is to prothe roller may be charged with salts or chemicals of different kinds in such a way that they will be held out of contact with each other so as to avoid objectionablechemical action between them.
Other objects of the invention will hereinafter appear and the novel features thereof will be set forth in claims.
In the drawings forming part of the specificationz" Fig. 1 is an elevation of a therapeutical device embodying my invention;
Fig. 2 is an end view of the same;
Fig. 3 is a section on the line 3-3 of Fig. 1;
Fig. 4 is a detail sectional view through the socket carried by one of the arms of the forked handle;
Fig. 5 is a longitudinal sectional view through the roller of a modified construction; and
Fig. 6 is a cross-section on the line 66 of Fig. 5.
Like reference numerals indicatelike parts in the different views.
My improved device comprises a roller 1 andhandle 2. The upper end of the handle b has across bar 3 secured to it which is bent at its opposite ends to form the parallel arms 4 and 5, each of which is provided with a somewhat enlarged opening in it. The arm 4 is provided with a boss 6 within which is located a socket 7 to the terminals of which are connected the electric conducting wires 8 and 9. The handle 2 is made-hollow and the wires 8 and 9 pass from the socket 7 down through the hollow handle and are connected to asuitable source of electric supply, not shown. The body of the handle2 is connected to the cross bar 3 b means of'a thin strip th 10 of steel or other sultable metal to provide a yielding or flexible connection between the handle 2 and the roller 1 so that the latter may be applied to the surface of the body under treatment with a yielding pressure.
The roller 1 has been shown of double frusto conical shape, being circular in cross-section and of largest diameter at its longitudinal center and tapering toward the ends. This shape has been selected as one which is suitable to enable the roller to conform to any inequalities or unevennesses in the surface of the body under treatment. The roller has also been shown as transversely corrugated as shown atll so that the surface thereof extending from end to end is undulatory. It
of the roller so that the interior thereof is readily accessiblef he reduced ends of the roller sections are each provided with a bearing ring 13 the ends of the two bearing rings lying between and in contact with the inner surfaces of the arms 4 and 5 of the handle, and the openings through. said rings corresponding in shape and dimensions with the openings in said arms 4 and 5. In the construction shown in Figs. 1 to 4 of the drawings, I provide an electric heater for the roller 1 which heater serves as the bearing upon which the roller turns. The heater has een shown as consisting of a cylindrical shell 14 having the usual heating wires on the inside thereof and two terminals 15 projecting from one end of the shell which cooperate with the terminals of the socket 7 to complete the electric circuit diameter of the shell 14 corresponds with the diameter of the openings in the arms 4 and 5 and in the rings 13 at the ends of the roller. It fits within these parts and when the device is fully assembled it is held rigidly connected to the arms 4 and 5. That is to say, it is held against turning movement by e engagement of the terminals 15 with the terminals of the socket 7, and it is held to the heater. The
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against longitudinal movement by means of a hooked retaining device 16 which is pivoted to the arm 5 and passes around a reduced portion 17 on the projecting end of the heator 14 between the body thereof and the knob or handle 18.
I propose to useavithin'the roller 1 salts or other chemical substances, in order that there may be imparted to the patient under treatment the effects of hot salt air or the vapors ofother chemicals. If salts or chemicals of different kinds are employed in mixed condition, there is danger of chemical action being set up which will result not only in the chemicals but in the corrosion of the parts with which they come in contact. To avoid this objection, I provide a plurality of capsules 19, 20 made of a suitable metal or other material which will not be attacked by the salts or chemicals employed, and introduce into them medicinal substances. For example, in one of the capsules ordinary table salt might be used and in another sulphur, or sulphur mixed with potash. The medicinal substances employed are preferably in'small graular particles and the capsules 19 and 20' are provided with minute perforations 21 through which the medicinal substances themselves or the vapors therefrom are permitted to escape into the body of the roller in two parts with a cover 22 telesco mg upon the body portion of the capsule. he openings 21 in the capsules 19 and 20 are preferthe openings 12 in the roller 1, this difference in the sizes of the perforations being provided to prevent the clogging of the passages through the roller shell. The operation of my improved device is as follows: When it is desired to charge the roller 1, the same is separated from the handle and the two parts of the roller disconnected and thereby opened up. To accomthe hooked retaining device 16 is moved out of engagement with thereduced portion 17 of the heater element 14, and the latter is bodily removed by grasping it by the handle 18 and withdrawing it from the openings in the arms 4 and 5 and in the hearing rings 13. The roller 1 is now free and the two parts thereof may beseparated by merely breaking the telescoping joint at the center of the roller. Any old capsules 19 and 20 within the roller may now be removed and they may be recharged with salts or medicinal substances or new ones so charged used in theirplaces. The parts of the device may now be reassembled by reversing the operations just described. By now connecting the circuit wires 8 and 9 with a suitable source of current, the heater 14 is rendered active and the roller may be applied to the body of the patient by moving it back and forth along the affected area. In so'doing the roller by 1. The capsules. are made are inserted within the same.
reason of its peculiar configuration is enabled to fit into and to conform to all irregularities in the surface of the body. The heat from the heater 14 is transmitted through the walls of the roller 1 and tho vapors from the chemicals in the capsules 19 and 20 are likewise brought into contact with the skin of the patient with medicinal effects similar to those obtained from hot salt or sulphur baths or rubs. The rotation of the roller 1 during its movements back and forth on the body of the patient causes the capsules 19 and 20 to move around within the interior of the roller, which keeps the contents of said capsules stirred up and permits'of the ready emanation of vapors therefrom.
My improved device is capable of use without the electric heater 14. When such heater is dispensed with, however, it is necessary to heat the contents of the roller before they A construction in which the heater 14 is dispensed with is shown in Figs. 5 and 6' of the drawings. A central rod 23 takes the place of the heater 14 in this construction, and, of course, the socket 7, the circuit wires 8 and 9, and the passage through the hollow handle 2 are rendered unnecessary. It is also unnecessary to provide the boss 6 on the arm 4 for the reception of the socket 7. The rod 23 is not as large in diameter as the heating element 14 and accordingly it is not necessary to make the openings in the arms 4 and 5 and in the bearing rings 13 at the ends of the heater so large. In other respects, the construction of Figs. 5 and 6 corresponds with that of the otherfigures of the drawings.
What I claim is 2-- 1. In a therapeutical device, a hollow perforated roller and a plurality of perforated receptacles within the roller.
2. In a therapeutical device, a hollow perforated roller and a plurality of perforated receptacles within the roller, the perforations of said receptacles being smaller than those in said roller. 1
3. In a therapeutical device, a hollow perforated roller made of a plurality of separablesections and a plurality of perforated receptacles freely disposed'within said roller.
4. In a therapeutical device, tion with a handle having a pair of parallel forked arms provided with aligned openings, of a perforated roller made in two separable sections joined at their ends, each having a bearing ring provided with an opening at its outer end, and a fixed bearing member extending through the openings in said arms and in said bearing rings. I
5. In a therapeutical device, the combination with a handle having a pair of parallel forked arms provided with aligned openings, of a hollow perforated roller made in separable sections, provided with bearing rings the combinaopenings in ceptacles within forated roller made of two tions,
ings in said arms and hollow perforated holding sa-id heater against having openings therein at their out/er ends,
' a fixed bearing-member extending through the openings in said arms and in said bearing rings, and a plurality of. perforated resaid roller. 6. In a therapeutical device, a hollow perseparable seeone of which telescopes within the other intermediate the ends of said roller and means for retaining said sections in place.
7. In a therapeutical device, the combination with ahandle having parallel, forked arms provided with aligned openings, of a hollow perforated roller fitting between said arms and provided with bearing rings at its opposite ends havin openings therein, an electric heater exten ing through the openin said bearing rings, the said heater constituting the bearing upon Which said roller turns, and electrical connections to said heater.
8. In a therapeutical device, the combination with ahandle having a pair of parallel yoked arms having aligned openings, of a roller fittinglbetween said arms and provided with bearing rings at its opposite endshavin electric heater exten ing through the openings in said arms and in said bearing rings, means for preventing the longitudinal and turning movement cal connections to the heater.
9. In a therapeutical devicefthe combination with a handle having a pair of parallel yoked arms provided with aligned openings, of a hollow perforated roller located. between said arms and provided with bearing rings at its opposite ends having openings therein, a socket carried by one of said arms, an electric heater extending through the saidv arms and in said bearing rings provided with terminals projecting beyond one end thereof which cooperate with the terminals in said socket, and means for longitudinal movement 10. In a therapeutical device, the combination with a handle havin a pair of parallel yoked arms provided wlth aligned openings, of a hollow perforated roller fitting between said arms and provided with bearing rings at its opposite ends havin 0 enings therein, a socket carried by one of sald arms, an electric heater extending throu h the openin s in saidarms and in said aring rings, t e said heater having projecting teropenings therein, an
of said heater, and electr'i lel yoked arms provided with ali ned openings, of a hollow perforated roller located between said. arms and provided with bearing rings at its opposite ends having openings therein, an electric heater extending throughthe openings in said arms and in said bearing rings and constituting the bearing for said roller, means for holding said heater against longitudinal and turning movement and a plurality of hollow perforated receptacles within said roller.
12. A massage instrument, a heating element with an exterior, cylindrical surface, a roller with an air space mounted rotatably on said cylindrical surface and means for keialping the roller from shifting longitudina y. v
13. A massage instrument, a hollow handle with a frame secured thereto, a heating element fixedl mounted in said frame, a roller rotatab y mounted on said heating element and prevented from excessive longi- .tudinal movement by said frame.
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