US 1868452 A
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July 19, 1932. K. H. WHITNEY VIBRATORY APPARATUS I 2 Sheets-Sheet l I Filed Aug. 20, 1929 m J m U .2 \x mm 3 a g R New A? 0 I O a .o.. 1 ww J mw C. W. ATTORNEY July 19, 1932. K. H. WHITNEY VIBRATORY APPARATUS 2 sheets-sheet 2 Filed Aug. 20, 1929 I IN VENTOR WW,
A TTORNE Y UNITED STATES Patented July 19, 1932 I PATENT OFFICE KARL n. was. or. mnxsv rnnn, -MISSOU'-RI, AssIenon T wnI-rMA-ms MAN-U"- rnorunmo' COMPANY, me, or KIRKSVILL'E, Mrssormi, A conronarrou 0F: MIS
SOUR]? VIBRATORY' APTARATUS My inventionrelates. to improvements inmechanical. vi-bratery apparatus for massage similar. treatments designed for instance to stimulate lympthatic circulation. One of its objects is to provide improved vibratory apparatus. for such purposes. Another object isLto. provide for the application of vibra tory motion simultaneously at, two. dill'erent.
localities, and: in diderent. phases of movement, whereby there is a movement or displacement of tissue away from one of said localities and toward the. other of said localities, with alternations the opposite direction, thereby providing for deep seated vibratory or massage operations and results. Another object isto provide improved and reliable apparatus for applying such Vibratory movement'to a patient.- Another object-zis to provide adjustable means; whereby the degree of vibratory movement may be increased or decreased and suited to the particular-case. in hand. My invention also com.- prises certain details of form: and, arrangement and combination of components, all of which will. be fully set forth the description of the accompanying drawings, in
. tically adjustable surgical or osteopathic table top. 16. The. table is mounted upon a hydraulic plunger 17. seated ina cylinder in the'basc, and. thereby adapted to adjust. the table topv 16 to: any desired height. The table top as shown; comprises a central top section'19, a head supporting-section 20, ad-
,just'a'bl'euponxa. horizontal axle. 21 relative tothe'section 19; andadapted'to be locked to it's-adjusted. positions: by means of a bar 22 hinged to an arm 28 rigidly carried by the top section 19, and adapted to be clamped to the head-section 20 by means of a clamping lever 24 to hold the head section 20 to any adjusted position. A foot supporting table top section 25 is also adjustable relative to the top section 19 upon a vertical axis 26, and also upon a horizontal axis. 27. These table. adjustments under certain conditions contribute to the results and facilitate operation of the vibratory apparatus to attain superior results. I
The arm 23 is carried rigidly by and relative to the plunger 17 and table top section 19. A frame or casing 28 is attached adj ustably and latched rigidly to the arm 23 and depends therefrom. Within the casing 28. is. rigidly mounted a motor 29, preferably electric motor; The shaft of the motor is provided with'a pinion 80, which drives a spur gear 31 and pinion 32 connected together by a sleeve and journaled upon a stud shaft 33 mounted rigidly upon the casing 28. The pinion 32 meshes with and drives a gear 34, the shaft of which gear 34 is journaled tothe casing 28, and is provided with an eccentric A ring 36. is mounted loosely upon the exterior of the eccentric. A forked link or connecting bar 37 is attached pivotally at its forked end to the ring 36, and at its opposite end the bar 37 is pivotally attached to one forked end of a connecting member 88. The'opposite forked end of the connecting member 38 is pivotally attached by a bolt 39 to one end of a rocker bar 40.v
The. rocker bar 40' is pivotally attached, by a bolt 41 to an ear projecting downwardly from the casing28. When the motor is in operation the rocker bar 40 rocks or reciprocates in a substantially vertical plane. The rocker bar 40 is slotted endwise thereof at 42 and 43. Cross arms 44 are adjustable along the slot 42 and clamped to their adjusted positionby means ofa bolt 45 and nut 46. Cross arms 47 are adjustable along the slot 43 and clamped to their adjusted position by means of a bolt 48. and nut 49. The ends of the cross arms 44 and 47 are perforated for the at tachment of the ends of the vibratory harness. By adjusting the cross bars 44and 47 to and from each other the amount of Vibration imparted to the patient may be adjusted'and varied as may be required, and one harness receive a longer vibratory movement than the other. I v
A patient M is mounted upon the tabletop in any one of several positions, and pads 50 7 "the table top 71 is supported upon four legs 7 a and 51 are adjusted to positions upon and relative to the patient. A harness member 52'c'on1prising a strap havingeyes 53 in opposite ends thereof, swivel blocks 54: attached to the respective eyes 53, coiled springs 55. attached to the respective swivel blocks 54, and snap hooks 56 attached to the opposite ends of the respective springs 55. The snap hooks are detachably attached to the perforations in the-free ends of the cross arms 44:. Ayoke orloop 57 is preferably attached'to the strap 52 to enoirclejthe neck of the patient to preventdisplacement of the straps 52 and-pad 50 during operation. r V
A harness'member similar to the harness member 52 comprising 'a strap having eyes 61 in opposite ends thereof, swivel blocks 62' attached to the eyes 61,springs 63 attached to the swivel blocks 62, and snap hooks 64am tached to the springs 63 at one end and to the perforations in the free ends of the cross arms 47 at their opposite ends, the middle section of the harness member 60 rests upon the pad 51.- The harness members 52 and 60 are adapted to be shortened or lengthened by meansyof buckles 65. 'A series of rollers 66, 67, 68, and 69 are mounted pivotally at the opposite sides of the tabletop in position to be engaged by the harness members 52 and 60, so that said rollers may rotate with the vibratory movement of said harness members and hold said harness out ofcontact with the edges of the taple top. The end rollers 66 and 69 are preferably set in an inclined posi- 7 tion relative to'the table top, so as'to tend to rocker bar to the harness member 52, strain is correspondingly released upon the'har- V nessmember 60, which tends to elfect a deep seated as well as surface movement of the tissues toward the pad 51, and away from the pad 50, and that when strain is applied by the rocker arm to the harness member 60, a deep seated as well as surface movement of the tissueoccurs in a reverse directlon.
' Suchfmovementsare adapted to stimulatea flow or clrculation 1n the lymphatic system of the patient, and also animproved blood circulation; Either of the harness members may be used alone if desired.v When used to gether, the strains are applied and released restful result.
lnthe modification illustratedin 5,
72. A casing or housing 7 3 corresponding to the housing 28 6f Fig. lismountedon ways or guides 4 extending lengthwiseof thetable 'so as to be adjustable to substantially" any desired position lengthwise of the table to treat the upper,- middle, or lower extremities ofthe patient. A pinion journaled to the housing 7 3 and operable by' means of: a hand crank 76, enables the housing. 7 3 to be adjusted along'a rack bar 7 8 to anyidesired position relative to thetable top. latch bar 77 engagingthe' rack bar=78 is operable to latch the'housing rigidly to any desired positi'on Qof adjustment. The motor driven vibratory apparatus and harness ofF ig. 5 are substantially the same as shown in Figs. 1
to 4, and as heretofore described.
The apparatus herein shown'and described is capable of considerable modification within the scope of the claims without departing from the spirit-of my invention.
Whatl claim is 1 V c 1. Vibratory apparatus. comprising a support for the body. of a patient, a motor driven centrally'pivotally mounted rocker arm, lateral arms in' pairs mounted upon opposite ends ofxsaid rocker.arm'andladjustable to and from thefcenter. of said rocker arm, a pair of pads engaging different portions of a patient, a harnessmember looped over one of said pads and conneoted at opposite ends to thepair oflater-al arms at one end of said rocker arm, and .a harness member looped overthe other of said pads and conneoted at opposite ends to the pair: of lateral arms at the opposite end of saidrocker arm, said harness membersbeing adapted to al 'ternately apply pressuretoone of said pads while the opposite harness member is reducing pressure upon .the opposite ofsaid pads.
2; Vibratory apparatus comprising a support for the body of a patient, a motor driven centrally pivotally;mountedzrocker arm, lateral arms in pairs mounted upon opposite 7 ends of said rocker arm and adjustable to'and from the center of said rocker arm, a pair 'ofpads engaging-different portions ofa patientfa harness'memberilooped over one of said pads and connected'at opposite ends to the'pair. of lateral arms at one end of said rocker arm, and a harness member looped over the other of said pads andconnectedat opposite ;:ends to the. pair of ,lateral arms atthe oppositeend ofsaid rocker arm, and resilient members interposed between said re= spective pads and said rocker varm, said har-. ness members being ladapteidto' alternatively its ing a resilient section looped over one of said pads and attached at one end to one end of said rocker arm, a harness member having a resilient section looped over the opposite pad and attached at one end to the opposite end of said rocker arm.
4:. Vibratory apparatus comprising a support for the body of a patient, rollers mounted upon opposite edges of said support, a motor driven rocker arm pivotally mounted relative to and beneath said support for the patient, a pad engaging the patient, a harness member looped over the body of the patient and over and in engagement with said pad and in engagement with said rollers, said harness member being attached at opposite ends to said rocker arm.
In testimony whereof I have afiixed my signature.
KARL H. WHITNEY.