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ABDOMINAL SUPPORTING BELT Filed June 9, 1951 gmehto'a Patented July 4, 1933 J'OHANNAH'BROHMAN OF LOS ANGELES, CALIFOENIA- ABDOMINAL vsnrroncrine BELT 1 Application -fi1ed. June 9,-1931. Serial No; 543,181.,
The invention relates to abdominal supporting belts, and particularly to a device of this character formed from contractible material and constructed in a manner whereby the abdomen will be upwardly supported by the main band of the support, and the weight of the abdomen supported from the hips of the wearer. A further object is to provide the inner "side of the band with pockets made from con tractible material for the reception of a hernia pad, said pockets, incident to their contractible material, forming means for gripping and holding the pad at all times for pr'eventing displacement thereof.
A further object is to provide an abdominal support and pad carrier comprising a contractible band portion .adapted to encircle the abdomen immediately above the hips, and
having its forward side provided with contractible straps adapted to extend rearwarclly through the crotch of the wearer outwardly around the legs, and to be. secured to the forward side of the body portion for main- 2515 taining said body portion against upward movement, consequently maintaining the hernia pads in proper position.
A further object is to form the entire deyice from stretchable material, so that it will -contractibly engage the body at all points.
With the above and other objects in view the invention resides in the combination and arrangement of parts as hereinafter set forth,
shown in the drawing, described and claimed,
=-it being understood that changes in the precise embodiment of the invention may be made within the scope of what is claimed without departing from the spirit of the invention.
In the drawing Fi ure 1 is a front elevation of the device showing the same in position on a person.
Figure 2 is a perspective view of the de vlce.
4553 Figure 3 is an enlarged view in elevation of one of the pockets.
Figure 4 is a horizontal sectional view taken on line 4-4 of Figure 3.
Figure 5 is a plan view of the device, showing the same extended.
Referring. to the: drawing,: the numeral/1 designates the abdominal belt, which is adapted to encircle the abdomen of a person, as
shown in Figure 1, and which belt is elongated as shown in Figure 5. The belt 1 may be formed from contractible material, or from non-contractible material, as desired, however it is provided with spaced clownwardly extending members 2 on its lower edge, to which are secured at 3 elastic leg encircling members 4, which have their ends anchored at 5 to the belt 1.
When a person desires to place the device on the body, the legs are passed through the leg encircling bands l, and then the belt 1 is passed around the abdomen, tightly in engagement therewith and is connected at the rear of body by means of the hooks 6, and the eyes 7, therefore it will be seen that the abdomen is positively supported in the belt 1, and the elastic leg encircling members 4, which have been previously stretched, positively hold the belt against upward movement, and in combination with the belt, distribute the weight of the abdomen on the hip 8 of the wearer as clearly shown in Figure 1.
Secured to the inner side of the belt 1 are contractible pockets 9, formed from rubber or other elastic material, and in which pockets pads 10-are placed, for instance hernia pads, two being used if necessary. It will be seen that the pockets 9 are more than semicircular, therefore the pads are positively held, and by forming the pads from contractible material, the pads are gripped by the material for additionally holding the same in position at all times. Although two pockets and pads are shown, this is for illustrative purposes only, and it is to be understood that any number may be used, and they may be positioned as desired.
Extending downwardly from the belt 1 between the extensions 2 is a member 11, which may be utilized for anchoring the forward end of a sanitary napkin, the rear end being anchored in any suitable manner, for initance by pinning to the rear side of the be t.
From the above it will be seen that an abdominal support and hernia pad carrier is provided, which will positively support the abdomen for distributing the weight of the stomach on the hips of the wearer, and one wherein hernia pads or other pads will be positively held in position at all times.
The invention having been set forth what is claimed as new and useful is In combination an abdominal support, said support comprisin a body member adapted to encircle the b y, said body member being formed from a single piece of stretchable and contractible material stretchable and contractible in all directions, pad receivin pockets carried by said body member, said pad receiving pockets being formed from a single piece of stretchable and contractible material stretchable and contractible in all directions, the marginal edges of said pockets being secured to the body 1116111- ber with the exception of one side thereof whereby access to the pockets may be had, said piece of material forming the pockets being of substantially the same material as the body member whereby a pad in the pockets will bulge the pockets on both sides whereby an inward pressure may be applied to the body of the wearer.
In testimony whereof she hereunto affixes her signature.
J OHANN AH BROHMAN.