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Publication numberUS2266859 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 23, 1941
Filing dateJun 1, 1940
Priority dateJun 1, 1940
Publication numberUS 2266859 A, US 2266859A, US-A-2266859, US2266859 A, US2266859A
InventorsGrampp Albert
Original AssigneeGrampp Albert
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Toe and foot vibrator
US 2266859 A
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Dec. 23, 1941. A. GRAMPI 2,266,859

TOE AND FOOT VIBRATOR Filed June 1, 1940 INVENTOR ATTORNEY Patented Dec. 23, 1941 UNITED STATES PATENT QFFICE 2,266,859 A 'roE AND FOOT 'VIBRATOR. Albert Grampp, N ew York, Y. Application June 1, 1940, Serial- No. 33 8,344

2 Claims. (91. 128-66) This invention relates to improvements in devices for the exercising and massaging of parts of the human body, particularly to an exercising and massaging apparatus for the toe and foot muscles.

It is the principal object of my invention to provide such an apparatus in which revolving massage bodies, having a peculiar shape, are moved by the feet of the person using the apparatus, while simultaneously being subjected to vibrations by means of an electrically controlled means.

Another object of my invention is the provision of such an apparatus which is comparatively simple and inexpensive in its construction, yet durable and highly efiiicent in operation.

A further object of my invention is the provision of a massage and exercising device of the above character in which two so-called form rolls of substantially conical shape and subdivided into a plurality of integral sections are eccentrically supported on a common spindle which is intermittingly subjected to certain vibrations by means of an electric motor.

A still further object of my invention is the provision of such an apparatus which allows the turning of the rolls by the feet to be massaged and exercised in order to strengthen not only the foot muscles, but also the legs, and the operation of which eases strain on the feet, and legs, alleviates aches and stimulates circulation.

Besides the tumbling movement imparted to the rolls or rollers when being turned by the foot or feet, the same will also be subjected to highly beneficial vibratory actions by means of an electric motor driving a cam shaft to operate the spring supported spindle carrying the rolls or rollers.

These and other objects and advantages of my invention will become more fully known as the description thereof proceeds, and will then be specifically defined in the appended claims.

In the accompanying drawing forming a material part of this disclosure:

Fig. 1 is a front elevation of the apparatus constructed according to my invention, partly in section.

Fig. 2 is a top plan view thereof.

Fig. 3 is a section on line 33 of Figure 1.

As illustrated, the apparatus comprises a baseplate carrying near its ends the posts or brackets H and I2 respectively, each of which has an opening 13.

The base In carries near its post ll, an electric motor l4 of suitable type to the shaft of which is attached by means of a suitable coupling I 6 or the'like, a spindle I! journaled' in suitable bearings in the brackets l l and I2.

The spindle l1 carries near the inner faces of the posts II and I2, cams l8, I9, eccentrically arranged on said spindle. A frame or bracket 20 for each of the posts II and I2 is held in place by means of bolts 2| carrying on their outer threaded ends wing-nuts 2| while their inner ends are secured to said frame 20 after being passed through the openings 13 in the posts H and I2.

Vertically disposed rods 23, 24 pass through the inwardly directed branches of the frames 20, and springs 25 are wound about the rods 23, 24

between the upper and lower branches of the frames to cushion the rod movements. The lower ends of the rods 23, 24 carry knobs 26, 21 respectively adapted to be intermittingly engaged by the eccentric cams on the spindle H during its rotation by the motor shaft. The upper ends of the rods 23, 24 have pivotally attached thereto, as at 28, 29, the ends of a spindle 30 carrying the rolls or rollers 3|, 32 eccentrically arranged on said spindle 30 with their major parts below said spindle.

These rolls or rollers have substantially conically shaped bodies with their Wider ends facing one another in the middle as at 34, and their outer faces are subdivided by notches 33 or the like into a plurality of integral portions and may be roughened or fluted in any desired manner, and it will be clear that also the spindle 30 may be divided at the meeting ends of the rollers so as to allow a removal and exchange of the rollers when the spindle parts are swung about their end pivots 28, 29.

The use and operation of my apparatus will be entirely clear from the above description by having simultaneous reference to the drawing, and it will be evident that the foot to be exercised or massaged when placed on the rollers is moved over the same to produce a massage effect by the resulting tumbling movement of the rollers on account of their eccentric arrangement on the spindle 38. The rotation of the spindle l1 during the operation of the motor will intermittingly engage the cams eccentrically arranged on said spindle with the knobs at the lower ends of the rods and will impart to the spindle 30 and the rollers thereon intermittent vibratory movement cushioned by the springs 25 which is transferred to the toes of the foot, to the legs and will thus exercise and massage the same in an evidently beneficial manner.

described, comprising a base, brackets erected on said base and having openings intermediate their ends, a motor on said base, a spindledriven by said motor coupled to the shaft of the same,

cams eccentrically arranged on said-spindle, a-

pair of frames held to said brackets by means passed through their openings, vertically disposed rods held by said frames and cushioned by springs between the branches of said frames, knobs at the lower outer ends of said rods adapted to engage said cams during the rotation of said spindle by the motor, and a spindle pivotally secured to the upper ends of said rods, massage rolls eccentrically arranged on said last named spindle and subdivided into a plurality of integral fluted portions, said eccentrically arranged rolls to be submitted to a tumbling movement by the feet and said motor operated cams and rods imparting to said rolls an intermittent vibratory action.

2. In an apparatus for massaging and exercising the toes and feet, a motor, a pair of substantially conical rolls having roughed outer faces, a spindle on said apparatus on which said rolls are eccentrically disposed, another spindle driven 'by said motor, cams eccentrically arranged on said motor driven spindle, and spring cushioned rods having knobs at their lower ends adapted to be engaged by said cams during the rotation of said motor driven spindle, said rods supporting withtheir upper ends the ends of the spindle for said conical 'rolls pivoted thereto near the narrower ends of said conical rolls to impart to said rolls an intermittent vibratory action.


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U.S. Classification601/118, 601/46
International ClassificationA61H15/00, A61H23/02
Cooperative ClassificationA61H2205/12, A61H2201/164, A61H15/00, A61H2201/1418, A61H23/0254
European ClassificationA61H23/02R