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Publication numberUS2382841 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 14, 1945
Filing dateAug 29, 1944
Priority dateAug 29, 1944
Publication numberUS 2382841 A, US 2382841A, US-A-2382841, US2382841 A, US2382841A
InventorsAlexander David James
Original AssigneeAlexander David James
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Physiotherapeutic apparatus
US 2382841 A
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Aug. 14, 1945. D. J. ALEXANDER 2,382,841

Aug. l14, 1945. D. J. ALEXANDER v 2,332,841

PHYSIOTHERAPEUTIC APPARATUS l i Filed Aug. 29, 1944v :s sheets-sheet 3A Patented Aug. 1 4, 1945 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,382,841 i f PHYSIOTHERAPEUTIVC APIARTUS David J amesV Alexander, Philadelphia, Pa.

Application August 29, 1944, Serial No. 551,697

8 Claims.

This invention relates to physiotherapeutic apparatus and more particularly to apparatus for use in the exercise of damagedA leg muscles` and nervous systems.

An important object of the present invention is to provide a pedal-operatedv machine such as a woodworking machine oiering means for ententaining and instructing the patient while the exercise is being taken and which is so constructed that the type of leg movement requiredv may be varied at will without disturbing the position of the patient or interrupt operation of the machine.

Another object of the invention is the provision of a construction such that the patient may be readily mounted to operating position at the machine.

Another object of the invention is the provi-` sion of an arrangement which may be very readily and easily manufactured andin which the adjustments are of such nature that they may be readily made by a mechanically unskilled person.

These and other objects I attain by the constructions shown in the accompanying drawings wherein for the purpose of illustration I have shown preferred' embodiments of my invention and wherein:

Fig. 1 is a View partially in side elevation and partially in sectionv of an apparatus constructed in accordance with my invention;

Fig. 2 is a fragmentary end. elevation of the apparatus;

Fig. 3 is an end elevation of the opposite end of the apparatus;

Fig. 4 is a detailed sectional view through the seat support taken on line 4-4 of Fig. 1;

Fig. 5 is a fragmentary elevation of the machine as viewed from the opposite side of Fig. 1, and

Fig. 6 is a sec-tion of line 6 6 of Fig. 5.

Referring now more particularly to the drawings, the numeral I designates a suitable base from one end of which arises a seat support generally designated at II and from theopposite end of which arise standards I2, the upper ends of which support a work table I3 of what is at present illustrated as a jigsaw, the blade of which is shown at I4. A pair of standards I2 which are remote from seat support I I mount bearings I for a shaft I6, this shaft mounting an eccentric I'I, a ywheel I8' and a brake drum I9. The strap of eccentric I'I is shown as connected at its upper end to a rocking lever 2I which is linked at 22 at the lower end of the saw to operate the same. Mounted upon a pivot 55 23 coaxial with the shaft Iiir is a support arm 24, This support arm mounts a pedal-operated sprocket 25 being connec d through a completed sprocket 26 to a sprock 21 secured to shaft I6. The outer end of the arm 24 is vertically adjustable in a slot 28 in seat support I-I, the walls of the slot being apertured as at 29 for interchangeable reception of a suitable pin 3G adjustably limiting downward movement of the rear end of the support arm.

The seat support comprises a rigid standard 3I fxedly mounted in a suitable casting 32 secured to the base I0, this standard` forming one wall of the slot 28.

side of the standard from the slot are guide plates 33 combining with the standard to produce a U-shaped .guide slidably receiving a bar 34. Bar 34 is retained inthe guide by a plate 34a bridging plates 33 and bearing a clamping screw 3412 for holding bar 34 in adjusted` position. The upper end of'bar 34 mounts a circular head: 35, the periphery of which is notched. at suitable initervals as at 3B for the reception' of 'a spring detent 31 carried by a rotatable seat mount 38 bearing seat S. Secured to the lower surface o-f the head 35 is a plunger-39 of the# piston of a pressure cylinder into whichpressure may be introduced by a foot operated pressure pump 4I.

In use of the apparatus, the seat mount is rotated so that it faces oppositely to its illustrated position in Fig, 1 and the bar 34 is: moved toits lowermost position at which time the patient, even though badly handicapped, may seat himself, following which the attendant, by operating pump 4I, may elevate the seat to its desired height. Following ythis the seatl may be rotated to face the patient toward Ithe work table I3. The arm 24 is then adjusted to the position desired for the treatment. It will be noted .that this may be very readily accomplished due to the fact that the coaxial arrangement of shaft I6 and pivot 23 eliminates all necessity for any adjustment of the driving connection between .the pedal operated sprocket 25 and the shaft. This permits' of an instantaneous shiftA of the position of the arm 24 during operation of the machine when, as is often the case, it is desired to vary the treatment during the treating period.

Since in many instances it is desirable to likewise regulate the amount of force necessary to operate the device, a braking apparatus, of which the drum I 9 has been heretofore referred to, is provided. As at present shown, the standards Secured to the side edges of the standard and projecting to the opposite l mounting the bearings for shaft I6 are connected by a cross bar 42 to which is secured one end of a strap 43 passing about the brake drum and upon which is mounted a tube 44 through which a bar 45 is slidably and non-rotatably mounted. The strap is secured to this bar and vertical adjustment of the bar may be obtained by nut 45a threaded upon the bar and abutting the upper end of the tube. For convenience in determining the tension of the strap43, the bar is preferably graduated and the tube apertured as at 46 to provide a convenient reading point.

Since the construction illustrated is obviously of considerable modification Without departing from the spirit of my invention, I do not Wish to be understood as limiting myself thereto except as hereinafter claimed.

I claim:

1. In physiotherapeutic apparatus an implement to be driven and driving means therefor comprising a rotatable shaft operatively connected to the implement, a seat support spaced from the shaft, an arr pivoted at one end coaxially With the shaft and at its opposite end vertically adjustably engaged with the seat support and pedal operated driving means for the shaft carried by said arm.

2. In physiotherapeutic apparatus an implement to be driven and driving means therefor comprising a rotatable shaft operatively connected to the implement, a seat support spaced from the shaft, an arm pivoted at one end coaxially with the shaft and at its opposite end vertically adjustably engaged with the seat support, pedal operated driving means for the shaft carried by said arm and adjustable braking means for said shaft.

3. In physiotherapeutc apparatus an implement to be driven and driving means therefor comprising a. rotatable shaft operatively connected to the implement, a seat support spaced from the shaft, an arm pivoted at one end coaxially with the shaft and at its opposite end vertically adjustably engaged With the seat support, pedal operated driving means for the sha-ft carried Iby said arm, said seat support being vertically extensible, power operated means for extending said seat sup-port and a seat rotatably engaged with the upper end of the seat support.

4. In physiotherapeutic apparatus an implement to be driven and driving `'means therefor` comprising a rotatable shaft operatively connected to the implement, a seat support spaced from the shaft, an arm pivoted at one end coaxially with the shaft and at its opposite end vertically adjustably engaged with the seat support and pedal operated driving means for the shaft carried by said arm, adjustable braking means for said shaft, said support being vertically extensible, power operated means for extending said seat support and a seat rotatably engaged With the upper end of the seat support.

5. In physiotherapeutic apparatus an implemen-t to be driven and driving means therefoicomprising a rotatable shaft operatively connected to the implement, a sprocket on said shaft, va seat support spaced from the shaft, an arm pivoted at one end coaxially with the shaft and at its opposite end vertically adjustably engaged With the seat support, a pedal operated sprocket on said arm, and a driving connection between the last named sprocket and the sprocket of the shaft.

6. In physiotherapeutc apparatus an implement to be driven and driving means therefor comprising a rotatable shaft operatively connected to the implement, a sprocket on said shaft, a seat support spaced from the shaft, an arm pivoted at one end coaxially with .the shaft and at its opposite end vertically adjustably engaged with the seat support, a pedal operated sprocket on said arm, a driving connection between the last named sprocket and the sprocket of the shaft and adjustable braking means for said shaft.

7. In physiotherapeutic apparatus an implement to be driven and driving means therefor comprising a rotatable shaft openatively connected tothe implement, a sprocket on said shaft, a seat support spaced from the shaft, an arm pivoted at one end lcoaxially with the shaft andh at its opposite end vertically adjustably engaged with the seat support, a pedal operated sprocket on said arm., a driving connection between the last named sprocket and the sprocket of the'shaft,

4said seat support being vertically extensible,

power operated means for extending said seat support and a seat rotatably engaged with the upper end of the seat support.

8. In physiotherapeutic apparatus an implement to be driven `and driving means therefor comprising a rotatable shaft operatively connected to the implement, a sprocket on sa'id shaft, a seat support spaced from the shaft, an arm pivoted at one end 'coaxially with the shaft and at its opposite end vertically adjustably engaged With the seat support, a pedal operated sprocket on said arm, a driving connection between the last named sprocket and the sprocket of the shaft, said seat support being vertically extensible, power operated means for extending said seat support, a seat rotatably engaged with the upper end of the seat support and adjustable braking means for said shaft.

DAVID JAMES ALEXANDER.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification482/63, 601/36
International ClassificationA63B22/08, A63B22/06
Cooperative ClassificationA63B2022/0623, A63B22/08
European ClassificationA63B22/08