US 2478786 A
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Aug. 9, 1949. H. M. SMALLEN PROSTATE GLAND MASSAGING IMPLEMENT Filed April 1, 1946 INVENTOR. HARRY M SMALLE/V.
xm mg Patented Aug. 9, 1949 2,683 85 PROSTATE GLAND MAS SKGING' IMPLEMENT Harry M. Smallen, New o rk-; Yr Annotation April: 1, 1943s,. Serial No.- 658,819"
1 "This invention relates'to an instrument for the treatment of the prostate gland and has especialreferenc'e to an implement for massaging said gland.
It is known that material benefit may be obtained in prostate gland cases by the gentle message of'the gland. Such cases usually require the attendanceand attention of a physician mainly because there has been no suitable instrument or implement by which a patient, upon in struction and under thedirection of hisphysician, may accomplish his own treatment or massage of the-gland; Then, too; because of lack of adequate implement for the purpose, the time of a physician was required for the treatment of) such cases when his time could be better employed in handling more urgent cases which do not lend themselves to self-treatment by the patient.
It has been stated that massage of the prostate gland has the advantage of accomplishing the gentle expression of accumulated secretions; the stimulation T or the contraction of. smooth muscle fibers; and the "stretching and final" removal of marginaladhesions. Y j
An object of the invention is to provide a, simple, eificient, easily operable implement which can be manipulated by the patient himself from the front of his to massage the gland without the aid of a physician'or' other person.
A further object isto provide an implement which will permit the'pati'ent to" massage' 'or treat the'giand in the privacy'of; his own home.
A' still further object is to provide an implement which can be economically manufactured and is easily manipulable' to effect the" desired results by the'personal' operation of theiniplement by the patient,
fiirther and more specific objects, features, and advantages will more clearly'appear from the specification hereinafter set forth especially when. considered in connection with I the accompanying drawings which illustrate a present; pre
ferred form which the inventionmay assume and which form part of the specification.
Briefly and in the most general terms, theln- Vera-titan relates to aim-instrument in the formof a: simple implement made of any'suitabl'ematerial which can be easily manipulated by the patient himself from the front of the body to massage the'gland. Primarily, the implement comprises a bar having" a portionto be gripped in the hand of" the patient and" which extends down'in frontor the abdominal region and under the crotch to the rectafopening" or anus with a."
portion which is bent and curved upwardly to 5 Claims. (CF. 128%?) V v 2 more upwardly and forwardly into said canal passage to have its outer end bear againstthe rectal wall adjacent the location of the prostate grand to be'massa'ged. 5
In any pivotal movement of the implement, the bent portion at the joint of the bend acts as a rulcrurn against the adjacent front wall of the rectal passage to permit manipulation of the outer end without undue friction of the implement against the rectal walls due to any sliding action; Preferably; the outer end of the implement is knob-like in shape to'simulate'the massagfr'igfi'nger of the physician.
Since the implement has to extend down in front of the abdomen and then under the groin into the rectal" passage, it is generally provided with a' laterally offset portion to by-pass the 'genitar organs-of the patient so" that its manipulation not afiect the natural position of said organs. v r I man then, the implement comprises a handle portion-extending down in front of the abdominal region, a portron extending under the groin and laterally by-passed' toavoid contact with the genitals and an upwardly and forwardly extendingt portion" extendin into the rectal passage to bear against the" front rectal wall adjacent the position of the gland to exert pressure thereagainst and to massage the same when it is maniptflat'ed. w
The present preferred form which the invention may assume is" shown in: the drawings, of which:
Fig; 1 is apartial crossse'otion of the human anatomy" showin the implement in position to massage or treat the prostate gland.
Fig. 2- a side elevation of the instrument.
' Fig.3 is a. plan" view of the same on the antroposterior-"line.
4 is a front elevation of the implement.
7 It is finownthat quite a number of men past the age" of 50" have some disturbance of the prostate gland. mfections of' this gland are understood to be common in older persons. Various drugs have been used to alleviate the condition; but they do not appear to have much value in overcoming the chronic prostatic infeotion'sif Thetreatmeht usually recommended consists inrnassage ofthe gland which is carriedout through. the rectum. 7
Thespecifioform of' the implement which is preferredis shown in the drawings, and comprises ahandlfe portionfl'l adapted. to extend down firfront of'the abdominal reg-ion ll'. It then is cm-ved more or less horizontally in the portion Patent, is:
i2 which extends under the groin [3. Along the portion E2, the implement is off-set laterally as at M, so as to pass by the genitals l5 and then is bent upwardly and forwardly as at It to extend into the rectal passage and be disposed normally against the front rectal wall ll adjacent the prostate gland [8. The end of the implement may be knobbed or bulbous, as at l9, but immediately below the knobbed portion, may be flattened out as at 20, and this combination of the knob portion '[9 with the below disposed flattened portion 20 simulates the formation and shape of the massaging finger of the physician,
and facilitates the expression of prostatic secretions.
The portion 2| of the implement wherethe horizontal portion [2 is bent up to extend into the rectal passage, will be seen-as bearing closely against the front wall of the rectal opening at so that it may act as a fulcrum point when the implement is moved in a pivotal manner whereby undue friction against the rectal opening is avoided.
It will be seen, therefore, that I have provided a simple and efficient implement for the treatment of the prostate gland by manipulation of the implement to create gentle pressure on the gland or to permit a massaging movement of the implement which will take the place of the doctors finger and permit a patient to treat himself in the privacy of his own home, upon instruction and under the direction of his physician. A periodic check-up by the physician is all that may be necessary.
While the invention has beendescribed in detail and with respect to a presentpreferred form which it may assume, itis not to be limited to such details and form since many changes and modifications may be made in the invention without departing from the spirit and scope of'the invention in its broadest aspects. Hence, it is desired to cover any and all forms and modifications of the invention which may come within the language or scope of any one or more of the appended claims.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters 1. A prostate gland massaging implement which comprises a lever having an anterior handle portion constituting a power arm to ex- Ytend down in front of the abdomen and a substantially horizontal portion to extend under the groin and off-set laterally to avoid the genital organs, and having an upwardly and forwardly bent posterior portion constituting the work arm to extend into the rectal passage to bear against the frontal wall thereof adjacentthe prostate gland, the bent portion between the horizontal and the posterior portions serving as a fulcrum point against the front wall of the rectal opening when the implement is subjected to pivotal movement around this point.
2. A prostate gland massaging implement which comprises a bar having an anterior portion to extend down in front of the abdomen, under the groin and up into the rectal passage to bear against the frontal wall thereof adjacent the prostate gland, the posterior end of the bar having a knobbed end, the portion immediately below the knobbed end bein flattened out, and the bent portion between the horizontal portion and the upwardly curved posterior portion serving as a fulcrum point against thefront wall of the rectal opening when the implement is subjected all i to pivotal movement around this point, whereby undue friction against the rectal opening is avoided.
3. A prostate gland masaging implement which comprises a bar having an anterior por tion to extend down in front of the abdomen, under the groin and up into the rectal passage to bear against the frontal wall thereof adjacent the prostate gland, the posterior end of the bar having-a knobbed end; the portion immediately below the knobbed end. being flattened out, the portion extending under the groin being off-set f laterally to avoid the genital organs, and the bent portion between the horizontal portion and the upwardly curved posterior portion serving ,bent posterior portion constituting the work arm -to' extend into the rectal passage to bear against the frontal wall thereof adjacent the prostate gland, the posterior end of the lever havinga linobbe'd end, the portion immediately below the ,knobbed end being flattened out, the handle portion and the posterior portion being -anteno "posteriorly in substantially the same plane, and .the bent portion between the horizontal and the posterior portions serving as a fulcrum point against the front wall of the rectal opening when the implement is subjected to pivotal movement around this point.
5. An implement for self-massage of the pros- ,tate gland, which comprises a lever having an anterior handle portionv constituting a power arm to extenddown in front of the abdomen, a horizontal portion to extend under the groin, and having an upwardly and forwardly bent posterior portion constituting the work arm to extend into the rectal passage to bear against the frontal wall thereof in the region of said gland, the posterior portion of the barhaving a .knobbed end, the portion immediately below the knobbed end being flattened out, and the bent portion between the horizontal and the posterior portions serving as a fulcrum point against the front wall of the rectal opening when the implement is subjected to pivotal movement around thispoint.
HARRY M. SMAILEN.
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