US 2612158 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Sept. 30, 1952 v. MANLEY SACROILIAC BLOCK Filed Dec. 20, 1950 INVFZ'TOR.
all of which is enclosedin 'a casing.
Patented Sept. 30,1952 '7 1 This invention relates to anatomical supports and, is directedQmOre particularly to"fulcrum blocks for the treatment of'patients.
'I'he principal object'sfof the'invention'aredirelated more particularly to improvements in anatomical supports constructed and arranged tofunction as a fulcrum fo'r'the sacroiliaclregion of the body asi weli as for relaxing spinal muscles and normalizing j oint action and, other tre n s v. i. v
The, support of the nvenitioii is characterized by an elongated base which is relatively rigid and having a yield'ab'leintermediate layer thereon with an upper relatively more yieldable layer,
aiding and correcting various conditions. For instance, with the support placed transversely beneath the back 'of a-patient insupine position, there is a relaxing of spinal muscles an dvv ertebrae and pelvic segmentsate'nding to normalize jointaction as the doctor rocksthe patient pn the support to bring about movement in the area of the spine.
With the block support placed beneath the patient, sacroiliac joint fixations may be freed for the correction of spinal subluxation, or when disposed beneath the neck the muscles of the neck are relaxedin cases of neuralgic headaches.
The support; has met with much success in the treatment of various conditions and when disposed beneath the back of a patient there are no unfavorable stresses applied to the joints, all of which is due to the novel constructions of the support.
All of the above objects I accomplish by means of such structure and relative arrangements of parts thereof, as will fully appear by a perusal of the description below and by various specific features which will be hereinafter set forth.
To the above cited and other ends and with the foregoing and various other novel features,
and advantages and other objects of my invention as will become more readily apparentas the- 'The support has been found to be useful for mediate layer and, is
i Fig: 1 is Pl n V e i u in' a t fiii s port embodying the novel features" of "the 'inven'ti'or'if' Fig.2 is 'a longitudinal sectional ele vati'onal view'through the support shown in Fig, 1; and Fish. 3 is a transverse sectional levational view "on' the' line 3-3 of Fig.1;
Referring now to the drawings "m'ore' 'in detail,
the invention will beffully described. j t A base member '2"is provided whichis prefer- "abiy-oblon g in shape and is formed so as to be substantially rigid? Variousf naterials' may be employed but a'base formed from wood" has been for ndto be suitable'forjthe practice of the in- [I An intermediate layer 4 is superposedl' omthe base and i's'formed from yieldablematerial so as to be elativ ely more yieldable" and resilient than the-base.- :1} 4' J N "An upper layer increa e 11 t e nt ri rme fr mima r a which isi'elatively'niore'yield' than s'aid intermediate layer closes the base 2 .fand the? layers 4 and". El.
covering will be formed fromj'yieldabl'e' and pliable 3 material such as leather; imitation .leathen'fabric nor. the likeandcthe edge portions 9. thereof b se ur d-t the un rs d h base; in an suitable manner as by tacks, or" the like;''' not shown. 1
The material of the intermediate layer 4 may I rubber of a character having more yieldability and resiliency than the intermediate layer 4.
Other materials may be employed for the layers 4 and 6 which will provide the relative yieldability and resiliency and the layers may be secured together by cementing if desired. Likewise the intermediate layer may be secured to the base The relative yieldability of the layers is important for the reason the yieldabiiity of the intermediate layer supported by the base is necessary for the desired functioning of the device while the relatively more yieldable and resilient upper layer obviates such stresses and strains on the joints as might unfavorably afiectthem and the desired functioning of thedevice. In other words, the intermediate layer is yieldable for the proper functioning of the device but the patient is cushioned by the upper layer against any unfavorable action of the less yieldable lay'r thereher being formed from material relatively more below. yieldable and resilient than that of said base As a special feature of the invention, the upper member and said upper member being formed surface of the intermediate layer is provided with from material relatively more resilient and yield- -a transverse groove I disposed intermediate the able than that of said intermediate member. ends of the device. 2. An anatomical support for underlying and With the device beneath the back of the pasupporting the back region of a patient compristient and extending transversely of the spinal ing in combination, an elongated base member structure, the upper layer 6 is unsupported by the having upper and lower flat faces and opposite intermediate at the groove sio that", the m side arm ventt angularlyfgrelated edges, an elonupper layer is very yieldable at this point" and gated 'ihter m'ediate member having alo'wer face may be readily depressed by the vertebrae of the parallel to and in contiguous relation with the patient. The support therefor may function asi..x.;siupper face of the base and provided with an desired without undue pressure or stresseslonthe. upper fiat face, a elongated upp member region of the spine. 5 having-a lower flat face parallel to and in con- The invention may be embodied in otheraspea; tiguous relation with the upper face of the incific forms without departing. from theessential I termediate member and provided with an upper characteristics thereof. Hence; the" present em fa'cei the side and-end edges of the intermediate bodiments are therefore to be consideredin all; and-upper members being in alignment with correspects merely as being illustrative and not as 0 re po edges of the base member, and a flexbeing restrictive, thescdpepf the inventionbeing ible. covering enclosing'the upper face ofmthe indicated. eyyuaeapis "Hedi-claims rather than upper member" and side" and" end; edges or "the by thelfor'egoinggdesb 'ption, and alli'fnddifica- "sa'i'dmembers'having edge portions securedfto tib'n's' and variations asifau within thie mean n said base,. said basememterbeing formed from and purview an'drarfig o'f"equivalency'oflthaprelatively? new material and: 'said intermediate pended" claims" are therefore i' rit'n'de'd 'tdbofle'm 'member' being formed fronrinaterial' relatively braced therein. I Y Y" morefyi'eldable and resilient-than that-of'gs'aid 'Wliatit is esneaite craiinzandisecure syn-e1;- base, member and said imv'p r member bein tersPatent'of the United States I 'forr'riedfjf'ronr materi'al're'lative'ly' more resilient 11. 'An ariatfoinitial suppor'tfor'underlyirig and and yielclablethan that'pf said interm'e lat-e supporting tlieback'r'gionofap'atie fifcom as member, said intermediate member provideefjifii'ngj in combination, aiife'longat'ed b'ase "mam er semen-ate itsopposr e ends. with a transverse fia'vm upper. ,aiidiewer' riattfacesana'. e 5" ""t'e 'grocveafc ss he 1 1 2 f v thereorfo m hg side and end angul'arly'related edges, a space betweeir'sai'd'gro'ove -and the-lowerfaceof gated intermediate memberhaving 3.. 1 3 5 ag th'e'upper memb er-and-pro 'ng-a'porti-cnof "11' if aria contiguous "remtroh' wmi- 'the said upper m 'ove i a e ov wfii fi msupportedbysaidinterm'ediatemember.'
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