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Publication numberUS2791999 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 14, 1957
Filing dateSep 27, 1954
Priority dateSep 27, 1954
Publication numberUS 2791999 A, US 2791999A, US-A-2791999, US2791999 A, US2791999A
InventorsBustamante Cesar
Original AssigneeBustamante Cesar
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Neck exercising device
US 2791999 A
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May 14, 1957 c. BUSTAMANTE 2,791,999

NECK EXERCISING DEVICE Filed Sept. 27, 1954 a Q o 5 {F f g Q 10 D,

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BY MIW, m, mwzwgk HIS ATTORNEYS NECK EXERCISING DEVICE Cesar Bustamante, Elmhurst, N. Y.

Application September 27, 1954, Serial No. 458,320

3 Claims. (Cl. 128-25) This invention relates to exercising devices, and more particularly to devices for exercising or treating the muscles of the neck by tensioning and stretching.

it has been found that under certain conditions the ligaments or muscles of the neck can receive beneficial treatment by tensioning or stretching them, and in some cases it has also been found that certain types of headaches, for example, the so-called migraine headaches, can be beneficially treated by this same process of stretching or tensioning the neck muscles and ligaments. It is important, however, that the degree of stretching or tensioning be carefully regulated so as to avoid injury of any kind. Heretofore, treatment of this kind has been administered under professional supervision so that only ofiice treatment has been available.

Accordingly, the primary object of my present invention is to provide a mechanism or device by which the neck muscles can be tensioned and stretched and, which at the same time, is easily applied and manipulated by the person undergoing the treatment, whereby the treatment can be administered at home.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a device of this kind by means of which the amount or duration of the stretching forces can be regulated or com trolled by the patient himself.

Another object of the invention is to provide such a device which is readily adjustable and adaptable to an adult figure of different sizes and proportions.

Other objects of the invention will be evident from the following description of the improved neck exercising or stretching device as illustrated in the accompanying drawings.

in these drawings:

Fig. 1 is a view in elevation of the device in position on the head and shoulders of a human figure and looking from the side;

Fig. 2 is a similar view looking from the front; and

Fig. 3 is a view of a detail.

The mechanism or apparatus comprises frame structures 1 and 1a disposed on opposite sides of the neck of the person and interconnected by a more or less semicircular rigid member 2 extending horizontally around the rear of the neck to engage the lower portion of the head at the nape of the neck. This member firmly connects the upper portions of the two frame structures 1 and 1a, these structures being located substantially vertically above the shoulders of the person when the device is in operative position.

Projecting forwardly from the lower portions of the respective frame structures 1 and 1a are two rigid members 3 and 3a. These members project forwardly to a position approximately in the plane of the chin, and they are interconnected by a chin-engaging cross bar 4 which is pivoted at 5 to member 3 and which may be swung outwardly about its pivot in order to permit the device to be applied around the neck. After the device is in position, the right-hand end of member 4 is swung inwardly to rest upon a flat end portion 6 provided at the forward ited States Patent (3 end of member 3a. The length of the flat end portion 6 is sufficient to permit the cross member 4 to be adjusted so as to occupy a position directly beneath the chin, and affords a range of adjustment for the normal variation in the dimensions of the adult head.

The semicircular rear member 2. is provided at its rear central portion with a pad 7 to bear against the nape of the neck or lower head portion of the individual, and the front cross member 4 is also centrally provided with a similar pad 8 to press upwardly under the chin. Associated with this member is preferably an upwardly projecting stop member 9 to engage the front of the chin and aid in placing the device in proper condition.

Vertically slidable in a pair of guides 10 at the upper and lower extremities of each of the two frame members 1 and in there are two rack bars 11 and 11a. These rack bars are connected at their lower ends by a yoke member 12 and pads 12a are arranged to rest upon the shoulders and support the entire mechanism in operative position. Rack bars 11 and 11a are each provided along their rear edges with teeth 13 and these teeth mesh with the teeth of' a pinion 14 which is mounted to rotate on a stationary shaft 15 for each of the two frame members. v

17 and 17a, around which are wound cords 18 and 18a,

the inner ends of these cords being permanently attached to the respective drums.

In the operation of the device the person swings the cross bar 4 outwardly to the dotted position shown in Fig. 3 and places the device in position from the rear. That is to say, the two horizontal side members 3 and 3a are passed along the sides of the neck from the rear towards the front of the body until the device is in the position shown in Fig. l where the pads 12 on the lower ends of the two shoulder engaging members 11 and 11a rest on the forward part of the shoulders. The dimen sions of the semicircular rear member 2 and the two side members 3 and 3a are such that the rearward projection of member 2 is approximately equal to the forward projeotio'n of the side members 3 and 3a, so that upward pressure of the shoulder engaging members 11 and 11a will be about equalized between the chin and the rear portion of the head.

It will be understood that when the mechanism is in the position described, with the shoulder pads 12 of the shoulder bars 11 and 11a resting on the shoulders, the forward ends of the two side frame members 3 and 3a will be nearly opposite the chin. Thus, when the cross bar 4 is closed by swinging to the right as shown in Fig. 3 and its right end is placed upon the rest portion 6 of side member 3a, the chin pad 8 will come into place against the chin directly beneath the lower jaw. It will also be understood that the length of the rest portion 6 is made of sufficient length so that the same device can be used by persons whose head dimensions between the chin and the nape of the neck vary to some considerable extent. Thus, the device need be manufactured only in a few sizes.

With the device in this position, the user pulls forwardly with both hands as indicated in Fig. 2, or with one hand, as desired, on the two cords 18 and 18a. This causes rotation of the drums 17 and 17a and relative vertical movement between the two shoulder engaging bars 11 and 11a, and the chin and head engaging members. The amount of pressure applied is entirely under the control of the user with the result that the muscles of the neck are stretched lengthwise, or upwardly. Such tension may be applied continuously or intermittently, or continuously for longer or shorter periods, as desired. In addition to stretching the muscles of the neck, the action has a tendency to elongate the spinal column and reduce any undue pressure which may exist between the vertebrae.

I have illustrated, by way of example, one specific embodiment of my device and it will be understood that various changes may be made in the construction and arrangement of the various parts without departing from the invention, the scope of which is set forth in the appended claims.

I claim:

1. In a device for alternately stretching and relaxingthe muscles of theneck of a user, a pair of frame structures constructed to be disposed one at each side of the users neck, a member for engaging the users chin supported by said frames, a secondmember for engaging the nape of the users neck alsosupported by said frames, vertically movable bars slidably secured to each of said frames, members mounted on said respective bars for engaging the users shoulders, and interengaging means between said frame structures and said vertical members operable by the hand of the user for causing relative vertical movement between said frame structures and said vertical members, thereby causing upward pressure on the chin and neck and downward pressure on the shoulders to cause a stretching of the neck muscles so long as the user exerts himself to operate said mechanism, and relaxing the said stretching action when the exertion on said mechanism is relaxed.

2. A neck exercising device as claimed in claim 1 wherein said interengaging means for causing the relative vertical movement between the frame structures and the vertical members are independently operable by the respective right and left hands of the user.

3. A neck exercising device as claimed in claim 1 wherein each of said interengaging means for causing the relative vertical movement between each of the frame structures and its vertical member is a rack-pinion mechanism carried by each frame structure and its adjacent vertical member, a drum being arranged to rotate the pinion of each of these mechanisms, and a cord being wound on each drum to be grasped, one by each of the users hands.

References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,915,841 Warner June 27, 1933 2,102,069 Hanicke Dec. 14, 1937 2,706,982 Hale Apr. 26, 1955

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U.S. Classification601/39, 482/10, 128/DIG.230
International ClassificationA61F5/055
Cooperative ClassificationY10S128/23, A61F5/055
European ClassificationA61F5/055