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W. F. MOTT VIBRATORY BODY STABILIZER TABLE June 21, 1960 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed Sept. 26. 1958 INVENTOR.
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Filed Sept. 26, 1958, S81. N0. 763,628
7 Claims. (Cl. 128-241) This invention relates to improvements in vibratory massage tables, for therapeutic treatments of the human body, and more particularly to an improved device of this kind which involves movable table top end sections and a movable and vibratory middle table top section located between the end sections, and motor means for imparting various movements of the sections relative to each other.
The primary object of the invention is to provide a simple, efficient, and effective device of the character indicated above the movements of whose sections produces in the body of a patient reclining thereon, adjustment of internal organs to normal positions, restoration and stimulation of blood and other body fluid circulation, relief of nervous tensions, and aid in reducing obesity, through the simultaneous application to the body of vibration and of heat supplied by heated pad means covering the table top. 7
Another important object of the invention is to provide a device of the character indicated above whose table top end sections have insulated top walls upon Which are fixed electrical heating elements in a manner precluding shifting or buckling of the heating elements, the heating elements being covered by removable resilient pads Secured in place which conduct the heat directly to the body of the patient.
A further object of the invention is to provide a device of the character indicated above which is of uncomplicated construction, is readily adjustable for different desired amplitudes of vibration of the table top sections, and which is composed of a relatively small number. of simple and easily assembled parts, and which can be made in rugged and serviceable forms at relatively low cost.
Other important objects and advantageous features of the invention Will be apparent from the following description and the accompanying drawings, wherein, for purposes of illustration only, a specific form of the invention is set forth in detail.
In the drawings:
Figure 1 is a perspective view of a device of the invention the sections thereof being in horizontal alignment with each other;
Figure 2 is an enlarged vertical transverse section taken on the line 22 of Figure 1;
Figure 3 is an enlarged vertical longitudinal section taken on the line 33 of Figure 1, showing the sections in horizontal alignment in full lines, and in tilted positions in phantom lines; and
Figure 4 is a horizontal section taken on the line 4-4 of Figure 3.
Referring in detail to the drawings, wherein like numorals designate like parts throughout the several views,
Patented June 21, 1960 suitably secured at their lower ends, as indicated at 20, to the outer sides of the side walls 14 at midlength points thereof and have upper ends 22 provided with journals 2 4, through which extends a transverse axle 26 having retaining heads 28 on its outer ends, and positioned at a desired level above the base 10.
Rockably supported on the axle 26 and on pivoted struts, as hereinafter described, is a longitudinally elongated table top assembly, generally designated 30, which comprises a relatively short middle section 32, and two relatively long end sections 34 and 36, located at opposite ends of the middle section. The sections 32, 34 and 36 are preferably of the same width and the end sections 34 and 36 of the same length.
The middle table top section 32 comprises upper and lower plates 38 and 40, respectively, the lower plate 40 preferably having a portion 42 longitudinally offset toward one side of the upper plate 38, as shown in Figure 3. The plates 38 and 40 are vertically spaced and connected to each other by side walls 44 having contralized holes 46 in their upper portions, through which the axle 26 extends, as shown in Figure 2, whereby the middle section 32 is rockably supported on the axle 26 between the standards 18. A vertical lever 48 has an upper portion 50 extending through the lower plate 40 and journaled on the axle 26 about midway between the side walls 44, and a lower portion 52 depending below the lower plate 40, and disposed at right angles to the plates 38 and 46.
The lower end of the depending portion 52 of the lever 48 is pivotally connected, as indicated at 54, to the adjacent end of a pitman 56, which is pivotally connected at its remote end, as indicated at 58, to an eccentric portion of a flywheel crank 60 on the output shaft 62 of a speed reducing gear assembly 64, which is mounted on the base plate 10 beneath the table top end section 36. An electric motor 66 is operatively connected in suitable manner, as indicated at 68, to the assembly 64 and is also mounted on the base plate 10. Suitable electrical wiring (not shown) is connected to the motor 66 and leads to an available current outlet (not shown). Obviously, operation of the motor 66 acts to rock the middle table top section 32 in opposite directions on the axis of the axle 26, as indicated by phantom lines in Figure 3.
The end table top sections 34 and 36 are similar in construction but are reversed with respect to each other. Each end section is an inverted rectangular box form having a top plate 76, depending longitudinal side walls 72, right angular depending outer end walls, and out wardly canted inner end walls 74. Transversely spaced hinges 76 intervene between and operatively connect the end edges of the middle section top plate 70 and the ad jacent ends of the top plates 70 of the end sections 34 and 36, so that the sections are articulated relative to each other for independent tiltings or vibrations relative to each other, in response to rocking of the middle section 32 by the motor means above described.
While the end sections 34 and 36 have partial support from the middle section 32, their principal support is provided by pairs of vertically elongated struts 78, con nectedby stringers 79, which are hingedly mounted at their lower ends, as indicated at 80, on the inward sides of brackets 82 fixed to and rising from the base top plate It), at the sides thereof, as shown in Figures 3 and 4, the pivots being located substantially at the midlength points of the end sections 34 and 36.
The struts 78 have bifuracted upper portions which define spaced arms 86 having at their upper ends facing recesses 88 which embrace laterally outwardly extending axles 89 having pintles 90 on their ends, clamped in place by clamping bolts 92 traversing the arms 86.
The strut pintles 90 are selectively and supportably engageable in rounded fulcrum notches 94, 96 and 98 provided in the lower edges of bearing plates 100 fixed on .the laterally inward sides of the side walls 72 of the end sections 34 and 36 at midlength points thereof. As shown in Figure 3, the notches 94, 96 and 98 are in lines which disclose longitudinally inwardly relative to the top plates 70 of the respective end sections, and guard bars 101 are provided on the plates 100 beneath the pintles. This arrangement of the notches enables initial adjustment of the end sections between initial horizontal position to initial longitudinally inwardly tilted positions, as desired, and also provides for adjustment of the vertical amplitudes of vibrations of the end sections, when the device is in operation.
An electrical vibrator 99 is mounted on the underside of the offset portion 42 of the lower plate 40 f the middle table top section 32, for vibrating the middle section 32 when desired, and is to be connected to a current outlet, without connection to the motor 66.
As shown in Figures 2 and 3, the top plates and the upper edges of the Walls of the middle, and end table top .sections 32, 34 and 36 are overlaid by electrical heating elements in the form of insulated plates 100 which are suitably secured in place against shifting and buckling and which have suitable wiring (not shown) for connection in the motor circiut or to an available current outlet.
Upon the top of the heating element plates 100 are suitably secured laterally spaced longitudinal spacing cleats 102, which with the plates 100 and overlying resilient pads 104, preferably of foam rubber, define heated air chambers 106 between adjacent cleats.
- -As shown in Figures 1 and 3, flexible covers 108, 109 .and 111 overlie and extend the lengths of the table top assembly sections 34, 32 and 36, respectively, and cover the resilient pads 104, and include flaps 110 on their ends which are drawn down around the outer ends of the sections and are secured removably in place by suitable means, as indicated at 112. The covers can also have longitudinal side flaps 114 which depend around and engage the longitudinal sides of the sections and are secured thereto as by snap fasteners 113.
While there has been shown and described herein a preferred form of the invention, it is to be understood that the invention is not necessarily confined thereto, and that any change or changes in the structure of and in the relative arrangements of components thereof are contemplated as being within the scope of the invention as defined by the claims appended hereto.
What is claimed is:
.- 1. A vibratory body stabilizer table comprising a base having sides and ends, a pair of transversely spaced standards fixed at their lower ends on and at opposite sides of and intermediate the ends of the base and having upper ends, an articulated table top assembly comprising a middle section and end sections, located at opposite ends of the middle section, hinge means operatively connecting together adjacent ends of the sections, a transverse axle mounted on and extending between the upper ends of the standards upon which said middle section is rockably mounted, vertical struts having lower ends pivoted on the base at points between said standards and related ends of the base and beneath related end sections, said struts having upper ends, lateral pintles on the upper ends of the struts, fulcrum bearing blocks on the end selections between their ends with which said pintles are pivotally and supportably engaged, and motor driven rocking means on the base and operatively connected to said middle section.
2. In a vibratory body stabilizer table, a base, a pair of transversely spaced uprights rising from said base intermediate the ends thereot, a transverse axle carried by the upper ends of said uprights, a middle section and end sections located at opposite ends of the middle section and overlying the base, first means swingably and rockably mounting the end sections on the base, second means mounting said middle section on said axle so as to rock about said axle as an axis, hinge means connecting adjacent ends of the end sections to the middle section, and motor driven rocking means supported on the base and operatively connected to the middle section.
3. A vibratory body stabilizer table according to claim 1, wherein said table top assembly sections are relatively rigid and comprise top plates and depending longitudinal side walls, electrical heating element plates overlying and covering the top plates of the individual sections and secured in place thereon, spacing means overlying and secured to the heating element plates, and resilient pads overlying and secured to the spacing means and covering individual sections, and individual flexible covers secured upon the pads and secured to the sections. 1
4. A vibratory body stabilizer table according to claim 1, wherein said rocking means comprises an electric motor, reducing gearing operated by the motor and having an eccentric crank, a vertical lever fixed to and depending from the middle section, a pitman pivoted at opposite ends to the lever and to the crank.
5. A vibratory body stabilizer table according to claim 1, wherein said rocking means comprises an electric motor, reducing gearing operated by the motor and having an eccentric crank, a vertical lever fixed to and depending from the middle section, a pitman pivoted at opposite ends to the lever and to the crank, and an electric vibrator operatively mounted on said middle section.
6. A vibratory body stabilizer according to claim 1, wherein an electric vibrator is mounted on said middle section for imparting vibration to said middle section, independently of the motions of the sections.
7. A vibratory body stabilizer table comprising a base having sides and ends, a pair of transversely spaced standards fixed at their lower ends on and at opposite sides of and intermediate the ends of the base and having upper ends, an articulated table top assembly comprising a middle section and end sections, located at opposite ends of the 'middle section,'hinge means operatively connecting together adjacent ends of the sections, a transverse axle mounted on and extending between the upper ends of the standards upon which said middle section is rockably mounted, vertical struts having lower ends pivoted on the base at points between said standards and References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,152,431 Jensen Mar. 28, 1939 2,179,595 McManis Nov. 14, 1939 2,500,508 Bachin Mar. 14, 1950 Tong July 13, 1954