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Publication numberUS3286708 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 22, 1966
Filing dateJun 14, 1965
Priority dateJun 12, 1964
Also published asDE1429313A1
Publication numberUS 3286708 A, US 3286708A, US-A-3286708, US3286708 A, US3286708A
InventorsGartner Robert
Original AssigneeGartner Robert
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Health rest with a tiltable support
US 3286708 A
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Nov. 22, 1966 Filed June 14, 1965' Nov. 22, 1966 3,286,708

R. GARTNER HEALTH REST WITH A TILTABLE SUPPORT Filed June 14, 1965 4 sheetysheet 2 INVENTOR. Z 5e f lit/4e2- Nov. 22, 1966 R. GARTNER HEALTH REST WITH A TIL'IABLE SUPPORT 4 Sheets-Sheet 3 Filed June 14, 1965 INVENTOR. z f 62. 7*: r-

R. GARTNER HEALTH REST WITH A TILTABLE SUPPORT Nov. 22, 1966 4 Sheets-Sheet 4 Filed June 14, 1965 I INVENTOR. 7 .5 t l Q77" 11er- United States Patent ,833 16 Claims. (Cl. 128-44) The present invent-ion relates to a health rest-with a board-like support tiltable on a stand about a horizontal axis and provided with means for holding the feet and shoulders of a person seated therein, said means being adjustable and arrestable in said frame.

Heretofore known health rests of the above-mentioned general type have the drawback that the tilting axis of the board-like support or table is located therebelow and that the shoulders and feet holding means are such that the employment of such health rests by persons of different height causes difficulties, and in particular a considerably inclined or vertical position in which the head is directed downwardly cannot be endured for :any length of time. Moreover, the tilting, especially into the headdown position does, with heretofore known health rests, requires particular skill and effort, which cannot be expected from older persons.

It is, therefore, an object of the present invention to provide a health rest with a board-like support tiltable about a horizontal axis, which will overcome the abovementioned drawbacks.

It is another object of this invention to provide a health rest of the type set forth above, in which the tilting of I the board-like support and the tilting movement of the user resting on said support will be greatly facilitated over similar devices heretofore known.

It is also an object of this invention to provide a health rest with a board-like support tilta'ble about a horizontal axis in a frame, in which also a completely vertical position of the occupant with his head directed downwardly will be possible, while the Weight of the user will be absorbed at the shoulders and feet in such a way that such a position can be endured over a considerable period of time.

7 It is a further object of this invention to provide a health rest as set forth in the preceding paragraphs which will also be suitable for persons of different height.

Still another object of this invent-ion consists in the provision of a health rest as outlined above, which can easily be ascended so that also elderly persons will have no difiiculty in climbing onto said health rest.

These and other objects and advantages of the invention will appear more clearly from the following specification in connection with the accompanying drawings, in which:

FIGURE 1 is a perspective side view of a health rest according to the present invention;

FIGURE 2 represents a top view of the health rest shown in FIGURE 1, with said health rest in a position in which a user ascends the same;

FIGURE 3 shows the health rest according to the invention in a position in which an occupant would lie on the board-like support with his head down while being suspended on the feet-holder=s and resting on the shoulder supports;

FIGURE 4 illustrates an adjusting and arresting device for the feet-holders;

FIGURE 5 shows the back side of the board-like support and, more specifically, that portion thereof which carries the upper body of a person;

FIGURE 6 diagrammatically illustrates interlocking means for two support sections adapted to be folded relative to each other;

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FIGURE 6a is a perspective view of a shoulder sup- FIGURES 7 and 8 respectively illustrate further embodiments for feet-holding means;

FIGURE 9 partially represents a perspective view of a head support;

FIGURE 10 shows the journalling of two support sections foldable relative toward each other;

FIGURE 11 shows the arrangement of FIGURE 10 in folded-up position;

FIGURE 12 shows on a somewhat larger scale than FIGURE 1 the upper portion of the arrangement of FIG- URE 1 with the discs at the upper ends of the U-shaped legs.

FIGURE 13 shows a modified arrangement of the legs with folded-up supporting sections;

FIGURES 14 to 16 show the arrangement of oval holding rings used in connection with the present invention;

FIGURE 17 shows spring equipped legs according to a further modification of the invention;

FIGURE 18 illustrates the provision of an oscillator on the support.

A health rest according tov the present invention is characterized primarily in that the tilting axis of the boardlike support, when the latter occupies its horizontal position, is located above said support, and that the feet-holding means and shoulder supports are displaceable and adjustable independently of each other on rail means mounted on thebottom side of said support. That portion which carries the feet-holding means advantageously consists of a sleeve which is displaceable and arrestable on a profiled bar. The feet-holding means comprise two lateral foot supports with heel supporting means and tiltable elements in form of an are, an ellipsis, or rollers adapted to be engaged by the instep of the feet. These feet-holding means are preferably pivota'bly journalled on an extension arranged on the displaceable sleeve and inclined thereto, said extension carrying the adjusting means for the sleeve. The said extension can, therefore, be adjusted wit-h the sleeve along rail means while the user of the rest may be seated on the board-like support and without said user having to bend down to his feet.

For the sake of completeness, it may be mentioned that a health rest of the type involved, according to the present invention, differs from rests and chairs on which the body of a person has to lie in a bent position, and which can be tilted relative to the vertical plane only up to an angle of from 30 to 40. A health rest of the type involved in the present invention also differs fundamentally from deck chairs and the like with which the back of the person is inclined relative to the horizontal plane and in which the center of gravity of the person is located on a horizontal section, whereas the legs rest on an inclined end section.

According to another embodiment of the present invention, the lateral foot supports with the heel support as well as that portion of the rest which carries the arched, ellipse-shaped or roller members, are .pivotally arranged on sleeve means which are displaceable relative to the rail means. Of particular advantage is this connection is an arrangement according to which the part which carries said arched, ellipse-shaped or roller members is connected to the heel support between the tilting axis and the heel portion of the heel support of the tiltable feet supporting means. In this way, the foot support will, in spite of the tiltability thereof be pressed into its normal position perpendicular to the rail means and to the support when the arched, ellip-sedshaped or roller member resting on the instep of the foot is subjected to a .load. In spite of the provision of the rail means and the sleeve sliding thereon, said rail means may also be designed hollow and the part telescopically displaceable relative thereto may be designed as bar.

In order to ease the ascending and climbing onto the board-like support, the latter is reduced in width at about the area where the thighs of an occupant of the rest would be located. This reduction in width eventually ends in a narrow tongue the extension of which is formed by the rail means with the sleeve for the foot supports. Thus, the prospective user of the rest can easily sit down on the board-like support while having one or 'both legs on the ground. This greatly facilitates the adjustment of the foot supports in conformity with the body size of the occupant. Even when the foot supports have already been adjusted in conformity with the size of the user, the latter has merely successively to place his feet into the holding means while being able to do so in seated position on the support.

In connection with the present invention, it is also important that that section of the board-like support which carries the shoulder supporting means is provided with two parallel oblong holes spaced from each other by approximately the distance between the shoulders of the average person. Two displaceable and arrestable busihings extend through said oblong holes for the shoulder supports. These bushings receive the legs of the shoulder supports which are eccentric-ally arranged with regard to the longitudinal axis of the legs for the shoulder supports. Preferably, each shoulder support has .a polygonal contour and is correspondingly upholstered while each side surface may be slightly arched.

Instead of the supports for the shoulders of he occupant, studs or pivots of a U-shaped yoke may be inserted into the adjustable bushings and if desired, may be secured in their respective position in a manner known per se. The yoke rests on the board-like support and has a supporting ring with an upholstered section for resting the head of a person thereon. Thus, instead of selecting a shoulder support, also a head sup-port may be employed.

The board-like support according to the invention may, for purposes of facilitating its transport and storing be divided, and both sections may be foldable relative to each other .and may be unfolded in such a way that the board will have only a relatively small thickness in spite of the fact that the pivot axis of the board-like twosectional support, when occupying its horizontal position, is located above the support. To this end, the sliding rail carrying the foot supports may 'be slidably guided in guiding means or brackets on both support sections and in a reinforcing yoke.

By folding the support sections together, also the U- s-haped legs of the stand are folded together which have their upper ends provided with coaxial discs, or the like which, when folding the legs together or spreading them apart, will rotate relative to each other. In this connection, a third disc is either locked or unlocked, which carries an oval or similar neck portion. When a person using the rest holds onto said oval annular portion or pulls himself up thereon, the line of force produced thereby will pass to the pivot axis of the board-like support whereby an additional moment will be avoided. This oval portion is, for purposes of transporting or storing the rest, tilta'ble in such a way that the longer axis of the oval will be located in the direction of the folded-up legs and the support sections.

According to a further feature of the invention, the legs of the stand may be telescopically displaceable relative to each other, and these telescopic parts may be cushioned relative to each other by springs or the like.

Finally, the support may be equipped with an oscillating device, for instance an out-of balance motor, whereby, if desired, the support may be subject to oscillations.

Referring now to the drawings in detail, the health rest shown therein comprises a frame 1 having two legs formed by two U-shaiped tubular members 2 and 3. The upper ends of said U-shaped legs are interconnected by holding means or arms generally designated 4. In order to prevent the legs from sliding or slipping on the floor, the foot portions 5 of said U-s-haped legs may be provided with frictional means 6, for instance in the form of rubber sleeves. Legs 2, 3 may be braced with regard to each other by struts 7. If desired, strut sections may be linked to each other in the manner of the two legs of a ladder provided with foldable bracing means so that said strut sections can be folded toward each other for folding up the frame.

Between the upper section 4a and the lower section 4b of each oval or circular arm 4 there is provided a brace 8 which at about half its height supports a pivot having connected thereto a fishplate or fiat bar 9 the lower end of which supports a board-like support 10. Between the stationary parts of frame 1, i.e. between brace 8 and bar 9, there is provided a device 11 for infinitely variably adjusting and arresting bars 9 and support 10 in any desired position of inclination.

Board-like support 10 decreases in width at one end thereof and ends in a narrow strip 12 whereby two recesses 13 are formed which permit a person using said support to place his feet at 15 into frame 1 while sitting at 14 on said support, part 12 extending and protruding between the legs of the person.

The bottom side of board-like support 10 has connected thereto a sliding rail 16 extending in the longitudinal direction of said support. Rail 16 extends beyond part 12 of support 10 and forms the extension thereof. Preferably, said rail 16 is designed in the form of a profiled bar so that a sleeve 17 (FIG. 4) movable on said rail 16 will be secured against rotation. Sleeve 17 has an extension 18 which is inclined in upward direction and in which is displaceably mounted a member 19 the foot portion 20 of which is adapted to engage teeth 21 provide-d on sliding rail 16. Member 19 can be arrested in an adjusted position by means of a spring-loaded pawl 20 adapted to engage the teeth '23 of member 19 so that also the position of sleeve 17 on sliding rail 16 will be assured.

Sleeve 17 is equipped with two foot plates 24 each of which has a heel support 25. Extension 18 inclined with regard to sleeve 17 has both sides thereof provided with pivots 26 which are parallel to the foot supports 24 and about which arched members 27 are tiltable. Parts 24, 25 and 27 form the foot holding means and are of such a character that the person using the health rest may suspend himself by his feet on said holding means when the board-like support 10 is in the position shown in FIG. 3.

The inclined upwardly directed extension 18 permits a person sitting on support 10 easily to adjust the foot holding means in conformity with the length of his. legs or his size.

If desired, support 10 may be subdivided at 28 (FIGS. 3 and 5). The thus formed sections 10a and 1% may be adjusted relative to each other. To this end, section 1015 is provided with a locking device 29 which comprises two substantially parallel toothed segments 30, 31 (FIG. 5). The tooth spaces 32 may be engaged by a corresponding stud 33 (FIG. 6).

Support section 1012 for supporting the upper part of the body of a person is provided with two parallel oblong holes 34 (FIG. 5) extending in the longitudinal direction of support 10. Between said holes 34 there extends a further sliding rail 35 which is connected to support 10. Displaceably mounted on sliding rail 35 is a sleeve 36 which by means of a safety device 37 may be held in its respective position. Said safety device 37 simul taneously forms guiding means for sleeve 36 having two lateral arms 38 the free ends of which have respectively connected thereto bushings 39 of a polygonal contour. Legs 40 (FIG. 8) of shoulder support 41 are adapted to be inserted into bushings 39 so that said shoulder supports 41 will be able to occupy the position shown in FIGS. 1 and 2. The said shoulder supports 41 have a round or, as illustrated, rectangular, outer contour, while the corners are slightly rounded. Leg 40 is eccentrically arranged with regard to the circumference of shoulder supports 41 so that by turning said supports prior to inserting legs 40 into bushings 39, that distance between the two shoulder supports may be selected which corresponds to the shoulder width or thickness of the neck of the user of the device according to the present invention.

Sleeve 36 (FIG. may have an extension 42 carrying belts 43 by means of which the head of the user of the device may be held so that the health rest according to the present invention may also be used as an orthopedic rest for purposes of stretching.

The cover of board-like support may be selected in conformity with the specific purpose for which the health rest is to be used and may consist for instance of smooth synthetic material or of a material with roughened surface.

The prospective user of the health rest according to the present invention adjusts the foot holding means and the shoulder supports not only in conformity with his size but also so that his center of gravity will be located at the level of the tilting axis of the health rest, i.e. with regard to the level of the upper end of bar 9. In this way, the advantage will be obtained that the tilting movement of the board-like support can be carried out with out great efforts. Actually, the lifting of one or both arms is sufficient to carry out a pivoting of the health rest. The adjustability of the foot and shoulder supports further permits the user of the health rest to remain for a longer period of time in headstand position in which support 10 occupies the position shown in FIG. 3. The body weight will in this instance rest on the adjusted shoulder supports 41 and will be suspended on the arched pieces 27 which similar to the shoulder supports are correspondingly upholstered. Belt-like connecting means the safety of which is not always assured and which cut into the flesh will thus be avoided.

According to the embodiment of FIG. 7, sliding rail 44 is hollow so that profiled bar 45 is displaceable in the lower end of said sliding rail and is arrestable by means of a stud or the like introduced through a bore 46 and the respective bore 45' aligned therewith. At the lower end of profiled bar 45, at both sides thereof, there are respectively provided pivots 47 about which foot plates 48 with heel support 49 are pivotably arranged. Between said two foot plates 48 tiltable laterally of profiled bar 45 there is provided a tiltable bar 56 with teeth 51 adapted to be engaged by a spring-loaded bolt 52 of a block 53 which is longitudinaly displaceable on bar 50. This block 53 carries an ellipse-shaped member 54 at. both sides of bar 50 and at the level of foot plates 48. Each of said ellipse-shaped members 54 is pivotable about pivot axis 55 on block 53. For purposes of a clearer illustration, that ellipse-shaped part which is adjacent the view of FIG. 7 has been omitted and only the second ellipseshaped member 54 is shown.

The arrangement of FIG. 8 likewise shows a sliding rail 44 and a profiled bar 45. The end of profiled bar 45 carries bolt means 56 about which each foot plate 48 with heel support 49 is pivotable. Between bolt means 56 and heel member 49a of heel support 49, the latter carries a pivot 57 engaged by a fishplate or bar 58. If desired, at both heel supports 49, pivots 57 directed toward each other and a fork-shaped end of bar 58 may pivotably engage the two pivots 57. Instead of the ellipseshape-d member, bar 58 may support a roller 59. When roller 59 is by means of the instep of the foot pulled in the direction of the arrow M, said bar 58 will bring about that foot plate 48 remains in its position shown in FIG. 8. Nevertheless a person on said support is able to move his feet so that they will not get tired.

According to the embodiment of FIG. 9, studs of a U-shaped yoke 60 may engage the arms of the bushings 38 of polygonal contour. Yoke 60 is provided with a round or with an oblong extension 61. While said yoke 60 is supported by the support 10, the extension forms approximately a right angle with said support and may carry a rubber ring or a rubber oval 62 for supporting the persons head if instead of shoulder supports a head support is employed. If desired, a head support as well as shoulder supports according to FIGS. 1, 2, 6a and 9 may be combined with each other by inserting the legs of the shoulder supports (see FIG. 6) into corresponding recesses provided in yoke ends 60a.

According to FIG. 10, support 10 is designed as a two-sectional support, the sections of said support being designated with the reference numerals 63, 64. The two support sections have each of their adjacent ends provided with lateral supporting struts 65, 66. Through each of said struts 65, 66 extends a pivot 67 at both of said sections. Legs 68, 69 of a yoke 70 are pivotable about pivot 67. When in folded up position, the two folded sections 63, 64 may occupy the position shown in FIG. 11, Whereas when said sections are in their use position, they will occupy the position shown in FIG. 10 in which a displaceable sliding rail 71 extends through at least one corresponding guiding means or clamp 72, 73 and furthermore through yoke 70. By means of sliding rail 71 which in a maner known per se is arrestable by a stud, sections 63, 64 of the support are through the intervention of clamp 72, 73 and yoke 70 braced with regard to each other. When sliding rail 71 is for instance pulled out of the guiding means or clamp 72 of section 63, and yoke 70 is pulled out, the parts may occupy the position shown in FIG. 11 while sliding rail 71 may remain in clamp 73.

The ends 2a, 3a of U-shaped legs 2, 3 are provided with discs or round plates 74, 75 (FIGS. 14 and 15) through which extend pivots 67 at both sides of the support 10, and said discs or plates may each also carry one leg 68, 69 of yoke 70. On each of bolts 67 there is arranged a further round plate or disc 76 between the discs 74, 75.

Laterally adjacent bolts 67, each of the outer discs 74 carries a sleeve 77 with a spring 78 and a safety pin 79 having its front end conically shaped. In the position shown in FIG. 15, sleeve 77 is in axial alignment with a bore 80 in disc 76 and is also in axial alignment with a conical recess 81 in disc 75. In this position, as shown in FIG. 14, legs 2, 3 are in spread apart position. Connected to disc 76 through the intervention of struts 82 is an ovalring 83 of which a person on said support 10 may take. hold when the support is being pivoted while the produced line of force will pass through axis 67 so that this'activity will not produce an additional moment.

For purposes of transporting and storing the apparatus according to the present invention, the two rings 83 at both sides of the support which correspond to the oval or circular section 4 in the embodiment of FIGS. 1 and 2 are pivotable but are adjustable in their position of use. To this end, there is provided a safety pin 79. As long as the two legs 2, 3 are spread apart, pin 79 will occupy the position shown in FIG. 15 while its front section extends through bore 80, and ring 83 is held in the position of FIG. 14. When legs 2, 3 are folded up as shown in FIG. 16, the conical tip of safety pin 79 is first withdrawn from the respective conical bore 81 of disc 75, and. when turning the oval ring 83, the conical tip of pin 79 is pressed out of bore 89 so that ring 83 may now be pivoted into the position of FIG. 16. When the legs are spread apart and ring 83 is moved into the position of FIG. 14, spring 78 again presses safety pin 79 into the position of FIG. 15 whereby ring 83 is arrested.

According to the embodiment of FIG. 17, legs 2, 3 are divided and the parts of each leg are telescopically interconnected while in each section 200 and 300 a spring 201 and 301 respectively is arranged so that the legs are resiliently yieldable.

In connection with the health rest according to the present invention, the support may be provided with a device 84, for instance a small out-of-balance motor for oscillating support 10. A

It is, of course, to be understood that the present invention is, by no means, limited to the particular arrangements shown in the drawings but also comprises any modifications within the scope of the appended claims.

What I claim is:

1. A health rest which comprises: frame means, supporting means pivotally supported by said frame means and pivotable from a substantially horizontal position to a substantially vertical position and vice versa, said supporting means having a top side for supporting and resting a person in stretched out position and also having a bottom side located opposite said top side, the pivot axis of said supporting means being located above said supporting means when said supporting means is in its horizontal position, adjustable feet holding means arranged in spaced relation to one end of said supporting means for supporting the feet of a person on said supporting means, adjustable shoulder supports arranged near the other end of said supporting means for supporting the shoulders of a person on said supporting means, rail means connected to said bottom side of said supporting means and extending in the longtiudinal direction of said supporting means, adjustable means adjustably mounted on said rail means and connected to said feet holding means, adjustable means on said bottom side of said supporting means and connected to said shoulder supports for adjusting said shoulder supports.

2. A health rest which comprises: frame means, supporting means pivotally supported by said frame means and pivotable from a substantially horizontal position to a substantially vertical position and vice versa, said supporting means having a top side for supporting and resting a person in stretched out position and also having a bottom side located opposite said top side, the pivot axis of said supporting means being located above said supporting means when said supporting means is in its horizontal position, adjustable shoulder supports arranged near one end of said supporting means for supporting the shoulders of a person on said supporting means, rail means connected to said bottom side and extending in the longitudinal direction of said supporting means to beyond the other end of said supporting means, sleeve means slidably and adjustably mounted on said rail means and provided with pivotable arched supporting means extending at both sides of and transverse to the longitudinal direction of said rail means for engagement with the step-in of the feet of a person on said supporting means, and cup-like heel engaging members on said sleeve means op posed to respective ones of said arched supporting means.

3. A health rest according to claim 2, in which said sleeve means is provided with an extension arranged at an angle with regard to the path of adjustment of said sleeve means, bracket means adjustable along said extension toward and away from said heel engaging member, said arched supporting means being mounted on said bracket means and elements of an arresting means supported by said extension and by said bracket means for arresting said bracket means in adjusted positions along said extension.

4. A health rest which comprises: frame means, boardlike supporting means pivotally supported by said frame means and pivotable from a substantially horizontal position to a substantially vertical position and vice versa, said supporting means being divided in the transverse direction thereof so as to form two sections, one said section being longer than the other said section, means operatively connected to said sections for pivoting the sections relative to each other and for arresting the sections in the respective relative positions thereof, said supporting means having a top side for supporting and resting a person in stretched out position and also having a bottom side located opposite said top side, the pivot axis of said supporting means being located above said supporting means when said supporting means is in its horizontal position, adjustable feet holding means arranged in spaced relation to the end of said other section which is opposite to said one section for supporting the feet of a person on said supporting means, adjustable shoulder supports arranged on said one section near the end thereof which is opposite to said other section for supporting the shoulders of a person on said supporting means, rail means connected to said bottom side of said other section and extending in the longitudinal direction of said supporting means, and adjustable means adjustably mounted on said rail means for adjustment longitudinally thereof and connected to said feet holding means.

5. A health rest which comprises: frame means, supporting means pivotally supported by said frame means and pivotable from a substantially horizontal position to a substantially vertical position and vice versa, said supporting means being divided in the transverse direction thereof so as to form two sections, one said section being longer than the other said section, means operatively connected to said sections for pivoting the sections relative to each other and for arresting the sections in the respective relative positions thereof, said supporting means having a top side for supporting and resting a person in stretched out position and also having a bottom side located opposite said top side, the pivot axis of said supporting means being located above said supporting means when said supporting means is in its horizontal position, said one section of said supporting means near the end thereof opposite said other section and which is located in the area of the shoulders of a person resting on said supporting means being provided with two substantially parallel oblong holes extending through and in longitudinal direction of saidsupporting means and spaced from each other by the approximate distance between the shoulders of a person of average size, rail means connected to the bottom side of said supporting means within between said oblong holes, sleeve means adjustably and arrestably mounted on said rail means and including two bushing means respectively extending from said bottom side into said oblong holes, and shoulder supporting means protruding upwardly from said top side for supporting the shoulders of a person on said supporting means and including shank means respectively telescopically engaging and supported by said bushing means.

6. An arrangement according to claim 5, in which each said bushing means in cross section is a regular polygonal, and in which the contour of said shank means corresponds to the polygonal shape of said bushing means and wherein the shank means of each of said shoulder supporting means is eccentrically located with regard to the transverse cross section of said shoulder supporting means.

7. A health rest which comprises: frame means, supporting means pivotally supported by said frame means and pivotable from a substantially horizontal position to a substantially vertical position and vice versa, said supporting means having a top side for supporting and resting a person in stretched out position and also having a bottom side located opposite said top side, the pivot axis of said supporting means being located above said supporting means when said supporting means is in its horizontal position, adjustable feet holding means arranged on said top side for supporting the feet of a person supported by said supporting means, said feet holding means including cup-like heel engaging members, an arm adjustable toward and away from said heel engaging members at an angle thereto, and arcuate members pivotally supported by said arm means in opposed relation to said heel engaging members adapted for contact with the upper side of the feet of a person on said supporting means, the engagement of said feet being closely adjacent the legs of the .person.

8. An arrangement according to claim 5, in which said bushing means are provided with tubular sections above the top side of said supporting means, and which includes a U-shaped member arranged on said top side and having its arms engaged by said tubular sections, said U-shaped member comprising upholstered head arresting means for supporting the head of a person on said supporting means.

9. A health rest which comprises: frame means, boardshaped supporting means having a top side for supporting and resting a person in stretched out position and also having a bottom side opposite said top side and being pivotally supported by said frame means for pivotal movement from a substantially horizontal position to a substantially vertical position and vice versa, said supporting means being divided in the transverse direction thereof so as to form two sections, lateral arm means respectively connected to the adjacent ends of said sections and in overlapping relation, pivot means pivotally interconnecting the said arm means in the region of overlapping thereof, means for holding said sections in predetermined positions of angular adjustment about said pivot means, yoke means pivotally supported by said pivot means at opposite sides of said sections and extending in the direction toward and beyond the bottom side of said supporting means, rail means arranged at said bottom side of said sections and operable selectively to be passed through that portion of said yoke means which is adjacent said bottom side for holding said sections in substantially coplanar alignment with each other, and further yoke means on the bottom sides of said sections also receiving said rail means.

10. A health rest which comprises: frame means including two U-shaped leg members foldable toward each other and also adapted to be spread apart, a pair of first disc members respectively arranged at the ends of one of said leg members, a pair of second disc members respectively arranged at the ends of the other one of said leg members, each two adjacent first and second disc means being arranged coaxially with regard to each other, two third disc means respectively interposed between each two adjacent first and second disc means, pivot means extending through said third disc means and pivotally interconnecting said first and second disc means, and holding ring means respectively connected to said third disc means and rotatable therewith about said pivot means, supporting means pivotally supported by said. frame means and pivotable from a substantially horizontal position to a substantially vertical position and vice versa, said supporting means having a top side for supporting and resting a person in stretched out position and also having a bottom side located opposite said top side, the pivot axis of said supporting means being located above said supporting means when said supporting means is in its horizontal position, adjustable feet holding means arranged on said top side for supporting the feet of a person on said supporting means, adjustable shoulder supports likewise arranged on said top side for supporting the shoulders of a person on said supporting means, rail means connected to said bottom side and extending in the longitudinal direction of said supporting means, and adjustable means adjustably mounted on said rail means and respectively connected independently of each other to said feet holding means and said shoulder supports for independently adjusting said feet holding means and said shoulder supports respectively.

11. An arrangement according to claim 10, in which said. pivot means is formed by a spring loaded pin means adapted to engage said first disc means when said leg members are spread apart into their effective position, said spring loaded pin means being operable to disengage said first disc means to permit folding up said legs.

12. An arrangement according to claim 1, in which said frame means include leg means respectively composed of telescopically interengaging sections, and spring means interposed between the telescopic sections of each of said leg means.

13. An arrangement according to claim 1, which includes an oscillator operatively connected to said supporting means for oscillating the same.

14. A health rest which comprises: a frame, a body supporting platform, means pivotally connecting said platform to said frame for pivotal movement of the platform about a first axis extending transversely of the platform and located above the platform when the latter is horizontal, said platform comprising first and second sections pivotally interconnected on a second axis transverse to the platform, said first section being longer than said second section and having shoulder engaging means thereon near its outer end, said second section tapering inwardly at its outer end, a support rail connected to the underside of said second section and extending longitudinally of said second section and projecting beyond both ends thereof, foot supporting means tiltably and adjustably mounted. on said rail on the portion thereof which extends beyond the said outer end of said second section, a bracket on the underside of said first section spaced from said second axis and adjacent the portion of said rail which extends beyond the inner end of said second section, and means for connecting said bracket to said rail in various positions of relative angular adjustment of said sections about said second axis, and means for retaining said platform in tilted positions about said first axis.

15. A health rest according to claim 14 in which said foot supporting means comprises tiltable cup-like members adapted to embrace the heel region of the feet, arcuate members adapted to engage the top of the feet, and means supporting said arcuate members for adjustment relative to said cup-like members so as to engage feet having the heels thereof in the cup-like members in the regions of the connection of the feet to the shinbones.

16. A health rest according to claim 14 in which the said platform can be tilted to cause the said rail on the foot supporting means thereon to engage a stationary surface in the region of the floor on which the frame rests, said first axis being at such an elevation that the center of gravity of a person entering the health rest with the platform tilted to said first position will act on the platform in a region between said first axis and the outer end of said sec-0nd section.

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CASMIR A. NUNBERG, Examiner.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification601/5, 5/610, 5/624, 601/24, 5/651, 482/144, 5/915, 601/42, 5/621
International ClassificationA47C1/00, A47C9/00, A47C17/00, A61H1/02
Cooperative ClassificationA47C9/002, Y10S5/915, A61H1/0218, A61H2203/0493
European ClassificationA47C9/00B, A61H1/02D