Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.

Patents

  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS3824991 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 23, 1974
Filing dateSep 5, 1972
Priority dateSep 5, 1972
Publication numberUS 3824991 A, US 3824991A, US-A-3824991, US3824991 A, US3824991A
InventorsWhitaker W
Original AssigneeWhitaker W
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Therapeutic chair for exercising back muscles
US 3824991 A
Abstract
A therapeutic chair to enable a person to exercise his back muscles. The chair includes a base that sets on the floor and includes a seat rockably mounted on the base to rock from side to side about a horizontal axis. To the base there is fixed a guide that extends over the person's head. The guide is adjustable to accommodate various size people so that the guide just contacts the head of the person sitting on the seat, to notify the person to keep his head steady. Mounted within the base is an electric motor with an eccentric crank that is coupled to the seat to rock it from side to side. A timer is provided in series with the electric motor, which cuts off current to the motor after a predetermined time.
Images(2)
Previous page
Next page
Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

United States Patent 11 1 Whitaker 1451 July 23, 1974 THERAPEUTIC CHAIR FOR EXERCISING BACK MUSCLES [76] Inventor: William J. Whitaker, 3517 Imperial Hwy., Lynwood, Calif. 90262 [22] Filed: Sept. 5, 1972 [21] Appl. No.: 285,994

[52] US. Cl 128/24 R, 128/33, 128/49 [51] Int. Cl A6lh l/00 [58] Field of Search 128/24, 25, 33, 48, 70, 128/49; 272/58 [56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,241,171 9 1917 Vitullo 128/33 l,686,979 10/1928 McManis 128/70 2,047,316 7/1936 Erickson I28/33 Primary ExaminerLawrence W. Trapp Attorney, Agent, or FirmD0minick Nardelli ABSTRACT A therapeutic chair to enable a person to exercise his back muscles. The chair includes a base that sets on the floor and includes a seat rockably mounted on the base to rock from side to side about a horizontal axis. T0 the base there is fixed a guide that extends over the persons head. The guide is adjustable to accommodate various size people so that the guide just contacts the head of the person sitting on the seat, to notify the person to keep his head steady. Mounted within the base is an electric motor with an eccentric crank that is coupled to the seat to rock it from side to side. A

timer is provided in series with the electric motor, which cuts off current to the motor after a predetermined time.

7 Claims, 5 Drawing Figures Pmmrmmz m 3.824.991

same! I i ll////////////////////%//// THERAPEUTIC CHAIR FOR EXERCISING BACK MUSCLES FIELD OF THE INVENTION This invention relates to therapeutic devices, and more particularly to a therapeutic chair for exercising a persons back muscles.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION In the past, therapeutic devices have been produced to exercise, relax and develop various parts of the human body; however, none of these have been capable of effectively exercising the back muscles. Many people with back trouble are required to bend their torsos side to side to develop certain muscles. This requires some dexterity on the part of the person to perform these exercises because he can easily lose his balance as he bends his back either to the left or right. In addition, people with back trouble find it difficult to perform the simplest exercise without mechanical aid.

OBJECTS OF THE INVENTION An object of this invention is to provide a simple, economical back exerciser.

Another object is to provide a chair which allows a person s back to bend to the right and then to the left, alternatively.

Another object is to provide a therapeutic chair which bends the back to the left and to the right, alternatively, and has means to insure that the person s head has remained substantially stationary.

These and other objects and features of advantage will become more apparent after studying the following detailed description of the preferred embodiment together with the appended drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS:

FIG. 1 is a back elevation of the novel therapeutic chair showing a person sitting thereon.

FIG. 2 is a left side elevation of the chair and person of FIG. 1. I

FIG. 3 is an enlarged back view of the chair of FIG. 1, shown inpartial sections.

FIG. 4 is the'bottom view of the chair, showing the prime mover.

FIG. 5 is a side section of the chair of FIG. 3, showing the upper portion only.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS:

Referring to the drawings, and FIGS. 1 and 2 in particular, my novel device is shown in use with a man sitting on a seat 11 mounted to a base member 12. As shown by dash lines 13 in FIG. 1, the seat 12 pivots about a horizontal axis by means to be described more fully hereinafter. Mounted to the base member 12 is a vertically disposed rod 14 that has a head feeler 16 slidably mounted thereon. A thumb screw 17 locks the feeler 16 to the rod in a standard manner common to the art. The head feeler 16 is adjusted in height so that the man sitting upright feels the feeler 16 with his head. The seat 11 is made to rock with the aid of a convenient prime mover such as an electric motor 18 (FIGS. 3 and 4) by turning the switch 19 (FIG. 1).

Referring to FIGS. 3, 4 and 5, the operation of the device will be described. The base 12 has four legs 21 connected by four side plates 22. The legs 21 and plates 22 are, for example, integrally formed out of wood. Over the top of the legs and plates is disposed a cover 23 that has a central opening 24. The motor 18 is suitably mounted on one plate 22 as shown in FIGS. 3 and 4, by a bracket 26. Attached to the shaft of the motor 18 is a gear box 27 that reduces the rotational speed so that an eccentric crank 28 rotates about, for example, 6 RPM. The crank 28 is coupled by suitable means to rock the seat 11 about a horizontal axis. The seat 11 is preferably contoured molded out of plastic and has bonded to its underside a wood board 31 to which is fastened a triangular shaped bracket 32, near the center of the seat, by means of a flange 33 (FIG. 5) on the bracket. Welded to the bracket 32 is a shaft 34 that has its ends journalled mounted within a pair of bearing pillow blocks 36, which are in turn bolted to the cover 23. To provide greater stability and strength to the seat, a pair of steel bars 37 are also welded to shaft 34, as shown in FIG. 5, which bars 37 are also fastened to the wood board 31. These described parts allow the seats to rotate about the horizontal axis defined by shaft 34.

The motion of the seat 11 is controlled to pivot back and forth by the aid of a steel bar 41 depending from and welded to bracket 32 and also by a connecting rod 42 pin connected at one end to the lower end of bar 41. The other end of rod 42 is connected to the eccentric crank 28 so that as crank 28 rotates, bar 41 pivots back and forth about the shaft 34, moving the seat 11 therewith. The motor 18 is powered by electrical currents through a plug 45 and wire 46. In series with the motor is a timer 47 that is actuated by switch 19. The timer 47 is of the standard type that turns off the current after a predetermined time.

Seat 11, although it is not shown, is preferably contoured to conform to the human body in a manner standard to the art. In addition, if one does not desire to use the head feeler 16, a sighting means 50 can be fixed to the base so that a sighting bar extends out, horizontally from the base between a persons legs as shown in FIG. 2. The bar is parallel to the horizontal axis of rotation. The sighting means 50 is used by aligning the end of the sighting rod with a spot on the floor and in this manner the head is capable of being maintained substantially steady.

Although only one embodiment of my invention has been described, one skilled in the art after studying the above disclosure can devise other embodiments coming within the spirit and scope of the invention. Therefore this invention is not limited to the. described embodiment, but includes all embodiments which fall within the scope of the claims.

I claim:

1. A therapeutic chair comprising:

a base adopted to be disposed firmly on a floor,

a seat pivotably mounted to said base and disposed to pivot about a fixed horizontal axis, first means for pivoting said seat back and forth on either side from its horizontal position, and

second means fixed to said base to assist in maintaining the users head substantially stationary and adopted to allow the users back to bend to the left and to the right.

2. The chair of claim 1 wherein:

said second means includes a rod vertically fixed to said base member, and

a horizontal feeler slidably mounted on said rod and projecting therefrom over said seat.

3. The chair of claim 2 wherein:

said first means includes a pair of bearing pillow blocks mounted on top of said base member,

a shaft bearing mounted to said pillow blocks with said seat fixed to said shaft,

a bar depending from and fixed to said shaft,

a motor means mounted within said base member to provide rotational motion to said eccentric, and

a connecting rod connecting said eccentric to said bar.

4. The chair of claim 3 wherein:

a timer switch is serially connected with said motor to cause said motor to turn off after a predetermined time.

5. The chair of claim 1 wherein said second means includes a sighting means fixed to said base projecting therefrom parallel to said axis and disposed substantially directly below said axis.

6. The chair of claim 5 wherein:

said first means includes a pair of bearing pillow blocks mounted on the top of said base member,

a shaft bearing mounted in said pillow blocks with said seat fixed to said shaft,

a bar depending from and fixed to said shaft,

a motor means mounted within said shaft member to provide rotational motion to an eccentric, and

a connecting rod connecting said eccentric to said bar.

7. The chair of claim 6 wherein:

a timing switch is serially connected with said motor to cause said motor to turn off after a predetermined time.

Patent Citations
Cited PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US1241171 *Oct 11, 1916Sep 25, 1917John B VitulloRocking-chair.
US1686979 *Sep 14, 1922Oct 9, 1928Mcmanis John VTreatment table
US2047316 *Jun 10, 1935Jul 14, 1936James B BradshawMassaging and treatment stool
Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US4051560 *Oct 4, 1976Oct 4, 1977Francois AudetBowel movement energizer system
US4860733 *Sep 2, 1988Aug 29, 1989Parker Jr Alonzo EOscillating reclining chair
US5113851 *Mar 1, 1990May 19, 1992Eugenio GambaChair equipped with a singing seat
US5588704 *Apr 15, 1996Dec 31, 1996Harza; Richard D.For moving hips/lower midsection of a person in a seated position
US5609566 *Oct 26, 1993Mar 11, 1997Pupovic; MilenkoApparatus for treatment, physical therapy, rehabilitation, recreation and training of spine and other human body parts
US5728049 *Jul 10, 1996Mar 17, 1998Alberts; SusanTherapeutic seating apparatus
US5913568 *Sep 30, 1997Jun 22, 1999Brightbill; Stephen T.Two platform motion seat
US5976097 *Dec 21, 1995Nov 2, 1999Jensen; Robert J.Dynamic continuous passive motion chair
US6340207May 5, 1999Jan 22, 2002Dual Seat TechnologiesTwo platform motion seat
US6357827Mar 27, 2000Mar 19, 2002Dual Seat Technologies, Inc.Two platform motion seat
US6951370 *Dec 19, 2003Oct 4, 2005Hsiu-Hsia HsuExotic chair
US7063675 *Dec 19, 2002Jun 20, 2006Chang Chun HsuRotary device of chair
US7789463 *Mar 15, 2007Sep 7, 2010Sung Gil GangChair which is used in waist enhancement
US8075057Apr 18, 2007Dec 13, 2011Backwell LtdMovement inducing module
US8177732Feb 5, 2006May 15, 2012Motorika LimitedMethods and apparatuses for rehabilitation and training
US8545420Feb 4, 2005Oct 1, 2013Motorika LimitedMethods and apparatus for rehabilitation and training
US8753296Feb 4, 2005Jun 17, 2014Motorika LimitedMethods and apparatus for rehabilitation and training
US20080242521 *Feb 4, 2005Oct 2, 2008Motorika, Inc.Methods and Apparatuses for Rehabilitation Exercise and Training
WO1994002100A1 *Jul 20, 1992Feb 3, 1994James AnglehartApparatus for supporting and moving a person's head
WO1996002221A1 *Jul 12, 1995Feb 1, 1996Robert J JensenDynamic continuous passive motion chair
WO1999018826A1 *Oct 12, 1998Apr 22, 1999Bela SimonErgonomic chair
Classifications
U.S. Classification601/5, 601/26
International ClassificationA61H1/02, A47C9/00
Cooperative ClassificationA61H1/0292, A47C9/002, A61H2203/0431
European ClassificationA61H1/02N, A47C9/00B