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Publication numberUS3842453 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 22, 1974
Filing dateAug 15, 1972
Priority dateAug 15, 1972
Publication numberUS 3842453 A, US 3842453A, US-A-3842453, US3842453 A, US3842453A
InventorsRedfield N
Original AssigneeRedfield N
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Posture pillow
US 3842453 A
Abstract
A pillow for exercise and therapy in posture maintainance and correction having a core of rigid material axially enlarged midway its opposing terminals, and having a flexible material around the core and a cylindrical cover of flexible material.
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1211 Appl. No; 280,828

Unite tates 1191 1111 3,842,453

Redfield i 1451 Oct. 22, 1974 1541 POSTURE PILLOW 2,380,428 4/1959 Forsland ..5/337 [76] Inventor: Nadine Reclfield, l9llGanyard, 2/1968 3,7l9,l85 3/l973 Hanes 128/69 Houston, Tex. 77043 [22] Med: 1972 Primary Examiner-Casmir A. Nunberg [52] US. Cl 5/340, 5/338, 128/57, 57 ABSTRACT 128/68 [51] Int. Cl. A471: 27/22, A6lf 5/00 Apillow for exercise and therapy in posture maintainance and correction having a core of rigid material axially enlarged midway its opposing terminals, and having a flexible material around the core and a cylin- [58] Field of Search 5/337, 338, 340, 355, 361; 128/57 X, 68 X, 69; 272/57 [56] References Cited drical cover of flexible material. UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,593,014 7/1926 Bushmiller 128/57 4 Claims, 4 Drawing Figures POSTURE PILLOW SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION An elongated cylindrical flexible pillow having a rigid core, said core extending longitudinally through said pillow and having an axial enlargement midway the opposing terminals. of said core, and yieldable material within said cover and around said core.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT In the drawings, the numeral 1 designates a cover of flexible material such as fabric, or the like, which encloses the cushioning material 2, which may be of any suitable flexible material such as foam rubber, and the core 3 which is axially mounted in the pillow and may be formed of a rigid material, such as hard rubber. The core 3 has the diametrically enlarged portion 6 midway of the respective terminals thereof and which tapers outwardly from the center point to the respective axes 7, 8. The cover may be closed at the ends by sewing, or by forming the bead 4, joining the wall 1 with the end members 5, 5 of the cover.

In use, the pillow is placed on a flat surface, such as on the floor of a room, or, if desired, may be used on a bed, and the user lies on the pillow, with his shoulder blades resting on the pillow, the enlarged portion 6 of the core bearing against the spine, and the shoulders will be allowed to drop on each side of the enlarged portion, the cushion yielding to the weight of the shoulders, and the head will be allowed to drop, so that the spine will be stretched. Relaxing in this position will exaggerate the correct, erect position, to counteract the usual poor posture needing correction, and by gravity will urge the spine in the opposite direction, and will cause the spine to assume its normal posture and frequent repetition of this exercise, and various maneuvers after once in position on the pillow, will cause additional stretching of the spine and will provide additional beneficial results.

The correction of the posture habits, eliminating the stooped or round shoulders, eliminates the many ill effects accompanying such poor posture and will give the user a much more youthful appearance.

What I claim is:

1. In a posture pillow, a cover of fabric formed into a cylinder and having therein a core of rigid material, said core being diametrically enlarged at a point between its opposing termainals, and adapted to bear on the spine of the user at said point and being sharply reduced in diameter on each side of the transverse axis to conform to the contour of the shoulder blades of the user and a filling of flexible material surrounding said core.

2. The device defined in claim 1 wherein said core is formed of hard rubber.

3. The device defined in claim 1 wherein flexible material surrounding said core consists of a rubber foam.

4. The device defined in claim 1 wherein said core has an elongated axes on each side of the enlarged portion, and the enlarged portion of said core tapers longitudinally from a point midway the terminals thereof to the elongated axes.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification5/643, 5/636, 5/491, 601/121
International ClassificationA47C27/14, A47G9/10, A47G9/00, A61H1/00, A47C20/02, A47C20/00
Cooperative ClassificationA47G9/10, A61H1/00
European ClassificationA47G9/10, A61H1/00