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Publication numberUS3856002 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 24, 1974
Filing dateAug 28, 1973
Priority dateAug 28, 1973
Publication numberUS 3856002 A, US 3856002A, US-A-3856002, US3856002 A, US3856002A
InventorsMatsumoto J
Original AssigneeRaymond Lee Organization Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Massage device
US 3856002 A
Abstract
A massage device for massaging parts of the body which are difficult to reach comprises a substantially arcuate arm having spaced free ends substantially opposite each other. A massaging head member is resiliently affixed to one free end of the arm and extends in a direction toward the other free end of the arm. A handle is pivotally affixed to the arm at the other free end thereof. A detent unit couples the handle to the arm in a manner whereby the arm and the handle are substantially fixedly positionable at a plurality of angles relative to each other.
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United States Patent [191 Matsumoto [111 3,856,002 [451 Dec. 24, 1974 MASSAGE DEVICE [75] Inventor: Josie Matsumoto, Toronto, Ontario,

Canada [73] Assignee: The Raymond Lee Organization,

Inc., New York, NY. a part interest 22 Filed: Aug. 28, 1973 21 Appl. No.: 392,280

[52] U.S. Cl. 128/67, 128/62 [51] Int. Cl A61h 7/00 [58] Field of Search 128/67, 62, 60,61, 24 R, 128/24.l, 62 A [56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 455,567 7/1891 Kraft 128/62 R 1,537,464 5/1925 Hummel..... 128/62 R 2,168,975 8/1939 Clarke 128/62 R Amer 128/67 FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS 712,391 7/1931 France Primary ExaminerLawrence W. Trapp Attorney, Agent, or Firm-Daniel Jay Tick [5 7 ABSTRACT A massage device for massaging parts of the body which are difficult to reach comprises a substantially arcuate arm having spaced free ends substantially opposite each other. A massaging head member is resiliently affixed to one free end of the arm and extends in a direction toward the other free end of the arm. A handle is pivotally affixed to the arm at the other free end thereof. A detent unit couples the handle to the arm in a manner whereby the arm and the handle are substantially fixedly positionable at a plurality of angles relative to each other.

2 Claims, 3 Drawing Figures 1 MASSAGE DEVICE DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION fective, efficient and reliable structure, is easy, convenient, simple and comfortable to use and operate, and provides, without the need for an external source of power, an excellent means for massaging the body and various muscles which are difficult for the average person to reach.

In order that the invention may be readily carried into effect, it will now be described with reference to the accompanying drawing, wherein:

FIG. 1 is a side view of an embodiment of the massage device of the invention;

FIG. 2 is a side view of part of the massage device of FIG. 1, taken along the lines 2-2 of FIG. 1; and

FIG. 3 is a view, partly in section, taken along the lines 33, of FIG. 2.

In the FIGS., the same components are identified by the same reference numerals.

The message device of the invention is for massaging parts of the body which are difficult to reach.

The message device of the invention comprises a substantially arcuate arm 11 (FIGS. 1, 2 and 3) having spaced free ends 12 and 13 substantially opposite each other (FIG; 1). A massaging head member 14, of any suitable material for massaging the body, is resiliently affixed to one free end 12 of the arm 11. The massaging head member 14 is affixed to the arm 11 via a spring 15 affixed at one end to the one end 12 of the arm 11 and affixed at the other end to the massaging head. The massaging head 14 extends in a direction toward the other free end 13 of the arm 11, as indicated by an arrow 16 in FIG. 1. The spring 15 is very stiff and therefore very little resilient.

A handle 17 (FIGS. 1 and 2) is pivotally affixed to the arm 11 at the other free end 13 thereof. FIG. 2 illustrates the detail of the pivotal connection of the handle 17 to the arm 11. A detent unit 18, 19 affixed to the handle 17 and the arm 11, cooperate with each other, with the assistance of a compression spring 20, as shown in FIGS. 2 and 3, to couple the handle and the arm in a manner whereby the arm and the handle are substantially fixedly positionable at a plurality of angles relative to each other. The different positions of the handle 17 relative to the arm 11 are indicated by broken lines A, B, C, D, and E in FIG. 1.

While the invention has been described by means of a specific example and in a specific embodiment, I do which are difficult to reach, said message device comprising a substantially arcuate arm having spaced free ends substantially opposite each other;

a massaging head member resiliently affixed to one free end of the arm and extending in a direction toward the other free end of the arm;

a handle pivotally affixed to the arm at the other free end thereof; and

detent means coupling the handle to the arm in a manner whereby the arm and the handle are substantially fixedly positionable at a plurality of angles relative to each other.

2. A massage device as claimed in claim 1, further comprising a spring affixed at one end to the one end of the arm and affixed at the other end to the massaging head.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification601/137
International ClassificationA61H7/00
Cooperative ClassificationA61H7/003
European ClassificationA61H7/00D2