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Publication numberUS3901234 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 26, 1975
Filing dateOct 23, 1973
Priority dateOct 23, 1973
Publication numberUS 3901234 A, US 3901234A, US-A-3901234, US3901234 A, US3901234A
InventorsYazawa Keizo
Original AssigneeBoxer Steve
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Combination plaster and metal spheres device
US 3901234 A
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United States Patent 1191 Yazawa Aug. 26, 1975 [54] COMBINATION PLASTER AND METAL 542,459 7/1895 Beckwith 128/390 SPHERES DEVICE 1,052,274 2/1913 Purdy 128/268 2,015,255 9 1935 Charpier et a1... 128 155 lnvemorl K9119 Yalawa, Tokyo, Japan 2,822,509 2 1958 Harvey 128 156 x [73,} Assignee, Steve Boxer, Van N'uys, Cam 3,297,034 1/1967 Peavy 128/268 x 22] Filed: Oct. 23, 1973 Appl. No.3 408,659

References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 4/1876 Hall 128/390 2/1884 Stark ..128/390 Primary ExaminerRichard A. Gaudet Assistant Examiner-J. C. McGowan Attorney, Agent, or Firm-John Joseph Hall [5 7 ABSTRACT A plaster provided with a base cloth having a medicated adhesive layer on its surface, a plurality of small metal spheres affixed to the medicated adhesive layer, and a cover placed on top of the medicated adhesive layer.


This invention relates to a new and improved combination plaster and metal spheres device for having the combined effect of improving blood circulation and alleviating stiffness and pain.

2. Prior Art.

Although the use of plaster together with a medicated layer covered with a covering material has been known, there is no prior art known to applicant in which a combination of metal spheres has been available with such a plaster.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The invention is produced by adding a viscous medicated layer to an adhesive plaster. This medicated layer consists of l-menthol, methyl salicylate, which is formed on the surface of a base cloth. Small metal spheres are then affixed to the surface of the medicated layer, and then a covering material such as cellophane is placed over the medicated layer to cover it.

In use, the covering material is peeled off and then the plaster with the medicated layer and small metal spheres is applied to an area on a persons body where stiffness or pain is felt, and eases the contraction and dilation of the superficial blood vessels, thereby facilitating blood circulation. The result is the alleviation of stiffness and pain by restoring the muscles and fascia in the superficial sensory nerves back to normal. The effect of the medicated layer is to provide some relief of pain as an analgesic.

It is, therefore, an object of my invention to provide a new and improved combined plaster and metal spheres device which will alleviate stiffness in a persons body or pain caused by minor muscular strain. Another object of my invention is to provide a combined plaster and metal spheres device which will produce pressure in the area where stiffness or pain exists and alleviate such stiffness or pain by improving the local blood circulation.

A further object of my invention is to provide a combined plaster and metal spheres device which will produce analgesic effects due to the medicated layer a where a person suffers pain or stiffness due to minor muscular strain.

These and other objects will be more readily understood by reference to the following specification and claims taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawing, in which FIG. 1 is an embodiment of my invention illustrating random arrangement of small spheres on the medicated layer.

FIG. 2 is a section of FIG. 1 taken along Line 22.

FIG. 3 is an enlarged cross-sectional view of the embodiment shown in FIG. 1.

The combined plaster and metal spheres device 10 is constructed using a base cloth 12 with an adhesive thereon containing medication such as l-menthol, methyl salicylate 14. Small spheres 16 made of metal or other suitable material are then affixed to the surface of the medicated layer 14 and then a cover preferably made of cellophane or similar material 18 is placed over the medicated layer.

The invention may be made in any suitable size for use by a person to alleviate pain or stiffness due to minor muscular strain.

In use, the cover 18 is peeled or otherwise removed from the medicated layer 14 and the invention is applied to the area of the body where stiffness or pain is felt. Due to the presence of the small spheres 16, pressure is provided in the area where the person feels stiffness or pain. The pressure of the small spheres 16 improves the blood circulation inthe area where stiffness or pain is felt and thereby alleviates the stiffness and pain. The medicated layer produces an analgesic effect which also tends to alleviate pain in the area. The medicated layer may be modified by adding sucrol to prevent itching, and also acrinol may be mixed in to prevent skin chapping while the invention is being applied.

Although I have described a preferred embodiment of my invention, it is understood that numerous changes in construction and arrangement of parts may be made within the scope of my invention as hereinafter claimed.

I claim:

l. A device for alleviating pain and stiffness at selected areas of a persons body, consisting of:

a flexible base member having a layer of medicated adhesive material on one side thereof; and

a multiplicity of rigid spheres on said adhesive layer,

adhesively retained thereon in spaced and dispersed relation throughout a substantial area thereof whereby at least portions of said adhesive layer, may be adhered to a persons body to thereby press said spheres thereagainst to produce a multiplicity of localized small areas of pressure against the users body.

2. A device as defined in claim 1 including a removable continuous covering material overlying said spheres and adhesive layer.

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U.S. Classification604/307
International ClassificationA61F13/02, A61H39/04
Cooperative ClassificationA61H39/04, A61F13/02
European ClassificationA61F13/02, A61H39/04