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Publication numberUS721737 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 3, 1903
Filing dateDec 13, 1901
Priority dateDec 13, 1901
Publication numberUS 721737 A, US 721737A, US-A-721737, US721737 A, US721737A
InventorsCharles Owens
Original AssigneeDwight Preston Montague, Charles Owens
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Movement-cure apparatus.
US 721737 A
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)


PATENTED MAR. 3, 1903.




' INVENTOR @om/ 2 B I4 '4,l I I ATTORNEY no MODEL.



APPLIUATIOH FILED 13110.13, 1901.


PATENTED MAR. 3, 1903.





SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 721,737, dated March 3, 1903.

' Application filed December 13, 1901. Serial No. 85,728. (No model.)

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, CHARLES OWENS, a citizen of the United States of America, and a resident of Chattanooga, county of Hamilton, State of Tennessee, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Movement-Cure Apparatus, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to a machine adapted to give a vibrating treatment for the cure of diseases, the object being to enable the operator to cause a vibratory action to that part of the body to which the vibrating instrument forming part of the machine is applied.

The invention is shown in the accompanying drawings, in which Figure 1 is an end view of the machine in position adjacent to the couch. Fig. 2 is a side view of the machine adjacent to the couch or operating-table. Fig. 3 is an enlarged side view of the vibrating implement Withthe adjacent portions shown in section. Fig. 4 is a vertical section view of Fig. 3. Fig. 51s a side View of a modified form of machine.

The patient to be treated reclines upon a couch or table A, supported upon legs ct. The machine, which is shown adjacent to the couch, comprises a standard 1, supported by a base 35, secured to the floor. On this upright standard 1 a flexible arm is supported, said arm being made up of the two sections 2 and 3, pivoted together at 4, so that this arm may bend in a horizontal plane. The section 2 of the flexible arm carries a platform 36, which supports an electric motor 5, which drives a flexible driving-shaft of ordinary construction, (shown at 6.) This shaft is utilized for imparting motion to the vibrating implement through the means hereinafter described. This implement is shown in Figs. 3 and 4 at 13 and may be of any'suitable form and construction adapted to contact with the body and produce a vibratory effect thereon. It is carried upon the lower end of a lever 12,

which is pivoted adj ustably to a frame or post 7, supported at the outer end of the section 3 of the flexible arm before mentioned. The pivotal connection is made by a pin 16, passing through any one of a series of holes 17 in the lever. This lever is slotted at 14 to receive a roller 21 on a stud 20, which stud is carried by a disk 19 on a pin on shaft 8. The disk 19 works in an opening in the postor frame 7, and the shaft 8 at its outer end bears in a cap-plate 40, secured to the post. On the pin 8 a beveled gear-wheel 9 is fixed, with which meshes a beveled pinion 10 on a shaft 11, journaled in a suitable bearing, as shown in Fig. 3, supported on the frame or post 7.

The flexible shaft 6 is-connected with the shaft 11, and through the gearing just described and the eccentrically-arranged'stud and roller 20 21 an oscillating or vibratory movement is imparted to the lever 12 of the vibrating implement 13, and by applying this implement to the part of the human body de sired the said part will be subjected to the vibrating action. A handle 15 is provided, connected with the frame or post 7, and by this the implement can be properly located.

In order to counterbalance the weight of the parts, so that the flexible arm 2 3 may be raised and lowered without effort on the part of the operator, I counterbalance the said arm and the'mechanism and motor carried thereby, for which purpose a weight 25 is provided I on a lever 24, pivoted on a stud 23, projecting downwardly from the table or couch, the said lever being connected by a link 26 to 'a collar 22, slidably arranged on the upright postl and connected or formed with the flexible'arms 23, so that the said arms may be raised or lowered therewith.

It will be noted that the arm 2 3 has the following characteristics: It is flexible in that it may be bent from a straight-line position, and, again,"it is adapted to swing as a whole in a horizontal plane. It is adapted also to be moved as a whole vertically to difierent levels.

In Fig. 5 I show a modification in which I employ cables or ropes 27, attached to the section 2 of the flexible arm and running over pulleys 32 at the top of the upright post 1 near the cap-piece 33 thereon. Theother ends of the cables are fastened to a counterweight 28, mounted on the end of a foot-lever 29, pivoted to'the bracket 30, attached to the table A, one end of the said lever projecting out from beneath the table to be convenient to the foot. A spring 31 under compression between the table and the lever 29 serves to assist the weight 28 to raise the machine after the foot-lever has been released. By depressing the outer end of the lever it will be obvious that the machine can be dropped to any desired level.

The vibrating lever 12 constitutes the immediate means for vibrating the implement. This means is in turn driven by the flexible shafting. The horizontalarm comprising the sections 2 and 3 constitutes a vertically-adjustable support for the various parts. The pin 16 with the openings in the vibrating lever-arm constitute means for varying the vibrations of the said arms.

What I claim is 1. In combination, an implement to contact with the body in treating the same, means for vibrating the said implement including a rotary shaft and a flexible arm carrying the said implement independently of the shaft, substantially as described.

2. An apparatus for the treatment of diseases comprising a vibrating implement with a flexible shaft for operating the same, a flexible arm supporting the said implement and a counterbalance for the parts, substantially as described.

3. An apparatus for the treatment of diseases comprising an implement to be applied to the aifected part, a vibrating lever carrying the same, a shaft for vibrating the lever, and a flexible arm supporting the vibrating lever, substantially as described.

4. In combination, a main upright, a flexible arm supported thereon, a vibrating lever supported on the said flexible arm, an implement carried on the vibrating lever, gearing in connection with the vibrating lever-arm and supported by the flexible arm and means for operating the gearing consisting of the rotary shaft, substantially as described.

5. In combination,an upright, an arm adjustable vertically thereon and arranged to swing, an implement to be applied to the affected part, a vibrating lever carrying the same and supported on the swinging arm and means for operating the vibrating lever, substantially as described.

the vibratinglever and means for counterbalancing the weight of the horizontal swinging arm and the parts carried thereby, substantially as described.

7. In combination, an upright, an electromotor, a support for the motor vertically adjustable on the upright, a vibrating implement with operating means movable with the vertically-adjustable support and means for counterbalancing the vertically-adjustable support with the parts carried thereby, substantially as described.

8. In combination with the implement to act on the part desired, apivoted lever carrying the same, an arm having flexion and carrying the pivoted lever and means for vibrating the said lever, substantially as described.

9. In combination with the implement to act on the part desired, a vibrating lever pivoted at its upper end and carrying the said implement and means for vibrating the said lever about its pivot,including a flexible shaft in connection with the lever, substantially as described.

10. In combination with an implement to act on the part desired, a vibrating lever carrying the implement, supporting means for the said lever, means journaled in the said support for vibrating the said lever, a flexible shaft for driving said means, and means whereby the vibration of the lever may be varied.

11. In combination, an implement to be applied to the body, a vibrating lever carrying the same, means for supporting the said vibrating lever, means for driving the vibrating lever, an upright standard upon which the parts are supported anda counterbalance for the said parts, substantially as described.

12. In combination, an upright standard, an arm supported thereon and extending horizontally, a vibrating lever at the outer end of the said horizontal arm, means for driving the said vibrating lever including a flexible shaft and an implement carried by the said vibrating lever, substantially as described.

Signed at Chattanooga this 20th day of November, 1901.




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