US 843674 A
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PATENTED PBR l2 f i l i L A J/zffzz E. M, FUNK. MASSAGING APPARATUS. PPLITION FILED JUNE 20 1905 Unrrnn sfra'rs Pafrnnr anni EDGAR M. FUNK, OF WY-THEVILLE, VIRGINIA.
' Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented Feb. 12,1907.
Application filed June 20,1906. Serial No. 322,629.
' as to open the pores and permit undesirable secretions to be quickly and thoroughly removed.
'Another object is to provide a device which is under the constant control of the operator and whereby the suction created by the p vacuum can be established at will and at any -period during the rubbing operation.
Astill further object is to provide novel means for engaging the skin of the patient during the massaging operation, so as to thoroughly knead it and expand the pores.
With the above and other objects in View the invention consists of a head having a recess in one face, and a passage extends from this recess and communicates, through a iiexible tube, with a tank in which a vacuum is adapted to be formed in any preferred manner. A valve normallycloses the passage in the head and is constantly under the control of the operator, so that a suction can be established within the recess whenever desired simply by opening the valve. The head extends into a massaging-frame, hav'- ing cross-bars which extend across the recess in the head, and these lbars are adapted to rub the skin of the patient when the head is moved thereover, so as to spread the pores and knead the flesh. While the device is ap lied to the skin the suction can be establis ed in the manner stated, so as to draw the skin between the bars of the massagingframe and open the pores. Should the head be moved over the skin while the suction is in force, the bars will force all undesirab lesecretions from the pores.
The invention also consists of certain other novel features of construction and combinations of parts, which will be hereinafter more fully described, and pointed out in the claims. V
In the accompanying drawings is shown the preferred form of the invention.
In said drawings, Figure 1 is a view of the complete apparatus, the head and the frame thereon being shown vin section. Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the massaging-frame, and Fig. 3 is a plan view of a modified form of massaging-frame. v
Referring to thefigures by characters of reference, 1 is a head having a recess 2 in one face thereof,` from the inner Wall of which extends a passage 3, opening through an extension 4, projecting from the head. This extension engages one end of a iiexible tube 5, connected toa tank 6, and a vacuum is adapted to be formed within this tank by means of a suitable suction-pump 7. passage 3 is intersect'ed by an elongated recess 8, extending into the head 1 from one face thereof. A slide-valve 9 is mounted in this recess, and a spring 10 is interposed between the end of the' recess and the slidevalve to hold said valve normally in position to close the passage. An opening 1 1 is formed within the valve, and by movingl said valve inward and compressing the spring this opening will be caused to register with the pas-y sage 3. A button 12 is preferably formed at thel outer end of the valve to facilitate its actuation.
A preferably rectangular massaging-frame 13 surrounds the recessed face of the head 1 and may be covered with rubber tubing 14 or any othersoft material which will not injure the flesh when rubbed thereover. Parallel cross-bars 15 connect the sides of the frame. If desired, additional parallel bars 16 may connect the ends of the frame,
so that a plurality of rectangular openingsv will be formed by the intersecting bars, as shown in Fig. 3.
In using the apparatus a vacuum is first established within the tank 6 bymeans of pump l7. The head 1 is then inserted into the frame 13, which will fit tightly thereon by reason of the rubber covering 14, which is provided. After the parts have been prepared in this manner the frame 13 is rubbed over the skin of the patient and the bars l5 will knead the flesh and open or expand the pores. After this operation has been carried v'a desired period the valve 9( is pressed in-l ward, so as to open the assage 3, and a suction is promptly establis led within the recess 2. This will result in the skin being drawn between the bars 15, and by continuing the movement of the frame under these conditions any secretions within thepor's will be quickly removed therefrom. The fiexible covering 14serves not only to prevent injury The i IOO -to the patient, but also seals the recess 2 in order that the suction may be readily produced. By utilizing intersecting bars 15 and 16 the frame can be moved in any direction with the same results, and a'pinching effect Will beproduced upon' the skin by moving it diagonally, because the skin will been set forth in the foregoing description;`
but I do not limit myself thereto,l as I am aware that modifications may be made therein without departing from the spirit -or sacrificing the advantages thereof, and I therefore reserve the right to lmake such changes' as fairly fall within the scope of the claims.
What is claimed isw 1. In an apparatus of the character described thc combination with a head and means for establishing suction therethrough; of intersecting cross-bars connected to the head in the line of suction and 'constituting 'rubbing devices.
2. In an apparatus of the character described the combination with a head, lmeans for establishing suction therethrough, and
means for regulating the suction; of a frame fitted upon the head, 'and intersecting crossbars secured within the frame and extending in the line of suction, said bars constituting rubbing devices.
3. In an apparatus of the character described the combination with a recessed head; of a massage-frame surrounding the head adjacent the recessed face thereof, a flexible covering upon the frame, cross-bars within the frame and intersecting the end of the re# cess, and means for establishing suction tln'oughthe frame and recess.
4. In an apparatus of the character described the combination with a recessed head; of a massage-frame surrounding the head adjacent the recessed lface thereof, a flexible covering upon the frame, cross-bars Within the frame and intersecting the end of the re cess, means for establishing suction through the frame and recess,4 and spring-pressed means under control of the operator for regulating the suction.
5. In an apparatus of the character described the combination with a head, and means for establishing suction therethrough; ofk cross-bars connected to the head in the line of the suction and constituting rubbing devices.
In'testimony that I claim the foregoing as my own I have hereto affixed my signature'in the presenceof two witnesses.
EDGAR M. FUNK. Witnessesr E. HUME TALBERT,
M. J.. WARRINER.