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Publication numberUS915251 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 16, 1909
Filing dateMar 21, 1908
Priority dateMar 21, 1908
Publication numberUS 915251 A, US 915251A, US-A-915251, US915251 A, US915251A
InventorsJohn Vanderslice
Original AssigneeJohn Vanderslice
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Massage device.
US 915251 A
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91 5 ,25 1 Patented Mar. 16, 1909.




ments which form the subject matter of thisv application are; to provide a massaging device so constructed and arranged as to produce an augmented therapeutic efiiect without materially increasing the force employed; to produce such supplemental effect by stimulating the circulatory system to a greater degree than the unassisted mechanical force would initiate, and to accomplish said objects by supplying an apparatus of simple design whereby the manipulations required to furnish the desired hygienic massage movements will simultaneously produce a cupping effect upon the tissues undergoing treatment thus causing an increased congestion of blood to the parts.

Further objects of my invention are to produce a combined massage and cupping apparatus that will be simple in construction, that will not get out of order, andwill therefore be durable; to provide a device for the purpose stated that can be used by an unskilled person and to supply an'apparatus that can be manufactured at a small cost.

I accomplish the'objects sought by means of the device illustrated in the accompanying drawing which forms a tion and in which Figure 1 is a side elevation of the complete apparatus; Fig. 2 is a vertical longitudinal section on the line 22 of Fig. 1; Fig. 3 is a sectional view on the line 33 of Fig. 1;

part of this applica- Fig. 4 is a sectional view on the line 44 of Fig. 2, and Fig. 5 is a bottom plan view.

Referringzto the details of the drawing, the

numeral 10 indicates a circular disk or plate formed integral with a handle 11, of convenient size and shape so that it can be readily and firmly grasped by the hand of the operator.. Upon the under surface of the Specification of Letters Patent.

Application filed March 21, 1908. Serial No. 422,385.

Patented March 16, 1909.

I said disk are a series of projections 12 hemiflpherical in form and made integral with the isk. These projections or bosses are solid in structure and may be arranged in any configuration. I prefer, however, to group them in an annular ring, as shown in Fig. 3, and to place them close together in the circle. The combined disk and handle is provided with a bore or socket 13, concentric with the periphery of said disk and extending from the under surface of the disk to any suitable distance to afford a strong sup ort for a stem 14 preferably formed integr lwith the walls of a cup member 15. The said cup member is reinforced upon the periphery by a ridge or bead 16. The cup member is made up of a plurality of cylindrical cavities or cells 18, the walls forming the closed endsof the cells being concave internally and correspondingly convex externally, thus producing hemispherical bosses or projections 17 which are arranged to correspond with the said bosses 12 projecting downward from the disk 10, The stem 14 is fitted tightly, in thebore 13,

and is fastened permanently therein by any suitable cement. When assembled the stem 14 is inserted within its socket until the bosses 12 are in contact with the convex ends rubber is the preferred material for the handle,

particularly for sanitary reasons, wood will answer the purpose almost equally as well especially if enameled or japanned, and would have the advantage of economy in the manufacture.

The device as illustrated is portable, light and handy to. manipulate and may be applied in many cases by the patient himself. The method of using the appliance may be somewhat varied, but in general isas follows: Grasping the handle firmly, the fiat face of the cup is applied directly to the .integument, as many cells being brought into contact with thepart asipossible. Fressure is tion of the air containe then made by means of the handle, the 'force being applied in an axial direction, so that the solid pro ections 12 will depress the comparatively thin cell walls and the convex ends 17 will thus become invaginated within the cells 18 driving out some of the contained air. Pressure upon the handle is then relaxed sufficiently to ermit the inherent resiliency of the cup wa s to cause the cells to resume their original shape thus roducing a rarefacd in said cells, care being taken to maintain a proper seal between the lips of the cells and the cuticle. This maneuver is repeated with sufficient rapidity to produce the desired diminution ofair pressure Within the cells, the partial vacuum thus formed causing an increase in the blood su plyxto the part, which, bein supplenienta to the effect of the mechanica my invention what bosses, and a second member having a stem fitting said recess, and having a plurality ofcompressible cells, open atone end, the closed ends of said cells registering with said bosses.

3. In a therapeutic device, the combinaaplurality of tion of a handle, a cup member composed of elastic material, connected partitions dividing the said member into a plurality of cells closed at one end, means for attaching; the handle to the elastic member,'and projections on the handle adapted to engage the closed ends of the cells when said handleis operated.

4. In acombined massage and cupping device, the combination of a handle, an elastic cup, connected partitions dividing the cup into a plurality .of cells closed at one end, a socket formed in said handle, a stem attached to said cup and engaging said socket, and projections upon said handle adapted to engage the vclosed ends of said cells when the andle is operated.

5. In a massaging device, a cup-member formed of elastic material and divided into a plurality of cells having their inner end walls concavo-convex, and their outer walls stiilened by a rib, and means for depressingsaid endwalls.

6'. In a massaging device, cup-member formed of suitable material and divided into, a plurality of cells having their inner end 'walls compressible and means for compress in said walls said means comprising a lura 'ty of projections of bosses arrange to register wlth said cells, and a suitable handle. 11 testimony whereof I. afiix my signature in the presence of two witnesses.


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Cooperative ClassificationA61H7/003