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Title:
HIGH TECHNICAL SKILL KYUNGRAK MASSAGE MACHINERY
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2009/072814
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The present invention relates to a high-functional meridian massage device that supplies or collects the air charged in a central cylinder part to or from an air bag part or a precise movement type acupressure rod- assembling box part by means of upward and downward movements of a central piston, thereby performing a meridian massage operation, and more particularly, to a high-functional meridian massage device that supplies the air charged in a central cylinder part to an air bag part or a precise movement type acupressure rod-assembling box part, when a central piston is moved downwardly, thereby performing a meridian massage operation, and collects the supplied air from the air bag part or the precise movement type acupressure rod-assembling box part, when the central piston is moved upwardly, thereby releasing the meridian massage, such that the massage effect can be persistently obtained through the repetition of the above- mentioned operations.

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Inventors:
LEE, Chang Jae (109-408, Jugong Apts. 552,Mora 3-dong, Sasang-gu, Busan 617-751, KR)
Application Number:
KR2008/007152
Publication Date:
June 11, 2009
Filing Date:
December 04, 2008
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
LEE, Chang Jae (109-408, Jugong Apts. 552,Mora 3-dong, Sasang-gu, Busan 617-751, KR)
International Classes:
A61H39/04
Foreign References:
KR200171301Y1
KR20060005613A
KR100676747B1
US20070088238A1
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
KIM, Kyung Hwa (4th Fl, Gosung bldg. 1167-15,Geoje-dong, Yeonje-gu, Busan 611-070, KR)
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Claims

[1] A high-functional meridian massage device comprising: a central cylinder part having an eccentric cam, a central piston connected to one side of the eccentric cam and adapted to be reciprocatingly moved upwardly and downwardly by the rotation of the eccentric cam, and a central cylinder having a first hole formed at the center of the underside thereof, the first hole serving as a passageway through which the air in the central cylinder is discharged or collected therefrom or thereto by means of upward and downward reciprocal movements of the central piston; a driving part adapted to apply rotation power to the eccentric cam of the central cylinder part; a manually operated valve part having a second hole formed at one side periphery thereof in such a manner as to be connected to the first hole of the central cylinder part through a hose, a first disc cam adapted to be rotated manually, at least one or more first cylinders disposed under the first disc cam and adapted to be selectively opened and closed by the rotation of the first disc cam in such a manner as to pneumatically communicate with the second hole, and a handle disposed on the top side of the first disc cam so as to manually rotate the first disc cam; a high-functional rotating part disposed above the central cylinder part and having a third hole connected to a first cylinder hole of the manually operated valve part through a hose, a second disc cam adapted to be rotatably connected to a plurality of gears transmitting the rotating force of the eccentric cam, and at least one or more second cylinders disposed under the second disc cam and adapted to be selectively opened and closed by the rotation of the second disc cam to pneumatically communicate with the third hole; and an air bag part adapted to perform an acupressure massage function by using the air pressure supplied from the first cylinders of the manually operated valve part or from the second cylinders of the high-functional rotating part.

[2] The high-functional meridian massage device according to claim 1, wherein the manually operated valve part has a concave groove formed at one side periphery of the first disc cam, and a valve piston having an air vent formed thereon is mounted at the inside of each of the first cylinders, such that when the concave groove formed on the first disc cam is located above a position corresponding to the first cylinder to be opened, the valve piston mounted inside the first cylinder to be opened is moved upwardly toward the concave groove and the first cylinder is opened through the air vent formed on the upwardly moved valve piston.

[3] The high-functional meridian massage device according to claim 1, wherein the second disc cam of the high-functional rotating part is rotated by receiving the rotating forces of a first driven gear rotatably engaging with a driving gear disposed at one side of the eccentric cam, an external saw-toothed gear rotating about the same shaft as that of the first driven gear, and a second driven gear rotatably engaging with the external saw-toothed gear, such that when the second disc cam is rotated, a valve piston of the second cylinder located under a concave groove formed at one side of the second disc cam is moved upwardly toward the concave groove, and the second cylinder is opened through the air vent formed on the upwardly moved valve piston.

[4] The high-functional meridian massage device according to claim 3, wherein the high-functional rotating part adjusts the rotation ratio between the driving gear coupled to the eccentric cam and the first driven gear or adjusts the size of the rotation angle of the concave groove formed on the second disc cam, such that the number of times and the order of massages for body regions at which the meridian points are located are adjusted.

[5] The high-functional meridian massage device according to any one of claims 1 to

4, further comprising a precise movement type acupressure rod-assembling box part having a box having a passageway through which a portion of a body is insertedly passed, at least one or more air cylinders connected to the second cylinders of the high-functional rotating part through hoses, a plurality of acupressure rod-attaching plates adapted to fasten the air cylinders thereto and each having a guide slot through which the air cylinders are moved to another position, an assembled piston adapted to be reciprocatingly moved upwardly and downwardly at the inside of each air cylinder, and an acupressure rod coupled to the lower portion of the assembled piston.

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Description

HIGH TECHNICAL SKILL KYUNGRAK MASSAGE

MACHINERY

Technical Field

[1] The present invention relates to a high-functional meridian massage device that supplies or collects the air filled in a central cylinder part to or from an air bag part or a precise movement type acupressure rod-assembling box part by means of upward and downward movements of a central piston, thereby performing a meridian massage operation, and more particularly, to a high-functional meridian massage device that supplies the air charged in a central cylinder part to an air bag part or a precise movement type acupressure rod-assembling box part, when a central piston is moved downwardly, thereby performing a meridian massage operation, and collects the supplied air from the air bag part or the precise movement type acupressure rod- assembling box part, when the central piston is moved upwardly, thereby releasing the meridian massage, such that the massage effect can be persistently obtained through the repetition of the above-mentioned operations. Background Art

[2] A variety of massage devices have been used to relieve a user's fatigue and further to improve his or her health state, and among them, there has been proposed an air massage device which performs a massage operation of supplying an excessive amount of air to an air bag, pressurizing a certain body region through the expansion force of the air bag, and discharging the air from the air bag.

[3] In this case, since the air is supplied through a compressor, there is no function of collecting the air from the air bag and the air is just continuously supplied to the air bag. That is, the air is supplied to one tube, and after the pressurizing force is applied to the body region, the air is supplied to next tube. While the air is being supplied to next tube, the air filled in the one tube is automatically discharged as a valve is opened. The conventional air massage device is substantially slow in supply and collection of air, thereby making it difficult to perform an effective massage operation.

[4] According to Korean Utility Model Registration No.20-403835 earlier filed by the same applicant as the present invention, commercially available valves and electric controller that control the order and the number of times of pressurizing meridian points and the pressurizing order are complicated in structure and expensive, making it difficult to use them. In the above conventional prior art, an acupressure stand of pressurizing an acupressure rod through the expansion force of the air bag is provided. However, since the acupressure rod is pressurized by means of the air bag, the

acupressure stand may be bent when a direction in which a pressurizing force is applied is not linear correctly, such that the pressurizing force is correctly not transmitted to a desired position. Thus, an acupressure stand- attaching plate is provided, but it is merely moved only in either horizontal or vertical direction, making it difficult to perform the meridian massage operation. Further, when air should be supplied to a plurality of positions because there are many places from which air is supplied, manually operated valves commercially available are adopted, but in this case, they are complicated to assemble and inconvenient to use. Disclosure of Invention Technical Problem

[5] Accordingly, it is an object of the present invention to provide a high-functional meridian massage device that imparts excellent health-improving effects, while having functions of continuously massaging a user's hands and feet and his or her regions where pain is felt through an air bag and effectively performing a meridian massage operation for the user's body regions through acupressure rods, thereby providing good and active health states to the user. Technical Solution

[6] To achieve the above object, according to the present invention, there is provided a high-functional meridian massage device including: a central cylinder part having an eccentric cam, a central piston connected to one side of the eccentric cam and adapted to be reciprocatingly moved upwardly and downwardly by the rotation of the eccentric cam, and a central cylinder having a first hole formed at the center of the underside thereof, the first hole serving as a passageway through which the air in the central cylinder is discharged or collected therefrom or thereto by means of upward and downward reciprocal movements of the central piston; a driving part adapted to apply rotation power to the eccentric cam of the central cylinder part; a manually operated valve part having a second hole formed at one side periphery thereof in such a manner as to be connected to the first hole of the central cylinder part through a hose, a first disc cam adapted to be rotated manually, at least one or more first cylinders disposed under the first disc cam and adapted to be selectively opened and closed by the rotation of the first disc cam in such a manner as to pneumatically communicate with the second hole, and a handle disposed on the top side of the first disc cam so as to manually rotate the first disc cam; a high-functional rotating part disposed above the central cylinder part and having a third hole connected to a first cylinder hole of the manually operated valve part through a hose, a second disc cam adapted to be rotatably connected to a plurality of gears transmitting the rotating force of the eccentric cam, and at least one or more second cylinders disposed under the second disc cam and

adapted to be selectively opened and closed by the rotation of the second disc cam to pneumatically communicate with the third hole; and an air bag part adapted to perform an acupressure massage function by using the air pressure supplied from the first cylinders of the manually operated valve part or from the second cylinders of the high- functional rotating part. [7] Also, the present invention provides a high-functional meridian massage device further including a precise movement type acupressure rod-assembling box part having a box having a passageway through which a portion of a body is insertedly passed, at least one or more air cylinders connected to the second cylinders of the high-functional rotating part through hoses, a plurality of acupressure rod-attaching plates adapted to fasten the air cylinders thereto and each having a guide slot through which the air cylinders are moved to another position, an assembled piston adapted to be recip- rocatingly moved upwardly and downwardly at the inside of each air cylinder, and an acupressure rod coupled to the lower portion of the assembled piston.

Advantageous Effects

[8] According to the present invention, the high-functional meridian massage device controls the number of times one meridian point is massaged and the massage order of meridian points, which are necessary in the meridian massage operation.

[9] Further, since the supply and collection of air is repeatedly performed only by the upward and downward reciprocal movements of the central piston, the high-functional meridian massage device can be used with a substantially low cost without any trouble, and with the adoption of a precise movement type acupressure rod-assembling box part having a massage function through acupressure rods and with the use of the air bag having a massage function, an appropriate pressure is applied to accurate positions where meridian points are located. Brief Description of Drawings

[10] FIGs. IA to 1C are schematic views showing a configuration of a high-functional meridian massage device according to the present invention, wherein FIG. IA is a top plan view of the massage device, FIG. IB is a front view thereof, and FIG.1C is a left side view thereof.

[11] FIG.2 is a schematic view showing an operating structure of an eccentric cam among the parts of the high-functional meridian massage device according to the present invention.

[12] FIGs.3A to 3C are schematic views showing the structure of a central cylinder among the parts of the high-functional meridian massage device according to the present invention, wherein FIG.3 A is a top plan view of the central cylinder, FIG.3B is a front view thereof, and FIG.3C is a right side view thereof.

[13] FIGs.4A and 4B are schematic views showing the structure of a central piston among the parts of the high-functional meridian massage device according to the present invention, wherein FIG.4A is a top plan view of the central piston and FIG.4B is a front view thereof.

[14] FIGs.5A and 5B are schematic views showing the structure of the eccentric cam with a driving gear coupled thereto among the parts of the high-functional meridian massage device according to the present invention, wherein FIG.5A is a top plan view of the eccentric cam and FIG.5B is a front view thereof.

[15] FIGs.6A and 6B are schematic views showing the structure of a base block located on top of the central cylinder among the parts of the high-functional meridian massage device according to the present invention, wherein FIG.6 A is a top plan view of the base block and FIG.6B is a front view thereof.

[16] FIGs.7 A and 7B are schematic views showing the structure of a main block fixed vertically to the top surface of the base block among the parts of the high-functional meridian massage device according to the present invention, wherein FIG.7A is a top plan view of the main block and FIG.7B is a front view thereof.

[17] FIGs.8A and 8B are schematic views showing the structure of a press bar to which a needle bearing is adopted among the parts of the high-functional meridian massage device according to the present invention, wherein FIG.8 A is a top plan view of the press bar and FIG.8B is a front view thereof.

[18] FIGs.9A and 9B are schematic views showing one structure of a high-functional rotating part among the parts of the high-functional meridian massage device according to the present invention, wherein FIG.9A is a top plan view of the high- functional rotating part and FIG.4B is a front view thereof.

[19] FIGs.1OA and 1OB are schematic views showing another structure of the high- functional rotating part among the parts of the high-functional meridian massage device according to the present invention, wherein FIG.1OA is a top plan view of the high-functional rotating part and FIG.1OB is a front view thereof.

[20] FIG.11 is a view showing a cap for the high-functional rotating part in FIGs.9 and

10.

[21] FIGs.12A and 12B are schematic views showing the structure of a second disc cam of the high-functional rotating part in the high-functional meridian massage device according to the present invention, wherein FIG.12A is a top plan view of the second disc cam and FIG.12B is a front view thereof.

[22] FIGs.13A and 13B are schematic views showing the structure of a valve piston among the parts of the high-functional rotating part in the high-functional meridian massage device according to the present invention, wherein FIG.13A is a top plan view of the valve piston and FIG.13B is a front view thereof.

[23] FIGs.14A and 14B are schematic views showing the structure of a manually operated valve part among the parts of the high-functional meridian massage device according to the present invention, wherein FIG.14A is a top plan view of the manually operated valve part and FIG.14B is a front view thereof.

[24] FIG.15 is a schematic view showing one example where the high-functional meridian massage device according to the present invention is adopted for body massage.

[25] FIG.16 is a schematic view showing another example where the high-functional meridian massage device according to the present invention is adopted for body massage.

[26] FIGs.17 A and 17B are schematic views showing the structure of a precise movement type acupressure rod-assembling box part among the parts of the high-functional meridian massage device according to the present invention, wherein FIG.17A is a top plan view of the assembling box part with acupressure rod-attaching plates and FIG.17B is a front sectional view thereof.

[27] FIG.18 is a schematic view showing the structure of an air cylinder in the precise movement type acupressure rod-assembling box part in the high-functional meridian massage device according to the present invention. Best Mode for Carrying out the Invention

[28] According to the high-functional meridian massage device of the present invention, the air charged in a central cylinder is forcedly supplied to an air bag part or a precise movement type acupressure rod-assembling box part that is positioned at a user's meridian points by means of the downward movement of a central piston, thereby pressurizing the user's body regions where the meridian points are located, and then, collects the supplied air to the central cylinder by means of the upward movement of the central cylinder, thereby releasing the pressurizing force from the user's body, such that through the repetition of the above-mentioned operations, the meridian massage operation is performed.

[29] According to the high-functional meridian massage device of the present invention, that is, the central piston performs upward and downward reciprocal movements by means of the rotation of an eccentric cam, and when the eccentric cam is rotated by a geared motor to downwardly move the central piston coupled to the eccentric cam, the air charged in the central cylinder is forcedly supplied to a manually operated valve part. The air forcedly supplied to the manually operated valve part is sent to a first air bag through which the user's hands or feet where meridian points are located are massaged for a predetermined period of time. Alternatively, the air is sent to a high- functional rotating part. The air sent to the high-functional rotating part is sent to a second air bag or the precise movement type acupressure rod-assembling box part

having acupressure rods mounted therein, through which the user's body regions where the meridian points are located are massaged.

[30] On the other hand, when the eccentric cam is continuously rotated to upwardly move the central piston, the interior of the central cylinder becomes at a vacuum state, such that the supplied air is collected to the central cylinder, thereby releasing the pressurizing force against the user's body regions. The repetition of the above- mentioned operations enables the user's body regions where the meridian points are located to be continuously massaged.

[31] Hereinafter, an explanation on a high-functional meridian massage device according to the present invention will be given with reference to the attached drawings.

[32] FIGs. IA to 1C are schematic views showing a configuration of a high-functional meridian massage device according to the present invention, wherein FIG. IA is a top plan view of the massage device, FIG. IB is a front view thereof, and FIG.1C is a left side view thereof. More specifically, the coupled structure among a central cylinder part 100, a driving part 200, a manually operated valve part 300, a high-functional rotating part 400 and an air bag part 500 except a precise movement type acupressure rod- assembling box part 600 (which is shown in FIG.15) is schematically shown.

[33] The central cylinder part 100 includes an eccentric cam 110, a central piston 120 and a central cylinder 130, and their coupling relation is as follows.

[34] The central cylinder 130 having the central piston 120 mounted at the inside thereof has a base block 140 mounted along the top end periphery thereof in such a manner as to be coupled vertically to a main block 150 and a support block 160 correspondingly supporting the driving part 200 and the high-functional rotating part 400 which are mounted above the central cylinder 130.

[35] The central cylinder 130 has a first hole 131 formed at the center of the underside thereof, through which the compressed air is discharged. The rotating force of the eccentric cam 110 is transmitted to a press bar 170 connected to one side of the eccentric cam 110, and the central piston 120 coupled to the lower portion of the press bar 170 is moved upwardly and downwardly at the inside of the central cylinder 130. In this case, an upper one side of the central piston 120 is connected with one side of a geared motor 210 by means of a returning spring 180, such that the downwardly moved central piston 120 can be moved upwardly more rapidly.

[36] The main block 150 is coupled at one side thereof to the geared motor 210 to which a speed reducer is assembled, and the eccentric cam 110 is rotated with the power of the geared motor 210.

[37] The manually operated valve part 300 is mounted at the side periphery of the central cylinder part 100 so as to supply the air flowing in and out from the first hole 131 of the central cylinder part 100 to a first air bag 510 or the high-functional rotating part

400. More specifically, the manually operated valve part 300 has a cylindrical shape and includes a second hole 310 formed at one side periphery thereof in such a manner as to be connected to the first hole 131 of the central cylinder part 100 through a hose; a first disc cam 320 adapted to be rotated manually; at least one or more first cylinders

330 disposed under the first disc cam 320 and adapted to be selectively opened and closed by the rotation of the first disc cam 320 to pneumatically communicate with the second hole 310; and a handle 340 disposed on the top side of the first disc cam 320 so as to manually rotate the first disc cam 320. Each of the first cylinders 330 has a first cylinder hole 331 adapted to allow air to flow into or out from the high-functional rotating part 400 or the first air bag 510.

[38] For example, if the first air bag 510 is used to massage the user's hands and feet, eight air pockets 521 are needed such that the backs and palms of the user's hands and the backs and soles of the user's feet are effectively massaged. If the first air bag 510 connected to one first cylinder hole 331 of the manually operated valve part 300 has two air pockets 521, the four first cylinder holes 331 are needed to supply and collect air to and from the first air bag 510, and one first cylinder hole 331 is needed so as to supply air to the high-functional rotating part 400. Accordingly, five or more first cylinder holes 331 are needed.

[39] The high-functional rotating part 400 is fixedly coupled to one side of the support block 160 above the central cylinder part 100 and serves to supply the air flowing in and out through the first cylinder hole 331 of the manually operated valve part 300 to the second air bag 520 or the precise movement type acupressure rod-assembling box part 600. The high-functional rotating part 400 includes a third hole 410 formed at one side periphery thereof in such a manner as to be connected to the first cylinder hole

331 of the manually operated valve part 300 through a hose; a second disc cam 420 adapted to be rotated by the rotating force of the eccentric cam 110; at least one or more second cylinders 430 disposed under the second disc cam 420; and a second cylinder hole 431 adapted to supply and collect air to and from the second air bag 520 or the precise movement type acupressure rod-assembling box part 600.

[40] The high-functional rotating part 400 rotates about a disc cam shaft 440 by means of a plurality of gears 450 transmitting the rotating force of the eccentric cam 110 of the central cylinder part 100 thereto. More specifically, the rotating force of the eccentric cam 110 is sent to a first driven gear 452 rotatably engaging with a driving gear 451 disposed at one side of the eccentric cam 110, and next, the rotating force is sent to a second driven gear 454 rotatably engaging with an external saw-toothed gear 453 rotating about the same shaft as that of the first driven gear 452. When the second disc cam 420 rotating about the same shaft as that of the second driven gear 454 is rotated, the second cylinders 430 are opened and closed one by one to supply and collect the air

pressure to and from the second air bag 520 or the precise movement type acupressure rod-assembling box part 600.

[41] As shown in FIGs. IA to 1C, the air bag part 500 includes: the firs air bag 510 having the air pockets 521 formed at the end of the hose coupled by means of a nipple to the first cylinder hole 331 of the manually operated valve part 300 and a belt 522 adapted to fix the air pockets 521 to the user's body region; and the second air bag 520 formed at the end of the hose coupled by means of a nipple to the second cylinder hole 431 of the high-functional rotating part 400.

[42] According to the high-functional meridian massage device of the present invention, the central piston 120 is reciprocatingly moved upwardly and downwardly by the rotation of the eccentric cam 110, and when the central piston 120 is moved downwardly, the air charged in the central cylinder 130 is forcedly supplied to the manually operated valve part 300. The air forcedly supplied to the manually operated valve part 300 is forcedly sent to the first air bag 510, thereby allowing the air pockets 521 to be expanded to pressurize the user's body regions on which the meridian points are located. Alternatively, the air is supplied to the high-functional rotating part 400 where the air is sent to the second air bag 200 or the precise movement type acupressure rod-assembling box part 600 having a plurality of pressure bars mounted therein, thereby pressurizing the user's body regions on which the meridian points are located.

[43] On the other hand, when the eccentric cam 110 is continuously rotated to move the central piston 120 upwardly, the supplied air is collected to the central cylinder 130, thereby releasing the pressurizing force against the user's body regions. The repetition of the above-mentioned operations enables the user's body regions where the meridian points are located to be continuously massaged.

[44] FIG.2 is a schematic view showing an operating structure of the eccentric cam among the parts of the high-functional meridian massage device according to the present invention.

[45] As shown, when a portion of the eccentric cam 110 having a center angle of 0° which is the shortest radius of the eccentric cam 110 comes into contact with the top surface of the press bar 170, the central piston 120 is at a top dead center, such that since air is fully charged into the central cylinder 130, the eccentric cam 110 is rotated in an arrow direction and is moved to a portion in a range from the center angle of 0° to a 0 thereof, such that the radius of the eccentric cam 110 becomes large to downwardly move the press bar 170, thereby allowing the central piston 120 to be moved downwardly. When the central piston 120 is completely moved downwardly, the air charged in the central cylinder 130 is forcedly supplied to the air bag part 500 through the manually operated valve part 300 or the precise movement type acupressure rod-assembling box part 600

connected to the high-functional rotating part 400.

[46] On the other hand, when the portion of the eccentric cam 110 having the center angle of 0° comes into contact with the top surface of the press bar 170 before the eccentric cam 110 is rotated in the arrow direction, the central piston 120 is rapidly moved downwardly because the air charged in the central cylinder 130 is all supplied to the air bag part 500 or the precise movement type acupressure rod-assembling box part 600, but as the air is filled in the central cylinder 130, the resistive force of the air becomes high to need a relatively strong force in moving the central piston 120 downwardly. Accordingly, the central piston 120 should be slowly moved downwardly, and in this case, the radius of the eccentric cam 110 is enlarged by more than 10mm per a center angle of 10° in a range between the center angle of 0° and 30°, such that the central piston 120 is moved downwardly by more than 10mm upon the rotation of the eccentric cam 110 by the center angle of 10°. As the resistive force of the air is increased through the supply of air to the air bag part 500 or the precise movement type acupressure rod-assembling box part 600, the radius of the eccentric cam 110 is enlarged by up to 2mm per the center angle of 10°, thereby sufficiently using the force of a motor.

[47] Thereafter, the radius of the eccentric cam 110 in a range between the center angle of a 0 and c 0 is the largest portion, and while the largest radius portion of the eccentric cam 110 comes into contact with the top surface of the press bar 170 (for example, if rotation of one time needs 7 seconds, the time needed to make the radius portion of the eccentric cam 110 from the center angle of a 0 to c 0 come into contact with the top surface of the press bar 170 is about 3.5 seconds), the central piston 120 is stopped at a bottom dead center, such that the air charged in the central cylinder 130 is all supplied to the air bag part 500 or the precise movement type acupressure rod-assembling box part 600. On the other hand, when the eccentric cam 110 is continuously rotated to make the radius portion of the eccentric cam 110 from the center angle of c 0 to d 0 come into contact with the top surface of the press bar 170, the central piston 120 is rapidly moved upwardly by means of the returning spring 180, such that the air supplied to the air bag part 500 or the precise movement type acupressure rod- assembling box part 600 is collected to the central cylinder 130, thereby releasing the pressurizing force against the user's body regions. This finishes the massage operation of one time for the user's meridian points.

[48] FIGs.3A to 3C are schematic views showing the structure of a central cylinder among the parts of the high-functional meridian massage device according to the present invention, wherein FIG.3 A is a top plan view of the central cylinder, FIG.3B is a front view thereof, and FIG.3C is a right side view thereof. More specifically, the central cylinder 130 has taps 133 formed at the top sides thereof so as to be coupled to

the base block 140 and the first hole 131 formed at the center of the underside thereof, to and from which the air is supplied and collected, so as to be connected through the nipple to the hose connected to the manually operated valve part 300.

[49] FIGs.4A and 4B are schematic views showing the structure of a central piston among the parts of the high-functional meridian massage device according to the present invention, wherein FIG.4A is a top plan view of the central piston and FIG.4B is a front view thereof. More specifically, the central piston 120 has a protruding portion 121 formed on the top portion thereof and a hole a formed at the center of the protruding portion 121 so as to insert the press bar 170 thereinto. The protruding portion 121 are coupled at both sides thereof to one side of the driving part 200 by means of the returning spring 180, such that the central piston 120 moved downwardly in the central cylinder 130 is moved upwardly to the top dead center thereof by means of the elasticity of the returning spring 180.

[50] FIGs.5A and 5B are schematic views showing the structure of the eccentric cam with a driving gear coupled thereto among the parts of the high-functional meridian massage device according to the present invention, wherein FIG.5A is a top plan view of the eccentric cam and FIG.5B is a front view thereof. A symbol r denotes the radius of the eccentric cam 110. More specifically, when the eccentric cam 110 having the driving gear 451 mounted at one side thereof is rotated insertedly into a speed reducer shaft of the motor 210, the press bar 170 coupled to one side of the eccentric cam 110 is moved to allow the central piston 120 to be moved upwardly and downwardly. As the driving gear 451 is integrally rotated with the eccentric cam 110, the driven gear 452 is rotated such that the rotating force of the driven gear 452 is sent to the second disc cam 420 of the high-functional rotating part 400.

[51] FIGs.6A and 6B are schematic views showing the structure of a base block located on top of the central cylinder among the parts of the high-functional meridian massage device according to the present invention, wherein FIG.6 A is a top plan view of the base block and FIG.6B is a front view thereof. More specifically, the base block 140 has a rectangular shape and includes a first hole 141 formed at the center thereof so as to insertedly pass the press bar 170 therethrough, a plurality of second holes 142 and

143 formed at the left and right sides of the first hole 141 so as to be coupled vertically to the main block 150 and the support block 160 thereto, and a plurality of third holes

144 formed at the left and right ends thereof so as to be coupled to the taps 133 of the central cylinder 130 by means of bearing blocks 134.

[52] FIGs.7 A and 7B are schematic views showing the structure of a main block fixed vertically to the top surface of the base block among the parts of the high-functional meridian massage device according to the present invention, wherein FIG.7A is a top plan view of the main block and FIG.7B is a front view thereof. More specifically, the

main block 150 includes a third hole 151 formed at one side thereof so as to be coupled to the geared motor 210 and a plurality of fourth holes 152 formed at the corners thereof so as to supportedly fix the geared motor 210 to the main block 150.

[53] FIGs.8A and 8B are schematic views showing the structure of a press bar to which a needle bearing is adopted among the parts of the high-functional meridian massage device according to the present invention, wherein FIG.8 A is a top plan view of the press bar and FIG.8B is a front view thereof. More specifically, the top end of the press bar 17 coming into contact with the curved surface of the eccentric cam 110 is made as shown in FIG.2, and another press bar 171b to which a needle bearing is assembled is made as shown in FIGs.8A and 8B. On the other hand, the lower end of the press bar 170 is passed through the first hole 141 of the base block 140 and is inserted into the hole a formed on the protruding portion 121 of the central piston 120.

[54] FIGs.9 A and 9B are schematic views showing one structure of a high-functional rotating part among the parts of the high-functional meridian massage device according to the present invention, wherein FIG.9A is a top plan view of the high- functional rotating part and FIG.4B is a front view thereof. The high-functional rotating part 400, which is fixedly coupled longitudinally to one side of the support block 160, includes the third hole 410 formed at one side periphery thereof in such a manner as to be connected to the first cylinder hole 331 of the manually operated valve part 300 through the hose; the second disc cam 420 adapted to be rotated by the rotating force of the eccentric cam 110 through the plurality of gears 450 engaging with one another; and at least one or more second cylinders 430 disposed under the second disc cam 420 and adapted to be selectively opened and closed by the rotation of the second disc cam 420 in such a manner as to pneumatically communicate with the air in the third hole 410. The third hole 410 is connected to the first cylinder hole 331 of the manually operated valve part 300 by means of the hose, thereby serving as an air-moving passageway, and the hose is coupled by means of a nipple.

[55] The second disc cam 420 has a concave groove 423 formed at one side periphery thereof and rotates about the second disc cam shaft 440. The second disc cam 420 is rotated by receiving the rotating forces of the first driven gear 452 rotatably engaging with the driving gear 451 disposed at one side of the eccentric cam 110, the external saw-toothed gear 453 rotating about the same shaft as that of the first driven gear 452, and the second driven gear 454 rotatably engaging with the external saw-toothed gear 453.

[56] The second cylinders 430 are located under the second disc cam 420 along the outer periphery of the second disc cam 420. Typically, eight to ten second cylinders are provided, and of course, more than the ten second cylinders may be provided. Each of the second cylinders 430 has a valve piston 433 mounted at the inside thereof, the

valve piston 433 having a second spring 435 and an air vent 434 formed thereon.

[57] When the second disc cam 420 is rotated, thus, the concave groove 423 formed at one side periphery of the second disc cam 420 is rotated such that the valve piston 433 of the second cylinder 430 disposed below the concave groove 423 is moved upwardly toward the concave groove 423 by the elastic force of the second spring 435. Thus, when the air vent 434 formed on the top portion of the valve piston 433 is exposed, the second cylinder hole 431 is opened. Through the second cylinder hole 431 being at the opened state, the air is supplied to the second air bag 520 or the precise movement type acupressure rod-assembling box part 600.

[58] At this time, when the first driven gear 452 is rotated one time, the external saw- toothed gear 453 rotating about the same shaft as that of the first driven gear 452 is rotated one time, and the second driven gear 454 rotatably engaging with the external saw-toothed gear 453 is rotated, such that as the second disc cam 420 rotates about the shaft 440, the concave groove 423 is moved to another valve piston 433 having the air vent 434, which allows the second cylinder holes 431 to be sequentially opened. Accordingly, the rotation ratio between the driving gear 451 coupled to the eccentric cam 110 and the first driven gear 452 is adjusted, or the size of the rotation angle of the concave groove 423 formed on the second disc cam 420 is adjusted, such that the number of times and the order of massages through the second air bag 520 or the precise movement type acupressure rod-assembling box part 600 are adjustable. For example, if the rotation ratio between the driving gear 451 coupled to the eccentric cam 110 and the first driven gear 452 is 1:10, the eccentric cam 110 is rotated ten times, and the central piston 120 performs the upward and downward reciprocal movements ten times. The driving gear 451 coupled to the eccentric cam 110 is rotated ten times to rotate the first driven gear 452 one time, and when the first driven gear 452 is rotated one time, the external saw-toothed gear 453 rotating about the same shaft as that of the first driven gear 452 is rotated one time. Thus, the second driven gear 454 rotatably engaging with the external saw-toothed gear 453 rotates the second disc cam 420. At this time, since the second disc cam 420 is rotated by the center angle of one of the plurality of second cylinders 430 disposed under the second disc cam 420, the pressurizing operation through the opened second cylinder hole 431 is continuously performed ten times. Thereafter, the second disc cam 420 is continuously rotated, and the pressurizing operation through the second cylinder hole 431 opened next time is continuously performed ten times.

[59] FIGs.1OA and 1OB are schematic views showing another structure of the high- functional rotating part among the parts of the high-functional meridian massage device according to the present invention, wherein FIG.1OA is a top plan view of the high-functional rotating part and FIG.1OB is a front view thereof. More specifically,

the high-functional rotating part of FIG.9 further may include an auxiliary concave groove 424 formed at one side of the outer periphery of the second disc cam 420 and an auxiliary cylinder 480 disposed under the second disc cam 420. The air moving through the opening of the auxiliary cylinder 480 is supplied to an auxiliary air bag part 700.

[60] When the air is forcedly supplied to the air bag part 500 or the precise movement type acupressure rod-assembling box part 600 through the opening of the second cylinders 430 of the high-functional rotating part 400, an entire amount of air supplied is not housed in the precise movement type acupressure rod-assembling box part 600 because of the limit of the space thereinto. At this time, preferably, the auxiliary air bag part 700 is separately provided so as to house a predetermined amount of air thereinto and adjust the strength of the entire air pressure pressurizing the meridian points.

[61] The auxiliary air bag part 700 includes a box 730, an air bag unit 740 mounted at the inside of the box 730, a compression plate 720 adapted to adjust the volume of the box 730, and an adjusting rod 710 adapted to adjust the height of the compression plate 720. More specifically, the air bag unit 740 is inserted into the box 730 into which the compression plate 720 is mounted, and next, the height of the compression plate 720 is adjusted. Thereafter, when the compression plate 720 is moved downwardly, the volume of the box 730 is reduced. Thus, the predetermined amount of air supplied from the central cylinder 130 is more compressed and expanded, such that the air pressure pressurizing the meridian points becomes strong. However, when the compression plate 720 is moved upwardly, the volume of the box 730 is increased. Thus, the air supplied from the central cylinder 130 is much more housed in the box 730, such that the air pressure pressurizing the meridian points becomes weak.

[62] FIG.11 is a view showing a cap for the high-functional rotating part in FIGs.9 and

10. More specifically, the high-functional rotating part 400 desirably includes a cap 460 formed of an O-ring coupled by means of screws thereto so as to prevent the compressed air supplied from the manually operated valve part 300 from being leaked to the outside.

[63] FIGs.12A and 12B are schematic views showing the structure of a second disc cam of the high-functional rotating part in the high-functional meridian massage device according to the present invention, wherein FIG.12A is a top plan view of the second disc cam and FIG.12B is a front view thereof. A symbol a denotes the position of the concave groove 423, symbols b and c denote the inclined surfaces of the concave groove 423, and a symbol f denotes the position of the auxiliary concave groove 424. As shown in FIGs.9 A and 9B, as the second disc cam 420 of the high-functional rotating part 400 is rotated, the valve piston 433 of the second cylinder 430 disposed

below the second disc cam 420 is moved upwardly at the position a of the concave groove 423, and the second cylinder 430 is opened through the air vent 434 formed on the top portion of the valve piston 433. However, when the second disc cam 420 is rotated to a position where the concave groove 423 does not exist, the second cylinder 430 is closed. On the other hand, as shown in FIGs.1OA and 1OB, the auxiliary concave groove 424 is formed to the length of the position f on the other side of the second disc cam 420, and the air is supplied to the auxiliary air bag part 700 through the opening of the auxiliary cylinder 480.

[64] FIGs.13A and 13B are schematic views showing the structure of a valve piston 433 among the parts of the high-functional rotating part in the high-functional meridian massage device according to the present invention, wherein FIG.13A is a top plan view of the valve piston and FIG.13B is a front view thereof. The valve piston 433 is disposed below the second disc cam 420 and is moved upwardly and downwardly at the inside of the second cylinder 430. The valve piston 433 includes a head portion e formed at the top end thereof so as to come into contact with the second disc cam 420 according to the rotation of the second disc cam 420 and the air vent 434 formed at the lower side of the head portion e in such a manner as to be exposed when the valve piston 433 is moved upwardly at the position of the concave groove 423 of the second disc cam 420. So as to discharge the air to the second cylinder hole 431 through the air vent 434, on the other hand, the valve piston 433 has a hollow inside portion from the air vent 434 to the lower portion thereof.

[65] FIGs.14A and 14B are schematic views showing the structure of a manually operated valve part among the parts of the high-functional meridian massage device according to the present invention, wherein FIG.14A is a top plan view of the manually operated valve part and FIG.14B is a front view thereof.

[66] The manually operated valve part 300 is mounted at the side periphery of the central cylinder part 100 so as to supply the air flowing in and out from the central cylinder part 100 to the first air bag 510 or the high-functional rotating part 400. More specifically, the manually operated valve part 300 includes the second hole 310 formed at one side periphery thereof in such a manner as to be connected to the first hole 131 of the central cylinder part 100 through the hose; the first disc cam 320 adapted to be rotated manually; the at least one or more first cylinders 330 disposed under the first disc cam 320 and adapted to be selectively opened and closed by the rotation of the first disc cam 320 in such a manner as to pneumatically communicate with the second hole 310; and the handle 340 disposed on the top side of the first disc cam 320 so as to manually rotate the first disc cam 320.

[67] Basically, the operating principle of the manually operated valve part 300 is similar to that of the high-functional rotating part 400 as mentioned in FIGS.9A and 9B. The

second disc cam 420 of the high-functional rotating part 400 receives the rotating force through the plurality of gears 450 transmitting the rotating force of the eccentric cam 110 and is automatically rotated. However, the first disc cam 320 of the manually operated valve part 300 is rotated in the manually operated manner by the manipulation of the handle 340 and the opening of the first cylinders 330 is selected.

[68] More specifically, the second hole 310 is connected to the first hole 131 of the central cylinder part 100 by means of the hose, thereby serving as an air- moving passageway, and the hose is coupled by means of a nipple.

[69] The first disc cam 320 has a concave groove 321 formed at one side periphery thereof and rotates about the first disc cam shaft 350.

[70] The first cylinders 330 are located under the first disc cam 320 along the outer periphery of the first disc cam 320. Generally, four to six first cylinders are provided, and of course, the number of the first cylinders may be adjusted if necessary. Each of the first cylinders 330 has a valve piston 333 mounted at the inside thereof, the valve piston 333 having a first spring 335 and an air vent 334 formed thereon.

[71] The top portion of the first disc cam 320 is covered by a cap 360 for the manually operated valve part 300, and the handle 340 is mounted on the top portion of the cap

360 to rotate the first disc cam 320. The cap 360 has a plurality of indicating marks

361 formed on the top surface thereof in such a manner as to correspond to the positions of the first cylinders 330, and the handle 340 has an arrow mark 341 formed at the corresponding position to the concave groove 321 of the first disc cam 320. When the handle 340 is turned in the manually operated manner to place the arrow mark 341 to correspond to one of the indicating marks 361, the valve piston 333 in the first cylinder 330 corresponding to the indicating mark 361 toward which the arrow mark 341 is placed is moved upwardly from the first cylinder 330 toward the concave groove 321 by means of the elastic force of the first spring 335, thereby opening the air vent 434.

[72] Some of the first cylinders 330 are connected to the third hole 410 of the high- functional rotating part 400, and the others are connected to the first air bag 510. Therefore, the handle 340 is turned, and as the first disc cam 320 is rotated, the air is supplied selectively to the third hole 410 or the first air bag 510.

[73] FIG.15 is a schematic view showing one example where the high-functional meridian massage device according to the present invention is adopted for body massage. More specifically, the air supplied through the opening of the second cylinder holes 431 of the high-functional rotating part 400 is forcedly supplied to the second air bag 520 and the precise movement type acupressure rod-assembling box part 600 through the hose, thereby performing body massage.

[74] Referring first to the meridian massage through the second air bag 520, the flat air

pockets 521 from which air is discharged are attached on the user's hands and feet or his or her body regions where the meridian points are located, and next, the air pockets 521 are tied by the belts 522. Thereafter, when the compressed air in the central cylinder 130 is supplied to the second air bag 520 by the downward movement of the central piston 120, the user's body regions where the meridian points are located are compressed by the expansion of the air pockets 521. When the compressed air is collected to the central cylinder 130 by the upward movement of the central piston 120, the compressing force is released by the contraction of the air pockets 521. The above-mentioned operations are repeatedly carried out, thereby performing the massage operation for the user's hands, feet, arms and legs on which the meridian points are located. In this case, a pressure pad or acupressure rod having a protruding portion formed thereon may be first attached on the meridian points of the body regions, and next, the air pockets 521 are placed on the pressure pad or the acupressure rod and are fixed by means of the belt 522, which more effectively improves the massage effects for the meridian points of the body regions.

[75] Referring next to the meridian massage through the precise movement type acupressure rod-assembling box part 600, the precise movement type acupressure rod- assembling box part 600 includes a box 610 having a passageway through which a portion of a body is insertedly passed, at least one or more air cylinders 630 coupled to acupressure rod- attaching plates 620 mounted inside the box 610 in such a manner as to collect the air pressure through the second cylinders 430 and the hoses; an assembled piston 640 adapted to be reciprocatingly moved upwardly and downwardly at the inside of each air cylinder 630, and an acupressure rod 650 coupled to the lower portion of the assembled piston 640.

[76] More specifically, a portion of the user's body is inserted into the precise movement type acupressure rod-assembling box part 600, and when the air supplied from the opened second cylinder hole 321 is forcedly sent to the air cylinder 630 of the precise movement type acupressure rod-assembling box part 600 through the hose, the assembled piston 640 is moved downwardly by the air pressure generated in the air cylinder 630, such that the acupressure rod 650 compresses the meridian points of the body regions. The assembled piston 640 is reciprocatingly moved upwardly and downwardly according to the supply and collection of air, thereby continuously performing the meridian massage operation.

[77] FIG.16 is a schematic view showing another example where the high-functional meridian massage device according to the present invention is adopted for body massage. More specifically, in the same manner as shown in FIG.15, the air supplied through the opening of the second cylinder holes 431 of the high-functional rotating part 400 is forcedly supplied to the second air bag 520 and the precise movement type

acupressure rod-assembling box part 600 through the hose, thereby performing the massage operation for the entire body. If necessary, however, the air is supplied only to the second air bag 520, without having the precise movement type acupressure rod- assembling box part 600, thereby performing the body massage operation. This is applicable when the area in which the precise movement type acupressure rod- assembling box part 600 is installed is relatively small or when it is difficult to use the precise movement type acupressure rod-assembling box part 600.

[78] FIGs.17A and 17B are schematic views showing the structure of a precise movement type acupressure rod-assembling box part among the parts of the high-functional meridian massage device according to the present invention, wherein FIG.17A is a top plan view of the assembling box part with acupressure rod-attaching plates and FIG.17B is a front sectional view thereof.

[79] More specifically, the acupressure rod-attaching plates 620 are mounted at the inside of the precise movement type acupressure rod-assembling box part 600, and the plurality of air cylinders 630 each having an air cylinder hole 631 are assembled on the underside of each acupressure rod-attaching plate 620 by means of bolts 660. The assembled piston 640 is mounted at the inside of each air cylinder 630 in such a manner as to be reciprocatingly moved upwardly and downwardly at the inside of the air cylinder by the air pressure supplied from the air cylinder hole 631, and the acupressure rod 650 is coupled to the lower portion of the assembled piston 640.

[80] On the other hand, each of the acupressure rod-attaching plates 620 has a guide slot

622 formed thereon so as to freely adjust the positions of the air cylinders 630, and the bolts 660 to which the air cylinders 630 are fastened are moved along the guide slot 622 to another position. Alternatively, a vertical movement guide 624 is formed at the both sides of the box 610, and after the acupressure rod-assembling plates 620 are fit to the vertical movement guide 624, the acupressure rod-assembling plates 620 are pushed or pulled to move another position. Further, the height of the air cylinder 630 is precisely adjustable in such a manner as to unfasten or fasten nuts 670 from or to the bolts 660. Accordingly, the precise movement type acupressure rod- assembling box part 600 serves to pressurize accurate positions of the meridian points of the user's body region with an appropriate pressure, thereby effectively performing the meridian massage operation.

[81] FIG.18 is a schematic view showing the structure of an air cylinder in the precise movement type acupressure rod-assembling box in the high-functional meridian massage device according to the present invention.

[82] The plurality of air cylinders 630 each having the air cylinder hole 631 are assembled on the underside of each acupressure rod-attaching plate 620 by means of the bolts 660, and the assembled piston 640 is mounted at the inside of each air cylinder 630 in

such a manner as to be reciprocatingly moved upwardly and downwardly at the inside thereof by the air pressure supplied from the air cylinder hole 631. The acupressure rod 650 is coupled to the lower portion of the assembled piston 640. More specifically, the bolt 660 is assembled to the central top side of each air cylinder 630, and two nuts 670 is fastened to the bolt 660. The assembled piston 640 having the acupressure rod 650 mounted on the lower portion thereof is inserted into the air cylinder 630.

[83] The air cylinder 630 is fixed to the acupressure rod-attaching plate 620 by means of the fastening of the nuts 670 to the bolt 660, and when the air pressure supplied through the air cylinder hole 631 formed at one side of the upper portion of the air cylinder 630 pressurizes the assembled piston 640, the air pressure is sent to the acupressure rod 650 such that the acupressure rod 650 pressurizes the meridian points of the user's body. Thereafter, when the supplied air is collected, the pressurizing force disappears, and as the above-mentioned operations are repeatedly performed, the massage effects can be persistently obtained.

[84] Now, an operation process of the high-functional meridian massage device according to the present invention will be explained hereinafter.

[85] When the eccentric cam 110 is rotated by the power generated from the geared motor

210 and reaches a position of the largest radius, the press bar 170 connected to one side of the eccentric cam 110 is pressurized to allow the central piston 120 to be moved downwardly from the central cylinder 130. The air charged in the central cylinder 130 is compressed by the downward movement of the central piston 120, and the compressed air is discharged through the first hole 131 formed at one side of the central cylinder 130 and is supplied to the second hole 310 formed at one side of the manually operated valve part 300. The manually operated valve part 300 has the first disc cam 320 having the concave groove 321 formed at one side thereof, and the first cylinder 330 to be opened is located under the concave groove 321 by the manipulation of the handle 340. Next, the first cylinder 330 is opened, and then, the supplied air is sent to the first air bag 510 or the third hole 410 of the high-functional rotating part 400. The high-functional rotating part 400 has the second disc cam 420 having the concave groove 423 formed at one side thereof, and the second disc cam 420 is automatically rotated by the rotating force of the eccentric cam 110 to allow the second cylinder 430 located under the concave groove 423 to be opened. The air is sent through the opened second cylinder 430 to the second air bag 520 or the precise movement type acupressure rod-assembling box part 600, thereby pressurizing the meridian points of the user's body region to be massaged.

[86] On the other hand, when the eccentric cam 110 is continuously rotated by the power generated from the geared motor 210 and reaches a position of the smallest radius, the press bar 170 connected to one side of the eccentric cam 110 is elevated to allow the

central piston 120 to be moved upwardly from the central cylinder 130. The air charged in the central cylinder 130 is expanded by the upward movement of the central piston 120, and the air supplied to the air bag part 500 or the precise movement type acupressure rod-assembling box part 600 is collected to the interior of the central cylinder 130, thereby releasing the meridian massage operation through the air bag part 500 or the precise movement type acupressure rod-assembling box part 600.

[87] Accordingly, when the eccentric cam 110 is rotated one time, the meridian point- pressurizing operation is performed one time through the air bag part 500 or the precise movement type acupressure rod-assembling box part 600. As the eccentric cam 110 is continuously rotated, the meridian massage operation can be performed.

[88] Moreover, the handle 340 of the manually operated valve part 300 is turned to selectively open the first cylinder 330 located under the concave groove 321 of the first disc cam 320 in such a manner as to be connected to the high-functional rotating part 400 or the firs air bag 510, thereby selectively sending the air charged in the first cylinder 330. That is, after the massage operation is sufficiently performed on a predetermined body region, the handle 340 of the manually operated valve part 300 is rotated to supply or collect the air to or from the first air bag 510 connected to another first cylinder 330, thereby performing the massage operation thereon. Next, when the handle 340 is rotated to supply or collect the air to or from the high-functional rotating part 400 connected to another first cylinder 330, the massage operation can be performed through the second air bag 520 or the precise movement type acupressure rod-assembling box part 600 connected to the high-functional rotating part 400.

[89] Also, the high-functional rotating part 400 adjusts the rotation ratio between the driving gear 451 coupled to the eccentric cam 110 and the first driven gear 452 or adjusts the size of the rotation angle of one time of the concave groove 423 formed on the second disc cam 420, such that the number of times and the order of massages through the second air bag 520 or the precise movement type acupressure rod- assembling box part 600 are adjusted.

[90] While the present invention has been described with reference to the particular illustrative embodiments, it is not to be restricted by the embodiments but only by the appended claims. It is to be appreciated that those skilled in the art can change or modify the embodiments without departing from the scope and spirit of the present invention.