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Title:
A MASSAGE DEVICE
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/1999/065445
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The invention relates to a massage device, comprising: a box container in which a vibrator assembly is arranged; a rest surface afforded on a front of the box container; a support, elastically deformable, solidly constrained to the box container, which support is for fixing to an external support, arranged at a position and a height of a lower back region of a user, in such a way that the rest surface is contiguous to the lower back region of the user. The external support can preferably be constituted by an open lid of a toilet seat assembly.

Inventors:
Gressani, Franco (Via Cividale, 469/A Udine, I-33100, IT)
Gressani, Andrea (Via Cividale, 469/A Udine, I-33100, IT)
Application Number:
PCT/IT1999/000177
Publication Date:
December 23, 1999
Filing Date:
June 17, 1999
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
Gressani, Franco (Via Cividale, 469/A Udine, I-33100, IT)
Gressani, Andrea (Via Cividale, 469/A Udine, I-33100, IT)
International Classes:
A47K13/24; A61H23/02; (IPC1-7): A61H23/02; A47K13/24
Foreign References:
DE9215274U1
DE29508031U1
GB2236678A
DE9311557U1
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Villanova, Massimo (Bugnion S.p.A. Via Emilia Est, 25 Modena, I-41100, IT)
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Claims:
Claims.
1. A massage device, comprising: a box container in which a vibrator assembly is housed; a rest surface afforded on a front side of the box container; a support solidly constrained to the box container for fixing the box container to an external support, the external support being arranged at a height and location corresponding to a back of a user, such that the rest surface is contiguous to a lower back region of the user.
2. The device of claim 1, wherein the vibrator assembly generates periodic oscillations onto the rest surface in directions which are perpendicular with respect to a longitudinal axis of the rest surface.
3. The device of claim 2, wherein the support is elastically deformable at least in a perpendicular direction with respect to the longitudinal axis of the rest surface.
4. The device of claim 3, wherein the support comprises a Ushaped metal plate.
5. The device of claim 1, wherein the external support is constituted by an open lid of a toilet seat.
6. The device of claim 1, wherein the rest surface has a wellrounded substantially semicylindrical convex curvature having a longitudinal axis which is arranged substantially horizontally and which has a range of curvature measuring at least 60 millimetres.
7. The device of claim 6, wherein a plan projection of the rest surface is substantially rectangular and measures at least 60 millimetres in height and 110 millimetres in width.
8. The device of claim 1, wherein the vibrator assembly comprises an electric motor which sets a cam weight in rotation at a rotation speed of at least 2000 rpm, a rotation axis of the electric motor being arranged horizontally and the electric motor rotating in an anticlockwise direction with reference to a right side of a user's body when seated.
9. The device of claim 8, wherein the electric motor is powered by a battery housed in the box container.
10. A cover for toilet seats, comprising the massage device of claim 1.
11. A seat for toilet pedestals, comprising the massage device of claim 1.
Description:
Description A Massage Device

Technical Field The invention relates to a massage device for creating stimulating localise vibrations on a small part of the human body in order to obtain therapeutic effects to reduce or treat problems of constipation or the like.

Background Art Constipation is typically treated by numerous drugs, herbal teas, diets or the like which sufferers can take. Also known are special medically-advised gymnastics exercises which if followed with constancy, can contribute to relieving the problem. However, not all sufferers who refuse pharmaceutical drugs as treatment are in a position or desire to follow gymnastics exercises as advised.

It has been observed that by massaging the lower back area of the sufferer while he or she sitting on a toilet pedestal, before voiding, a lazy intestine can be stimulated. Repeated experiments have enabled experts to establish that the frequency of vibration needed to induce the desired effect varies between 2000 and 3000 Hz.

The amplitude of vibration is in the order of 1-3 millimetres. Frequency amplitude can however, for reasons of simplicity, be fixed since it has been observed that the effect on the sufferer changes only by a small amount with a variation in the above-mentioned physical characteristics of the vibration.

The main aim of the present invention is therefore to provide a device able delicately to massage, on command, the lower region of the back of a sufferer, who is preferably sitting on the toilet pedestal.

A further aim of the invention is to provide a compact device which can be easily

installed even on existing toilet pedestals.

A still further aim is to provide a device which can be fixed directly on the lid of a toilet seat, reliably, without the need to make holes or other fixture arrangements.

A yet further aim is to provide an economical device to make and use which however does not limit the use of the toilet bowl to which it is applied to the sufferers afflicted by the indicated pathology, but which can be equally used by healthy subjects i. e. subjects not suffering from constipation, without compromising in any way the functionality of the toilet pedestal.

Disclosure of Invention These and other aims besides are all achieved by a massage device as it is described in the appended claims.

Further characteristics and advantages of the present invention will better emerge from the detailed description that follows of a preferred embodiment, illustrated purely by way of non-limiting example, in the accompanying figures of the drawings, in which: figure 1 is a schematic view of a toilet pedestal with the device of the present invention applied to the lid of the toilet bowl; figure 2 is a perspective view of the massage device; Figure 3 shows a further perspective view of the device; Figure 4 shows a perspective view of the device with some parts removed in order better to evidence others; Figure 5 is a transversal section made through the massage device in order to show the location and arrangement of the motor and the cam.

With special reference to figure 2,1 denotes in its entirety the massage device of the present invention.

The device 1 substantially comprises:

a box container 2 in which a vibrator assembly 3 is arranged; a rest surface 7 afforded on a front side of the box container 2; a support 4 solidly constrained to the box container 2 for fixing the container 2 to a lid 5 of a toilet seat 6 in such a way that the rest surface 7 is located at a position corresponding to the lower back region of a user.

The vibrator assembly 3 comprises an electric motor 9 which a cam weight 10 in rotation. The motor 9 is electrically connected by cables 11 to a battery 12 and to a switch 13 which can be activated by pressing on an elastic diaphragm 13 which renders the inside of the container 2 waterproof.

The container 2 further comprises a chamber 15, closed by a casing 16, in which the battery 12 is housed. The casing has a seal (not illustrated) around its external edge which prevents infiltration of water.

A support 4 is physically connected to the container; the support 4 is for fixing the container to a fixed external support such as, for example, a lid 5 of a toilet seat.

The support consists of a metal plate bent into a U-shape so as to make it elastically deformable at least in a perpendicular direction to the longitudinal axis A of the rest surface. The plate is made solid to the open lid by means of a clamp, but a constraint could be achieved using screws, glues or the like.

In order to guarantee good functioning of the device 1, the lid 5 to which it is fixed must be rigid in order that it will not flex under the effect of the pressure exerted by the user who rests against the massage device.

The rest surface 7 exhibits a well rounded convex curvature, substantially semi- cylindrical, arranged more or less parallel to the longitudinal horizontal axis A.

Its range of curvature is about 70 millimetres while the flat projection of its surface measures about 70 millimetres high by 120 millimetres wide. These measurements give excellent results if combined with a rotation frequency of the

electric motor 9 of about 2500 rpm.

Following the above predominantly structural description, there follows a functional description of the invention.

The user, after sitting on the toilet bowl, presses the switch 13, pressing in effect the elastic diaphragm 14, in order to activate the motor 9. Vibration begins, caused by the rotation of the cam weight, the vibration developing substantially in a perpendicular direction to the motor rotation axis (the axis being parallel to the longitudinal axis A of the rest surface 7). The rotation direction of the motor is of some importance and best results are obtained by rotating in an anticlockwise direction, as indicated by the arrow B in figure 4.

The user will sit comfortably while resting his or her lower back area against the rest surface 7 of the massage device. In order to do this the user simply sits down, as the massage device 1 will already have been arranged at the desired height and distance.

If the distance of the rest surface 7 from the lower back of the user is excessive, the lid can the neared to the back by hand, rotating the lid about its support pivots (not illustrated).

During vibration, the rotating mass induces small oscillating movements on the rest surface 7 pressed against the skin of the user, thus transmitting the massaging vibration to the user's organs.

The rest surface 7 is of a size which is calculated to intervene exclusively and deeply on the region of the body to be massaged, so as not uselessly to disperse the stimulating action on surrounding areas of the body which, even if massaged, do not contribute to solving or alleviating the indicated pathology.

The U-shaped elastic support particularly simplifies the use of the device as it keeps the surface constantly in contact with the skin and also keeps constant the force with which the user rests against the surface. This renders the device

extremely easy to use and also requires no further intervention on the part of the user.

The removable mounting described herein can however be substituted by other similar mountings, such as, for example, a specially conformed casing which can internally contain the whole device of the present invention. Such a casing, totally containing the massage device 1, could also be more pleasant from the aesthetic point of view and could simplify cleaning operations of the device.

The device could also be fixed to a different support from the lid 5, such as for example the seat of the toilet pedestal, the hand of the user, a belt worn by the user, an arm fixed to the wall, the floor, or the water closet of the toilet; the arm could also be mobile between two extreme positions, respectively a first rest position, in which the device is at a certain distance from the back of the user and a second position, a functioning position, in which the surface rests against the lower back of the user.

It will also be possible to fit regulation devices to enable a variation in the arrangement of the massage device with respect to the seat of the toilet pedestal in order to adjust for different users of different sizes, even where there is a considerable difference, such as for example between a child and a large adult.