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AT506689A4
AT506689A4 AT9982008A AT9982008A AT506689A4 AT 506689 A4 AT506689 A4 AT 506689A4 AT 9982008 A AT9982008 A AT 9982008A AT 9982008 A AT9982008 A AT 9982008A AT 506689 A4 AT506689 A4 AT 506689A4
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Franz Dr Gerstenbrand
Stefan Dipl Ing Dr Golaszewski
Eugen Dr Techn Gallasch
Alex Ing Chiari
Walter Ing Wimmer
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Description

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The invention relates to a soles massaging device with a shoe sole part, are arranged in the up and down movable massage parts in the operation, to the drive an eccentric device is provided with an electric motor.

Four different types of skin mechanoreceptors are known, the Merkel, Meissner, Ruffini and Vater Pacini Receptors. By mechanical "vibration" the soles of the foot with tactile (<10 Hz) stimuli are mainly the Merkel and Ruffini receptors, with vibrotactile (10-50 Hz) stimuli especially the Meissner receptors and with vibratilen (50-300 Hz) stimuli the father Stimulated Pacini receptors. For larger vibration amplitudes (> 1 mm), the proprioceptors are also excited over the entire frequency range up to about 300 Hz. The mechanoreceptor ("epicritic input") signals are routed via afferent (brain leading) neural pathways to the brain stem, cerebellum and sensorimotor cortex, which is the top processing level of the epicritic input. In mechanical solute vibration simulations in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which can image active brain centers, it has been shown that the proprioceptive and epicritic input generated by the vibration is cortical and cerebral in the brain subcortical (brain stem and cerebellum) centers is processed. The results of these tests leave no doubt that the vibration on the sole of the foot includes all the fundamental centers of the postural system, such as primary motor, premotor, supplementary motor, proprioceptive, epicritic and vestibular centers of the cerebral cortex, subcortical centers of the basal ganglia and thalamus, and centers of the cerebellum , can excite.

In addition to the centers of the postural system, fundamental centers of alertness and alertness could be identified among the active brain centers in foot vibration in the fMRI, indicating that foot vibration not only activates the brain centers for human upright posture but also simultaneously It also stimulates wakefulness and attention control centers through strong proprioceptive and epicritic input. Mechanical - 2 -

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Vibration on the sole of the foot can therefore be a strong stimulus or a strong stimulation for the brain centers of the postural system as well as the wakefulness and attention system of humans.

In the studies discussed above, simple massage sticks were used to induce a mechanical "vibration" on the soles of subjects. It would be desirable here to have a device with which a simple control just at the sensitive parts of the sole of the foot, a corresponding vibration massage can be brought about so as to stimulate the postural system and the alertness and attention. According to the latest scientific findings with vibration on the sole of the foot, the vibrating massage can be expected to provide improved motor performance and improved performance of the entire human balance and coordination system. The facility should therefore be able to be used as an accompanying training for athletes or in neurological diseases with damage to the postural system, such as in trauma, stroke or Parkinson's patients. Even in degenerative developments of the postural system by non-use, such as the Bedrest syndrome or the spacecraft disease, the massager should be used as a prophylaxis of system degeneration by the brain simulates a kind of proprioceptive and epicritic input. In addition, neurorehabilitation can benefit, above all, by promoting the level of alertness and attentiveness in severely and severely brain-damaged patients, since each therapy can only bring therapeutic benefits from a certain level of alertness or above a certain level of attention-getting services. In patients with a spinal column syndrome, it is essential to continue to stimulate the remaining spinal cord, and in turn, vibration is a key stimulus that could ideally be achieved with a vibrating shoe.

From JP 2002-325819 A, a shoe is provided with an arrangement of rams which are driven by a drive plate, which in turn is driven back and forth by a motor. On the drive plate sit cams with an oblique upper side against which the plunger with their lower ends, so that they are when moving the drive plate back and forth - all at the same time - moved up and down. However, this known shoe is not very efficient and poorly suited for the stimulus or stimulation effect mentioned, apart from its mechanically unfavorable construction, in which return elements are required for moving back the plungers moving upwards with the plate and the cams. For the ram own plates are further arranged with guide openings in the shoe, below which the drive plate is located.

It is an object of the invention to provide a soles massaging device as mentioned at the outset, with the structurally simple way a highly effective and targeted stimulation of plantar areas to achieve the above-mentioned (sports) medical and other, for the well-being beneficial effects possible Moreover, the structure of the device should be as robust and easy to maintain as possible. In addition, various effects can be brought about by appropriate control further.

To solve this problem, the invention provides a soles massaging device as defined in claim 1. Advantageous embodiments and further developments are specified in the dependent claims.

In the present embodiment of the soles massaging device there is a modular eccentric assembly having an eccentric or crankshaft driven by the electric motor for reciprocating the massage parts up and down in a piston-like manner with the massage parts in an OT (top dead center) position over the top protrude the upper part of the shoe upper, in its ÜT (Untertotpunkt) position, however, maximum in a plane with the top of the shoe sole part present. The eccentric assembly is elongate, wherein at one end of the electric motor is arranged, from which the eccentric shaft extends away.

The eccentric assembly may have its own housing in which the eccentric shaft, which extends away from the motor, is rotatably mounted. Such an eccentric assembly is provided with its - 4 - - 4 - • - • - • - • · · · · ·······································································. · · Longitudinal direction generally transverse to the longitudinal direction of the shoe sole part inserted into this, and they can, for example Have two or three piston-like massage parts to massage or stimulate the sole of a subject by pressing the massage parts in the sole of the foot with the given depending on the eccentricity of the eccentric stroke and the desired frequency. The eccentric assembly can be used as such in the recess in the shoe sole part or taken out of this and exchanged, for example, e.g. if stronger or weaker strokes are desired. In this respect, the eccentric assembly preferably forms a built-in module for insertion into a preferably laterally opening recess in the shoe sole part. Via the lateral opening it is possible to finely adjust the built-in module when inserted. When the piston-like massage parts are connected via connecting rods with the crankshaft-like eccentric shaft, they are forcibly moved via these connecting rods from the top dead center position to the bottom dead center position, i. no separate return means such as springs or the like are required, such as in the case where a mere eccentric surface on the eccentric shaft drives the massage parts upward, but the return movement of the massage parts must be effected in other ways. For the latter, the said return springs could be provided, but it would also be conceivable to exert sufficient pressure on the massage parts with the sole of the foot so that they are pressed downwards by the sole of the foot. Such an embodiment would also be conceivable, but the embodiment with the connecting rod connection is preferred.

The shoe sole part may be incorporated in a shoe sole of a shoe, e.g. designed in the manner of a sandal, be integrated so as to better attach the massager to a foot can. However, it is less thought of walking with such a shoe, rather, the massager is preferably operated in the resting state of the subject, even if in principle a standing or slow walking is possible. In this respect, it is also unproblematic if - as is preferred for reasons of space - the electric motor of the eccentric assembly protrudes on the side of the shoe sole part outside. Theoretically, it is also conceivable here, a simple plug connection between the motor output shaft and 5 5

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Provide eccentric and connect the motor housing with the housing of the eccentric shaft via a plug connection, so that the motor can be easily removed from the eccentric shaft part of the assembly, if desired. Preferably, however, the eccentric shaft housing and the motor are fixed together, e.g. connected by screws.

In order to be able to adapt the massaging device with respect to the location of the stimulation to the respective sole of the foot with regard to different foot sizes, it is preferred if the eccentric unit is adjustably received in the recess. The adjustment is possible in particular in the longitudinal direction of the sole of the foot or of the shoe sole part, for which purpose a correspondingly wide recess is provided for receiving the eccentric unit. In a corresponding manner, the openings provided on the upper side of the shoe sole part for the massage parts must also be sufficiently large, with a corresponding width in the longitudinal direction of the shoe sole part, in order to be able to effect the desired adjustment. Nonetheless, in order to firmly attach the eccentric assembly in the shoe sole part, a clamping mechanism is expediently provided, which fixes the eccentric assembly in the recess in the set position. This clamping mechanism can be realized for example with a clamping plate and a clamping screw, it is particularly advantageous if the clamping mechanism has an outer eccentric lever (clamping lever), which is connected by means of a projecting on the underside of the shoe sole part bolt with the actual eccentric assembly. With such an eccentric lever can be solved without the aid of a tool quickly and easily the clamping of the eccentric assembly or brought about, the eccentric or clamping lever can act, for example, in the manner of a quick release lever in a bicycle saddle, etc. substantially.

For acoustic decoupling of the eccentric assembly of the shoe sole part, in particular on its underside, and to reduce the transmission of vibrations, it is further favorable if at least one damping layer is provided on the underside of the eccentric assembly. The damping layer may be formed, for example, by an elastomeric damping pad - 6 - ···· ♦ ··· ································································································ · · · ·· · ·· · be.

Depending on the objective, the eccentric assembly can be equipped with several, in particular two or three, massage parts, wherein the location of the attachment - whether in the narrower heel area or in the wider toe bale area of the shoe sole part - can also play a role. In a simple embodiment, an eccentric assembly is mounted in the shoe sole portion in the toe ball area. This eccentric assembly may for example have three piston-like massage parts.

Instead or preferably additionally, an eccentric module can also be provided in the heel region, wherein this eccentric module preferably has two piston-like massage parts. In the case of just one eccentric unit, in particular in the toe ball area, a particularly favorable application of the massager for wellness purposes results. In the case of two eccentric assemblies are provided, one in the toe ball area and the other in the heel area, there is a particular suitability for rehabilitation therapy. In this case, it is also expedient to provide each Exzenterbaueinheit with its own, independent of the other electric motor electric motor, which under certain circumstances, the two electric motors can rotate at different speeds. Preferably, however, an equally rapid movement of the massage parts is desired, but in this case with a 180 ° phase shift between the massage parts in the heel area and those in the toe bale area; this means that when the piston-like massage parts in the toe bale area are in the top dead center position, the massage parts in the heel area are in the bottom dead center position and vice versa. This phase shift can give the brain a walking motion, i. Rolling movement of the foot, be simulated, which may be particularly favorable for certain rehabilitation therapies.

For controlling the eccentric assemblies, a control unit connected to the or each electric motor can be arranged in the shoe sole part, and this control unit controls in particular the electric motors of the two eccentric assemblies with the mentioned 180 ° phase shift. Furthermore, it is possible to use the.... ♦ · · - 7 -

Control unit, the speed of the electric motor or the electric motors and thus the stroke frequency, i. to control the frequency of the up and down movement of the piston-like massage parts. The stroke frequency can be adjustable, for example, between 1 Hz and about 100 Hz (or 300 Hz). The low frequency range of about 1 Hz to about 15 Hz is mainly used for rehabilitation applications, whereas medium and higher frequency ranges are particularly suitable for wellness and sports medical applications. The penetration depth of the massage parts into the sole of the foot (skin), that is to say the stroke of the massage part, can amount to approximately 1.5 mm, for example.

For power supply, an external power source, such as an accumulator (in the low voltage range) may be provided. But it is also conceivable to install such a power source (battery, battery) in the shoe, especially when it comes to space-saving lithium-ion or lithium-polymer batteries.

The shoe sole part is preferably provided with a top-side, deformable protective film, which serves to protect the drive unit against ingress of contaminants or liquids from the environment and to simplify the cleaning of the device.

Overall, the invention thus provides a very efficient, nonetheless robust and easy-to-install massaging device in the form of a massage shoe with a massage sole, with which the various stimuli of the sole of the foot in particular in the field of medicine or rehabilitation enables and thus advantageous Stimulation effects can be brought about. On the other hand, the massager is also well-suited for sports-medical purposes and for wellness purposes.

The invention will be explained in more detail below by means of particularly preferred embodiments, to which, however, it should not be restricted, and with reference to the drawing. In detail in the drawing:

1 is a perspective view of a soles massager ··················································································································· φ φ φ φ φ φ - 8 - according to the invention in the form of a sandal, in a view obliquely from the top front;

Fig. 2 of this massager in a corresponding view obliquely from the top front, but with the protective film removed to show the piston-like massage parts of the two eccentric assemblies;

Figure 3 is a perspective view of the arrangement of the two eccentric assemblies in the shoe sole part, wherein an upper part of the shoe sole part has been omitted. Figures 4 and 5 are sectional views through the eccentric assemblies themselves, namely one for the toe bale region (Figure 4) and one for the heel region (Figure 5); 6A and 6B are cross-sectional views of the shoe sole portion in the area of the toe bale, with a longitudinal sectional view of the eccentric assembly provided therein, wherein the piston-like massage parts in the illustration of FIG. 6A in the UT position and in the illustration of FIG. 6B in the TDC position are located;

7 shows a longitudinal section through the shoe sole part with the eccentric assemblies.

8 is a bottom view of the massage device shoe, illustrating eccentric clamping levers for fixing the eccentric assemblies.

9 is a partial cross section in the region of an eccentric assembly to illustrate the clamping mechanism with the Exzen ter clamping lever in the closed position. and Figs. 10, 11 and 12 comparable cross-sectional views, but with the clamping lever in view, in Fig. 10, the closed position of the eccentric clamping lever, in Fig. 11 an intermediate position when opening the eccentric clamping lever and in Fig. 12, the open position the eccentric clamping lever is shown. ·········

In Fig. 1, a massaging device 1 is shown in the form of a massage shoe, which is formed like a belt with belt 2 and with a shoe sole part 3. The shoe sole part 3 carries on its upper side a protective film 4, which is removed in Fig. 2, to illustrate upper side openings 5, 6 in the shoe sole part 3 and therein, movable up and down piston-like massage parts 7. These massage parts 7 belong to two eccentric assemblies 8, 9, wherein the front eccentric assembly 8, which is equipped with three massage parts 7, arranged in the toe ball area and the rear eccentric unit 9, which is equipped with two massage parts 7, in the heel area is. As further shown in Figures 1 and 2, are parts of the eccentric assemblies 8, 9 laterally from the shoe sole part 3 before; 1 and 2, also Fig. 3. Between these electric motors 10, 11 there is a connection part 12 for the power supply, wherein behind this connection part 12, already in the Inside the shoe sole part 3, a control unit 13 is provided, s. In particular, Fig. 3. Further, a controller knob 13A is provided on the connection part 12 and on the control unit 13 outside, which serves to adjust the speed. From the electronic control unit 13, which also worries the power supply of the electric motors 10, 11, corresponding strip conductors lead to the electric motors 10 and 11. These are preferably multi-core flexible strip conductors 14, 15, which are the particular shown in FIG Course can have.

The eccentric assemblies 8, 9 are with lower projections 16 and 17 on the lower housing part 18 and 19 in guide recesses 20 and 21 in corresponding raised parts in the interior of the shoe sole part 3, specifically of the lower half 3A, added to so that the eccentric assemblies 8 and 9 transversely to their longitudinal direction, thus substantially in the longitudinal direction of the shoe sole part 3 and the massage shoe to be able to adjust out. In order to enable this adjustment also in the region of the upper shoe sole half 3B (FIG. 2), the openings 5, 6 provided there for the massage parts 7 are elongate in the longitudinal direction, as can be seen from FIG. As a result, an adaptation of the massage shoe or massaging device 1 - 10 - ··

·· • ♦ • · · · · · · • · · • · · · · · · # ♦ ♦ ···· ·· • · · · · · · · • · • · • Μ Μ at Shoe sizes from 38 to 45 are possible. The fixation of the respective eccentric assembly 8 or 9 by clamping to the raised portions 22, 23 in the lower sole portion 3A takes place in each case by a below with reference to FIGS. 8 to 12 in more detail to be explained clamping mechanism 24 and 25 with an eccentric tensioning lever 26th or 27.

From FIG. 4 and FIG. 5, the two eccentric assemblies 8 and 9 are shown in an axial longitudinal section (that is to say in a section along a sectional plane approximately transversely to the longitudinal direction of the shoe sole part 3); It can be seen that each eccentric unit 8 or 9 has an eccentric shaft or crankshaft 28 or 29, which via a coupling 30 and 31 with the respective motor 10 or 11 (or its unspecified ter-output shaft) is coupled. Each eccentric shaft 28 and 29 is rotatably mounted in bearings 32 in the region of their ends, said bearings 32 between the lower housing parts 18 and 19 and upper housing parts 33 and 34 are held. Each eccentric shaft 28 and 29 is provided in the region of the associated massage parts 7 with eccentric portions 35 which are round in cross-section, but with a center axis outside the longitudinal axis of the eccentric shaft 28 and 29. In these eccentric 35 are connecting rod bearings 36 on the eccentric shaft 28 and 29 mounted to store connecting rods 37, which in turn are connected via piston pin 38 with the piston-like massage parts 7. The piston-like massage parts 7 are further slidably guided in cylinder liners 39 in the upper housing part 33 and 34, respectively.

4 and 5, the abovementioned projections 16 and 17 can be seen on the underside of the lower housing part 18 and 19, which at the same time each for receiving a bolt 40 (see FIGS. 6A and 6B and in particular FIG Bearing parts 41 (FIG. 9) of the respective eccentric clamping lever 26 serve. For these bolts 40 corresponding bores 42 are provided in the respective projection 16 and 17, respectively, which can be provided, for example, with an internal thread for screwing in the bolt 40, which has a corresponding external thread; Alternatively, a fixed interference fit for the bolt 40 may be provided in the bore 42. - 11 - ······ * * · · ··· ··············································································

4 and 5 on the underside of the lower housing part 18, 19 damping layers 43 in the form of elastomeric damping plates can be seen that at installation of the respective eccentric assembly 8 and 9 in the shoe sole part 3 underside a vibration decoupling between the eccentric Assembly 8 and 9 and the lower half 3A of the shoe sole part 3 accomplish, see also the illustration in Figs. 6A and 6B. Incidentally, the bearings of the respective eccentric clamping lever, in this case, for example, are also shown in FIGS. 6A, 6B. of the clamping lever 26, in the bearing part 41 by means of a bearing axis 44 can be seen.

4, 5, 6A and 6B can then be seen that the respective eccentric shaft 28 and 29 is provided in the sections between the connecting rod bearings 36 with eccentric counterbalancing projections 45, so as to rotate during the rotation of the eccentric 28 and 29 despite the eccentric 35 to ensure uniformity and to prevent any inclinations to vibrations.

From Fig. 7, the shoe sole part 3 with the two eccentric assemblies 8, 9 can be seen in a longitudinal section, which can also be seen that the two eccentric assemblies 8, 9 with the direction of the lifting movement of their piston-like massage parts obliquely to the vertical at horizontally held shoe sole part 3, are arranged so as to achieve the shape of the sole of the foot to achieve the ideal massage strokes. 7, the two flexible interconnects 14, 15 and the control unit 13 (including power supply part), from which the two interconnects 14, 15 lead away, and also the two eccentric shafts 28 and 29 between the housing parts (eg 18 and 33 ) of the assemblies 8 and 9 (here in particular the assembly 8). Finally, due to the cutting guide in Fig. 7 especially for the rear eccentric tensioning lever 27, arranged for the heel area eccentric assembly 9, its storage on the bearing part 41 on the bearing axis 44 clearly visible. The bearing of the other eccentric clamping lever 26, for the front eccentric assembly 8, is completely identical, even if this is not immediately apparent due to the cutting guide in Fig. 7. A corresponding sectional view, on an enlarged scale, however, is shown in Fig. 9, where there also the eccentric 12 section 35 and the connecting rod bearing 36 on the eccentric shaft 28 for one of the massage parts 7 (not visible) can be seen. Moreover, it can be seen from FIG. 9 that the two housing parts 18, 33 for the eccentric shaft can be connected to one another, for example with the aid of screws 46. Similarly, the two halves 3A, 3B of the shoe sole part 3 with each other via screws 47, s. Fig. 8, are connected.

Furthermore, connecting bolts 48 can be used to connect the respective motor 10 or 11 with the respective housing parts 18, 33 and 19, 34 of the eccentric assemblies 8 and 9, respectively. Instead, however, can also be a simple snap or snap connection of the motors 10, 11 are provided with the eccentric shaft Ge housings so as to allow rapid assembly or disassembly of the motors 10 and 11 respectively.

From Figs. 7 to 12 it can be seen that the clamping mechanism 24 and 25 respectively in a respective recess, e.g. 49, is housed in the lower half 3A of the shoe sole part 3. Thereby, the eccentric lever 26 (or 27) is received within the recess 49 in the closed position shown in Figs. 7, 8, 9 and 10, i. he does not stand out from this underside of the shoe sole part 3.

In this closed position, see Fig. 9 and 10 in particular, which corresponds to an over-center position of the eccentric 50 of the eccentric lever 26, pulls this lever which rests with the eccentric 50 on the underside of the lower half 3A of the shoe sole part 3, the eccentric shaft housing ( For example, 18-33 in the case of Exzen ter assembly 8) down against the lower sole half 3A and clamps the assembly 8 against this lower half 3A firmly.

When the eccentric lever 26 is moved from this closed position shown in FIG. 9 and 10 via the intermediate position shown in FIG. 11, in which the strongest clamping action is due to the eccentric training, in the open position shown in FIG. 12, the clamping action is released, the Eccentric lever 26 as shown in FIG. 12 can not be seen in this position with its eccentric thirteenth

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• 50 is applied to the underside of the lower sole part half 3A.

In this position, the eccentric assembly 8 (or 9) can be adjusted for adjustment to the foot size. In this position, the damping plates 43 are relaxed. For an expansion of the eccentric assembly 8 or 9, it is necessary to loosen the screws 47 and remove the upper half 3B of the shoe sole part 3, after which with the eccentric levers 26 and 27, respectively, the respective pin 40 is removed, e.g. turned out, will. Thereafter, the eccentric assembly 8 and 9 are separated from the lower half 3A of the shoe sole part 3. When installing reverse the procedure.

The control unit 13 includes a speed control part for the electric motors 10, 11. These motors 10, 11 may be stepper motors whose speed can be controlled accurately. It is further possible, the two motors 10, 11 to be arranged and drive, that the associated eccentric shafts 28, 29 are rotated exactly opposite in phase, i. Whenever the associated massage parts 7 are located on the one eccentric shaft 28 in the TDC position, the massage parts 7 are present on the other eccentric shaft 29 in the UT position. This 180 ° phase shift in the drive of the two eccentric shafts 28, 29 can be exactly maintained with the motors 10, 11, which are independent of each other, whereby position sensors in the motors 10, 11 can possibly also report the respective position of the rotor back into the control unit 13, to ensure a very precise regulation. Furthermore, with the control unit 13, the rotational speed of the motors and thus the stroke frequency of the massage parts 7 can be adjusted, with stroke frequencies from 1 Hz to about 100 Hz can be given as an example. In the case of rehabilitation therapy, lower frequencies, e.g. 1 Hz to 15 Hz, whereas the above-mentioned stroke frequencies may have significance for wellness applications and for sports medicine. The stroke of the massage parts 7, see Fig. 6B in relation to Fig. 6A, for example, be about 1.5 mm, with such a penetration depth has been found to be particularly suitable for the stimulation. Of course, other stroke sizes are conceivable. - 14 - ········ «» &gt; · · · · · · · · · · ···

Since the invention has been described in more detail above with reference to particularly preferred embodiments, it is understood that modifications and modifications are possible within the scope of the invention. Thus, it is conceivable, for example, to realize the respective clamping mechanism 24 or 25 with the aid of known clamping screws. Furthermore, it is possible to remove or omit one of the two eccentric assemblies 8, 9, in particular the assembly 9 in the heel region. Furthermore, it may be favorable, instead of the number of massage parts 7 shown, to also provide a different number for the respective assembly 8 or 9, e.g. only two massage parts or four massage parts for the toe ball area assembly 8 and only one massage part or three massage parts 7 for the heel area assembly 9. By the outside of the motors 10, 11 is the full width of the sole part 3 for the massage parts. 7 to disposal. In the case of a small construction of an electric motor 10, 11, however, it would also be conceivable to install this motor on the edge of the sole part 3, but within it. The eccentric shafts 28, 29 may further be formed as actual crankshafts, i. Furthermore, a computer connection for the control unit 13 may be provided in the region of the connection 12 in order to cause it to change the controls of the electric motors 10, 11. Finally, instead of being shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, the massaging device 1 may be formed in a sandal-like manner, with straps 2, with a corresponding upper leather in the toe and instep region and with a heel leather.

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  1. Claims 1. A soles massaging device with a shoe sole part, are arranged in the up and down movable massage parts, to drive an eccentric is provided with an electric motor, characterized in that the Exzenterein-richtypg has at least one driven by the electric motor eccentric shaft that forms a modular eccentric assembly with the electric motor and the piston-like massage parts that it drives that protrude above the surface of the shoe sole in a top-dead-center position.
  2. 2. Massage device according to Anspruch .1, characterized in that the piston-like massage parts'mit the crankshaft-like eccentric shaft are connected via connecting rods.
  3. 3. Massage device according to one of claims 1 or 2, characterized in that the eccentric assembly is inserted as a built-in module in a provided in the shoe sole part, preferably laterally Ausmündende recess.
  4. 4. Massage device according to claim 4, characterized in that the electric motor of the eccentric assembly is arranged laterally projecting on the shoe sole part.
  5. 5. Massage device according to claim 3 or 4, characterized in that the eccentric assembly is adjustably received in the recess.
  6. 6. Massage device according to claim 5, characterized in that the eccentric assembly is fixed by means of a clamping mechanism in the recess in the set position.
  7. 7. Massage device according to claim 6, characterized in that the clamping mechanism has an outer eccentric lever, which is connected by means of a bolt on the underside of the shoe sole projecting bolt with the actual eccentric assembly.
  8. 8. Massaging device according to one of claims 1 to 7, characterized - • ♦ ···················································· • Indicates that at least one damping layer is provided on the underside of the eccentric unit.
  9. 9. Massage device according to one of claims 1 to 8, characterized in that the eccentric assembly is mounted in the shoe sole part in the toe ball area.
  10. 10. Massage device according to one of claims 1 to 9, characterized in that the eccentric two raodulartige Exzen ter assemblies, each with an eccentric shaft and piston-like massage parts having.
  11. 11. Massage device according to claim 10, characterized in that each of the two eccentric assemblies has its own, independent of the other electric motor electric motor.
  12. 12. Massage device according to one of claims 10 or 11, characterized in that the one eccentric assembly is mounted in the shoe sole portion in the toe bale area and the other eccentric unit in the heel area.
  13. 13. Massage device according to claim 12, characterized in that the eccentric assembly in the toe bale region has three and those in the heel region has two piston-like massage parts.
  14. 14. Massage device according to one of claims 10 to 13, characterized in that the eccentric shafts of the two units with a mutual phase shift of 180 ° are rotationally drivable, whereby a walking is simulated.
  15. 15. Massage device according to one of claims 1 to 14, characterized in that in the shoe sole part connected to the electric motor or with the electric motors control unit is arranged.
  16. 16. Massage device according to claim 15 with claim 14, characterized in that the control unit controls the electric motors of the two eccentric assemblies with the 180 ° phase shift.
  17. 17. Massage device according to claim 15 or 16, characterized in that the control unit controls the rotational speed of the one or more electric motors and thus the frequency of the up and down movement of the piston-like massage parts.
  18. 18. Massage device according to one of claims 1 to 17, characterized in that the shoe sole part is provided with an upper-side deformable protective film.
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