FR2483225A1 - Massage instrument with spherical massage elements - has elastically mounted ball cages movable independently in axial direction in instrument housing - Google Patents

Massage instrument with spherical massage elements - has elastically mounted ball cages movable independently in axial direction in instrument housing Download PDF

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FR2483225A1
FR2483225A1 FR8012111A FR8012111A FR2483225A1 FR 2483225 A1 FR2483225 A1 FR 2483225A1 FR 8012111 A FR8012111 A FR 8012111A FR 8012111 A FR8012111 A FR 8012111A FR 2483225 A1 FR2483225 A1 FR 2483225A1
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Jean-Louis Gueret
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61HPHYSICAL THERAPY APPARATUS, e.g. DEVICES FOR LOCATING OR STIMULATING REFLEX POINTS IN THE BODY; ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION; MASSAGE; BATHING DEVICES FOR SPECIAL THERAPEUTIC OR HYGIENIC PURPOSES OR SPECIFIC PARTS OF THE BODY
    • A61H15/00Massage by means of rollers, balls, e.g. inflatable, chains, or roller chains
    • A61H15/0092Massage by means of rollers, balls, e.g. inflatable, chains, or roller chains hand-held
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61HPHYSICAL THERAPY APPARATUS, e.g. DEVICES FOR LOCATING OR STIMULATING REFLEX POINTS IN THE BODY; ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION; MASSAGE; BATHING DEVICES FOR SPECIAL THERAPEUTIC OR HYGIENIC PURPOSES OR SPECIFIC PARTS OF THE BODY
    • A61H15/00Massage by means of rollers, balls, e.g. inflatable, chains, or roller chains
    • A61H2015/0064Massage by means of rollers, balls, e.g. inflatable, chains, or roller chains with freely rotating spheres

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<P> THE MASSAGE APPARATUS ACCORDING TO THE INVENTION INCLUDES BALLS 8 ROTATED WITHIN ROTATION WITHIN CAGES 7 protruding outside the body of the device by perforations made in the sole of said body; THE CAGES 7 OF THE BALLS 8 ARE MOUNTED WITH GAME WITHIN THE PERFORATIONS OF THE SOLE AND ARE SUPPORTED INSIDE THE BODY OF THE DEVICE, AGAINST AN ELASTICALLY DEFORMABLE PAD 11 ALLOWING THE MOVEMENT OF THE CAGES INDEPENDENTLY OF ONE OF THE OTHERS , IN RELATION TO THE BODY OF THE DEVICE. </P>

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BALL MASSAGE APPARATUS
The present invention relates to a massage device for manual use, provided with balls for massaging the skin covering, the balls being pivotally mounted inside cages.

 A device of this type lends itself well to a self-massage performed by the user himself by moving the same device against the skin so as to roll the balls of the device on the latter. I1 may comprise in a known manner a perforated sole, in the perforations of which are fixed the cages of the massage balls. To date, such an apparatus has the drawback of not being able to adapt perfectly to the contour of the part of the body to be massaged and in particular to the lower part of the legs, due to the bony bulge formed by the ankles.

 The improvement brought by the present invention to the above-described ball massager is twofold: firstly, the ball cages, instead of being fixed relative to the body of the apparatus, are elastic mounted; in this way, the cages can be moved independently of each other along their axis S relative to the body of the device, which allows the beads to better adapt to the delineation of the skin covering and to dampen the effect marbles on sensitive areas of the legs, for example, on the bony front of the leg. Secondly, the perforated sole of the body of the device has a large central recess, around which the cages and their associated balls are arranged. This allows the lower part of the legs to be massaged without any difficulty, since the bulge bone formed by the ankles can be housed, during massage, inside the central recess of the device according to the invention.

 The present invention therefore relates to the new industrial product that constitutes a massage device for manual use comprising balls used for massaging the skin covering, said balls being pivotally mounted inside protruding cages, outside the body of the body. 'apparatus, by perforations made in the sole of said body; characterized by the fact that the ball cages are mounted with guided play inside the perforations of the sole, said cages pressing inside the body of the device against at least one elastically deformable member allowing movement, substantially along the axis, cages independently of each other, relative to the body of the device.

 In a preferred embodiment, the ball cages are supported inside the body of the device against a common elastic member, consisting of at least one pad of spongy or rubbery nature; the perforated sole is provided with a central recess whose dimension is large compared to the dimension of the perforations where the cages are mounted; the centers of the aforementioned perforations are preferably arranged in a circle with the same center as the circular central recess and are spaced apart from each other; the central recess of the perforated sole is closed by the spongy or rubbery pad; the rubbery pad comes to bear substantially against both the bottom of the cages and the inner wall of a cover secured to the perforated sole, cover which constitutes with said sole, the body of the device; the ball cages are made of molded plastic, the bottom of the cages comprises a peripheral flange projecting relative to the side wall of said cages, each of the cages being able to come into abutment, by its peripheral flange against the edge of the associated perforation.

To better understand the object of the present invention, there will be described below, by way of purely illustrative and nonlimiting example, an embodiment shown in the accompanying drawing,
In this drawing - Figure 1 is a perspective view of an apparatus for
ball massage according to the invention, and - Figure 2 is an axial section of the massage device
of figure 1.

 Referring to the drawing, it can be seen that a ball massage device has been designated by 1 as a whole.

A handle 2 allows the device 1 to be taken in hand in order to massage the skin covering. The handle 2 is integral with the body 3-4 of the massage device 1, which results from the assembly by screwing a sole 4 to a circular neck 3. The body 3-4 of the device as well as the handle 2 are made of molded plastic.

 A central recess 5, of circular shape, is formed in the sole 4 to nine perforations 6, also of circular shapeD are arranged every 40, in a circle, around the central recess 5; the predetermined circle and the central recess 5 have substantially the same center g the diameter of the perforations 6 is small compared to the diameter of the central recess 5. In this example, the diameter of the perforations 6 is 1.2 cm while that of the central recess 5 is 3.8 cm.

 Inside the perforations 6, cages 7 are mounted with clearance, defining an approximate spherical housing for balls 8 used for massaging the skin covering; the balls 8 are made of hard wood, for example, boxwood, or plastic, while the cages 7, which receive them, are made of molded plastic. The balls 8 protrude from the cages 7 through the open end of their spherical housing; the latter are closed to their other entrance mothed by a bottom 9 provided with a peripheral flange 10 whose diameter is greater than the diameter of the perforations 6.

Thus, the bottom 9 of the cages, which is disposed inside the body 3-4 of the device, can come to bear by the peripheral flange 10 against the edge of the perforations 6, which ensures the maintenance of the cages 7 to inside these.

 The balls 8 have a diameter slightly greater than the diameter of the opening of the cages 7; they are placed inside said cages by elastic deformation of their side wall.

 Inside the body 3-4 of the apparatus is inserted a pad 11 of elastically deformable material such as synthetic or natural rubber or polyurethane foam, for example; it is in the form of a relatively thick disc; alternatively it may be in the form of a stack of independent disks.

At rest, when the balls 8 do not bear against a support, the buffer 11 of elastic material substantially bears both against the bottom 9 of the cages 7 and the inner wall of the cover 3.

 Thanks to the pad 11 of elastically deformable material, the cages 8 7 of the balls 8 can be more or less driven inside the body 3-4 of the device according to the pressure exerted by the user and the relief of the skin covering. It follows that the balls 8 can better adapt to the contour of the skin covering and all the balls 8 can be in contact with the latter, even if the area subjected to massage is not flat. On the other hand, the contact of the balls 8 remains soft on the sensitive areas of the body. The massage of the lower legs no longer poses a problem, since the bony bulge formed by the ankle can come to lodge in the central recess 5 and be in direct contact with the pad 11 of elastically deformable material, consequently avoiding any risk of abrasion or injury of the skin covering even in the event of an energetic massage.

 It should, moreover, be emphasized the simplicity of production of the ball massage device according to the invention, since the elastic mounting of all the cages 7 of the massage balls can be ensured by means of a single pad 11 of elastic material inserted inside the body 3-4 of the device.

 It is well understood that the embodiment described above is in no way limiting and may give rise to any desirable modifications without departing from the scope of the invention.

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  1.  Claims
     1 - Massage device for manual use comprising balls used for massaging the skin covering, said balls being rotatably mounted inside protruding cages, outside the body of the massage device, by perforations made in the sole said body, charac terized by the fact that the cages (7) of the balls (8) are mounted with play inside the perforations (6) of the sole (4) and are supported inside the body (3 -4) of the apparatus, against at least elastically tiformable member (11) allowing the displacement, substantially along the axis, of the cages (7) independently of each other, relative to the body (3-4) of the device.
  2.  2 - Device according to claim 1, characterized in that the cages (7) press inside the body (3-4) of the device against a common elastic member (11), consisting of at least one buffer rubbery or spongy.
  3.  3 - Apparatus according to one of claims 1 or 2, characterized in that the perforated sole (4) is provided with a central recess (5) whose dimension is large compared to the dimension of petforations (6) where the cages (7) of the balls (8) are mounted.
  4.  4 - Apparatus according to claim 3, characterized in that the centers of the perforations (6) are arranged in a circle with the same center as the central recess (5) of circular shape and are regularly spaced from each other
  5.  5 - Apparatus according to claims 2 and 3 taken simultaneously, characterized in that the central recess (5) is closed by the pad (11) of rubbery or s; ngieuse.
  6.  6 - Apparatus according to one of claims 2 or 5, characterized in that the pad (11) of rubbery or spongy nature comes to bear substantially at the same time.
    against the bottom (9) of the cages (7) and the inner wall of a cover (3) integral with the perforated sole (4) cover (3) which constitutes with said sole (4) the body of the apparatus .
  7.  7 - Apparatus according to one of claims 1 to 6, characterized in that the bottom (9) of the cages (7) is provided with a peripheral flange (10) projecting relative to the side wall of said cages, each of the cages (7) can come into abutment by its peripheral flange (10) against the edge of the associated perforation (6).
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WO1991014417A1 (en) * 1990-03-20 1991-10-03 Serge Karagozian Massage device
US5090402A (en) * 1987-08-12 1992-02-25 L'oreal Massaging appliance
GB2347626A (en) * 1999-03-12 2000-09-13 Chen Kuo Chin An elastic massage device
GB2441034A (en) * 2007-07-25 2008-02-20 Ramesh Ghatge A stimulator for the sole of the foot
US7458945B2 (en) * 2001-07-12 2008-12-02 Zemont Cheryl E Healthy body ball
WO2013061096A1 (en) * 2011-10-27 2013-05-02 Handsome Limited Roller ball massage instrument

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GB445929A (en) * 1935-09-17 1936-04-22 Francis Norman Pickett Improvements in massage appliances
FR70103E (en) * 1956-11-17 1959-02-03 Masseur balls
FR1286023A (en) * 1961-01-18 1962-03-02 Novasynthia Improvements to massagers
DE2260890A1 (en) * 1971-07-22 1974-06-20 Carl Gmaehle Handmassagegeraet
FR2325358A1 (en) * 1975-09-29 1977-04-22 Bristol Myers Co Massage device

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GB445929A (en) * 1935-09-17 1936-04-22 Francis Norman Pickett Improvements in massage appliances
FR70103E (en) * 1956-11-17 1959-02-03 Masseur balls
FR1286023A (en) * 1961-01-18 1962-03-02 Novasynthia Improvements to massagers
DE2260890A1 (en) * 1971-07-22 1974-06-20 Carl Gmaehle Handmassagegeraet
FR2325358A1 (en) * 1975-09-29 1977-04-22 Bristol Myers Co Massage device

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US5090402A (en) * 1987-08-12 1992-02-25 L'oreal Massaging appliance
WO1991014417A1 (en) * 1990-03-20 1991-10-03 Serge Karagozian Massage device
GB2347626A (en) * 1999-03-12 2000-09-13 Chen Kuo Chin An elastic massage device
GB2347626B (en) * 1999-03-12 2001-01-24 Chen Kuo Chin An elastic massage device
US7458945B2 (en) * 2001-07-12 2008-12-02 Zemont Cheryl E Healthy body ball
GB2441034A (en) * 2007-07-25 2008-02-20 Ramesh Ghatge A stimulator for the sole of the foot
GB2441034B (en) * 2007-07-25 2008-08-06 Ramesh Ghatge A stimulator pad for use on the hands or feet
US8128583B2 (en) 2007-07-25 2012-03-06 Ghatge Ramesh Stimulator pad
WO2013061096A1 (en) * 2011-10-27 2013-05-02 Handsome Limited Roller ball massage instrument

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