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GB2123298A
GB2123298A GB08317372A GB8317372A GB2123298A GB 2123298 A GB2123298 A GB 2123298A GB 08317372 A GB08317372 A GB 08317372A GB 8317372 A GB8317372 A GB 8317372A GB 2123298 A GB2123298 A GB 2123298A
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Yukio Yamamura
Hiroshi Moriwaki
Shinpei Otsuka
Yoji Kawamoto
Koichi Hashimoto
Innami Teruhisa
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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
    • A61H1/00Apparatus for passive exercising; Vibrating apparatus ; Chiropractic devices, e.g. body impacting devices, external devices for briefly extending or aligning unbroken bones
    • 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
    • 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
    • A61H15/0078Massage by means of rollers, balls, e.g. inflatable, chains, or roller chains power-driven
    • 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
    • A61H2201/00Characteristics of apparatus not provided for in the preceding codes
    • A61H2201/01Constructive details
    • A61H2201/0119Support for the device
    • A61H2201/0138Support for the device incorporated in furniture
    • A61H2201/0142Beds
    • 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
    • A61H2201/00Characteristics of apparatus not provided for in the preceding codes
    • A61H2201/16Physical interface with patient
    • A61H2201/1657Movement of interface, i.e. force application means
    • A61H2201/1664Movement of interface, i.e. force application means linear
    • A61H2201/1669Movement of interface, i.e. force application means linear moving along the body in a reciprocating manner
    • 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
    • A61H37/00Accessories for massage

Abstract

A massage bed applying massage forces simultaneously to longitudinally spaced parts on the back of the human body lying face-up on the bed includes a set of first and second massage members 10 and 30 which are spaced apart in the longitudinal direction and interconnected so as to be driven to reciprocate together in that direction by a motor, the members having first and second body-contacting roller means 20 and 32 which act to apply a rubbing massage action simultaneously to the longitudinally spaced parts of the body, while supporting the body to perform effective massage treatment. The first roller means is mounted on a rotatable shaft 11 eccentric to and inclined to the shaft in such away as to produce as the shaft receives the rotating movement from the motor a kneading massage action at any desired position along the length of the body, such position being determined by the reciprocatory motion imparted to the first massage member by the motor. <IMAGE>

Description

SPECIFICATION Massage bed This invention is directed to a massage bed, particularly but not exclusively to a bed having movable massage means which applies a massaging action to the back of the human body lying face-up thereon.

There have been proposed massage beds of the type provided with movable massaging means such as disclosed in the U.K. patent application GB 2077106 in which a single massage means moves along the length ofthe human body during the whole massaging process to apply a massaging action to the body at the portions in contact with the moving massage means.

It is a primary advantage of the present invention that a massage bed ensuring an effective massage treatment over substantially all parts of the body in a relatively short time while supporting the body on the bed in a relaxed and comfortable position is provided.

In an embodiment of the present invention, said first body-contacting means is eccentrically and inclinedly mounted on a rotatable shaft such that it can apply a kneading massage force, as the shaft rotates about its axis, to the part of the body to which it is in contact, while it can apply a rubbing massage force to the body as it reciprocates along the length ofthe bed.

It is therefore another advantage of the present invention that a massage bed is provided which is capable of selecting kneading and rubbing massage actions to be applied to any desired parts of the body as well as of applying a rubbing massage action simultaneously to upper and lower halves of the body respectively by the first and second bodycontacting roller means driven to reciprocate along the length of the body for enhancing the massaging effect on the whole body.

The massage bed of the invention, alleviates some disadvantages of the prior art in which, the massage action is limited to a single part of the body at one time thus taking a considerable time to give a massage to all or a substantial part of the body. Also with such prior art, during the massaging process, the lower half of the body tends to sink in the bed when the neck and the upper shoulders are being massaged and conversely the upper half of the body tends to sink when the waist and the lower parts therefrom are being massaged.This constrains the user to adopt an uncomfortable position on the bed and more particularly makes it difficult to bring the massage means into effective contact with such parts as the neck and the upper shoulders which are raised with respect to the lower half of the body sinking in the bed, thus failing to apply an effective and comfortable massaging treatment to such parts.

The present invention employs a set of longitudinally spaced first and second massage members reciprocating cooperatively in the longitudinal direction of a bed supporting the human body thereon.

The first massage member is disposed on the headrest side of the bed and the second massage member on the footrest side thereof. The first and second massage members have respectively first and second body-contacting roller means for ap piying massage actions to the back of the body simultaneously at longitudinally spaced parts while supporting the body at such spaced apart parts.

An embodiment of the invention will now be described, by way of example with reference to the accompanying drawings in which: Figure 1 is a perspective view of a massage bed embodying the present invention; Figure 2 is a fragmentary perspective view of the massage bed; Figure 3 is a bottom view partly in section illustrating the first massage member employed in the massage bed; Figure 4 is a sectional view taken on line X-X of Figure 1; Figures 5 and 6 are somewhat schematic repre sentations both illustrating the function of the first body-contacting roller means respectively in diffe rent positions for actual use; Figure 7 is a sectional view illustrating the interior structure of braking means employed in the mas sage bed;; Figure 8 is a diagrammatic view illustrating ranges of different stroke lengths in which the first and second body-contacting roller means can recipro cate; Figure 9 is a diagrammatic view illustrating ranges of different stroke lengths in which the first body contacting roller means can reciprocate; and Figures 70(at and lO{bJ are diagrammatic views illustrating a reversible headrest attached to the massage bed in its overlapped position on the bed and in its withdrawn position therefrom, respec tively.

Referring now to the drawings and particularly to Figures 1 and 2, there is shown a massage bed embodying the present invention which includes a body-supporting bed 1 composed of a rectangular wooden frame 2 having a pair of lateral elongated sides covered with a cushioning material 3, a wooden box 4 and legs 5 at both longitudinal ends, and a flexible cover sheet 6 covering substantially the entire upper area defined between said opposed lateral sides. Mounted on the inner sides of the bed 1 area pair of spaced rails 7 between which first and second massage members 10 and 30 are bridgedly supported, each of the rails 7 provided with a longitudinally extending rack 8 for driving engage ment with a first massage member 10.Said first massage member 10 being constructed so as to reciprocate in the longitudinal direction of the bed 1, being driven by an electric motor M incorporated therein, the first massage material comprising a main shaft 11 which extends horizontally and trans versely of the bed 1 and on which is mounted first body-contacting roller means (hereinafter referred to as first roller means) 20 having a pair of axially spaced outer rings 23, a motor block 12 disposed at one end of the main shaft 11 to enclose the motor M, and a gearbox 13 at the other end of the shaft 11.

Said second massage member 30 comprises a rear axle 31 arranged in parallel relationship with the main shaft 11 and second body-contacting roller means (hereinafter referred to as second roller means) composed of a series of axially aligned rollers 32. A pair of connecting plates 33 intercon nectsthe first and second massage members 10 and 30 so that these reciprocate together in the longitudinal direction of the bed. The ends of the main shaft 11 are provided respectively with free rotating end sleeves 14 (Figure 4) on each of which is mounted a guide roller 15 rotating within the rail 7 to advance the first massage member 10 back and forth in the longitudinal direction of the bed.Also provided on both ends of the rear axle 31 are similar guide rollers 34 which rotate within the rails 7 to move the scond massage members 30 together with the first massage member 10. Accordingly, the first and second massage members 10 and 30 are bridgedly supported between the rails 7 respectively by said two sets of guide rollers 15 and 34. As seen in Figure 4, said main shaft 11 is in the form of a hollow shaft through which extends a drive axle 16 having the end sleeves 14 fixed thereto at both extended ends for freely rotating on the main shaft 11. Fixedly mounted on eaxh of the end sleeves 14 is a pinion 17 which engages with the corresponding rack 8 on the rail 7 so as to advance the first and second massage members 10 and 30 along the rails 7 by driven rotation of the pinion 17.

The motor M in the motor block 12 is a reversible electric motor which is drivingly connected to the main shaft 11 and the drive axle 16 through a series of a geartrain and a planetary-gearlike mechanism.

The gear train includes a pair of parallelled worm shafts 40 and 41, each having teeth intermediate its ends. As best shown in Figure 4, the worm shaft 40 meshes with a worm wheel 42 fixedly mounted on said end sleeve 14to be drivingly connected to the drive axle 16, while the worm shaft 42 meshes with a worm wheel 44 fixedly mounted on a shaft 46 which is arranged in parallel with the main shaft 11 within the gearbox 13 and which carries an elliptic gear 45 meshing with another elliptic gear 43 fixedly mounted on the main shaft 11 so as to drivingly connect the worm shaft 41 to the main shaft 11.

Interconnecting the worm shafts 40 and 41 is said planetary-gear-like mechanism which, as shown in Figure 3, is in the form of a ball bearing composed of an inner race 47, an outer race 48, balls 49 confined therebetween, and a retainer 50, these members acting in this order in function as the sun gear, internal gear, planet gears, and planet carrier of a common planetary gear train. The inner race 47 is fixedly mounted on one end of a collar 51 which in turn is mounted on one end of said worm shaft 40 to be freely rotatably thereon. The collar 51 carries at the other end a pulley 52 which is connected to the motor M by means of a belt 53 so as to rotate the inner race 47 about the worm shaft 40 by receiving the rotating force from the motor M.The driving connection between the worm shaft 40 and the above planetary-gear-like mechanism is established through said retainer 50 fixed at its one end to the worm shaft 40 and carrying a series of circumferentially disposed balls 49 at the other end. The worm shaft 41 is rotationally driven by receiving the rotational movement of the outer race 48 which has a pulley 54 thereon connected to a pulley 55 fixed on the one end of the worm shaft 41 by means of a belt 56.Thus, rotation of the inner race 47 by the motor M while applying a braking force to the worm shaft 40 will cause the balls 2 to rotate on their own axes in positions within the retainer 50 without revolving the balls 49 and retainer 50 around the inner race 47 such that the rotating balls 49 transmit the rotating force from the motor M to the oute race 48, which in turn, rotates the worm shaft 41 via pulley 54, belt 56, and pulley 55, so as to rotate the main shaft 11 and the first roller means 20 about the axis of the main shaft 11.On the other hand, applying a braking force to the worm shaft 41 to lock the outer race 48 will permit the balls 49 and the retainer 50 receiving a rotating force from the motor M to revolve around the inner race 47 such as to rotate the worm shaft 40, which in turn rotates said drive axle 16 and the pinions 17 on both ends thereof through the worm wheel 42 and the end sleeve 14, whereby advancing the first massage member 10 back and forth along the lengthwise direction of the bed 1.A pre-load compression spring 57 is retained within a spring seat 58 rotatably mounted on the collars 51 by a ball bearing 59 to bias axially the outer race 48 with respect to the inner race 47 in such a way as to keep the balls 49 in their corresponding seats formed both in the inner and outer races 47 and 48.In the above embodiment, there is disclosed the planetary mechanism comprising the ball bearing with its inner race 47, outer race 48, and retainer 50 acting respectively as a sun gear, internal gear, and planet carrier, however, it should be noted that another type of bearing, a common planetary gear train, or suitable clutch means can be employed for this purpose.

The introduction of the above planetary mechanism makes the output of the motor M to be transmitted to the worm shaft 41 for rotating the first roller means 20 when braking the worm shaft 40, and reversely to the worm shaft 40 for reciprocating the first and second massage member 10 and 30 when braking the worm shaft 41, such braking action being accomplished by the use of a pair of corresponding braking means 60 provided respectively in juxtaposition with the other ends of the worm shafts 40 and 41. These braking means 60 are of the same construction and include, as shown in Figure 7, solenoids SL1 and SL2 respectively. Each braking means 60 further comprises a yoke 61 attached to the gear box 13, a core 62 fixed to the yoke 61 and confronting each end of the worm shafts 40 and 41, a coil 63 surrounding the core 62, and springs 64 biasing the core 62 and the yoke 61 axially in the direction away from each of the worm shafts 40 and 41 such that each core 62 when energized by sending electric current therethrough is pulled against the biasing force of the spring 64 to abut on an end plate 65 fixed to each of the worm shafts 40 and 41, arresting the rotational motion of the worm shaft on which the core 62 is abutted.

Referring back to Figure 4, said first roller means 20 comprises a roller-supporting sleeve 21 rotatively fixed on the main shaft 11 intermediate both ends and having a pair of spaced eccentric inner rings 22 integrally formed therewith inclined in opposite directions to one another with respect to the axis of the main shaft 11, and the outer rings 23, each being rotatably mounted on the outer periphery of each inner ring 22 through a series of circumferentially spaced balls 24 and a retainer 25 thereof.With this arrangement of the axially spaced outer rings 23 being eccentric and symmetrically inclined with respect to the axis of the main shaft 11, the rotation of the main shaft 11 leads to varying in the distance in a direction perpendicular to the axis of the main shaft 11 from the same to the point of contact of each outer ring 23 and the cover sheet 6, as well as to varying in the distance in a direction parallel to the shaft 11 between said laterally spaced points of contact. Attached to the one end of the rollersupporting sleeve 21 is a permanent magnet 27 which confronts a pair of spaced reed switches LS1 or LS2 provided on the sidewall of the gearbox 13 respectively at positions radially opposed with respecs to the axis of the main shaft 11, that is, at the positions above and below the shaft 11.The functional relationship between the magnet 27 and these switches LS1 and LS2 is such arranged as to actuate the switch LS1 when the first roller means 20 projects toward the cover sheet 6 in such a smaller amount as shown by the phantom line in Figure 4 and actuates the switch LS2 when it projects in such a larger amount as shown by the solid line in the same. The effect of this arrangement will be hereinafter described.

As shown in Figures 1 and 2, said second roller means is composed of four axially aligned rollers 32, the first and last two of which are shaped to have a concave contour and each of which is mounted on a rear axle 31 to be freely rotatable thereon. On the other hand, said first massage member 10 is provided, as shown in Figures 2 and 4, with a pair of laterally spaced side rollers 18 at positions respec tively above the motor block 12 and the gearbox 13 so as to be outwardly and laterally disposed relative to said first roller means 20, each of side rollers 18 being mounted on a shaft 19 parallel to the main shaft 11 to be freely rotatable thereon and to locate its uppermost periphery slightly above that of the first roller means 20 when it projects toward the cover sheet 6 in a minimum amount.

Referring to Figures 1, 10(a) and 10(b), the massage bed of the present invention is further provided with a reversible headrest 70 or pillow having a resilient stem 71 extending therefrom. The free end of the stem 71 is resiliently hinged to the longitudinal end of the frame 2 so as to allow the headrest 70 to be placed on the cover sheet 6 at the longitudinal end thereof and to be reversed or withdrawn therefrom. This reversible headrest 70 is incorporated in view of that raising the head of a body at an elevation higher than the rest will increase blood circulation when massaging parts lower than the neck and shoulders of the body as well as that placing the heat at an elevation lower than the rest will make the first roller means 20 snugly fit to the neck and therefore enhance the massaging action thereon.The headrest 70 capable of being withdrawn from the upper surface of the bed when out of use also may be an indication notifying a user not to lie head over heels on the bed.

In a practical operation, the user lies on the cover shseet 6 of the bed with his head resting on the headrest 70 when for massaging parts of his body other than the neck and shoulders, and with his head directly resting on the portion of the cover sheet 6 from the surface of which the headrest 70 has been removed when for massaging the neck and shoulders. Then, the output from the motor M is transmitted to rotate the drive axle 16 without rotating the main shaft 11 by the function of the above planetary mechanism so that the first massage member 10 will reciprocate in the longitudinal direction of the rail 7 or the bed as the pinions 17 on both ends of the drive axle 16 rotate to mesh with the rack 8.In this reciprocatory motion of the first massage member 10, both outer rings 23 of the first roller means 20 rotate freely with respect to the corresponding inner rings 22 each being arrested its rotational motion in order to advance back and forth along the spine of the body to be massaged, whereby giving a pressure through the cover sheet 6 on both sides of the spine to effect a rubbing massage action by the first roller means 20 on such parts. Accompanied by and cooperated with the first roller means 20 are said second roller means 32 which reciprocates therewith to likewise effect a rubbing massage action on the lower half of the body at such parts spaced evenly from the first roller means 20 as the waist and legs.

The reciprocatory motion of the first and second massage members 10 and 30 is controlled to reciprocate selectively within three limited ranges of different lengths of stroke by a control circuit such as composed of a single-chip microcomputer cooperating with suitable sensing means which senses the position of the first or second massage member in the longitudinal direction of the bed. That is, the above control circuit is programmed to provide three different modes for the strokes of the first and second massage members 10 and 30 interconnected one another, in order to selectively drive the same within a first section S1, a second section S 2, and a third section S3, as illustrated in Figures 8 and 9.The first section S1 is for whole-body massaging purpose and is a widest section where the first roller means 20 repeatedly reciprocate by being automatically reversed at the ends of its stroke to apply the rubbing massage action to the part between the neck and the thigh inclusive, and simultaneously the second roller means 32 follows the above to apply the same massage action to the part between the waist and the ankle inclusive. The second section S2 is also for whole-body massaging purpose but is a rather narrower section where the first roller means 20 likewise reciprocates to apply the rubbing massage action to the part between the neck and the waist inclusive, and simultaneously the second roller means 32 follows the above to apply the same to the part between the waist and the leg inclusive. The third section S3 is for lower-half massaging purpose and is a narrowest section where the first roller means 20 likewise reciprocates to apply the rubbing massage action to the part between the waist and the thigh inclusive, and simultaneously the second roller means 32 follows the above to apply rubbing massage action to the part between the leg and the ankle inclusive. The selection among the above three sections S1, S2 and S3 for massaging treatment is made by operating switch means (not shown) provided on an appropriate spot of the bed.As apparent from the above Figures, the second section S2 and the third section S3 have a common section S4 of a shorter distance for the purpose of compensating the differing positions on the bed of the waists of users of different heights so as to assure the rubbing massage action to be always applied to the waist which requires the massage treatment most frequently, in both cases when selecting the second section S2 and third section 53.

On the other hand, when the output from the motor M is transmitted to rotate the main shaft 11 without rotating the drive axle 16, the first roller means 20 will rotate about the axis of the main shaft 11 while being kept in position relative to the length of the bed. During this rotational motion of the first roller means 20 which, as previously described, is mounted on the main shaft 11 to be eccectric to and inclined in opposite directions to one another with respect to the axis of the main shaft 11, a pair of the outer rings 23 of the first roller means 20 are cooperative to alternatively produce the condition in which the outer rings 23 project toward the cover sheet 6 in a larger amount with the distance between their upper peripheries thereof being smaller as shown in Figure 5 and the condition in which the outer rings 23 project upwardly in a smaller amount with the distance between the upper peripheries thereof being larger as shown in Figure 6, giving a kneading massage action to the part of the body confined between these two outer rings 23. Also understood from these two Figures is that varying the angular position of the first roller means 20 causes to adjust the strength of a massaging force to be applied to the back of the body in said rubbing massaging process.Aforesaid limit switches LS1 and LS2 are employed to sense the angular position of the first means 20 for achieving this purpose of adjusting the rubbing massaging force to be applied thereby. The kneading massage action, of course, can be applied at any position of the first roller means 20 within each of said sections S1, S2, and S3 to the corresponding part of the body, that is, the part between the neck and the thigh inclusive.

Particularly when the neck receives the kneading massage by the first means 20, the second roller means 32 will help support the body at the waist to enhance the kneading massage action on the neck. It is noted at this point that the motor M driving selectively the first and the second massage members 10 and 30 to reciprocate for the rubbing massage and driving the first roller means 20 to rotate for the kneading massage is incorporated in the reciprocating first massage member 10 for the purpose of simplifying the construction as well as the wiring of the bed.

Said side rollers 18 provided on the first massage member 10 are introduced to promote the above effect of adjusting the strength of a pressure being applied to the body in the rubbing massage process as well as to enhance the kneading massage action as in the following manners.

During the rubbing massage with the first roller means 20 projecting upwardly in such a smaller amount as shown in Figure 6 to apply a relatively weak rubbing force to the body, the body will be supported not only by the first roller means 20 but also by the side rollers 18 which reciprocate therewith in the longitudinal direction of the bed, so that the body will receive a rubbing massage at a wider area than only by the first roller means 20 as well as enjoy a relatively soft-touch massage by the effect of his weight being dissipatedly applied to the first roller means 20 and the side rollers 18.In the kneading massage process by the first roller means 20, the side roller 18 will support the body to relax the part to which the first roller means 20 applies the kneading massage force when the first roller means 20 comes during its rotation to the less projecting position as shown in Figure 6, and recede away from the body to concentrate the massaging force by the first roller means 20 to the same part when the first roller means 20 comes out of the above position, thus producing the alterate actions of relaxing and tightening the part being massaged. In this manner, the side rollers 18 cooperate with the first roller means 20 to enhance the kneading massaging effect, as opposed when the body would be supported only by the first roller means and therefore without the assistance of the side rollers during whole kneading massage process to suffer with a constantly tensed part to which the massage is to be applied, such constant tension would be a hindrance to this kind of massaging treatment.

The above description and particularly the drawings are set forth for purposes of illustration only. It will be understood that many variations and modifications of the embodiment herein described will be obvious to those skilled in the art, and may be carried out without departing from the scope of the invention.

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1. A massage bed comprising a body-supporting bed; a first massage member having first bodycontacting roller means and operatively driven by a motor to reciprocate in the longitudinal direction of the bed; a second massage member having second bodycontacting roller means and disposed in spaced relationship longitudinally with said first massage member, said second massage member being connected to said first massage member so as to be movable therewith along the length of the bed; and said first massage member being disposed on the headrest side of the bed while said second massage member disposed on the footrest side of the same.
2. The massage bed as set forth in claim 1, wherein said first massage member comprises a drive axle being movable by the output of the motor along the length of the bed to reciprocate said first body-contacting roller means, and a main shaft which extends transversely of the bed and carries said first body-contacting roller means being eccentric and inclined with respect to the axis of the main shaft to be rotated about that axis by the output of the motor for giving a rolling motion to said first body-contacting roller means, and wherein means is included for selectively establishing the driving connection from the motor to said drive axle and to said main shaft.
3. The massage bed as set forth in claim 1, including stroke adjusting means for selecting a range among predetermined ranges of different stroke lengths in which said first body-contacting roller means can reciprocate, said ranges having a path in common with each other.
4. The massage bed as set forth in claim 1, wherein said motor is incorporated in the first massage member to be reciprocated together therewith.
5. The massage bed as set forth in claim 1, including a headrest pivotally connected at longitu dinallyforward end of the bed to allow the headrest to be placed on the upper portion of the bed forwardly of said first massage member and to be withdrawn therefrom.
6. A massaging device, for applying massage to the human body, comprising: massaging means, translationally movable relative to a support structure, said massaging means including a massage member, for applying a massage action to a first part of the human body and a body support member, spaced from said massage member, for supporting a second part of the human body remote from said first part.
7. A massaging device as claimed in claim 6 wherein said body support member includes further massaging means, for providing a further massaging action.
8. A massaging device as claimed in claim 6 or claim 7 wherein said massage member is rotatably movable relative to said support structure.
9. A massage bed as hereinbefore described with reference to the accompanying drawings.
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