GB2194883A - Head and neck support - Google Patents

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GB2194883A
GB2194883A GB08628699A GB8628699A GB2194883A GB 2194883 A GB2194883 A GB 2194883A GB 08628699 A GB08628699 A GB 08628699A GB 8628699 A GB8628699 A GB 8628699A GB 2194883 A GB2194883 A GB 2194883A
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47CCHAIRS; SOFAS; BEDS
    • A47C7/00Parts, details, or accessories of chairs or stools
    • A47C7/36Support for the head or the back
    • A47C7/38Support for the head or the back for the head
    • A47C7/383Detachable or loose head- or neck-supports, e.g. horse-shoe shaped

Abstract

The head and neck support comprises an inflatable head supporting part (10), an inflatable neck supporting part (11), a flap (16) for releasably attaching the neck supporting part to the head supporting part, and elasticated straps (23, 24) for releasably and adjustably attaching the support to a seat, chair or the like. The two parts (10 and 11) are independently inflatable to a required pressure. <IMAGE>

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SPECIFICATION Head and neck support This invention relates to a head and neck support and has as its object the provision of a head and neck support in a convenient form.

According to the invention there is provided a head and neck support comprising an inflatable head supporting part, an inflatable neck supporting part, first means for releasably attaching the neck supporting part to the head supporting part, and second means for releasably attaching the head and neck supporting parts to a seat, chair or the like.

Preferred and/or optional features of the invention are set forth in claims 2-6.

Such a head and neck support is portable and is particularly useful when on outings or camping.

The invention will now be more particularly described, by way of example, with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which: Figure 1 is a front perspective view of one embodiment of a head and neck support according to the invention, with a part of the head supporting part broken away, Figure 2 is a rear perspective view of the head and neck support of Fig. 1 and Figure 3 shows two head and neck supports attached to respective seats.

Referring to the drawings, the head and neck support shown therein comprises an inflatable pillow-shaped head supporting part 10 and an inflatable bolster-shaped neck supporting part 11. The head and neck supporting parts 10 and 11 comprise inflatable rubber inner members 12a and 12b, respectively, and removable outer covers 13a and 13b, respectively, made of elasticated knitted fabric which stretches as the inner member is inflated and contracts as the inner member is deflated.

Each inflatable inner member 12a,12b has at one end a mouthpiece 14 by which the inner member can be inflated, each mouthpiece being provided with an associated stopper 15. The mouthpiece 14 is constructed so as to hold the inner and cover members of a respective head or neck supporting part 10, 11 together when in use. To this end the mouthpiece may have a relatively thick wall with a circumferential groove (not shown) therein. A marginal edge portion, which surrounds an aperture in the cover member, is then located in this groove.

A flap 16 is attached at one end to the front of the outer cover 13b of the neck supporting part 11 and is releasably connected to the front of the head supporting part 10 by complementary VELCRO fasteners 17 and 18 on the other end of the flap 16 and on the outer cover 13a of the head supporting part 10, respectively.

Elasticated straps 23 and 24, which are preferably covered with a stretchable fabric, are passed through loops 19 and 20, (see full lines in Fig. 2 and 3) or loops 21 and 22 (see broken lines in Fig. 2 and 3), on the head and neck supporting parts 10 and 11, respectively, in order to releasably attach the support to the back of a chair or seat, e.g. a car seat 27 (Fig. 3), in an easily adjustable manner. The two ends of each strap also have complementary VELCRO fasteners 25 and 26 to connect the ends together.

The two parts 10 and 11 can be inflated independently to any desired pressure and can be deflated and folded for ease of storage.

Moreover, the two parts 10 and 11 can be separated by unfastening the VELCRO fasteners 17 and 18 for use individually.

As shown in Fig. 3, the support can be attached to a car seat and adjusted to suit an individual user. In this application the support will serve to prevent whiplash in an accident.

The support could, however, be used on any suitable seat or chair to make the user more comfortable.

A bag may be provided for stowing the support when deflated and the support may be supplied with a spare set of washable cover parts 13a, 13b.

The above embodiment is given by way of example and modifications will be apparent to persons skilled in the art without departing from the scope of the invention defined by the appended claims.

1. A head and neck support comprising an inflatable head supporting part, an inflatable neck supporting part, first means for releasably attaching the neck supporting part to the head supporting part, and second means for releasably attaching the head and neck supporting parts to a seat, chair or the like.

2. The support accordipg to claim 1, wherein the head and neck supporting parts each comprise an inflatable rubber inner member inside an expandible fabric cover member.

3. The support according to claim 1 or claim 2, wherein the first means comprises a flap attached at one end to one of the head and neck supporting parts and releasably attachable at an opposite end to the other of the head and neck supporting parts by VELCRO fasteners.

4. The support according to anyone of the preceding claims, wherein said second means comprises straps attached to the head and neck supporting parts by loops on the head and neck supporting parts.

5. The support of claim 4, wherein the straps are elasticated.

6. The support of anyone of the preceding claims, wherein the head supporting part is pillow-shaped and the neck supporting part is bolster-shaped.

7. A head and neck support substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to

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**WARNING** start of CLMS field may overlap end of DESC **. SPECIFICATION Head and neck support This invention relates to a head and neck support and has as its object the provision of a head and neck support in a convenient form. According to the invention there is provided a head and neck support comprising an inflatable head supporting part, an inflatable neck supporting part, first means for releasably attaching the neck supporting part to the head supporting part, and second means for releasably attaching the head and neck supporting parts to a seat, chair or the like. Preferred and/or optional features of the invention are set forth in claims 2-6. Such a head and neck support is portable and is particularly useful when on outings or camping. The invention will now be more particularly described, by way of example, with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which: Figure 1 is a front perspective view of one embodiment of a head and neck support according to the invention, with a part of the head supporting part broken away, Figure 2 is a rear perspective view of the head and neck support of Fig. 1 and Figure 3 shows two head and neck supports attached to respective seats. Referring to the drawings, the head and neck support shown therein comprises an inflatable pillow-shaped head supporting part 10 and an inflatable bolster-shaped neck supporting part 11. The head and neck supporting parts 10 and 11 comprise inflatable rubber inner members 12a and 12b, respectively, and removable outer covers 13a and 13b, respectively, made of elasticated knitted fabric which stretches as the inner member is inflated and contracts as the inner member is deflated. Each inflatable inner member 12a,12b has at one end a mouthpiece 14 by which the inner member can be inflated, each mouthpiece being provided with an associated stopper 15. The mouthpiece 14 is constructed so as to hold the inner and cover members of a respective head or neck supporting part 10, 11 together when in use. To this end the mouthpiece may have a relatively thick wall with a circumferential groove (not shown) therein. A marginal edge portion, which surrounds an aperture in the cover member, is then located in this groove. A flap 16 is attached at one end to the front of the outer cover 13b of the neck supporting part 11 and is releasably connected to the front of the head supporting part 10 by complementary VELCRO fasteners 17 and 18 on the other end of the flap 16 and on the outer cover 13a of the head supporting part 10, respectively. Elasticated straps 23 and 24, which are preferably covered with a stretchable fabric, are passed through loops 19 and 20, (see full lines in Fig. 2 and 3) or loops 21 and 22 (see broken lines in Fig. 2 and 3), on the head and neck supporting parts 10 and 11, respectively, in order to releasably attach the support to the back of a chair or seat, e.g. a car seat 27 (Fig. 3), in an easily adjustable manner. The two ends of each strap also have complementary VELCRO fasteners 25 and 26 to connect the ends together. The two parts 10 and 11 can be inflated independently to any desired pressure and can be deflated and folded for ease of storage. Moreover, the two parts 10 and 11 can be separated by unfastening the VELCRO fasteners 17 and 18 for use individually. As shown in Fig. 3, the support can be attached to a car seat and adjusted to suit an individual user. In this application the support will serve to prevent whiplash in an accident. The support could, however, be used on any suitable seat or chair to make the user more comfortable. A bag may be provided for stowing the support when deflated and the support may be supplied with a spare set of washable cover parts 13a, 13b. The above embodiment is given by way of example and modifications will be apparent to persons skilled in the art without departing from the scope of the invention defined by the appended claims. CLAIMS
1. A head and neck support comprising an inflatable head supporting part, an inflatable neck supporting part, first means for releasably attaching the neck supporting part to the head supporting part, and second means for releasably attaching the head and neck supporting parts to a seat, chair or the like.
2. The support accordipg to claim 1, wherein the head and neck supporting parts each comprise an inflatable rubber inner member inside an expandible fabric cover member.
3. The support according to claim 1 or claim 2, wherein the first means comprises a flap attached at one end to one of the head and neck supporting parts and releasably attachable at an opposite end to the other of the head and neck supporting parts by VELCRO fasteners.
4. The support according to anyone of the preceding claims, wherein said second means comprises straps attached to the head and neck supporting parts by loops on the head and neck supporting parts.
5. The support of claim 4, wherein the straps are elasticated.
6. The support of anyone of the preceding claims, wherein the head supporting part is pillow-shaped and the neck supporting part is bolster-shaped.
7. A head and neck support substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to the accompanying drawings.
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KR8614177U KR920000588Y1 (en) 1986-09-12 1986-09-12 Head kit for vehicle seat

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GB2208596A (en) * 1987-08-14 1989-04-12 Ruth Kathleen Nevill Back support
WO1990004378A1 (en) * 1988-10-19 1990-05-03 Kearsey, Desma, Lorraine Support apparatus
US4985950A (en) * 1990-04-19 1991-01-22 Gladish William C Detachable hanging headrest/pillow
US5064245A (en) * 1990-10-09 1991-11-12 Stephens Gina L Child car seat pillow construction
GB2248017A (en) * 1990-09-18 1992-03-25 Paxon John B Cushion and head rest
EP0551368A1 (en) * 1990-09-20 1993-07-21 Dellanno Roland P Apparatus for preventing whiplash.
US5281000A (en) * 1992-03-05 1994-01-25 Span-America Medical Systems, Inc. Adjustable chair support supplement
US5317772A (en) * 1991-12-31 1994-06-07 Zeev Perl Inflatable headrest
US5345633A (en) * 1993-04-13 1994-09-13 Robert Harnish Cushion with internal storage pouch
US5423093A (en) * 1990-08-06 1995-06-13 Hall-Vandis; Nancy Protective inflatable edge guard for use with swimming pool structural components
US5544378A (en) * 1995-06-07 1996-08-13 Chow; Pok Y. J. Inflatable pillow
US5567015A (en) * 1995-03-01 1996-10-22 Arias; Antonio Inflatable headrest apparatus
FR2743482A1 (en) * 1996-01-11 1997-07-18 Crespin Jean Loup Inflatable pillow anatomical in shape for beach
FR2747290A1 (en) * 1996-01-11 1997-10-17 Bertola Jacques Charles Andre Cylindrical pad fixed to head-rest of vehicle seat
GB2314261A (en) * 1996-05-07 1997-12-24 Arnold Edwin George Tarrant Removable support strap
WO1998042235A1 (en) * 1997-03-26 1998-10-01 Hogan & Schuman Development L.L.C. Neck support device for use with an automobile seat
US5864904A (en) * 1998-01-09 1999-02-02 Rudick; Maly Bed pillow
US5898963A (en) * 1998-07-13 1999-05-04 Larson; Lynn D. Adjustable support cervical pillow
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NL1011213C2 (en) 1999-02-04 2000-08-07 Emtek Ergonomics V O F Inflatable support.
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US6575533B1 (en) * 2002-05-20 2003-06-10 John J. Kicos Towel retaining device and pillow
US6665898B2 (en) * 2001-12-03 2003-12-23 Bruce Gordon Device for correcting a sagging bed
US6748615B1 (en) * 2003-01-03 2004-06-15 Bobbi-Jo Tiedemann Neck supporting pillow construction
US6957462B1 (en) * 2004-11-17 2005-10-25 Wilcox Richard B Pillow with slidable strap through it
WO2007141358A1 (en) * 2006-06-05 2007-12-13 Ricardo Antonio Pacheco Santos Headrest cover for seats
US7802333B2 (en) * 2007-02-12 2010-09-28 O.R. Comfort, Llc Inflatable surgical positioning aid
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US20130038111A1 (en) * 2011-08-11 2013-02-14 Lei Huang Automobile neck pillow
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GB364287A (en) * 1930-12-02 1932-01-07 Lilian Evelyn Layland Improvements in and relating to body supports for baths and the like
GB414131A (en) * 1933-02-02 1934-08-02 William Thomas Corney A new and improved form of cushion for the neck and head
GB548990A (en) * 1940-09-03 1942-11-02 Anna Olga Bindschedler Improved head rest or pillow
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GB2205236A (en) * 1987-05-06 1988-12-07 Sitco Inflatable back support device
GB2208596A (en) * 1987-08-14 1989-04-12 Ruth Kathleen Nevill Back support
WO1990004378A1 (en) * 1988-10-19 1990-05-03 Kearsey, Desma, Lorraine Support apparatus
US4985950A (en) * 1990-04-19 1991-01-22 Gladish William C Detachable hanging headrest/pillow
US5423093A (en) * 1990-08-06 1995-06-13 Hall-Vandis; Nancy Protective inflatable edge guard for use with swimming pool structural components
GB2248017A (en) * 1990-09-18 1992-03-25 Paxon John B Cushion and head rest
EP0551368A1 (en) * 1990-09-20 1993-07-21 Dellanno Roland P Apparatus for preventing whiplash.
EP0551368A4 (en) * 1990-09-20 1994-03-16 Dellanno, Roland P.
US5064245A (en) * 1990-10-09 1991-11-12 Stephens Gina L Child car seat pillow construction
US5317772A (en) * 1991-12-31 1994-06-07 Zeev Perl Inflatable headrest
US5281000A (en) * 1992-03-05 1994-01-25 Span-America Medical Systems, Inc. Adjustable chair support supplement
US5345633A (en) * 1993-04-13 1994-09-13 Robert Harnish Cushion with internal storage pouch
US5567015A (en) * 1995-03-01 1996-10-22 Arias; Antonio Inflatable headrest apparatus
US5544378A (en) * 1995-06-07 1996-08-13 Chow; Pok Y. J. Inflatable pillow
FR2743482A1 (en) * 1996-01-11 1997-07-18 Crespin Jean Loup Inflatable pillow anatomical in shape for beach
FR2747290A1 (en) * 1996-01-11 1997-10-17 Bertola Jacques Charles Andre Cylindrical pad fixed to head-rest of vehicle seat
GB2314261A (en) * 1996-05-07 1997-12-24 Arnold Edwin George Tarrant Removable support strap
WO1998042235A1 (en) * 1997-03-26 1998-10-01 Hogan & Schuman Development L.L.C. Neck support device for use with an automobile seat
US5864904A (en) * 1998-01-09 1999-02-02 Rudick; Maly Bed pillow
US6079784A (en) * 1998-07-10 2000-06-27 Peachey; James L. Adjustable back support pillow
US5898963A (en) * 1998-07-13 1999-05-04 Larson; Lynn D. Adjustable support cervical pillow
US6510574B2 (en) * 1999-02-02 2003-01-28 O. R. Comfort, Llc Inflatable positioning aids for operating room
NL1011213C2 (en) 1999-02-04 2000-08-07 Emtek Ergonomics V O F Inflatable support.
US6131219A (en) * 1999-03-03 2000-10-17 Roberts; Janet H. Inflatable pillow
WO2002030246A1 (en) * 1999-03-03 2002-04-18 Roberts Janet H Inflatable pillow
US6496994B1 (en) * 2000-07-11 2002-12-24 Richard Omel Back support
US6665898B2 (en) * 2001-12-03 2003-12-23 Bruce Gordon Device for correcting a sagging bed
US6575533B1 (en) * 2002-05-20 2003-06-10 John J. Kicos Towel retaining device and pillow
US6748615B1 (en) * 2003-01-03 2004-06-15 Bobbi-Jo Tiedemann Neck supporting pillow construction
US6957462B1 (en) * 2004-11-17 2005-10-25 Wilcox Richard B Pillow with slidable strap through it
WO2007141358A1 (en) * 2006-06-05 2007-12-13 Ricardo Antonio Pacheco Santos Headrest cover for seats
US7802333B2 (en) * 2007-02-12 2010-09-28 O.R. Comfort, Llc Inflatable surgical positioning aid
CN102729871A (en) * 2011-04-11 2012-10-17 富声国际股份有限公司 Back cushion structure
US20130038111A1 (en) * 2011-08-11 2013-02-14 Lei Huang Automobile neck pillow
US8856990B2 (en) * 2011-08-11 2014-10-14 Lei Huang Automobile neck pillow
US20150182044A1 (en) * 2014-01-02 2015-07-02 GM Global Technology Operations LLC Integrated adjustable neck rest with release valve

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