JP6156700B2 - Air massage device - Google Patents

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JP6156700B2
JP6156700B2 JP2014050222A JP2014050222A JP6156700B2 JP 6156700 B2 JP6156700 B2 JP 6156700B2 JP 2014050222 A JP2014050222 A JP 2014050222A JP 2014050222 A JP2014050222 A JP 2014050222A JP 6156700 B2 JP6156700 B2 JP 6156700B2
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猛 児島
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  The present invention relates to an air massage device.

  Patent Document 1 discloses an example of an air massage device that massages the lower limbs with an air bag. This air massage apparatus has a massage bag which is an attachment to be attached to a user's lower limb, and a first airbag and a second airbag which are attached to the massage bag and massage a foot. The first airbag is formed to massage the entire sole. The second airbag is arranged so as to overlap the first airbag and is formed so as to massage the arch of the sole.

  According to the massage device of Patent Document 1, the entire sole is massaged by inflating the first airbag and the second airbag, and the arch is massaged more strongly. For this reason, compared with the case where the 2nd airbag does not exist, it becomes easy for a user to memorize a comfortable massage feeling.

Japanese Patent No. 5059813

  As a result of examining the form of the device that gives the user a more comfortable massage feeling by massaging the sole, the inventor of the present application has such a form that massages the base of the toes in the sole in addition to the arch. We found that it corresponds to one of the forms. On the other hand, since the air massage apparatus of Patent Document 1 is configured without paying particular attention to such points, there is room for improvement in terms of giving a more preferable massage feeling to the soles.

  The objective of this invention is providing the air massage apparatus which can give a preferable massage feeling to a sole.

According to an independent form of the present air massage apparatus, an attachment including a foot covering portion to be attached to a foot, and an attachment to the foot covering portion, and at least a base of a toe and an arch of a foot are directly attached. A sole air bag that performs massaging or indirect massage, and a partition portion provided in a portion of the foot covering portion that is opposed to a portion between a base of a toe and a foot arch, and The sole air bag is composed of a pair of sheets welded together, a structure for massaging the toe base and the foot arch more strongly than the part between the toe base and the foot arch, and has a backside between Ssaji non structure of the heel, the dividing portion includes a portion of the weld portion and the pair of sheet is a welded portion from each other.

  According to this air massage apparatus, a more preferable massage feeling can be given to the soles.

The perspective view of the air massage device of an embodiment. The block diagram of the air massage apparatus of embodiment. The expanded view of the boot of embodiment. The bottom view of the boots of an embodiment. The perspective view of the back side of the developed boots. The perspective view of the front side of the expanded boot. The rear view of the developed boots. The top view of the 2nd composite airbag of embodiment. The top view of the 2nd compound air bag of an embodiment, and related parts. The perspective view of the auxiliary tool of embodiment. The schematic diagram which shows the use condition of the auxiliary tool of embodiment. The perspective view which shows the 1st usage pattern of the air massage apparatus of embodiment. The perspective view which shows the 2nd usage pattern of the air massage apparatus of embodiment.

(An example of the form which this air massage device can take)
[1] According to an independent form of the present air massage apparatus, an attachment including a foot covering portion to be attached to a foot, and an attachment to the foot covering portion, and at least a base of a toe and a foot A sole air bag for directly or indirectly massaging the arch, and a partition provided in a portion of the foot covering portion that is opposite to the portion between the base of the toe and the arch of the foot. The sole airbag is composed of a pair of sheets welded to each other, and has a structure for massaging the base of the toe and the arch of the foot more strongly than the portion between the base of the toe and the arch of the foot. , and has a back side and not Ma Ssaji structure of the heel, the dividing portion includes a portion of the weld portion and the pair of sheet is a welded portion from each other.

  Although emphasizing the base of the toes and the arch of the foot, the massage can be given a more favorable feeling to the sole of the foot compared with the case of emphasizing only the arch of the foot. It is preferable to further consider That is, even if the part including the base of the toe, the arch of the foot, and the part between the base of the toe and the arch of the foot is emphasized and massaged more than the other part of the sole, Is strongly massaged, it becomes relatively difficult to emphasize the massage feeling of the base of the toes and the arch of the foot.

  According to the present air massage apparatus, in consideration of such matters, the sole air bag is configured as described in [1], so that the massage feeling at the base of the toes and the foot arches is easily emphasized. For this reason, a preferable massage feeling can be given to the soles.

  [2] According to an embodiment subordinate to the air massage device, a first sole airbag that is part of the sole airbag and massages the base of the toes, and one of the sole airbags A second sole airbag that massages the arch of the foot and constitutes a different part of one airbag, and the one airbag is located inside the first sole airbag. A sole communication portion that connects the space and the space inside the second sole airbag is included.

  According to the present air massage device, the structure of the sole air bag is simplified as compared with the case where the first sole airbag and the second sole airbag are individually formed. For this reason, the productivity regarding the sole air bag is improved.

[3] According to one aspect dependent on the air massage device, the partition portion constitutes a non-expandable portion that does not expand.

  According to the present air massage device, compared to the case where it is assumed that the portion corresponding to the non-inflatable portion is formed as an inflatable portion, the massage feeling at the base of the toes and the foot arch is more easily emphasized. Become.

[4] According to one mode subordinate to the air massage device, it further includes a heater element attached to the partition portion and applying heat to the sole.
According to the present air massage device, the sole can be massaged by the sole air bag while the sole is warmed by the heater element. For this reason, a feeling of massage similar to a feeling of massage by human hands can be given to the soles. In addition, since it is not necessary to substantially consider the influence on the heater element due to the inflating of the sole air bag, the configuration of the heater element can be selected from various options.

  [5] According to one aspect dependent on the air massage device, the air bag further includes an instep airbag attached to the foot covering portion and pressing the instep of the foot against the sole airbag.

  According to this air massage device, the force that the sole airbag pushes the sole is supported by the instep airbag, so that the sole is massaged more strongly. For this reason, a preferable massage feeling can be given to the soles.

  [6] According to an embodiment subordinate to the air massage device, the sole air bag and the upper air bag constitute different portions of the one air bag.

  According to the present air massage device, the structure of the air bag is simplified as compared with the case where the sole air bag and the instep air bag are individually formed. For this reason, the productivity regarding an airbag improves.

  [7] According to one aspect subordinate to the air massage device, the sole airbag and the upper airbag are connected to each other by a side communication portion that is a part of the one airbag, and the side portion The one air bag is formed so that the communication portion faces the inside or the outside of the foot.

  When the toes of the toes are pushed by the air bag, the feeling of pressure on the toes that the user remembers becomes strong, and the user may feel uncomfortable. According to the present air massage device, the side communication portion is formed on the inner side or the outer side of the foot as described in [7] in consideration of such matters. For this reason, it is avoided that the toes of the toes are pressed by the side communication portions, and it becomes difficult for the user to feel uncomfortable.

  [8] According to an embodiment subordinate to the air massage device, the first sole air bag and the side communication portion are connected to each other, and an electric wire connected to the heater element is connected to the second foot. By being routed so as to pass between the back airbag and the side communication portion, the second sole airbag and the side communication portion are not directly connected.

  According to this air massage device, since the boundary between the second sole airbag and the side communication portion is formed, the second sole airbag and the side communication portion are directly connected to each other. In comparison, the foot massage by the second sole air bag is easily emphasized. Further, since the electric wire can be routed to the rear side of the second sole airbag, the electric wire can be routed on the rear side of the attachment in order to connect the electric wire to the power supply circuit. For this reason, when a user uses this air massage apparatus, the electric wire connected with a power supply circuit cannot obstruct a user's operation | movement easily.

  [9] According to one aspect dependent on the air massage device, the thickness when the toe side portion of the upper air bag is inflated is the thickness of the ankle side portion of the upper air bag. The upper air bag is formed to be thicker than the thickness of the time.

  According to the present air massage device, compared with the case where the thicknesses of the two places are set to the same thickness, the force that the upper air bag pushes the toe side portion of the foot becomes stronger. For this reason, the difference between the force with which the instep air bag presses the toe side of the foot and the force with which the instep air bag presses on the ankle side of the foot is less likely to occur, and the wide area of the instep has a uniform strength. It becomes easy to be massaged.

[10] According to an embodiment subordinate to the air massage device, the air massage device further includes an inner airbag attached to the foot covering portion and massaging the foot arch from the inside.
According to the test conducted by the inventor of the present application, in addition to massaging the arch from the sole side, it is confirmed that the user feels a more comfortable massage feeling by further massaging the arch from the inside of the foot. According to this air massage device, based on such matters, the inner airbag is further included as described in [10] above. For this reason, a comfortable massage feeling can be given to the user.

  [11] According to one aspect dependent on the air massage device, an air bag is present in at least one of a portion of the attachment facing the inner side of the big toe of the foot and a portion of the attachment facing the outer side of the little toe. Not done.

  When the toes are pushed from the inside by the airbag, the toes of the toes may be strongly pressed against the forefinger of the toes. Furthermore, the forefinger, the middle finger, and the ring finger of the foot may be strongly pressed against the toes that exist outside the toes. Further, when the toes are pushed from the outside by the air bag, the little toes of the toes may be strongly pressed against the ring fingers of the toes. Furthermore, the ring finger of the foot, the middle finger of the foot, and the index finger of the foot may be strongly pressed against the toes inside each toe. In this way, when the toes are strongly pressed against adjacent toes, the feeling of pressure on the toes that the user learns becomes strong, and the user may feel uncomfortable.

  According to the present air massage device, the air bag is configured as described in [11] above in consideration of such matters. For this reason, the inner side of a toe, the outer side of a toe, or both are not compressed by an air bag. This makes it difficult for the user to feel discomfort.

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With reference to FIG. 1 and FIG. 2, the structure of the air massage apparatus 1 is demonstrated.
FIG. 1 shows the appearance of the air massage device 1. The air massage device 1 includes a pair of boots 20 that are a pair of attachments to which an airbag for massaging the lower limbs is attached, and a controller 10 that controls the operation of the airbag. The air massage apparatus 1 further includes two wire harnesses 70 that connect the boot 20 and the controller 10 to each other, and a pair of auxiliary tools 90 that are inserted between the boot 20 and the lower limbs. The right lower limb boot 20 which is one of the pair of boots 20 and the left lower limb boot 20 which is the other of the pair of boots 20 have a symmetrical relationship.

  FIG. 2 shows a block configuration of the air massage device 1. The air massage device 1 further includes the following components in addition to the boots 20 and the like. The air massage apparatus 1 includes a first composite airbag 100 that mainly massages the back of the lower leg and the side of the foot, and a second composite airbag 200 that mainly massages the sole and the instep of the foot. The air massage apparatus 1 further includes a connection part 80 for connecting the wire harness 70 and the first composite airbag 100 to each other, and a heater unit 50 (see FIG. 7B) for heating the soles.

  The controller 10 includes an air pump 11 that supplies air to the air bags 100 and 200, and a control valve 12 that switches between supply and discharge states of air related to the air bags 100 and 200. The controller 10 further includes a control unit 13 that controls the air pump 11 and the control valve 12, and a power supply circuit 14 that supplies power to each electric device mounted on the air massage device 1. The controller 10 further includes a connector 15 (see FIG. 1) for connecting the wire harness 70 and a power connector 16 (see FIG. 1) for connecting an AC adapter that supplies power to the power circuit 14. The controller 10 further includes an operation unit 17 including a switch for turning on and off the power supply of the controller 10 and a switch for inputting a user request regarding massage contents and the like.

  The control unit 13 executes massage control for controlling the air pump 11 and the control valve 12 to cause the airbags 100 and 200 to massage the lower leg based on the signal received from the operation unit 17.

The configuration of the boot 20 will be described with reference to FIGS. 3 and 4.
The boot 20 has the same properties as the strong main fabric 21 having rigidity suitable for maintaining the shape thereof, the lining 22 that provides a soft touch to the lower limbs, and the main fabric 21. It has the sub-dough 23 formed. The boot 20 further includes a plurality of tightening portions for fitting each part of the boot 20 to the lower limb, that is, a first leg tightening portion 31, a second leg tightening portion 32, and a foot tightening portion 41.

  The main fabric 21 includes a leg covering portion 30 which is a portion covering the lower leg of the boot 20 and a foot covering portion 40 which is a portion covering the foot of the boot 20, and forms a skeleton of the boot 20. Corresponds to the main part. The leg covering portion 30 is configured to cover substantially the entire lower leg. The foot covering portion 40 is configured to cover a portion of the foot excluding the toes. That is, the boot 20 has an open toe shape.

  The edge of the lining 22 is sewn to the edge of the main fabric 21 so as to cover almost the entire inner surface of the main fabric 21. The sub-fabric 23 is sewn to the main fabric 21 and the lining 22 so that a portion thereof forms the appearance of the boot 20 and the other portion is disposed on the inner surface side of the lining 22.

  The first leg tightening portion 31 is formed in a portion of the leg covering portion 30 corresponding to the lower gastrocnemius muscle. A hook-and-loop fastener which is an example of the form of the first leg fastening portion 31 includes a loop 31A (see FIG. 3) sewn on the inner surface of the lining 22 and a hook 31B (see FIG. 3) sewn on the outer surface of the main fabric 21. (See FIG. 4). As an example, the lower leg is divided into an upper part where the gastrocnemius muscle mainly exists and a lower part where the soleus muscle mainly exists. The part of the lower leg around the gastrocnemius is the upper part of the lower leg, and the part of the leg covering part 30 corresponding to the part of the gastrocnemius is the part corresponding to the upper part thereof.

  The second leg fastening portion 32 is formed in a portion of the leg covering portion 30 corresponding to the circumference of the soleus of the lower leg. A hook-and-loop fastener which is an example of the form of the second leg fastening portion 32 includes a loop 32A (see FIG. 3) sewn on the inner surface of the sub-fabric 23 and a hook 32B (see FIG. 3) sewn on the outer surface of the main fabric 21. (See FIG. 4). In addition, the part around the soleus of the lower leg is a part on the lower side, and the part corresponding to the circumference of the soleus of the leg covering part 30 is a part corresponding to the part on the lower side of the lower leg. .

  The foot tightening portion 41 is formed from the portion of the foot covering portion 40 that faces the instep of the foot to the portion that faces the side of the heel. Moreover, the edge of the foot clamp part 41 is formed so that the foot clamp part 41 may go to the outer side of the instep from the inner side of the instep as it goes from the instep side to the ankle side. A hook-and-loop fastener, which is an example of the form of the foot clamp 41, includes a loop 41A (see FIG. 3) sewn on the inner surface of the lining 22 and a hook 41B (see FIG. 3) sewn on the outer surface of the main fabric 21. ).

  The first leg fastening part 31, the second leg fastening part 32, and the foot fastening part 41 are formed so that the strength for fastening the corresponding part of the lower limb can be individually adjusted. That is, the first leg can be individually adjusted so that the strength of tightening the portion corresponding to the gastrocnemius of the leg covering portion 30 and the strength of tightening the portion corresponding to the periphery of the soleus of the leg covering portion 30 can be individually adjusted. The fastening portion 31 and the second leg fastening portion 32 are formed independently of each other. Further, the first leg tightening portion 31, the second leg tightening portion 32, and the foot tightening portion 41 so that the strength for tightening each portion of the leg covering portion 30 and the strength for tightening the foot covering portion 40 can be individually adjusted. Are formed independently of each other.

  When the first leg tightening portion 31, the second leg tightening portion 32, and the foot tightening portion 41 are tightened, the boot 20 maintains the shape as the boot 20 for covering the lower limbs. On the other hand, when the first leg tightening portion 31, the second leg tightening portion 32, and the foot tightening portion 41 are each opened, the boot 20 is approximately the front side from the end of the leg covering portion 30 to the foot covering portion. Open up to 40 ends.

  FIG. 3 shows a state in which the boot 20 is opened as such. A leg opening 33 is formed in a portion of the leg covering portion 30 that faces the shin, and is a cut that vertically cuts the leg covering portion 30 so as to extend in the height direction of the leg covering portion 30. A foot opening 42 that is a cut through the foot covering portion 40 is formed in a portion of the foot covering portion 40 that faces the inside of the foot approximately so as to extend in the front-rear direction of the foot covering portion 40. According to an example shown in FIG. 3, a foot opening 42 is formed from a portion of the foot covering portion 40 corresponding to the outside of the ankle to a portion corresponding to the vicinity of the base of the big toe. The leg opening 33 and the leg opening 42 are formed so as to be continuous with each other.

  As shown in FIG. 4, a stitched portion 26 is formed on the outsole 25 of the boot 20, which is a portion in which a part of the edge of the main fabric 21 is sewn together so as to extend in the front-rear direction of the boot 20.

  The unfolded structure of the boot 20 will be described with reference to FIGS. 5A and 5B. 5A shows the first composite airbag 100 and the like covered with the main fabric 21 and the lining 22 because the main fabric 21 is displayed in a transparent manner. 5B shows the first composite airbag 100 and the like covered with the main fabric 21 and the lining 22 because the lining 22 is displayed in a transparent manner.

  The lower edge of the foot covering portion 40 in the main fabric 21 is branched in two directions from the central portion. The one edge and the other edge are stitched together to form the stitched portion 26 (see FIG. 4). The second composite airbag 200 is attached on the stitched portion 26. The heater unit 50 and the heel support component 60 that supports the heel are mounted on the second composite airbag 200.

  The wire harness 70 is routed so that the back side portion of the leg covering portion 30 is along the height direction. The wire harness 70 connects the controller 10 (see FIG. 1), the first composite airbag 100, the second composite airbag 200, and the heater unit 50 to each other.

  With reference to FIG. 6, the structure of the 1st composite airbag 100 is demonstrated. In addition, according to FIG. 6, the 1st composite airbag 100 etc. which were covered with the main fabric 21 and the lining 22 by the main fabric 21 being permeate | transmitted and displayed are shown.

  The first composite airbag 100 is composed of a pair of sheets welded to each other. According to the first composite airbag 100, a welded portion 150, which is a portion where a part of a pair of sheets is welded together, is formed, and a plurality of airbags are formed in a region surrounded by the welded portion 150. Yes. Further, a blank 140 is formed around the welded portion 150 in the first composite airbag 100. The dots shown in FIG. 6 indicate the welded portion 150.

  The plurality of airbags formed in the first composite airbag 100 are two leg airbags 110 and two leg side airbags 120. The first leg airbag 111, which is one of the leg airbags 110, massages the gastrocnemius of the lower leg. The second leg airbag 112, which is the other leg airbag 110, massages the soleus of the lower leg.

  The outer leg airbag 121, which is one of the leg side airbags 120, massages the lower part of the ankle and the outer part of the leg. The inner foot airbag 122, which is the other side of the foot side airbag 120, massages the lower part of the ankle and the inner part of the foot. For this reason, the outer leg airbag 121 and the inner leg airbag 122 massage by sandwiching the lower part of the ankle of the foot from the outer side and the inner side of the foot. In addition, according to the more preferable form of the foot | leg side part airbag 120, the gate, which is a foot pot, a heel, and a heel are massaged.

  A non-inflatable portion 130 that is a part of the blank 140 is formed below the second leg airbag 112 so as to partition the outer leg airbag 121 and the inner leg airbag 122 from each other in the width direction of the leg. .

  By attaching the first composite airbag 100 to the leg covering portion 30 of the boot 20, each portion of the airbag 100 is arranged at a predetermined position in the leg covering portion 30 as follows. .

  The first leg airbag 111 is disposed in a portion corresponding to the gastrocnemius of the leg covering portion 30. The second leg airbag 112 is disposed in a portion corresponding to the soleus of the leg covering portion 30. The outer leg airbag 121 is disposed in a portion of the leg covering portion 30 that is below the ankle of the foot and is opposed to the outer portion of the foot. The inner leg air bag 122 is disposed in a portion of the leg covering portion 30 that is below the ankle of the foot and is opposed to the inner portion of the foot. The outer leg airbag 121 and the inner leg airbag 122 branch from the second leg airbag 112 so as to avoid the portion of the leg covering portion 30 that faces the back of the heel.

  An insertion space 34 which is a part of the blank 140 is formed in the central portion of the portion where the first leg airbag 111 is formed. The distal end portion of the base 81 in the connection component 80 is inserted into the insertion space 34. The wire harness 70 is fixed to the base 81. The base 81 has a role as a shape holding part for holding the shape of the boot 20 and is made of a hard resin material. A cover 82 (see FIG. 5A) of the connection component 80 is fixed to the base 81 by being fitted to a part of the base 81.

With reference to FIG. 7A, the structure of the 2nd composite airbag 200 is demonstrated.
The second composite airbag 200 is composed of a pair of sheets welded to each other. According to the second composite airbag 200, a welded portion 280, which is a portion where a part of a pair of sheets is welded to each other, is formed, and a plurality of airbags and a plurality of communication are formed in a region surrounded by the welded portion 280. A part is formed. Further, a blank 270 is formed around the welded portion 280 in the second composite airbag 200. Note that the dots shown in FIGS. 7A and 7B indicate the welded portion 280.

  The plurality of airbags formed on the second composite airbag 200 are two sole airbags 210, one inner airbag 220, and one upper airbag 230. The first sole airbag 211 that is one of the sole airbags 210 massages the base of the toes in the soles. The second sole airbag 212, which is the other of the sole airbag 210, massages the arch of the foot of the sole. The inner airbag 220 is formed continuously with the second sole airbag 212 and massages the arch of the foot from the inside of the foot. The instep air bag 230 massages the instep.

  The plurality of communication portions formed in the second composite airbag 200 are a sole communication portion 240 and a side portion communication portion 250. The sole communication portion 240 connects the space inside the first sole airbag 211 and the space inside the second sole airbag 212 to each other. The side communication portion 250 connects the space inside the first sole airbag 211 and the space inside the upper airbag 230 to each other.

A non-inflatable portion 260 that is a part of the welded portion 280 is formed so as to partition the first sole airbag 211 and the second sole airbag 212 from each other in the front-rear direction of the instep.

  By attaching the second composite airbag 200 to the foot covering portion 40 (see FIG. 1) of the boot 20 (see FIG. 1), each portion of the airbag 200 is as follows. Are arranged at predetermined positions.

  The first sole air bag 211 is disposed on the insole 24 (see FIG. 3) of the boot 20 facing the base of the toes in the foot covering portion 40. The second sole air bag 212 is disposed on the insole 24 of the boot 20 that faces the arch of the foot of the foot covering portion 40. The inner airbag 220 is disposed in a portion of the foot covering portion 40 that faces the inner side of the foot arch. The instep airbag 230 is disposed in a portion of the foot covering portion 40 that faces the instep of the foot.

  The sole communication portion 240 is a portion of the foot covering portion 40 that is opposed to the inside of the foot, and is disposed on the insole 24 of the boot 20 that faces between the base of the toe and the foot arch. The side communication portion 250 is a portion of the foot covering portion 40 that faces the outside of the back of the foot, and is disposed so as not to contact the little toe of the foot. The non-inflatable portion 260 is disposed at a portion of the foot covering portion 40 that faces the base of the toe and the foot arch.

  The flow area in the sole communication portion 240 and the flow area in the side communication portion 250 are respectively a flow area in the sole airbag 210, a flow area in the inner airbag 220, and It is narrower than the flow path area in the upper air bag 230. For this reason, the thicknesses of the sole communication portion 240 and the side communication portion 250 when they are inflated are compared to the sole airbag 210, the inner airbag 220, and the upper airbag 230, respectively. Small enough.

With reference to FIG. 7B, the structure of the heater unit 50 is demonstrated.
A heater unit 50 for heating the sole is installed on the non-inflatable portion 260 (see FIG. 7A) and screwed to a portion corresponding to the non-inflatable portion 260 of the foot covering portion 40 (see FIG. 1). It is fixed by. The heater unit 50 has a shape having a thickness. The heater unit 50 includes a heater element 51 that warms the heater unit 50 and a heat transfer component 52 that transfers heat from the heater element 51 to the soles. The heater unit 50 is configured integrally with a support base 53 that surrounds the heater unit 50.

  The heat transfer component 52 is formed on the top surface of the heater unit 50 and is fixed by a support base 53. The heater element 51 is connected to the electric wire 74 and attached to a spring (not shown) fixed to the bottom surface of the heater unit 50. For this reason, the heater element 51 is pressed against the heat transfer component 52 by the reaction force of the spring. When electric power is supplied from the controller 10 to the heater element 51, the heater element 51 outputs heat, the heat is transmitted to the heat transfer component 52, and the heat of the heat transfer component 52 is given to the sole. The electric wire 74 is routed so as to pass between the second sole air bag 212 and the side communication portion 250.

The heel support component 60 is attached to a portion of the foot covering portion 40 that faces the heel. According to an example of the heel support component 60, the foot covering part 40 is fixed by a screw.
The configuration of the wire harness 70 will be described with reference to FIG.

  The wire harness 70 includes a first air tube 71, a second air tube 72, a third air tube 73, an electric wire 74, a first covering tube 75, a second covering tube 76, and a connector 77 (FIG. 1). See). The connector 77 is connected to the connector 15 (see FIG. 1) of the controller 10 (see FIG. 1).

  The first air tube 71 connects the control valve 12 (see FIG. 2) and the first supply port 101 of the first composite airbag 100 to each other. The second air tube 72 connects the control valve 12 and the second supply port 102 of the first composite airbag 100 to each other. The third air tube 73 connects the control valve 12 and the supply port 201 (see FIG. 7B) of the second composite airbag 200 to each other. The electric wire 74 connects the power supply circuit 14 (see FIG. 2) built in the controller 10 and the heater element 51 (see FIG. 2) to each other.

  The first covering tube 75 and the second covering tube 76 are individually formed and fixed to the connection component 80. The first coated tube 75 includes a first air tube 71, a second air tube 72, a portion upstream of the connection component 80 among the third air tubes 73, and a connection component among the electric wires 74. A portion upstream of 80 is bundled and covered. The second covering tube 76 bundles and covers a portion of the third air tube 73 on the downstream side of the connection component 80 and a portion of the electric wire 74 on the downstream side of the connection component 80. .

The contents of control of the control valve 12 by the control unit 13 will be described with reference to FIG.
The control valve 12 includes a circuit for connecting the air pump 11 and each of the air tubes 71 to 73 to each other, a circuit for closing the air tubes 71 to 73, and the air tubes 71 to 73 to the atmosphere. Has a circuit for opening.

  The control unit 13 switches the circuit in the control valve 12 so that the first leg airbag 111, the second leg airbag 112, the foot side airbag 120, and the second composite airbag 200 are switched. Change the air supply and discharge status for each.

  When the first leg airbag 111 is inflated, the control unit 13 sets a circuit in the control valve 12 so that the air pump 11 and the first air tube 71 are connected to each other. For this reason, the air discharged from the air pump 11 flows into the first leg airbag 111 via the first air tube 71 and the first supply port 101. For this reason, the first leg airbag 111 is inflated. When the first leg air bag 111 is deflated, the control unit 13 sets a circuit in the control valve 12 so that a passage connected to the first air tube 71 is opened to the atmosphere. For this reason, the air in the first leg airbag 111 is discharged to the atmosphere via the first supply port 101 and the first air tube 71. For this reason, the first leg airbag 111 contracts.

  The control unit 13 sets a circuit in the control valve 12 so that the air pump 11 and the second air tube 72 are connected to each other when the second leg airbag 112 and the foot side airbag 120 are inflated. To do. For this reason, the air discharged from the air pump 11 flows into the second leg air bag 112 through the second air tube 72 and the second supply port 102, and further from the second leg air bag 112. It flows into the side airbag 120. For this reason, the 2nd leg airbag 112 and the leg side airbag 120 expand | swell. When the second leg air bag 112 and the leg side air bag 120 are contracted, the control unit 13 sets a circuit in the control valve 12 so that the passage connected to the second air tube 72 is opened to the atmosphere. . For this reason, the air in the second leg airbag 112 and the foot side airbag 120 is discharged to the atmosphere via the second supply port 102 and the second air tube 72. For this reason, the second leg airbag 112 and the leg side airbag 120 contract.

The control unit 13 sets a circuit in the control valve 12 so that the air pump 11 and the third air tube 73 are connected to each other when the sole air bag 210 and the instep air bag 230 are inflated. For this reason, the air discharged from the air pump 11 flows into the second sole air bag 212 via the third air tube 73 and the supply port 201. Further, the air in the second sole airbag 212 flows into the first sole airbag 211 via the sole communication portion 240. Further, the air in the first sole airbag 211 flows into the upper airbag 230 via the side communication portion 250. For this reason , the sole airbag 210 and the upper airbag 230 are inflated. When the sole air bag 210 and the instep air bag 230 are contracted, the control unit 13 sets a circuit in the control valve 12 so that a passage connected to the third air tube 73 is opened to the atmosphere. For this reason, the air in the sole air bag 210 and the instep air bag 230 is discharged to the atmosphere through the supply port 201 and the third air tube 73. For this reason, the sole airbag 210 and the instep airbag 230 contract.

With reference to FIG. 8, the structure of the auxiliary tool 90 is demonstrated.
The assisting device 90 is used for locally giving a massage feeling stronger than the massage feeling given to the lower limbs by the first leg airbag 111 (see FIG. 6) and the second leg airbag 112 (see FIG. 6). It is done. The auxiliary tool 90 includes a protrusion 91 that is used for the lower limb, a base 92 to which the protrusion 91 is attached, and a handle 93 that is formed on the base 92. The protrusion 91 is formed at the center portion of the base 92.

With reference to FIG. 9, the use state of the auxiliary tool 90 is demonstrated. The hatching shown in FIG. 9 indicates the user's lower limb.
The auxiliary tool 90 is inserted between the boot 20 and the lower limb. The width of the handle 93 is narrower than the width of the base 92. Further, the height from the top surface of the base 92 to the top surface of the handle 93 is lower than the height from the top surface of the base 92 to the top surface of the protrusion 91. For this reason, when the auxiliary tool 90 is inserted between the boot 20 and the lower limb, a space is formed between the top surface of the base 92 and the top surface of the protrusion 91.

A first usage pattern will be described with reference to FIGS. 6, 7 </ b> B, and 10.
The user operates the operation unit 17 to select one of the pre-programmed massage modes. Here, as an example, a squeezed massage pattern, which is one of pre-programmed massage modes, will be described.

  First, supply of air to the sole airbag 210, the inner airbag 220, and the upper airbag 230 is started, and the heater unit 50 outputs heat. For this reason, when the first sole airbag 211 and the second sole airbag 212 of the sole airbag 210 are inflated, the base of the toes and the arch of the foot are massaged.

  The first sole airbag 211 has a portion that is in contact with the support base 53 configured integrally with the heater unit 50 and a portion that is not in contact with the support base 53. The portion in contact with the support base 53 tilts the support base 53 as the first sole air bag 211 is inflated. For this reason, the part between the base of the toe and the foot arch, which is the part of the foot that is in contact with the support base 53, is massaged by the support base 53. Further, the portion that is not in contact with the support base 53 expands more than the portion that is in contact with the support base 53 as the first sole airbag 211 expands. At this time, a portion of the first sole airbag 211 that is not in contact with the support base 53 is expanded to a position higher than the top surface of the support base 53. For this reason, due to the expansion of the sole air bag 210, the base of the toe and the arch of the foot are massaged more strongly than the portion between the base of the toe and the arch of the foot.

  In addition, the arch of the foot is massaged from the inside by inflating the inner airbag 220. Further, the instep air bag 230 is inflated to massage the instep. At this time, the instep airbag 230 presses the sole against the first sole airbag 211 and the second sole airbag 212, so that the first sole airbag 211 and the second sole airbag 212 are pressed. The massage feeling given by improves.

  Then, after a predetermined time has elapsed since the supply of air to the sole airbag 210, the inner airbag 220, and the upper airbag 230 is started, the second leg airbag 112, and the foot side portion Supply of air to the airbag 120 is started. Therefore, the outer leg airbag 121 and the inner leg airbag 122 of the leg side airbag 120 are inflated, so that the lower part of the ankle of the foot is massaged so as to be sandwiched from the outer side and the inner side of the foot. The The outer leg airbag 121 and the inner leg airbag 122 are branched from the second leg airbag 112 so as to avoid the portion of the leg covering portion 30 that faces the back of the heel. For this reason, the back of the heel is not substantially massaged. Moreover, since the heel support component 60 is disposed on the back side of the heel, it is not substantially massaged. For this reason, the lower part of the ankle of the foot is massaged more strongly than the back of the heel and the back of the heel. In addition, when the second leg airbag 112 is inflated, the soleus of the lower leg is massaged.

  Then, after a predetermined time has elapsed since the supply of air to the second leg airbag 112 and the foot side airbag 120 is started, the supply of air to the first leg airbag 111 is started. Is done. For this reason, when the first leg airbag 111 is inflated, the gastrocnemius of the lower leg is massaged.

  In this way, massage is performed so as to squeeze from the user's foot to the gastrocnemius. According to this squeezed-up massage pattern, it contributes to effectively eliminating swelling of the legs by pushing up blood and waste products in the blood to the heart side.

The second usage pattern will be described with reference to FIGS. 6, 7 </ b> B, and 11.
The user inserts the auxiliary tool 90 between the boot 20 and the lower limb before operating the operation unit 17. The position where the auxiliary tool 90 is inserted is arbitrarily set by the user. An example of the position where the auxiliary tool 90 is inserted is a shin recess. The user selects one of the pre-programmed massage modes by operating the operation unit 17 after inserting the auxiliary tool 90.

  When the massage is started, at least one of the leg airbag 110, the foot side airbag 120, the sole airbag 210, the inner airbag 220, and the upper airbag 230 is inflated. Along with this, a pulling force is applied to the boot 20. For this reason, in a state where the auxiliary tool 90 is inserted between the boot 20 and the lower leg, when such force acts on the boot 20, the auxiliary tool 90 is strongly pressed against the lower limb. For this reason, the pressed part is massaged by the auxiliary tool 90.

According to the air massage device 1, the following actions and effects can be obtained.
(1) By emphasizing the base of the toes and the arch of the foot, it is possible to give a favorable massage feeling to the sole as compared to the case of emphasizing only the arch of the foot. It is preferable to further consider the following points. That is, even if the part including the base of the toe, the arch of the foot, and the part between the base of the toe and the arch of the foot is emphasized and massaged more than the other part of the sole, Is strongly massaged, it becomes relatively difficult to emphasize the massage feeling of the base of the toes and the arch of the foot.

  According to the air massage device 1, in consideration of such matters, the sole air bag 210 that massages the base of the toe and the arch of the foot more strongly than the portion between the base of the toe and the arch of the foot is configured. Has been. For this reason, it becomes easy to emphasize the massage feeling of the base of the toe and the arch of the foot. For this reason, a preferable massage feeling can be given to the soles.

  (2) According to the air massage device 1, the sole communication portion 240 connects the space inside the first sole airbag 211 and the space inside the second sole airbag 212 to each other. For this reason, compared with the case where the 1st sole air bag 211 and the 2nd sole airbag 212 are formed separately, the structure of the sole airbag 210 is simplified. For this reason, the productivity regarding the sole air bag 210 is improved.

  (3) According to the air massage device 1, the non-inflatable portion 260 is disposed in a portion of the foot covering portion 40 that faces the base of the toe and the foot arch. For this reason, compared with the case where it is assumed that the part corresponding to the non-inflatable part 260 is formed as an inflatable part, the feeling of massage at the base of the toes and the arch of the foot is more easily emphasized.

  (4) According to the air massage device 1, the heater element 51 is installed on the non-expanded portion 260. For this reason, the sole can be massaged by the sole airbag 210 while the sole is warmed by the heater element 51. For this reason, a feeling of massage similar to a feeling of massage by a human hand can be given to the soles. In addition, since it is not necessary to substantially consider the influence on the heater element 51 due to the inflating of the sole air bag 210, the configuration of the heater element 51 can be selected from various options.

  (5) According to the air massage device 1, the upper airbag 230 presses the sole against the first sole airbag 211 and the second sole airbag 212. For this reason, since the force with which the sole airbag 210 pushes the sole is supported by the instep airbag 230, the sole is massaged more strongly. For this reason, a preferable massage feeling can be given to the soles.

  (6) According to the air massage device 1, the sole communication portion 240 connects the space inside the first sole airbag 211 and the space inside the second sole airbag 212 to each other. Further, the side communication portion 250 connects the space inside the first sole airbag 211 and the space inside the upper airbag 230 to each other. For this reason, the structure of an airbag is simplified compared with the case where the sole air bag 210 and the back airbag 230 are formed separately. For this reason, the productivity regarding an airbag improves.

  (7) When the toes of the toes are pushed by the air bag, the feeling of pressure on the toes that the user remembers becomes strong, and the user may feel uncomfortable. According to the air massage device 1, the side communication portion 250 is formed on the outer side of the foot so as not to come into contact with the little toe in consideration of such matters. For this reason, it is avoided that the toe of a toe is pressed by the side part communication part 250, and it becomes difficult for a user to feel discomfort.

  (8) According to the air massage device 1, the electric wire 74 is routed so as to pass between the second sole airbag 212 and the side communication portion 250. For this reason, a boundary between the second sole air bag 212 and the side communication portion 250 is formed. For this reason, compared with the case where the 2nd sole airbag 212 and the side part communication part 250 are connected directly, the massage of the sole by the 2nd sole airbag 212 becomes easy to be emphasized. Further, since the electric wire 74 can be routed to the rear side of the second sole air bag 212, the electric wire 74 can be routed on the rear side of the boot 20 in order to connect the electric wire 74 to the power supply circuit 14. For this reason, when a user uses the air massage apparatus 1, the electric wire 74 connected with the power supply circuit 14 is hard to obstruct a user's operation | movement.

  (9) According to the test conducted by the present inventor, in addition to massaging the arch from the sole side, it is confirmed that the user feels a more comfortable massage feeling by further massaging the arch from the inside of the foot. Yes. The air massage device 1 further includes an inner air bag 220 that massages the arch of the foot from the inside of the foot in consideration of such matters. For this reason, a comfortable massage feeling can be given to the user.

  (10) When a toe is pushed from the inside by an air bag, the toe of the toe may be strongly pressed against the forefinger of the foot. Furthermore, the forefinger, the middle finger, and the ring finger of the foot may be strongly pressed against the toes that exist outside the toes. Further, when the toes are pushed from the outside by the air bag, the little toes of the toes may be strongly pressed against the ring fingers of the toes. Furthermore, the ring finger of the foot, the middle finger of the foot, and the index finger of the foot may be strongly pressed against the toes inside each toe. In this way, when the toes are strongly pressed against adjacent toes, the feeling of pressure on the toes that the user learns becomes strong, and the user may feel uncomfortable.

  According to the air massage device 1, in consideration of such matters, there is no air bag in the portion of the boot 20 that faces the inside of the thumb of the toe and the portion that faces the outside of the little toe of the foot. For this reason, the inner side of a toe, the outer side of a toe, or both are not compressed by an air bag. This makes it difficult for the user to feel discomfort.

  (11) The user who uses the air massage device 1 has the strength to fasten the leg covering portion 30 with the leg tightening portion while confirming the fit between his / her lower leg and the boot 20 and the foot covering portion 41 The strength of tightening 40 can be individually adjusted. For this reason, when a plurality of users use the air massage device 1, each user can fit the entire boot 20 to his or her lower limbs and receive a massage with an air bag depending on the state. For this reason, the possibility that the effect of massage is reduced due to the difference in the shape of the lower limb for each user is reduced.

  (12) According to the air massage device 1, the first leg fastening part 31, the second leg fastening part 32, and the foot fastening part 41 are hook-and-loop fasteners. For this reason, for example, compared with the case where each leg fastening part 31 and 32 and the foot fastening part 41 are formed with a string, a user can adjust the strength which fastens the leg covering part 30 and the foot covering part 40 easily. Can do.

  (13) As an example of the configuration of the leg tightening portion, a portion corresponding to a portion around the lower gastrocnemius muscle in the leg covering portion 30 and a portion corresponding to the portion around the soleus muscle of the lower leg in the leg covering portion 30 are used as one leg. The structure tightened by a fastening part is mentioned. On the other hand, the difference in thickness appears remarkably in the part around the gastrocnemius of the lower leg and the part around the soleus of the lower leg. In addition, according to a user whose thickness around the gastrocnemius is thicker than a standard thickness, the difference in the thickness of each of the above portions appears more prominently. For this reason, when the user wears the boot having the leg tightening portion in the above example, the leg covering portion and the portion around the soleus of the lower leg do not fit properly even if the leg tightening portion is sufficiently tightened. There is a fear. In addition, according to a user having a particularly large difference in thickness between the above portions, the fit between the leg covering portion and the portion around the soleus of the lower leg may be further reduced.

  According to the air massage apparatus 1, the first leg fastening part 31 and the second leg fastening part 32 are configured in consideration of such matters. For this reason, the user who uses the air massage device 1 confirms the fit between the lower leg gastrocnemius muscle and the leg covering part 30, and the lower leg sole muscle and the leg covering part 30. However, the strength with which the leg covering portion 30 is tightened by the leg tightening portions 31 and 32 can be individually adjusted. For this reason, when a plurality of users use the air massage device 1, each user can more reliably fit the leg covering portion 30 to his / her lower leg, and can receive massage by the air bag depending on the state.

  (14) According to the boot 20, the leg opening 33 is formed so as to extend in the height direction of the leg covering portion 30. Therefore, the user can easily attach the boot 20 by opening the leg opening 33.

  (15) According to the boot 20, the foot opening 42 is formed so as to extend in the front-rear direction of the foot covering portion 40. Therefore, the user can easily wear the boot 20 by opening the foot opening 42.

  (16) According to the boot 20, the leg opening 33 and the leg opening 42 are formed so as to be continuous with each other. Therefore, the user can open the boot 20 from the upper edge of the leg covering portion 30 to the front edge of the foot covering portion 40. For this reason, the mounting property of the boot 20 is further improved.

  (17) According to the air massage device 1, the main part forming the skeleton of the boot 20 is constituted by the main fabric 21. For this reason, compared with the case where the main part of the boot 20 is formed by sewing a large number of fabrics, there are fewer stitched portions when the fabrics are three-dimensionally sewn. For this reason, the designability of the boot 20 is improved.

  (18) According to the air massage device 1, the stitching portion 26 is formed on the outsole 25 that is relatively difficult for the user to visually recognize compared with other portions of the boot 20, so that the design of the boot 20 is further enhanced. It is done.

  (19) The strength with which the leg fastening portions 31 and 32 fasten the leg covering portion 30 and the strength with which the foot fastening portion 41 fastens the foot covering portion 40 may be set to a preferable strength individually. preferable. On the other hand, the strength with which each leg tightening portion 31, 32 tightens the leg covering portion 30 varies depending on the area of each leg tightening portion 31, 32, and the strength with which the foot tightening portion 41 tightens the foot covering portion 40 is: It changes according to the area of the foot clamp part 41. For this reason, when it is going to set each intensity | strength to preferable intensity | strength, the area | region in which each leg fastening part 31 and 32 and the area | region in which the foot fastening part 41 is formed may mutually interfere. is there. For this reason, when the main part of the boot including the leg tightening portions 31 and 32 and the foot tightening portion 41 is formed of the same fabric, each leg tightening portion 31 and 32 is avoided in order to avoid the interference as described above. In addition, the area of one or both of the foot tightening portions 41 may need to be set to be narrower than the preferred area.

  On the other hand, according to the air massage apparatus 1, since the sub-fabric 23 formed separately from the main fabric 21 is used based on such matters, the respective areas of the leg tightening portions 31 and 32 and the foot tightening portion 41 are reduced. A preferable area can be set. For this reason, it is possible to set the strength at which the leg fastening portions 31 and 32 fasten the leg covering portion 30 and the strength at which the foot fastening portion 41 fastens the foot covering portion 40 to a preferable strength.

  (20) According to the air massage device 1, the foot side airbag 120 massages the lower part of the ankle, so that a more preferable massage feeling can be given to the user. Further, a foot tightening portion 41 is formed from a portion of the foot covering portion 40 facing the instep of the foot to a portion facing the side of the heel, which is a portion to which the foot side airbag 120 is attached. . For this reason, since all of the foot side airbag 120 is firmly pressed against the foot by the foot tightening portion 41, the feeling of massage given to the foot by the foot side airbag 120 is further improved.

  (21) According to the air massage device 1, the edge of the foot tightening portion 41 is formed so as to go from the inside of the instep to the outside of the instep as it goes from the instep side to the ankle side. According to the air massage device 1, since the edge of the foot tightening portion 41 is formed as described above, the ankle side portion of the foot tightening portion 41 exists in the outer portion of the foot. When tightening the foot clamp 41, it is easy to grasp that portion. For this reason, workability | operativity when fastening the leg fastening part 41 improves.

  (22) According to the user wearing the air massage device 1, the foot side airbag 120 causes the target portions that are inside and outside of the lower part of the ankle of the foot to be closer to the back of the heel and the back of the heel. Is also strongly massaged. Thus, according to the air massage device 1, when massaging a target part intended to be massaged strongly, a part near the target part is massaged weakly, or a part near the target part is massaged. Not. For this reason, compared with the case where the site | part containing a target site | part and its vicinity part is massaged strongly as a whole, the massage feeling which a user memorize | stores in a target site is emphasized. For this reason, a more preferable massage feeling can be given to a user compared with the case where a leg is massaged simply without intending to emphasize the massage feeling of an object part.

  (23) According to the air massage device 1, the number of supply ports for supplying air to the inner leg airbag 122, the outer leg airbag 121, and the second leg airbag 112 is set to one. Yes. For this reason, compared with the case where each said airbag 112, 121, 122 is mutually independent, it is easy to simplify the structure of an apparatus.

  (24) When the outer leg airbag 121, the inner leg airbag 122, and the second leg airbag 112 are independent from each other, their relative positional relationship is designed when the air massage device 1 is designed. There is a risk of deviating from the established relationship. Such a problem may occur, for example, when each air bag 112, 121, 122 is attached to the boot 20 during manufacture of the air massage device 1, or when the air massage device 1 is used. . On the other hand, in the air massage apparatus 1, each of the airbags 112, 121, and 122 constitutes a part of one airbag. For this reason, the relative positional relationship between the airbags 112, 121, and 122 is not easily deviated from the relationship designed when the air massage device 1 is designed.

  (25) According to the air massage device 1, the upper airbag 230 and the foot side airbag 120 can be inflated independently of each other, so that a variety of massage feelings can be given to the user. Further, when massaging the target part, the massage feeling of the target part is emphasized by weakening the force of massaging the upper part of the foot with the upper airbag 230 or by not massaging the upper part of the foot with the upper airbag 230. be able to.

  (26) According to the air massage device 1, the second sole air bag 212 and the foot side airbag 120 can be inflated independently of each other, so that a variety of massage feelings can be given to the user. it can. Further, when massaging the target part, the force of massaging the arch with the second sole air bag 212 is weakened, or the arch is not massaged with the second sole air bag 212, thereby massaging the target part. A feeling is emphasized.

  (27) As at least one of the leg airbag 110, the foot side airbag 120, the sole airbag 210, the inner airbag 220, and the upper airbag 230 inflates, the boot 20 A pulling force is applied. For this reason, in a state where the auxiliary tool 90 is inserted between the boot 20 and the lower limb, when such force acts on the boot 20, the auxiliary tool 90 is strongly pressed against the lower limb. For this reason, in addition to the air bag, the user also feels a massage at the portion where the auxiliary tool 90 is pressed. Moreover, since the position which inserts the auxiliary tool 90 can be set arbitrarily by the user, according to the air massage apparatus 1, various parts of the lower limb can be massaged by the auxiliary tool 90.

  (28) According to the present air massage device 1, the auxiliary tool 90 has the handle 93. For this reason, the user moves the position after inserting the auxiliary tool 90 between the boot 20 and the lower limb attached to the lower limbs, or takes out the inserted auxiliary tool 90 from between the boot 20 and the lower limbs. At this time, the auxiliary tool 90 can be handled using the handle 93. For this reason, the possibility that the user feels bothered with the handling of the auxiliary tool 90 is reduced.

  (29) The base 81 formed of a hard resin material is attached to the first leg airbag 111 so that the base 81 is disposed on the back side portion of the leg covering portion 30. For this reason, since the shape of the part of the back side of the boot 20 is hold | maintained by the base 81, the shape of the boot 20 becomes difficult to collapse and the design property is improved.

  (30) The wire harness 70 is routed around the back side portion of the leg covering portion 30 along the height direction. For this reason, since the shape of the part of the back side of the boot 20 is hold | maintained with the wire harness 70, the shape of the boot 20 becomes difficult to collapse and the design property is improved.

(Other embodiments)
The specific form which this air massage apparatus can take is not limited to the form illustrated by the said embodiment. This air massage apparatus can take various forms different from the above-described embodiment within a range in which the object of the present invention is achieved. The modification of the said embodiment shown below is an example of the various forms which this air massage apparatus can take.

The width of the first leg tightening portion 31 in the leg height direction and the length of the first leg tightening portion 31 around the leg are optional items.
-The width | variety of the 2nd leg fastening part 32 in the height direction of a leg and the length of the 2nd leg fastening part 32 around a leg are arbitrary selection matters.

  The width of the foot tightening part 41 in the foot width direction and the length of the foot tightening part 41 in the foot front-rear direction are optional items. According to the foot tightening portion 41 of the modified example, the foot tightening portion 41 is formed so as to extend from the instep side to the sole side. According to this modification, the upper airbag 230 is more strongly pressed against the upper, so that the massage feeling that the upper airbag 230 gives to the foot is further improved.

  According to the boot 20 of the modified example, at least one of the first leg fastening part 31 and the foot fastening part 41 is provided instead of the second leg fastening part 32 or in addition to the second leg fastening part 32. The main fabric 21 is formed of a different fabric. This other fabric is sewn to the main fabric 21 according to the sub-fabric 23.

-The boot 20 of a modification is entirely formed of one main fabric. In this modified example, the lining can be sewn to the main fabric as in the above embodiment.
According to the boot 20 of the modified example, the foot opening 42 extends from a portion corresponding to the ankle to a portion corresponding to the base portion of the toes, in a portion of the foot covering portion 40 that faces the center of the instep. Is formed.

According to the boot 20 of the modified example, the leg opening 33 is formed so as to extend in the height direction of the leg covering portion 30 at the portion of the leg covering portion 30 that faces the side surface of the lower leg.
Whether or not the leg opening 33 is formed in the boot 20 is an optional item.

Whether or not the foot opening 42 is formed in the boot 20 is an arbitrary choice.
-According to the boot 20 of the modified example, at least one of the first leg fastening part 31, the second leg fastening part 32, and the foot fastening part 41 is constituted by a string or a button instead of the hook-and-loop fastener. Is done.

Whether or not the first leg tightening portion 31 is formed on the boot 20 is an optional item.
Whether or not the second leg fastening portion 32 is formed on the boot 20 is an arbitrary selection item.
The boot 20 of the modified example has a large leg fastening portion instead of the first leg fastening portion 31 and the second leg fastening portion 32. The leg fastening portion has a structure corresponding to a structure in which the first leg fastening portion 31 and the second leg fastening portion 32 are coupled.

Whether or not the inner airbag 220 is formed in the second composite airbag 200 is an optional item.
-The shape when the upper air bag 230 is inflated is an arbitrary selection. In the modified upper airbag 230, the thickness when the toe side portion of the upper airbag 230 is inflated becomes thicker than the thickness when the ankle side portion of the upper airbag 230 is expanded. Formed as follows. According to this modification, compared with the case where the thickness of the said 2 places is set to the same thickness, the force which the upper airbag 230 pushes the part by the side of a toe of a foot becomes strong. For this reason, the difference between the force that the upper air bag 230 presses the toe-side portion of the foot and the force that the upper air bag 230 presses the ankle-side portion of the foot is less likely to occur, and the wide range of the instep is uniform. It becomes easy to be massaged by strength.

  The position where the electric wire 74 is routed in the second composite airbag 200 is an optional item. According to the boot 20 of the modified example, the electric wire 74 is routed along the edge of the inner airbag 220.

  Whether or not the side communication portion 250 is formed in a portion facing the outside of the foot is an optional item. According to the second composite airbag 200 of the modification, the side communication portion 250 is formed at a portion facing the inside of the foot.

-Whether or not the instep air bag 230 is included in the second composite air bag 200 is an optional item.
Whether or not the upper airbag 230 is connected to the first sole airbag 211 is an arbitrary selection item. According to the modified air massage device 1, the upper air bag 230 is independent of the first sole air bag 211.

  Whether or not to place the heater element 51 in the non-expanded portion 260 is an arbitrary choice. According to the boot 20 of the modified example, at least a part of the heater element 51 is disposed on at least one of the first sole air bag 211 and the second sole air bag 212.

Whether or not to include the support base 53 in the heater unit 50 is an optional item.
Whether or not the heater unit 50 warms the sole with the heater element 51 and the heat transfer component 52 is an optional item. The modified heater unit 50 includes, for example, a PTC heater instead of the heater element 51 and the heat transfer component 52.

  Whether or not to form the non-inflatable portion 260 in the second composite airbag 200 is an arbitrary choice. According to the modified second composite airbag 200, the portion corresponding to the non-inflatable portion 260 of the embodiment is formed so as to be inflated. However, the portion is configured to massage the portion between the arch and the base of the toe with a weaker force than the arch and the base of the toe. This is intended to emphasize the massage feeling of the arch and the base of the toes.

-Whether to include the sole communication part 240 in the second composite airbag 200 is an optional item.
Whether or not to include the first sole airbag 211 and the second sole airbag 212 in the second composite airbag 200 is an optional item.

Whether or not to include the outer leg airbag 121 and the inner leg airbag 122 in the first composite airbag 100 is an arbitrary choice.
-Whether or not the second composite airbag 200 includes an airbag other than the first sole airbag 211 or the like is an optional item. According to the second composite airbag 200 of the modified example, the outer foot airbag 121 and the inner foot airbag 122 are not included in the first composite airbag 100 but are included in the second composite airbag 200.

Whether or not to form the first sole airbag 211, the second sole airbag 212, and the upper airbag 230 as one airbag is an optional item.
-Whether or not the foot side airbag 120 and the upper airbag 230 are formed separately is an optional item.

  Whether or not to form the leg side airbag 120 and the second leg airbag 112 as one airbag is an optional item. According to the boot 20 of the modified example, the leg side airbag 120 is formed separately from the first composite airbag 100, and the leg side airbag 120 is formed by the air tube to the second leg airbag 112. Connected.

  -Whether or not to massage at least one of the back side of the heel and the back side of the heel with the air massage device 1 is an optional item. However, according to the modification which massages one or both of the back of the heel and the back of the heel, those massaged parts are massaged more weakly than the lower part of the ankle of the foot. This is intended to emphasize the massage feeling of the lower part of the ankle of the foot.

-Whether to include the auxiliary tool 90 in the air massage apparatus 1 is an arbitrary choice.
-Whether or not to include the handle 93 in the auxiliary tool 90 is an optional item.
-Whether or not the boot 20 has an open toe form is an arbitrary choice. According to the boot 20 of the modified example, the foot covering portion 40 is configured to cover the entire foot.

  Whether or not to attach the heel support component 60 to the boot 20 is an arbitrary choice. According to the modified air massage device 1, the heel support component 60 is omitted. According to the modification of the air massage device 1, a mark for the user to put a heel is formed on the lining 22. This mark is formed by, for example, printing on the lining 22 or attaching a sheet to the lining 22.

  -Boot 20 of a modification further has a root support part which supports the base of a toe. The root support component is attached to a portion of the outsole 25 that faces the base of the toes. According to this modification, when the user wears the boot 20, the position of the base of the toe with respect to the boot 20 is determined by the root support component.

  -The boot 20 of a modification further has another shape holding component for hold | maintaining the shape. The shape holding component is formed of, for example, a hard resin material, has a shape extending in the height direction of the leg covering portion 30, and is disposed in a portion of the leg covering portion 30 that faces the calf. According to this modification, the shape of the boot 20 is more difficult to collapse, and the design is further enhanced. Moreover, since the force which the 1st composite airbag 100 pushes a lower leg is received by a shape maintenance component, a lower leg is massaged more strongly and the massage feeling given to a lower leg is improved further.

  -The boot 20 of a modification further has another shape holding part for hold | maintaining the shape of the upper edge of the leg covering part 30 and its vicinity. The shape holding component is formed of, for example, a soft resin material, has a shape extending in the circumferential direction of the leg covering portion 30, and is disposed on the upper edge of the leg covering portion 30 and in the vicinity thereof. An example of the soft resin material is polypropylene. According to this modification, the shape of the boot 20 is more difficult to collapse, and the design is further enhanced.

(Additional note regarding means for solving the problem)
Means for solving the problems include the following [Appendix 1] to [Appendix 9]. The items described in [Appendix 1] to [Appendix 9] correspond to the items disclosed in the embodiment.

  [Appendix 1] An air massage apparatus having a boot and an air bag attached to the boot and massaging at least one of a leg and a leg, wherein the boot is made of a fabric that is three-dimensionally sewn according to the shape of the leg and the leg. And a leg opening that is an opening extending in the height direction of the boot is formed so that a portion of the boot facing the front of the leg is opened, and the boot is closed by closing the leg opening. An air massage device in which a leg tightening portion for fitting a leg is formed on the boot.

  [Appendix 2] A leg opening that extends in the front-rear direction of the boot is formed continuously with the leg opening so that at least one of the instep and side portions of the boot facing the instep is opened. The air massage apparatus according to appendix 1, wherein a foot tightening portion for closing the foot opening and fitting the boot to a foot is formed on the boot.

  [Appendix 3] The air massage apparatus according to appendix 2, wherein a space for passing a toe of a foot is formed by a part of the foot opening opening being fixed in advance to an insole of the boot.

  [Appendix 4] The air massage device according to any one of appendices 1 to 3, wherein a shape holding component for holding the shape is attached to a portion of the boot facing the back of the leg.

  [Supplementary Note 5] The air massage device according to any one of Supplementary Notes 1 to 4, wherein a part of the insole of the boot facing the heel is attached with a heel support component for supporting the heel.

  [Appendix 6] As described in any one of Appendices 1 to 5, a base support component for supporting the base of the toe is attached to a portion of the insole of the boot facing the base of the toe. Air massage device.

[Appendix 7]
The air massage device according to any one of appendices 1 to 6, wherein the boot has an open toe shape.

  [Appendix 8] A main portion of the boot including a portion facing the front of the leg of the boot, or the entire boot is formed of one piece of fabric, and the outsole of the boot of the fabric The air massage device according to any one of Supplementary notes 1 to 7, wherein a seam extending in a front-rear direction of the boot is formed.

  [Supplementary Note 9] When the leg fastening part and the foot fastening part close the leg opening and the foot opening and the boot is held, the edges of the leg fastening part and the edge of the foot fastening part are The air massage device according to any one of Supplementary notes 1 to 8, wherein at least one is formed on an outer side of a leg or a foot.

DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS 1 ... Air massage apparatus 40 ... Foot covering part 51 ... Heater element 74 ... Electric wire 210 ... Foot sole airbag 211 ... 1st sole airbag 212 ... 2nd sole airbag 220 ... Inside airbag 230 ... Upper air Bag 240 ... Foot communication part 250 ... Side part communication part 260 ... Non-inflatable part

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  1. An attachment including a foot covering portion to be attached to the foot;
    A sole air bag attached to the foot covering portion and directly or indirectly massaging at least the base of the toe and the arch of the foot;
    A partition portion provided in a portion facing a portion between the base of the toe and the arch of the foot of the foot covering portion, and
    The sole air bag is composed of a pair of sheets welded together, a structure for massaging the toe base and the foot arch more strongly than the portion between the toe base and the foot arch, and has a backside a not Ma Ssaji structure of the heel,
    The partition part includes an air massage device including a part of a welded part in which the pair of sheets are welded to each other.
  2. A first sole airbag that is part of the sole airbag and massages the base of the toes, and a second sole airbag that is part of the sole airbag and massages the foot arch Constitutes different parts of one airbag,
    The air massage according to claim 1, wherein the one airbag includes a sole communication portion that connects a space inside the first sole airbag and a space inside the second sole airbag. apparatus.
  3. The air massage device according to claim 1 , wherein the partition portion constitutes a non-expanded portion that does not expand.
  4. The air massage device according to any one of claims 1 to 3, further comprising a heater element that is attached to the partition portion and applies heat to the sole.
  5. The air massage device according to any one of claims 1 to 4, further comprising an instep airbag that is attached to the foot covering portion and presses the instep of the foot against the sole airbag.
  6. Air massager according to claim 5, wherein the sole air bag and the upper air bag directly or indirectly cited claim 2 constituting the different parts of the one of the air bags.
  7. The sole air bag and the upper airbag are connected to each other by a side communication portion that is a part of the one airbag, and the one side communication portion is opposed to the inside or the outside of the foot. The air massage apparatus according to claim 6, wherein an air bag is formed.
  8. The first sole airbag and the side communication portion are connected to each other,
    An electric wire connected to the heater element is routed so as to pass between the second foot airbag and the side communication portion, so that the second foot airbag and the side The communication part is not directly connected
    The air massage device according to claim 7, which directly or indirectly cites claim 4 .
  9. The upper air bag is formed so that the thickness when the toe side portion of the upper air bag is inflated is thicker than the thickness when the ankle side portion of the upper air bag is inflated. The air massage device according to any one of claims 5 to 8.
  10. The air massage device according to any one of claims 1 to 9, further comprising an inner air bag that is attached to the foot covering portion and massages the foot arch from the inside.
  11. The air bag is not present in at least one of a portion of the attachment that faces the inside of the big toe and a portion of the toe that faces the outside of the little toe, according to any one of claims 1 to 10. Air massage device.
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