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US3114527A
US3114527A US12201061A US3114527A US 3114527 A US3114527 A US 3114527A US 12201061 A US12201061 A US 12201061A US 3114527 A US3114527 A US 3114527A
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47CCHAIRS; SOFAS; BEDS
    • A47C20/00Head -, foot -, or like rests for beds, sofas or the like
    • A47C20/02Head -, foot -, or like rests for beds, sofas or the like of detachable or loose type
    • A47C20/026Supports for lying in a prone position
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61GTRANSPORT OR ACCOMODATION FOR PATIENTS; OPERATING TABLES OR CHAIRS; CHAIRS FOR DENTISTRY; FUNERAL DEVICES
    • A61G7/00Beds specially adapted for nursing; Devices for lifting patients or disabled persons
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Dec. 17, 1963 Filed July 5. 1961 R. R. DEMAREST BODY MEMBER REST 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 23 INVENTOR. REY/VALDO R. DEMA REST WM v-M H/S AT TOR/VEYS United States Patent 3,114,527 BODY MEMBER REST Reynaldo R. Demarest, 542 Bush St., San Francisco, Calif. Filed July 5, 1961, Ser. No. 122,010 2 Claims. (Cl. 248118) My invention relates generally to devices for supporting a portion of a patients body while the patient is in a reclining position and more particularly to a mul-ti-purpose device for supporting portions of a patients body for physical therapy in overcoming, through massage, morbid conditions in the same zone of the portion of the patients body affected.

Among the objects of my invention are:

(1) To provide a novel and improved multipurpose device for supporting a portion of a patients body while in a reclined position.

(2) To provide a novel and improved multipurpose device adapted to facilitate the application of physical therapy to a portion of a patients body.

(3) To provide a novel and improved device for supporting a patients head beyond the edge of an elevated plane on which the patient reclines. y

(4) To provide a novel and improved device for supporting the head of a patient lying in a prone position while affording unrestricted breathing from an unconfined air space.

(5) To provide a novel and improved device capable of fulfilling the foregoing objects, yet which is economical and simple of construction.

Additional objects of my invention will appear from the following description of a preferred embodiment of the same taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, wherein :FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of a preferred embodiment of the invention as applied as a head rest;

FIGURE 2 is a bottom view partly in section of the pad portion of the device shown in FIGURE 1;

FIGURE 3 is a side view of the device of FIGURE 1 while in use with a person lying in a prone position on an elevated surface;

FIGURE 4 is a cross-sectional view taken through the plane 44 of FIGURE 2;

FIGURE 5 is a plan view of a second embodiment of my invention; and

FIGURE 6 is a side view of said second embodiment.

Referring to the drawings for details of my invention in its preferred form, I provide an elongated base 11 preferably of rectangular frame construction formed of metal wire or rod material having a pair of side members 13 and an end member 15, adapted to rest upon a substantially flat elevated surface such as that of a bed, treatment table, or the like, 17 as shown in FIGURE 2 and held in place thereon by the weight of the patients torso.

While 1 prefer the base 11 to be of frame construction for economy of manufacture, it will be appreciated that it may take other forms, for example, that of a flat plate, without departing from the spirit of my invention.

The other end of the base is provided with an offset portion 19 having a pair of spaced legs 21 disposed at substantially right angles to the base and having outwardly extending arms 23 interconnected at their distal ends by a rigid bridge 25 on which is mounted a pad 27 of resilient material such as foam rubber, or the like, for supporting the head of a reclining patient.

I have found that when the device is used as a head rest to support the forehead of a patient reclining in a prone position that the arms 23 be of such length as to permit mounting the pad so that its longitudinal midportion is spaced from legs 21 a distance of the order of seven inches, such distance being based upon the average size of a patients face which measures approximately 3,114,527 Patented Dec. 17, 1963 ice seven inches from mid-forehead to bottom of chin. Any material increase in such spacing tends to cancel out neck flexation and positions the shoulders of the patient beyond the edge of the treatment table, or if materially decreased, tends to bring the chin against the edge of the treatment table.

For sanitary purposes, as well as to permit reversal of the pad from one side of the bridge to the other so as to permit the device to be used with its offset portion disposed either above or below the plane of the base 11, I provide a cover 29, preferably of plastic or fabric material having a plurality of snaps 33 thereon for removably securing the pad in place upon the bridge.

To assure maximum comfort for the patient and afford further support for that portion of the body of the patient selected for support, I provide a strap 35, preferably of fabric material, between the arms 23 of the offset portion 19 intermediate the legs 21 and the pad.

In use, the device of my invention is adapted to support the head of a patient while reclining in a prone position. Thus when it is desired to manipulate the neck muscles of a patient while lying in a prone position, the base of the device is placed on the bed or table with the offset portion positioned below the plane of the base and overlying the edge of the bed or table. In this position, the patients torso rests upon the elongated base and the weight thereof serves to anchor the base to the bed or table. The patients forehead then is cushioned in a comfortable position upon the pad and being disposed below the plane of the base, the patients spine is laterally aligned to orient the neck and shoulder muscles in a manner conducive to effective physical therapy. To further support the patients head, the strap provides a chin rest which contributes to the patients feeling of security and comfort.

To provide additional versatility, I have shown in FIG- URES 5 and 6 a modification of the device of my invention which alfords adjustability for varying the elevation of the pad 27 with respect to the plane of the base 11, as well as for rotating the pad 27. In general, the legs 21 are manually adjustable with respect to the base to permit of selective positioning of the pad 27. More particularly, I provide an end of the base with a pair of fixed spaced clutch discs 37 each oriented substantially perpendicular to the plane of the base and having a bolt 39 extending axially therethrough to mesh with a corresponding clutch disc 41 fixedly mounted on legs 21. A wing nut 43 is provided for the bolt whereby the corresponding discs 37 and 4 1 may be securely clutched together in selected rotational positions to permit varying the elevation of the pad with reference to the base.

The modified pad 27 is preferably of cylindrical shape and mounted on and rotatable with an axle 45, which is connected to the distal ends of arms 23 through manually adjustable clutch assemblies 49 similar to those heretofore described. A chin strap 51 may also be provided as with the deviw shown in FIGURES 1 through 4.

From the foregoing description of my invention hereinbefore described, it will be apparent that the same fulfills all the objects attributed thereto and while I have illustrated and described my invention in its preferred forms, the same is subject to alteration and modification without departing from the underlying principles involved, and I accordingly do not desire to be limited in my protection to such details as I have illustrated and described, except as may be necessitated by the appended claims.

1 claim:

ii. A device for supporting the head of a patient while reclining in a prone position on a relatively flat elevated surface, comprising a unitary, generally rectangular metal rod frame having a first elongated horizontal portion adapted to rest upon said surface and to be held in place References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS Drake Jan. 24, 1899 Gallop June 25, 1935 Longfellow Apr. 1, 1941 Wallin Mar. 8, 1949 Johnson Oct. 27, 1959 Bairnhill Oct. 24, 1961

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1. A DEVICE FOR SUPPORTING THE HEAD OF A PATIENT WHILE RECLINING IN A PRONE POSITION ON A RELATIVELY FLAT ELEVATED SURFACE, COMPRISING A UNITARY, GENERALLY RECTANGULAR METAL ROD FRAME HAVING A FIRST ELONGATED HORIZONTAL PORTION ADAPTED TO REST UPON SAID SURFACE AND TO BE HELD IN PLACE THEREON BY THE DIRECT WEIGHT OF THE PATIENT''S TORSO, SAID FRAME HAVING A SECOND SHORT HORIZONTAL PORTION OFFSET DOWNWARDLY FROM SAID FIRST PORTION AND ADAPTED TO PROJECT OUTWARDLY FROM THE EDGE OF SAID ELEVATED SURFACE, AND A FOREHEAD PAD SUPPORTED BETWEEN THE RODS OF SAID SHORT PORTION AT A DISTANCE OF THE ORDER OF SEVEN INCHES FROM SAID OFFSET.
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US3265437A (en) * 1965-04-02 1966-08-09 Mincieli Vito Daniel Back and headrest support
US3388407A (en) * 1966-10-31 1968-06-18 Lawrence C. Harris Headrest for stryker frame
US3865450A (en) * 1973-04-19 1975-02-11 Matthias Bruenig Safety head rest for automobile seats and the like
US4003599A (en) * 1975-01-27 1977-01-18 Yoshida Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha Safety head-rest
US4183583A (en) * 1978-07-17 1980-01-15 Zuesse Lance E Head-support for use in a reclining seat
US4650249A (en) * 1984-12-31 1987-03-17 Hector Serber Ergonomic seating assembly system with front chest support component, pelvic tilt seat component and related attachments
US4757983A (en) * 1985-02-26 1988-07-19 Charles D. Ray, Ltd. Head and chin for face-down operations
US4891854A (en) * 1989-04-10 1990-01-09 Finkelstein Neal B Face and head support assembly for use with a lounge chair or like structure
US5104073A (en) * 1990-08-15 1992-04-14 Vanbeek Allen L Arm and hand rest for a keyboard
US5121969A (en) * 1991-03-21 1992-06-16 Schroeder Clifford A Adjustable head rest for lounges
US5158255A (en) * 1992-01-08 1992-10-27 Fuller Thomas D Wrist rest apparatus
US5177823A (en) * 1992-05-13 1993-01-12 Oakworks, Inc. Adjustable headrest
US5661860A (en) * 1995-09-29 1997-09-02 Heitz; Alfred J. Eye surgery recovery apparatus
US5778887A (en) * 1995-06-23 1998-07-14 Curtiss; Frederic M. Face down body support apparatus
US6049926A (en) * 1997-04-30 2000-04-18 Amaral; Manuel G. Head cradle for a therapy table
US6101650A (en) * 1999-05-27 2000-08-15 Omdal; David G. Recessed arm board
US6151734A (en) * 1998-01-21 2000-11-28 Lawrie; William H. Head support apparatus
US6581226B1 (en) * 2002-02-16 2003-06-24 Barry B. Brustein Open frame pillow and head support system
US6694551B1 (en) * 2002-12-30 2004-02-24 Alpa, Inc. Facial support device
US7036168B1 (en) * 2004-05-24 2006-05-02 Kristin Knickerbocker Portable headrest
US20080100116A1 (en) * 2006-10-27 2008-05-01 Ford Global Technologies, Llc Head restraint
US7676867B2 (en) * 2008-07-21 2010-03-16 Sharon Teresa De Laura Restriction-free suspended face support treatment table with hole designed to accommodate the face of a person
US20100325802A1 (en) * 2009-06-30 2010-12-30 Schwartz Cara C Face cradles, or head cradles
US20150145307A1 (en) * 2012-06-11 2015-05-28 Cardiff Products Seat Headrest
US9392873B2 (en) * 2014-10-03 2016-07-19 Ronen Gredinger Portable foot and leg rest
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US2463728A (en) * 1947-03-22 1949-03-08 Francis T Wallin Headrest for artificial respirators
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US2005972A (en) * 1932-11-22 1935-06-25 Gallop Sidney Herbert Back support
US2237252A (en) * 1939-09-27 1941-04-01 Harry Herschel Leiter Surgical arm rest and support therefor
US2463728A (en) * 1947-03-22 1949-03-08 Francis T Wallin Headrest for artificial respirators
US2910259A (en) * 1959-01-12 1959-10-27 Allan M Johnson Arm rest
US3005212A (en) * 1960-03-11 1961-10-24 Levi H Barnhill Bed attachment

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US3265437A (en) * 1965-04-02 1966-08-09 Mincieli Vito Daniel Back and headrest support
US3388407A (en) * 1966-10-31 1968-06-18 Lawrence C. Harris Headrest for stryker frame
US3865450A (en) * 1973-04-19 1975-02-11 Matthias Bruenig Safety head rest for automobile seats and the like
US4003599A (en) * 1975-01-27 1977-01-18 Yoshida Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha Safety head-rest
US4183583A (en) * 1978-07-17 1980-01-15 Zuesse Lance E Head-support for use in a reclining seat
US4650249A (en) * 1984-12-31 1987-03-17 Hector Serber Ergonomic seating assembly system with front chest support component, pelvic tilt seat component and related attachments
US4757983A (en) * 1985-02-26 1988-07-19 Charles D. Ray, Ltd. Head and chin for face-down operations
US4891854A (en) * 1989-04-10 1990-01-09 Finkelstein Neal B Face and head support assembly for use with a lounge chair or like structure
US5104073A (en) * 1990-08-15 1992-04-14 Vanbeek Allen L Arm and hand rest for a keyboard
US5121969A (en) * 1991-03-21 1992-06-16 Schroeder Clifford A Adjustable head rest for lounges
US5158255A (en) * 1992-01-08 1992-10-27 Fuller Thomas D Wrist rest apparatus
US5177823A (en) * 1992-05-13 1993-01-12 Oakworks, Inc. Adjustable headrest
US5778887A (en) * 1995-06-23 1998-07-14 Curtiss; Frederic M. Face down body support apparatus
US5661860A (en) * 1995-09-29 1997-09-02 Heitz; Alfred J. Eye surgery recovery apparatus
US6049926A (en) * 1997-04-30 2000-04-18 Amaral; Manuel G. Head cradle for a therapy table
US6151734A (en) * 1998-01-21 2000-11-28 Lawrie; William H. Head support apparatus
US6101650A (en) * 1999-05-27 2000-08-15 Omdal; David G. Recessed arm board
US6581226B1 (en) * 2002-02-16 2003-06-24 Barry B. Brustein Open frame pillow and head support system
US6694551B1 (en) * 2002-12-30 2004-02-24 Alpa, Inc. Facial support device
US7036168B1 (en) * 2004-05-24 2006-05-02 Kristin Knickerbocker Portable headrest
US8033609B2 (en) 2006-10-27 2011-10-11 Ford Global Technologies, Llc Head restraint
US20080100116A1 (en) * 2006-10-27 2008-05-01 Ford Global Technologies, Llc Head restraint
US20090267400A1 (en) * 2006-10-27 2009-10-29 Ford Global Technologies, Llc Head Restraint
US7676867B2 (en) * 2008-07-21 2010-03-16 Sharon Teresa De Laura Restriction-free suspended face support treatment table with hole designed to accommodate the face of a person
US20100325802A1 (en) * 2009-06-30 2010-12-30 Schwartz Cara C Face cradles, or head cradles
US20150145307A1 (en) * 2012-06-11 2015-05-28 Cardiff Products Seat Headrest
US9616789B2 (en) * 2012-06-11 2017-04-11 Cardiff Products Seat headrest
US10045626B1 (en) * 2014-08-25 2018-08-14 Stephen H Cheetham Portable elbow rest and method of use
US9392873B2 (en) * 2014-10-03 2016-07-19 Ronen Gredinger Portable foot and leg rest

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