WO1989005622A1 - Massage device - Google Patents

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WO1989005622A1
WO1989005622A1 PCT/EP1988/001165 EP8801165W WO8905622A1 WO 1989005622 A1 WO1989005622 A1 WO 1989005622A1 EP 8801165 W EP8801165 W EP 8801165W WO 8905622 A1 WO8905622 A1 WO 8905622A1
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Walter Mauch
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61HPHYSICAL THERAPY APPARATUS, e.g. DEVICES FOR LOCATING OR STIMULATING REFLEX POINTS IN THE BODY; ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION; MASSAGE; BATHING DEVICES FOR SPECIAL THERAPEUTIC OR HYGIENIC PURPOSES OR SPECIFIC PARTS OF THE BODY
    • A61H7/00Devices for suction-kneading massage; Devices for massaging the skin by rubbing or brushing not otherwise provided for
    • A61H7/001Devices for suction-kneading massage; Devices for massaging the skin by rubbing or brushing not otherwise provided for without substantial movement between the skin and the device
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61HPHYSICAL THERAPY APPARATUS, e.g. DEVICES FOR LOCATING OR STIMULATING REFLEX POINTS IN THE BODY; ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION; MASSAGE; BATHING DEVICES FOR SPECIAL THERAPEUTIC OR HYGIENIC PURPOSES OR SPECIFIC PARTS OF THE BODY
    • A61H15/00Massage by means of rollers, balls, e.g. inflatable, chains, or roller chains
    • A61H15/0092Massage by means of rollers, balls, e.g. inflatable, chains, or roller chains hand-held
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61HPHYSICAL THERAPY APPARATUS, e.g. DEVICES FOR LOCATING OR STIMULATING REFLEX POINTS IN THE BODY; ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION; MASSAGE; BATHING DEVICES FOR SPECIAL THERAPEUTIC OR HYGIENIC PURPOSES OR SPECIFIC PARTS OF THE BODY
    • A61H2205/00Devices for specific parts of the body
    • A61H2205/06Arms
    • A61H2205/065Hands
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
    • A63B2225/00Other characteristics of sports equipment
    • A63B2225/62Inflatable

Abstract

A flexible massage ball for massaging the reflex zones on the inner surfaces of the hand comprises a body (1) with a plurality of flexible point massage knobs (3) on its surface. The body (1) can consist of a cellular plastic core or an envelope filled with compressed air.

Description

 Massage device

The invention relates to a massage device, in particular for reflex zone massage of the hands.

The concept of zone therapy divides the soles of the feet and palms of the hands into areas or reflex zones, each of which can be assigned to specific areas of the body and which stimulate or increase well-being in these areas of the body during massage.

It is known to massage the reflex zones on the feet and hands by hand using special massage handles. It is also known to wear shoes with massage soles for the massage of the foot reflex zones, which are provided with elevations at least in the area of the reflex zones (DE-OS 35 08 582).

The object of the invention is to create an aid with which other parts of the body than the soles of the feet len can be massaged. The tool should be particularly suitable for reflexology on the palms of the hands.

This object is achieved according to the invention by a ball-shaped, soft-elastic massage body with a convexly rounded basic shape that is rotationally symmetrical about at least one axis of symmetry and which is provided with a large number of protruding, elastic point massage nubs on its entire outer surface. The

Massage body has in particular spherical or egg shape or the shape of an ellipsoid and, if it is intended for reflex zone massage of the hands, is just large enough that it can be completely or at least largely enclosed by the palm and fingers. By kneading the massage body with the hand that surrounds it, the reflex zones on the inside of the hand can be massaged. However, the massage can also be carried out by rolling the massage body with the palm of the hand on a surface or between the palms of the hands of both hands.

The massage body is comparatively soft and has, for example, the consistency of sponge rubber or foam rubber in order to avoid overexciting the reflex zones. The point massage nubs are expediently evenly spaced from each other. The diameter and the height of the preferably also soft-elastic point massage nubs is selected so that the nubs do not kink in use, but compress at best. The diameter and the mutual spacing of the knobs is a few millimeters in order to be able to massage the reflex zones on the palm of the hand, which are relatively close together, in several points. In a preferred embodiment, the massage body has a soft, elastic foam core. The point massage nubs can be integrally formed on the foam core or can be part of a sleeve covering the core made of flexible material. The latter configuration has the advantage that the material properties of the knobs can be selected independently of the elastic properties of the core.

The foam core can consist of a foam inner core and at least one shell surrounding the inner core made of a foam material with a hardness that differs from the inner core, in particular being lower. In this way, a foam core with a progressive spring characteristic is obtained, in which the spring rate of the core changes disproportionately with increasing pressure exerted on the knobs, for example.

However, the temporal massage behavior of the nubs can also be influenced by suitable measures. In order to oppose, for example, a growing pressure exerted on the nubs with an increased resistance than a pressure decreasing due to relief, the sheath surrounding the core can be provided with at least one throttle opening which, when the massage body is compressed, prevents the escape of the body Air contained in the envelope is allowed, but throttles. The relaxation of the massage body is delayed in this way. A check valve is expediently provided in the casing, which opens into the casing and facilitates refilling the casing.

In another embodiment, the massage body is an airtightly closed sleeve, which carries the point massage nubs, and is made of flexible, elastic material, which is filled with a gas under pressure, for example compressed air. To regulate the gas pressure and thus the elasticity properties of the massage body, the sheath can be provided with a valve.

The point massage nubs can all be of the same size, so that the massage body has uniform massage properties over its upper body. However, the distribution density can also vary over the surface, which can be of particular advantage in the case of egg-shaped or ellipsoid-shaped massage bodies. In an expedient embodiment, point massage nubs of different heights can be arranged such that point massage nubs with a second, but lower, height are arranged between the point massage nubs. With little

Pressure on the massage body is therefore initially only effective for the first point massage nubs, while the second point massage nubs only become effective with increasing massage pressure.

For the massage of the hand reflex zones, the massage body expediently has a diameter of between 2 and 5 cm, whereby suitable commercial packaging for hand massage balls can also comprise a graduated set of such balls. The massage ball is also suitable for massaging other parts of the body if its size is adapted accordingly. For example, a massage ball with a diameter between 20 and 50 cm can be used to massage the back.

Exemplary embodiments of the invention are explained in more detail below with reference to a drawing. Here shows:

Figure 1 is a partially sectioned side view of a spherical massage ball. 2 to 6 are partial sectional views through variants of the massage ball;

Fig. 7 is a schematic representation of an egg-shaped variant of the massage ball and

8 shows an ellipsoidal variant of the massage ball.

The massage ball, which is not shown to scale in FIG. 1, consists of a soft elastic foam ball 1, on the outside of which a plurality of radially projecting, also soft, elastic point massage nubs 3 are integrally formed. The point massage nubs 3 have approximately the same distance from one another and a diameter which is approximately equal to their height and approximately equal to their mutual distance. The diameter and the height are chosen so that the knobs 3 only begin to buckle during the massage when the body 1 of the ball is also noticeably deformed. The body 1 has a suspension hardness similar to sponge rubber or foam rubber.

A massage ball according to FIG. 1 suitable for the massage of hand reflex zones has a diameter between approximately 2 and 5 cm, while the knobs have a diameter and a height as well as a distance between 2 and 5 mm.

FIG. 2 shows a variant of the massage ball according to FIG. 1, in which the knobs 3 are integrally formed integrally on a sheath 5 that completely surrounds the foam core 1. The sleeve 5 can consist of a rubber-elastic material, so that the knobs 3 can be made stiffer than in the embodiment of FIG. 1.

FIG. 3 shows a further variant of the massage ball according to FIG. 1, the foam core, generally designated 1, comprising an inner core 7 and two the inner core 7 shells 9, 11 enclosing one another is constructed. The inner core 7 and the shells 9, 11 in turn consist of soft elastic foam, the spring hardness of the foam decreasing from the inside to the outside. In this way, a progressive compression characteristic of the massage ball is achieved, the resilience of which increases with increasing massage pressure. The point massage nubs 3 are integrally formed on the outermost shell 11, but can also be provided on an additional sheath, similar to FIG. 2. It goes without saying that fewer or even more shells can be provided.

4 shows a particularly simple variant of a massage ball which consists of an airtight, rubber-elastic envelope 13 and is inflated with compressed air via a valve 15. The point massage nubs 3 are molded onto the sleeve 13. The valve 15 permits the regulation of the air pressure and thus an adaptation of the elasticity properties of the massage ball to the wishes of the user.

The massage ball according to FIG. 5 in turn has a soft elastic foam core 1 which is enclosed by a rubber-elastic cover 17. The point massage nubs 3 are, similar to FIG. 2, molded onto the sheath 17. The sleeve 17 has at least one opening 19 which is partially overlapped on the inside by a tab 21 fixed to the sleeve 17. The flap 21 forms, together with the opening 19, a check valve which opens into the envelope 17 and closes out of the envelope 17 when there is an air flow. Since the flap 21 only partially overlaps the opening 19, a throttle opening 23 is created on the side of the lap. The air pressure accumulating in the envelope 17 when the massage ball is compressed increases the resistance of the massage ball with increasing pressure, while the check valve facilitates the relaxation of the compressed foam core 1. The throttle opening 23 and the check valve allow time

■ • ** Depending on the massage properties.

6 shows a variant of the massage ball, in which the massage properties also change depending on the massage pressure. While the massage nubs 3 all have the same dimensions in the above-described exemplary embodiments, massage nubs 3a and 3b of different heights are provided in the embodiment according to FIG. Lower point massage knobs 3b 5 are provided between adjacent higher point massage knobs 3a. With a low massage pressure, only the higher massage nubs 3a are effective, while with increasing massage pressure the lower nubs 3b also become effective. In the embodiment according to FIG. 6, the effective nub diameter changes depending on the massage pressure. 0

1 has no preferred direction and thus can also massage the palm of the hand in a circular movement, the embodiments of the massage ball according to FIGS. 7 and 8 5 are elongated, so that they are better for a massage movement guided along the hand own. The egg-shaped shape of the massage ball according to FIG. 7 results in an arcuate movement, while the ellipsoidal shape of FIG. 8 is particularly suitable for straight-line massage movements. In this connection it should be mentioned that FIGS. 7 and 8 show only a part of the point massage nubs 3 distributed over the entire surface of the massage body 1. The variants explained with reference to FIGS. 2 to 6 can also be used for the massage balls of FIGS. 7 and 8. The size and nature of the point massage nubs explained with reference to FIG. speaking also be selected for the ball of FIGS. 7 and 8.

The intended use of the massage balls explained above is not limited to the massage of reflex zones of the hands, but can also be used to massage other parts of the body, in particular the back, if the size of the massage body and its point massage nubs are suitably dimensioned become. A massage ball suitable for back massage has, for example, a diameter of 20 to 50 cm, but is considerably higher in hardness than the ball proposed for reflex zone massage of the hands. The shape and dimensions of the point massage nubs can, however, be selected in accordance with the explanations for FIG. 1 his.

Claims

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1. Massage device, in particular for reflex zone massage of the hands, characterized by a ball-shaped, soft-elastic massage body (1; 13) with a convexly rounded basic shape that is rotationally symmetrical about at least one axis of symmetry, in particular a spherical or egg or ellipsoid shape , which is provided on its entire outer surface with a large number of protruding, elastic point massage nubs (3).
2. Massage device according to claim 1, characterized in that the massage body has a soft elastic foam (1).
3. Massage device according to claim 2, characterized gekenn¬ characterized in that the point massage nubs (3) are integrally formed on the foam core (1).
4. Massage device according to claim 2, characterized gekenn¬ characterized in that the foam core (1) with a sheath (5; 17) is coated from flexible material on which the point massage nubs (3) are integrally formed.
5. Massage device according to claim 4, characterized gekenn¬ characterized in that the sheath (17) contains at least one throttle opening (23), the escape of the in the sheath (17) during compression of the massage body (1) AD holding air allowed and that the sleeve (17) is provided with at least one check valve (19, 21) opening into the sleeve (17).
6. Massage device according to one of claims 2 to 5, characterized in that the foam core (1) consists of a foam inner core (7) and at least one shell (9, 11) surrounding the inner core (7) made of a foam material with the inner core ( 7) there is a different hardness.
7. Massage device according to claim 6, characterized gekenn¬ characterized in that the shell (9, 11) is softer than the inner core (7) and with several shells (9, 11), the outer shells (11) are softer than the inner shells ( 9).
8. Massage device according to claim 1, characterized gekenn¬ characterized in that the massage body has an airtight, the point massage nubs (3) carrying shell (13) made of flexible, elastic material, which is filled with gas under pressure.
9. Massage device according to claim 8, characterized in that the casing (13) has a valve (15) for regulating the gas pressure.
10. Massage device according to one of claims 1 to 9, characterized in that the point massage nubs (3) are arranged at a distance from one another which is approximately equal to their mean diameter.
11. Massage device according to one of claims 1 to 10, characterized in that the point massage nubs (3) have a diameter between 2 and 5 mm, preferably between 3 and 4 mm. M
12. Massage device according to one of claims 1 to 11, characterized in that between point massage knobs (3a) of a first height point massage knobs (3b) of a second, lower height are arranged.
13. Massage device according to one of claims 1 to 12, characterized in that the point massage nubs (3) have a height which is approximately equal to their average diameter.
14. Massage device according to one of claims 1 to 13, characterized in that the point massage nubs (3) have a height between 2 and 5 mm, preferably between 3 and 4 mm.
15. Massage device according to one of claims 1 to 14, characterized in that the diameter of the Massa¬ body (1; 17) for the massage of the palms of the hands is between 2 and 5 cm.
16. Massage device according to one of claims 1 to 14, characterized in that the diameter of the massage body (1; - 17) for the massage of the back is between 20 and 50 cm.
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