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Stimulating apparatus and method for the improvement of the performance of the neuromuscular human system

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WO2006030298A1
WO2006030298A1 PCT/IB2005/002743 IB2005002743W WO2006030298A1 WO 2006030298 A1 WO2006030298 A1 WO 2006030298A1 IB 2005002743 W IB2005002743 W IB 2005002743W WO 2006030298 A1 WO2006030298 A1 WO 2006030298A1
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Giulia Franzoso
Daniele Farnedi
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Giulia Franzoso
Daniele Farnedi
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61HPHYSICAL THERAPY APPARATUS, e.g. DEVICES FOR LOCATING OR STIMULATING REFLEX POINTS IN THE BODY; ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION; MASSAGE; BATHING DEVICES FOR SPECIAL THERAPEUTIC OR HYGIENIC PURPOSES OR SPECIFIC PARTS OF THE BODY
    • A61H1/00Apparatus for passive exercising; Vibrating apparatus ; Chiropractic devices, e.g. body impacting devices, external devices for briefly extending or aligning unbroken bones
    • A61H1/006Apparatus for applying pressure or blows for compressive stressing of a part of the skeletal structure, e.g. for preventing or alleviating osteoporosis
    • 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
    • A61H23/00Percussion or vibration massage, e.g. using supersonic vibration; Suction-vibration massage; Massage with moving diaphragms
    • A61H23/02Percussion or vibration massage, e.g. using supersonic vibration; Suction-vibration massage; Massage with moving diaphragms with electric or magnetic drive

Abstract

A stimulating apparatus (1) for the improvement of the performance of the neuromuscular human system (2), comprises stimulating means (3) adapted to be engaged by a user (U); generating means (4) connected to said stimulating means (3) for moving them with oscillating motion; and surveying and checking means (8, 9, 10) adapted to be connected to said generating means (4) for starting them up and for checking the oscillating motion of said stimulating means (3) generated by said generating means (4).

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"Stimulating apparatus and method for the improvement of the performance of the neuromuscular human system"

Technical field of the invention The present invention relates to an stimulating apparatus and method for the improvement of the performance of the neuromuscular human system. Especially, the present invention can be advantageously applied to improve neuromuscular features of the whole human body or, specifically, certain parts of it, through stimulation of muscular tissues by using mechanical vibration, to which reference is made specifically in the present technical description albeit implying no limitation of the scope.

Background Art

First studies relating to use oscillating mechanical movements as stimulus on human body started at the end of 19th century, and therefore in medical bibliography many documents are known as a prove of the efficacy of such methodology in aesthetic-medical field, since vibration represents the fundamental stimulus received by muscles of the human body before any response movement.

Moreover, further important studies have shown the great efficacy in re-activation of energetic and nervous neuromuscular channels, so confirming the validity of oscillating mechanical movement methodology as a basis of every recovery and rehabilitative neuromuscular program.

Also relating to some biochemical changing occurring in physiologic human system, some important positive modifications of the plasmatic hormonic concentrations have been obtained by using such mechanical oscillating methodology. Intact, such positive modifications are extremely important for human body, especially in view of the prevention of the osteo-articular degeneration of tissues, therefore they represent a optimum prevention method for preventing pathology connected to abovecited tissues degeneration. Relating to motor-physical field, which the present invention specifically refers to, the use of mechanic oscillations proved extremely good results in improvements of neuro-motor performance capacity, for returning effects and also for strenght effect, realizing non only a valid tool to use during sports training, but also as a prevention instrument to prevent overload pathologies during high performance and long-term sports training.

The aim of the present invention is therefore to provide a stimulating apparatus which is able to obtain the known advantages of mechanical oscillating methodology applied to human body for the improvement of the performance of the neuromuscular system, further surveying and checking all the effects and all physical parameters acting on neuromuscular system.

Especially, a scope of the present invention is to realize a stimulating apparatus able to lead to controlled improvement of neuro-motor performance of certain parts of human body, for example lower limbs, or upper limbs, or trunk of the human body, so to increase the efficacy of the apparatus itself, and also its simplicity use.

Summary of the Invention

Accordingly, the present invention relates to stimulating apparatus for the improvement of the performance of the neuromuscular human system, characterized in that it comprises stimulating means adapted to be engaged by a user; generating means connected to said stimulating means for moving them with oscillating motion; and surveying and checking means adapted to be connected to said generating means for starting them up and for checking the oscillating motion of said stimulating means generated by said generating means. Furthermore, the present invention relates to a stimulating method for the improvement of the performance and training of the neuromuscular human system, characterized in that it comprises the steps of engaging a stimulating element and surveying starting force with which such engagement happened; moving said element with vibrating motion through starting up of oscillating means connected to said element depending on said starting force surveyed; and surveying and checking parameters of said vibrating motion.

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The present invention will be described by way of example with reference to the attached drawings showing schematic and diagrammatic partly sectional views of a preferred but not limiting embodiments of a stimulating apparatus, in which : - Fig. 1 is a preferred embodiment of a stimulating apparatus of the present invention, in a schematic view showing its first operative or using position;

- Fig.2 is a schematic view showing a second operative or using position of the apparatus in Fig. 1 ; and

- Fig. 3 is a schematic view showing a third operative or using position of the apparatus in Fig. 1.

Description of the preferred embodiments.

The attached Fig. 1 shows a stimulating apparatus 1 for performance improvement of neuromuscular system 2 of user U by means of an inducted muscles motion. The apparatus 1 , specifically studied for muscular tissues mass so to obtain rapid and notable improvements to neuromuscular performance of user U, comprises a stimulating element 3 adapted to be engaged by user U, as better explained in the following, and mounted on, and connected to, generator means 4 for generating oscillating movements, preferably mechanical vibrations. Generator 4 means are adapted to move element 3 with oscillating motion with fixed frequency, amplitude, power and term.

According to Fig.1 and Fig.2 and Fig. 3, stimulating element 3 is supported by a frame 5, which in turn is mounted on a basement 6 supporting a seat 7 for the accommodation of user U. The abovecited generator 4 means are connected to a central processing unit 8 through surveying means 9.

Stimulating element 3 is also connected to sensor means 10 adapted to surveying and checking the vibration of the element 3 realized by generator 4 means. In operation, surveying means 9 are adapted to survey and estimate power force applied above element 3 by user U and send to unit 8 an electrical first signal S1 corresponding to a value of such estimation.

Central unit 8 is adapted to evaluate such signal S1 and to send a second signal S2 to generating means 4 for their activation and then to cause mechanical vibration of the element 3, checking it by its frequency, power and amplitude. Central processing unit 8 is also adapted to receive third signal S3 corresponding to a survey by sensor means 10 of real vibration of element 3, in way that central unit 8 is able to evaluate such signal S3 for controlling correct vibration motion of element 3, for instance within values interval or bounds prefixed, and sending further correction signal S2 to generator means 4 in case of irregularity or values out of such interval. According to Fig.1 , stimulating element 3 is defined by a platform 3 adapted to be pushed by feet of user U, so that onto the platform 3 starting pushing force Fs is realized, with said force Fs surveyed by surveying means 9. Depending on signals S1 and S2 received-estimated-and sent by central processing unit 8, platform 3 is put into vibration by generating means 4, in way that to transmit pulse to user U muscular system 2 and triggering the positive stimulating effects of vibrations.

The embodiment of apparatus 1 with platform 3 as described above and shown in Fig. 1 is specifically studied and suggested for training and for improving of the performance of the muscular masses of lower limbs Al of user U, substantially without involving other parts of user U body. That defines a localized use on neuromuscular system 2 of user U particularly advantageous, increasing the efficacy of apparatus 1 in respect of the prior art stimulating devices.

According to Fig.2 and Fig. 3, stimulating element 3 is defined by a bar 3 protruding above user U head as shown in Fig. 2, and protruding horizontally substantially from user U shoulders in case shown in Fig. 3.

The ends of bar 3 are adapted to be grasp by user U hands, so that on bar 3 starting traction force Ft is realized (reference Ft1 in Fig.2, and reference Ft2 in Fig.3), with said force Ft surveyed by surveying means 9. Depending on signals S1 and S2 received-estimated-and sent by central processing unit 8, bar 3 is put into vibration by generating means 4, under control by sensor means 10, in way that to transmit pulse to user U muscular system 2 and triggering the positive stimulating effects of vibrations.

The embodiment of stimulating apparatus 1 with bar 3 as described above and shown in Fig. 2 and Fig. 3 is specifically studied and suggested for training and for improving of the performance of the muscular masses of trunk T, and respectively, of upper limbs AS of user U, substantially without involving other parts of user U body.

Also in that case, that defines a localized use on neuromuscular system 2 of user U particularly advantageous, increasing the efficacy of apparatus 1 in respect of the prior art stimulating devices. At last, it's very important to highlight that central processing unit 8 is able to store different kinds of training and/or neuromuscular recovery settings or protocols, so that operating advantageously for reproducing prefixed setting or protocol, also depending from physical features/parameters of user U, obviously always under supervision of skilled technicians. Although the present invention has been described with reference to the preferred embodiments, workers skilled in the art will recognize that changes may be made in form and detail without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.

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1. Stimulating apparatus (1) for the improvement of the performance of the neuromuscular human system (2), characterized in that it comprises stimulating means (3) adapted to be engaged by a user (U); generating means (4) connected to said stimulating means (3) for moving them with oscillating motion; and surveying and checking means (8,9,10) adapted to be connected to said generating means (4) for starting them up and for checking the oscillating motion of said stimulating means (3) generated by said generating means (4).
2. Apparatus according to claim 1 , characterized in that said stimulating means (3) are adapted to be engaged by user (U) with fixed starting force (Fs;Ft1 ;Ft2); said surveying and checking means (8,9,10) being adapted to survey said force (Fs;Ft1 ;Ft2) and to start up said generating means (4) at least depending on said starting force (Fs;Ft1 ;Ft2).
3. Apparatus according to claim 2, characterized in that said surveying and checking means (8,9,10) comprise a central processing unit (8), at least surveying means (9) adapted to survey said starting force (Fs;Ft1 ;Ft2), and at least sensor means (10) adapted to survey and checking the oscillating motion of said stimulating means (3); said central processing unit (8) being adapted to receive and evaluate from said surveying means (9) at least first signal (S1 ) corresponding to said starting force (Fs;Ft1 ;Ft2), to emit and send to said generating means (4) at least a second signal (S2) for starting up said generating means (4) depending on said first signal (S1), and to receive and evaluate from said sensor means (10) at least third signal (S3) corresponding on oscillations of said stimulating means (3).
4. Apparatus according to any preceding claim from claim 1 to 3, characterized in that said surveying and checking means (8,9,10) are adapted to check frequency, amplitude, term and power of said oscillating motion of said stimulating means (3).
5. Apparatus according to any preceding claim from claim 1 to 4, characterized in that said stimulating means (3) comprise a platform (3) adapted to be pushed by feet of user (U); said starting force (Fs;Ft1 ;R2) being defined by pushing force (Fs) produced at least by muscle of lower limbs (Al) of said user (U) onto said platform (3).
6. Apparatus according to any preceding claim from claim 1 to 4, characterized in that said stimulating means (3) comprise a bar (3) adapted to be grasped by hands of user (U); said starting force (Fs;Ft1 ;Ft2) being defined by traction force (Ft1) produced at least by muscle of upper limbs (AS) of said user (U) on said bar (3).
7. Apparatus according to any preceding claim from claim 1 to 4, characterized in that said stimulating means (3) comprise a bar (3) adapted to be grasped by hands of user (U); said starting force (Fs;Ft1 ;Ft2) being defined by traction force (Ft1 ) produced at least by muscle of trunk (T) of said user (U) on said bar (3).
8. Stimulating method for the improvement of the performance and training of the neuromuscular human system, characterized in that it comprises the steps of engaging a stimulating element and surveying starting force with which such engagement happened; moving said element with vibrating motion through starting up of oscillating means connected to said element depending on said starting force surveyed; and surveying and checking parameters of said vibrating motion.
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