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July 5, 1938.
Q_ T_~ BUFFALOW
2,122,556
VIBRATORY MASSAGER
Filed Oct. 3, 1935
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Patented July 5, 1938
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' UNITEDY STATES
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VIBRATORY MASSAGER
Oscar Thomas Bulïalow, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Application October 3, 1935, Serial N0. 43,451
5 Claims. (Cl. 128-49)
This invention relates to a vibratory massager,
and it aims to provide a novel construction of
' massaging arm having ball or roller means to
more efñciently move over and massage the spinal
5 tissues and the feet, although capable of use
generally.
It further aims to provide a removable element
between the balls, for massaging purposes, prefer
ably projecting slightly beyond the balls.
The more specíñc objects and advantages will
_,ecome apparent and in part be pointed out here
inafter in connection with accompanying draw
mg.
In said drawing:
Figure 1 is a side elevation of a vibratory mas
saging apparatus constructed in accordance with
the invention;
Figure 2 is a right hand end elevation of the
parts of Figure 1; and
20
`Figure 3 is a substantially central vertical sec
bolts 25, mounted by screw threads at 26, in
vertical arms 21 and 28, rising from the cross
arm 2|. Due to this construction, the bolts or
screws 25 may be removed to release the balls 23
for inspection or replacement.
In the use of the device, there is a double
action, double roller eiîect, for use on the tissues,
especially the spinal, while vibrating at the same
time and enabling the applicator to reach any
and all of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia,
nerves, blood vessels, lymph tissues, etc.
As the button 22 projects outwardly farther
than the applicator balls 23, the structure in
treating the feet, ñt into the hollow or contour
of the sole of the foot, vibrating and massaging 15
out the congestion and stimulating the circulation.
With the center applicator 22 in place, the de
vice is especially adapted to treating the feet,
and by removing the applicator ball I9, the vi
tional view through the massaging ball and ad
brator can be used for practically any part of. the
jacent parts.
Referring specifically to the drawing, I0 desig
body: that is, chest, abdomen, arms, legs, and
especially up and down the spinal column, with
nates a vibratory arm, the same being adapted
As shown,
it is connected by an arm I I to a frame I2 mount
ing an electric motor I3, Whose drive shaft has a
conventional vibrating connection as at I4 with
the vibrating arm I0. The motor I3 may receive
30 electric current from any suitable source. As
shown, conductors I5 are connected to the motor,
one end of which has a plug IB adapted to engage
a suitable socket, and the conductor or cable
preferably containing a switch I1 therein. Frame
35 52 has a vertical portion terminating in a ñnger
engaging ring or the like I8, to facilitate handling
and manipulation of the instrument.
Said vibratory arm I0 is vertically disposed
and centrally has a button or massaging member
i9 detachably connected by a screw stud 20 to
25 to be vibrated in any suitable manner.
a cross arm 2I on the vibratory arm.
The outer
surface of. the button I9 is spherical as shown at
22, and the button may be made of any suitable
material such as soft, medium, or hard rubber,
45 or even metal, for instance, aluminum.
On each side of the massaging button 22 is a
massaging and guiding ball 23, the projection or
button 22 extending outwardly slightly farther
than the periphery of the balls 23. Such balls
23 may be made of the same material as men
tioned with respect to the button 22. However,
a very eiïective combination consists of the ball
23 being made of soft rubber and used with a
button 22 made of aluminum. Said balls 23 have
55 axial metallic sleeves 24, which are journaled on
the balls 23 rolling on either side of the spinal
processes, as application is made to the tissues, 25
which reaches all of the superñcial and deep
muscles, ligaments, tendons, arteries, veins,
lymphatics, etc., with ease to the operator and
comfort to the patient, vibrating and massaging
out the congestion and stimulating the circulation 30
to all of the soft tissues.
Various changes may be resorted to, such as a
heavy base plate which will be used in placing
the vibrator on the ñoor, giving weight and
steadiness to the vibrator as it is being used for
treating the feet, also a change in the size and
location of the hand holds, for instance using
pistol grip at one end, or both ends, or any other
type especially suited for handling this device.
Various other changes may be resorted to pro
vided they fall within the spirit and scope of. the
invention.
I claim as my inventionz--~
1. A structure of the class described comprising
an arm for vibration in a single plane, an appli
cator on said arm, balls rotatably mounted on
said arm adjacent said applicator, the axis oi’
rotation of said balls being in the plane of vibra
tion of said arm, and rotatable over said body
only in a plane substantially at right angles to 50
the plane of vibration of said arm, means remov
ably securing the applicator in place, and the
applicator having a spherical massaging portion.
2. A structure of the class described compris
ing a motor, an arm associated with said motor 55
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for vibration ina single plane, balls of soft yield
able material rotatably mounted on said arm, the
axis
vibration
of rotation
of saidof
arm,
saidtoballs
roll being
over the
in the
bodyplane
at sub
stantially right angles to the plane of vibration
of said arm whereby to manipulate the tissues.
3. AA structure of the class described compris
ing a motor, an arm pivotally associated with
said motor for vibration about its pivot, balls of
10
yieldable material rotatably mounted adjacent
the
one plane
end ofofsaid
oscillation
arm, the
of axis
said of
arm,
rotation
and said
being
balls
being freely movable over the body during the os
cillation of said arm.
4. A structure of the class described compris
ing a motor, an arm pivotallgy mounted on said
motor for oscillation about said pivot, balls of
yieldable material rotatably mounted on said arm
adjacent one end, the axis of rotation of said
balls lying in the plane of oscillation of said arm,
whereby to engage the tissues of the body and
manipulate them, and means joining the shaft
of said motor lto said arm.
5. A structure of the class described compris
ing an arm mounted to vibrate in a single plane,
balls of yieldable material rotatably mounted
on said arm adjacent one end, the axis of rotation
of said balls being in the plane of Vibration of said
arm, and rotatable over said body only in a plane
substantially at right angles to the plane of Vi
bration of said arm.
OSCAR T. BUFFALOW.
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