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Means for passive movement of disabled extremity to return natural range of motion

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601 - Surgery: kinesitherapy

601001000 - KINESITHERAPY

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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
601005000 Means for passive movement of disabled extremity to return natural range of motion 89
20130030330Control and Integration of Sensory Data - A sensory data integration system for integrating sensory data generated by a first sensory substitution device and sensory data generated by a second sensory substitution device. The system includes a processor configured to generate an orientation signal indicative of a difference between a subject's orientation and an acceptable orientation. The orientation signal is based on the sensory data generated by the first sensory substitution device and the sensory data generated by the second sensory substitution device.01-31-2013
20130085420Orthosis For Range Of Motion, Muscular And Neurologic Rehabilitation Of The Lower Extremities - A non-invasive apparatus for rehabilitating a joint, limb, and muscles of a patient recovering from surgery on the joint, includes a continuous passive motion device having at least one support member for supporting the limb, at least one hinge coupled to the at least one support member, and at least one actuator for providing reciprocating motion of the at least one support member about the at least one hinge, a plurality of electrodes transmitting at least four modalities chosen from a group consisting of functional electrical stimulation (FES), transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), temperature therapy stimulation, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) prophylactic stimulation, venous blood flow monitoring, and pain monitoring, and a control unit controlling the at least one actuator and the plurality of electrodes according to a coordinated sequence of the reciprocating motion and transmission of the at least four modalities.04-04-2013
20090306553Portable therapeutic support handle - An apparatus according to the present invention provides a portable, adjustable limb support mechanism for use in physiotherapy or occupational therapy. The support may be clamped to various supporting structures, and the support mechanism may be capable of being positioned throughout a substantially hemispherical field of positioning once clamped to a supporting structure. A kit according to the present invention includes one or more of a selectable support base, selectable shaft length, selectable handle size, selectable color combinations, and/or selectable support accessories. A method according to the present invention includes providing a support shaft mechanism, including a grip, having substantially hemispherical positioning, stabilizing the grip in a desired position, and positioning a limb of a person against the grip so that the person may use the grip as a point of stability to facilitate improved motor accuracy.12-10-2009
20130079683THERAPEUTIC DEVICE FOR POST-OPERATIVE KNEE - The present teachings provide for an exercise device for exercising a joint and a limb. The device includes a controller, an actuation member, a load cell, and a motor. The actuation member is controlled by the controller and is configured to extend and flex the limb. The load cell is mounted to the actuation member and configured to measure force between the limb and the actuation member. The motor is configured to control movement of the actuation member in response to inputs from the controller.03-28-2013
20130035614SYSTEM FOR PASSIVE STRETCHING - A system for assisting in the performance of passive stretches includes a stretching device and a control mechanism. The stretching device includes an inflatable component. The control mechanism enables a user to control the degree of inflation of the inflatable component. The stretching device may optionally include one or more user contact surfaces attached to an outer layer or formed within an outer layer. The system may also include a support for supporting the stretching device at a particular height. The support may compressively hold the stretching device at the particular height when the inflatable component is inflated.02-07-2013
20130041294RANGE OF MOTION DEVICE - An orthosis configured to stretch tissue around a foot and a toe of a wearer is provided. The orthosis includes a first member affixable to the foot and including a first extension member and a second member operatively connected to the first extension member and affixable to the toe, the second member including a second extension member having an arcuate shape.02-14-2013
20100113986WALKING ASSIST APPARATUS - In a walking assist apparatus having a support member supporting an user, a pair of shoe units accommodating the user's feet, a pair of leg links each having a first link connected to the support member and a second link connected to each shoe unit, a pair of actuators each connected to the first and second links, a controller controlling operation of the actuators and a battery and assists walking of the user by producing relative movement between the first and second links, there are equipped with a primary coil installed in a floor on which the user walks on, a secondary coil installed in one of the shoe units and is supplied with non-contact supply of power from the primary coil, and a charging circuit charging the battery with rectified direct current output.05-06-2010
20090306554WALKING ASSISTANCE DEVICE - In a walking assistance device, comprising: a hip belt (12-10-2009
20130060171REHABILITATION AND TRAINING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - A rehabilitation and training apparatus is built based on the empirical law by introducing physical therapists' experiences into the apparatus to simulate therapy with hands in the course of rehabilitation. The apparatus includes a multi-axis robotic arm having first to eighth arm segments, and a high-precision control system for controlling movements of the multi-axis robotic arm. The control system provides an active, a passive and an auxiliary mode; receives and computes information about a patient's movements and muscle force detected by potentiometers and force sensors provided in the multi-axis robotic arm; and accordingly, drives actuators to apply an aiding force or a resisting force to assist the patient in completing rehabilitation exercises. The apparatus also includes a humanized operating interface, via which a doctor or a physical therapist may obtain related rehabilitation data for assessment and adjustment of rehabilitation therapeutic courses. A method of controlling the apparatus is introduced.03-07-2013
20110015551AUXILIARY EXERCISE EQUIPMENT - An auxiliary exercise equipment can prevent a user from having a fall due to loss of a balance, and can be operated to start and stop a passive exercise and to change types of the passive exercise immediately. The auxiliary exercise equipment comprises left and right steps, a passive exercise generating means, and a handle bar. A user's left and right feet are rested on the left and right steps, respectively. The passive exercise generating means comprises a step rotary driving unit which is configured to change a vertical position relation between front and rear ends of each of the left and right steps while being slid and reciprocated. The handle bar prevents the user from having a fall. The handle bar is provided with a switch for starting, stopping, or changing a passive exercise.01-20-2011
20110015550Exercise aiding apparatus - An exercise aiding apparatus has: a step (01-20-2011
20110021954EXERCISE SYSTEM - A program selecting means 01-27-2011
20110021953PASSIVE EXERCISE APPARATUS - Exercise apparatus is configured to cause a human body to exercise by adding an external force generated through a drive means to the human body to cause the human body to exert a force counteracting the external force. The apparatus includes: a timer means 01-27-2011
20080294074Robotic training system with multi-orientation module - The present invention relates a system and method to allow users to train different joints of a limb in different planes. The rotation of the system can be driven by a motor to assist or resist the motion for training purpose. By the present invention, the user can use the device to switch training between the vertical and horizontal planes, without changing the device and any module. The system is also adjustable to meet different users' body sizes.11-27-2008
20100249672COMMUNICATIONS DURING REHABILITATION - A method, includes recording first regimen data in a controller. The first regimen data includes instructions for a therapeutic regimen. The method also includes controlling a therapeutic device in accordance with at least the first regimen data, and recording progress data representative of at least an amount of force exerted on a joint during each of a plurality of cycles and the number of cycles performed. The method also includes transmitting the progress data from the controller to a remote user, and receiving an input from the remote user containing second regimen data. The second regimen data is different from the first regimen data. The method further includes controlling the therapeutic device in accordance with at least the second regimen data.09-30-2010
20110301509Range of Motion Assistant - A passive therapy device to facilitate range-of-motion in the human hand, wrist, and/or forearm after surgery, trauma, arthritic complications, rehabilitative therapy, or other events that resulted in limited wrist motion or stiffness. This device facilitates the therapy by utilizing gravity and leverage. Comprised of two modified isosceles triangular rigid sides separated by and narrowing to a point by means of a sandwiched wedge, and a boot and strap comprised of a strong, yet soft material on the outside of one of said rigid sides. This device provides therapy to restricted tissue in the human hand, wrist, and forearm while applying passive tension during rehabilitation. Readily converting from supination/pronation therapy to extension/flexion therapy, and radial/ulnar deviation, the device can also be used on the right or left hand. This invention provides a low cost, simple to use rehabilitation device.12-08-2011
20090281466DEVICE FOR REHABILITATION OF INDIVIDUALS EXPERIENCING LOSS OF SKELETAL JOINT MOTOR CONTROL - A method and device assist in the rehabilitation of patients who have suffered loss of motor control of an appendicular joint due to neurological damage. The method includes attempted contraction by a patient of a muscle that serves to move an affected joint coupled with the production of a perception by the patient that the joint is being moved more than it really is. The method results in dramatic non-transient improvements in motor control of the joint. The device provides an apparatus for performance of the method.11-12-2009
20110105962METHOD AND SYSTEM OF SIMULATION AND MEASUREMENT RELATED TO OPTIMUM OPERATING CONDITION FOR SUPPORT BASE OF PASSIVE EXERCISE MACHINE - A simulator obtains muscle activities and joint contact forces by a computer simulation according to an operating condition for moving a support base of a passive exercise machine. A condition limiting unit finds intermediate conditions corresponding to desirable muscle activities and joint contact forces from muscle activities and joint contact forces obtained with the simulator according to different operating conditions. A motion simulator moves the support base according to the intermediate conditions. A myoelectric measurement device measures myoelectric potential of a subject supported by the support base. An evaluation device selects an operating condition corresponding to a larger muscle activity quantity from measurement results of muscle activity to define it as an operating condition of the passive exercise machine.05-05-2011
20100217163ROTATION ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING ROTARY APPARATUS - [Problem to be Solved] It is an object of the present invention to reduce energy consumed when a rotary apparatus is used and to suppress abrasion and breakage on the rotary apparatus and a driving apparatus which drives the rotary apparatus.08-26-2010
20100094181Apparatus for Stretching and Strengthening Extremities - An apparatus for stretching and strengthening extremities includes a foot placement foundation having an inversion plane, a neutral plane, and an eversion plane. Support elements for the foot placement foundation include a front element, a back element, and two side elements connecting the front element to the back element, where the front element is shorter than the back element, forming an incline in the foot placement foundation. The foot placement foundation can have an incline of 15 or 20 degrees from horizontal, the apparatus can include an adjustment mechanism used to modify the incline in the foot placement foundation, and the side elements can be wedge-shaped. In addition, the front, back, and side elements can together include a flat bottom.04-15-2010
20120143101HIP ACTUATOR THAT FACILITATES RECOVERY FROM SURGERY - The present invention provides methods and apparatuses that can facilitate recovery from various kinds of hip surgery. Example embodiments comprise a foot motion subsystem and a knee restraint, wherein a patient's foot engaged with the foot holder is moved and the patient's knee is restrained such that motion of the foot is transmitted to the patient's hip.06-07-2012
20090275867WALKING AND BALANCE EXERCISE DEVICE - A pelvic support unit is coupled to a base by a powered vertical force actuator mechanism. A torso support unit, which is affixed to the patient independently of the pelvic support unit, is connected to the base by one or more powered articulations which are actuable around respective axes of motion. Sensors sense the linear and angular displacement of the pelvic support unit and the torso support unit. A control unit is coupled to these sensors and, responsive to signals from them, selectively control the displacement actuator and articulation(s).11-05-2009
20090281465REHABILITATION AND TRAINING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - A rehabilitation and training apparatus is built based on the empirical law by introducing physical therapists' experiences into the apparatus to simulate the therapy with hands in the course of rehabilitation. The apparatus includes a multi-axis robotic arm, and a high-precision control system. The control system provides three operating modes, including an active, a passive, and an auxiliary mode; receives and computes information about a patient's movements and produced force detected by potentiometers and force sensors provided in the multi-axis robotic arm; and accordingly, drives actuators to apply an aiding force or a resisting force to assist the patient in completing and repeating rehabilitation exercises. The apparatus also includes a humanized operating interface, via which a doctor or a physical therapist may obtain related rehabilitation data for assessment and adjustment of rehabilitation therapeutic courses. A method of controlling the apparatus is also provided.11-12-2009
20120296242PASSIVE EXERCISE EQUIPMENT - A drive device has a motor for generating a drive force, a power transmission unit for transmitting the force generated by the motor to first and second foot support tables, thereby moving the foot support tables, and a control unit for controlling the motor. The power transmission unit is connected to an output shaft of the motor. The power transmission unit has a left foot reciprocation mechanism for reciprocating a left foot support table, a right foot reciprocation mechanism for reciprocating a right foot support table, and a power divergence unit for diverging the force of the motor into the reciprocation mechanisms and transmitting the force thereto. The power transmission unit alternately transmits the rotation force of the motor to the left and right foot support tables, thereby causing the left and right foot support tables to alternately move in a forward and backward direction in increments of one reciprocation.11-22-2012
20090036804POWER REGENERATION IN ACTIVE MUSCLE ASSISTANCE DEVICE AND METHOD - A method for controlling movement using an active powered device including an actuator, joint position sensor, muscle stress sensor, and control system. The device provides primarily muscle support although it is capable of additionally providing joint support (hence the name “active muscle assistance device”). The device is designed for operation in several modes to provide either assistance or resistance to a muscle for the purpose of enhancing mobility, preventing injury, or building muscle strength. The device is designed to operate autonomously or coupled with other like device(s) to provide simultaneous assistance or resistance to multiple muscles.02-05-2009
20090326422TWO DEGREE OF FREEDOM POWERED ORTHOSIS - Weakened and restricted limb movement is aided by powered orthosis having one or more independent dimensions of controlled movement and a control system.12-31-2009
20090264799Shoulder ROM Orthosis - Therapeutic abduction of the shoulder joint is achieved using a hinged device, the hinge activated by a cable passed between pulleys to increase mechanical advantage. The cable is wound on a spool mounted on a ratcheting mechanism, whereby tension is maintained as the spool is wound via a knob or computer controlled motor. A rotation control device enables rotation of the spool by a user, but prevents rotation due to a load. Mating shackles pivot in connection with the hinge, and are activated by the cable to increase the angle of the hinge. The hinge is connected to the body, one portion affixed relative to the body, the other affixed relative to the upper arm. As the hinge angle is expanded, the shoulder joint is abducted, stretching the tissue of the joint. If resilient, the cable imparts a dynamic tensioning force to the shoulder joint. Medial or lateral rotation is accomplished by a second device disposed at the elbow, wherein the pivot point of internal/external rotation is along the axis of the upper arm.10-22-2009
20080255479THERAPY APPARATUS - A machine has a platform for a standing patient to perform foot exercises specified by a set of selectors on the machine and pre-selected according to a therapy program. Different types of monitor devices viewable by the patient and an attendant, direct the patient to proceed with selected exercises. Light sources associated with the platform to illuminate portions of it, and other slight sources directed to sensors above the platform, are activated in concert, according to the directions addressed to the patient.10-16-2008
20090099488LOW HUMIDITY DEVICE FOR BODY JOINT THERAPY - A self-contained appliance for passive therapy of arthritis discomfort in a bone joint, including a bone joint encompassing element formed of a moisture impermeable barrier material and defining a therapy region about one or more bone joints, and a desiccative agent disposed within the therapy region.04-16-2009
20090030353Orthosis Apparatus and Method of Using an Orthosis Apparatus - The present invention provides a new and improved orthosis for use in effecting relative movement between bones in an arm of a patient. The apparatus includes a lower cuff gripping distal bone, such as a wrist, and an upper cuff gripping a proximal bone, such as an upper arm. The lower cuff is secured in a rotatable drive assembly substantially coincident to a longitudinal axis of a medial bone, such as the forearm, during rotational distal adjustment. The angle between the forearm and the upper arm is adjustable and can be securely fixed at a desired angle. The rotation of the rotatable drive assembly effectuates the pronation and supination of the hand and wrist relative to the patient's forearm. The orthosis of the present invention can be disassembled with interchanging parts substituted depending on the patient's needs.01-29-2009
20110230801RANGE OF MOTION DEVICE - The present provides an orthosis for stretching tissue around a joint of a patient between first and second relatively pivotable body portions. The orthosis includes a first arm member affixable to the first body portion and including a first extension member extending therefrom. A second arm member affixable to the second body portion is also included and has a second extension member having an arcuate shape extending therefrom. The second extension member is operatively connected to the first extension member and travels through the first extension member along an arcuate path when the second arm member is moved from a first position to a second position relative to the first arm member.09-22-2011
20110230800Shoulder rehabilitation and exercise device - A shoulder rehabilitation and exercise device is disclosed which enables a user to perform internal and external rotations of both right and left shoulder. The device is comprised of a base plate, hydraulic damper, restrictor arm, actuator arm, elbow cup and hand grip. A smooth, fluid-like movement is achieved during performance of arcuate internal and external shoulder rotations while also providing automatic increases and decreases in resistance to such motion in response to user effort. In certain preferred embodiments, in addition to such automatic adjustment of resistance, the device includes a means of manually adjusting resistance. The device may be utilized to perform the aforementioned internal and external rotations on a user's right or left side without need for making any adjustments to the machine. Range of motion limitations may be set to control the arcuate degree of internal and external rotations performed. Adjustment in the elevation of a user's forearm via adjustment of a two section, pivoting base plate is provided that enables elevation adjustment without effecting operating resistance. The actuator arm includes an adjustable elbow cup and adjustable hand grip. The device does not store potential energy or produce sufficient momentum to oppose a user's immediate and safe termination of motion.09-22-2011
20120078142CONTINUOUS PASSIVE MOTION DEVICE - A CPM chair for repeatedly flexing and extending a patient's knee permits a patient to remain comfortably seated while controlling therapeutic knee flexure and extension. A slide member is longitudinally reciprocal between extended and retracted positions with its slide direction controlled by the patent. A drum has an endless cable wrapped about its periphery and is rotated in alternate directions by a reversible electrical motor. The cable extends over respective forward and rearward pulleys and is secured to the slide member. A pedal assembly supports the patient's foot and is pivotally secured to the slide member to accommodate different positions of the patient's heel. Control switches are actuable by the patient to control slide member direction.03-29-2012
20090204033KNEE EXTENSION TREATMENT APPARATUS - A knee extension treatment apparatus for applying a downward force to an upper surface of a user's leg while the leg is supported by the knee extension treatment apparatus, for facilitating the straightening of the leg when bent at the knee, according to one embodiment of the present invention comprises a base frame assembly, an ankle support connected to the base frame assembly, first and second strap assemblies secured to the base frame assembly, each strap assembly being secured at one end and constructed and arranged to lay over the upper surface of the user's leg, a corresponding opposite end of each strap assembly being moveable by the user whereby pulling each corresponding opposite end creates a corresponding downward force on the upper surface of the user's leg.08-13-2009
20100152628Method and Apparatus for Providing a Dynamically Loaded Force and/or a Static Progressive Force to a Joint of a Patient - A method and a continuous passive motion device for providing a dynamically loaded force and a static progressive force to a joint of a patient06-17-2010
20100152627PELVIS INTERFACE - A pelvis interface may include a subject attachment module including a waist attachment and a back attachment. The interface may further include an arm assembly coupled to the subject attachment module, the arm assembly including a plurality of arms so coupled to one another and/or to the subject attachment module as to permit the subject attachment module at least one pelvis translation degree of freedom and at least one pelvis rotation degree of freedom. The interface may further include motors so coupled to the arm assembly as to actuate at least one pelvis translation degree of freedom and at least one pelvis rotation degree of freedom.06-17-2010
20100262047PHYSICAL THERAPY SYSTEMS AND METHODS - The invention is directed to a physical therapy system including a glove with a set of acoustic sensors and a positive feedback system and method for teaching finger extension. The system may also include a pair of gloves with a set of acoustic sensors and a positive feedback system to teach clapping. In another aspect, the system may include a glove with an acoustic sensor, an object with a corresponding sensor and a positive feedback system for teaching arm extension. The invention may be particularly useful for providing a rehabilitation method for individuals affected with hemiplegic cerebral palsy.10-14-2010
20100241037CONTINUOUS PASSIVE MOTION DEVICE FOR A TOE - A continuous passive motion device for providing oscillatory motion of a patient's foot to mobilize the patient's toe through a variable range of orientations about a pivot axis. The device may include a foot base having one or more hinged toe plates pivotably attached to the foot base. The foot base may be attached to a support assembly such that the foot base may be pivoted about a horizontal axis. A drive motor may be connected to the support assembly to continuously oscillate the foot plate up and down through a predetermined range of angles about the horizontal axis. The hinged top plate may be attached to the support assembly such that rotation of the foot plate will cause the toe plate to hinge in the opposite direction of the rotation of the foot and resulting in the patient's toe being oscillated through a range of flexion and extension. This range of angles of motion for the toe will be a function of the range of motion of the footplate.09-23-2010
20100210977SYSTEM FOR PASSIVE STRETCHING - A system for assisting in the performance of passive stretches includes a stretching device and a control mechanism. The stretching device includes an inflatable component. The control mechanism enables a user to control the degree of inflation of the inflatable component. The stretching device may optionally include one or more user contact surfaces attached to an outer layer or formed within an outer layer. The system may also include a support for supporting the stretching device at a particular height. The support may compressively hold the stretching device at the particular height when the inflatable component is inflated.08-19-2010
20110028869EXERCISE EQUIPMENT - An exercise equipment comprises a movable portion 02-03-2011
20090149783System And Method For A Cooperative Arm Therapy And Corresponding Rotation Module - A system for arm therapy of a user comprises a device for determining the position of the user, a first drive, an upper arm rotation module, an upper arm cuff, at least one hinge movably connecting the upper arm cuff and the first drive, a second drive, and a rotation drive provided on the upper arm rotation module itself. The upper arm cuff is connected to the arm of the user and has a substantially hollow-cylindrical shape when it is closed. The first drive and the second drive are adapted to place the upper arm rotation module in a defined spatial position, and the rotation drive is adapted to turn the upper arm cuff about its main axis relative to the outer part of the upper arm rotation module.06-11-2009
20130144195Device for Passive Movement of the Fingers06-06-2013
20100198115SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR NEUROMUSCULAR REEDUCATION - A system and a method that promotes the restoration of physical functions of the neuromuscular system by incorporating into one device the treatment modalities of biofeedback based repetitive practice, includes an actuator, a joint position measurement system, a force sensing measurement system, an EMG measurement system, a neuromuscular low-level stimulation system, a controller, and a display device.08-05-2010
20090254010Device and Method for Cervical Curvature Restoration - A neck rehabilitation device for exercising the muscles of a person's neck and upper back is provided. The device has a rear neck-engaging assembly that can be positioned at least partially about the person's neck for engaging a rear side of the person's neck. The rear neck-engaging assembly includes an elastic strap for extending and being stretched about the rear side of the person's neck to exert a forward-directed force on the person's neck. The assembly also includes a resilient compressible member providing resistance to compression for use in exercising the muscles of the person's neck and upper back while the elastic strap is stretched about the person's neck. A method of cervical curve restoration of a person's neck is also provided. The method includes stretching a reversed cervical curve forward and simultaneously exercising the muscles of the person's neck and upper back.10-08-2009
20100069798WEARABLE DEVICE TO ASSIST WITH THE MOVEMENT OF LIMBS - A wearable device (03-18-2010
20110152731PASSIVE EXERCISE APPARATUS - This invention has an object to provide a passive exercise apparatus which is driven to help user to stretch and contract various muscles of his/her feet by a driving force generated at a driving unit while not lowering positive effects in his/her exercise. This passive exercise apparatus in the present invention comprises a left foot support 06-23-2011
20110251531Methods and Devices for Treating Pathological Conditions of the Human Knee - Kit and method for treatment or rehabilitation of medical conditions of the human knee using an apparatus having a substantially rigid support member having two substantially similar sides joined at one end, which forms an apex, and having a third side including two opposing linear surfaces separated by a cavity; an adjustable strap; and a wedged insole.10-13-2011
20110071441ORTHOPEDIC REHABILITATION MECHANISM EMPLOYING A FOOT SUPPORT HAVING A FIRST PORTION AND A SECOND PORTION CONFIGURED TO ROTATE WITH RESPECT TO ONE ANOTHER - Provided is an orthopedic therapy and rehabilitation device. The orthopedic device, in one embodiment, includes a foot support element configured to substantially support a user's foot or ankle, the foot support element having a first portion and a second portion that are configured to rotate with respect to one another about a pivot point. The orthopedic device may further include a plurality of guide lines each having a first and a second end, wherein each of the first ends are coupleable to the foot support element. The orthopedic device may even further include a control member coupleable to each of the second ends, the control member configured to control the plurality of guide lines to flex the user's foot or ankle in a plurality of directions.03-24-2011
20110077560Passive motion machine with integrated mechanical DVT prophylactic therapy - There is provided a continuous passive motion (CPM) machine with integrated mechanical deep vein thrombosis (DVT) prophylaxis for providing simultaneous CPM therapy and DVT prophylactic therapy to a human patient. The passive motion machine may include a base, at least one motor, one or more hinged frame rails, one or more support or suspension structures and a roller assembly. The hinged frame rails are driven to impart CPM to a patient's limb. The roller assembly can be a single roller, a multiple roller unit, or a belt and roller apparatus. A motor and connecting drive rotates the roller assembly. The roller assembly engages the patient's limb and the one or more rollers apply a mechanical DVT prophylaxis therapy to the limb, reducing the risk of blood clotting.03-31-2011
20120302928CELLULITE APPEARANCE REDUCTION APPARATUS AND METHOD - The invention includes devices and methods for reducing the appearance of cellulite in human skin. The device includes a belt having a tactile gripping portion for removably adhering to skin. When the belt is connected to a reciprocating vibratory massage device, the tactile belt grips the skin preventing substantial relative movement between the belt and the skin. On continued reciprocal movement of the belt through a stroke length and at a frequency, the outer layers of the skin are forcibly moved relative to the subcutaneous tissue layers thereby disrupting, stretching and/or tearing fat/collagen projections extending from the subcutaneous tissue into the outer skin layers thereby reducing the appearance of cellulite in the skin.11-29-2012
20110054364EXERCISE SYSTEM - The exercise system includes a passive exercise device (03-03-2011
20110021956EXERCISE ASSISTING DEVICE - An exercise assisting device comprises steps, a step driving means, and a movable range variation means. The steps are provided for bearing the user's feet, respectively. The step driving means is configured to move the steps so as to provide the exercise to the feet on the steps. The movable range variation means is configured to expand a movable range of the steps according to weight applied to the steps, whereby an additional movable range is added to the movable range, said movable range is determined by the step driving means. The movable range variation means is configured to generate resistive force when the steps are located in the additional movable range. The movable range variation means is configured to apply the resistive force to the steps such that the resistive force cancels the weight applied to the steps.01-27-2011
20110021957EXERCISE ASSISTING DEVICE - An exercise assisting device comprising a left step and a right step for bearing user's feet, respectively, a step driving means configured to provide a reciprocating slide motion of reciprocating and sliding the steps forward-rearward and leftward-rightward, the step driving means configured to vary a height of a front end of each the steps relative to a height of a rear end of each the steps in synchronization with the reciprocating slide motion, the step driving means configured to provide the reciprocating slide motion to each the step such that the steps travel along paths, respectively, the paths extend in non-parallel relation with each other such that the paths are laterally spaced by a distance which is different from one end to the other end of the path which gives a reciprocating slide stroke of the steps.01-27-2011
20110021955Training Device - This invention relates to a device for controlling of movement of limbs of a user in a substantially mirror symmetrical manner, a user's limb or limbs being held in position via support arms, said device comprising a bar (or bars) adapted to move about a point of rotation, said bar (or bars) having a first end and a second end, said ends separated by the point of rotation, a first support arm(s) operatively coupled at or towards one end of said bar and a second support arm(s) operatively coupled at or towards a different end of the bar wherein the first and second support arms are adapted to substantially support and/or hold the limbs of a user of said device, the first and second support arms and the bar (or bars) configured such that, in use, as the bar (or bars) rotate(s) the supports arms move in a substantially tandem synchronised manner with respect to each other.01-27-2011
20110137215Apparatus and Method for Knee Rehabilitation - A knee rehabilitation device for assisting in the movement of a leg has a longitudinal bar and a lower and upper leg engaging bar. The lower leg engaging bar extends perpendicular from the longitudinal bar and is for engaging the leg of the user. The upper leg engaging bar is carried by the longitudinal bar and is for engaging the leg of the user. The device has a base portion secured to the longitudinal bar. The base portion has rotatable devices for movement of the device relative to a surface. A handle is connected to the longitudinal portion. The handle has a hand engaging portion for the user to engage to facilitate movement of the device. The hand engaging portion projects from the extension portion and is generally parallel to the pivot location and the pair of leg engaging bars. The leg of the user below the knee engages both the lower leg engaging bar and the upper leg engaging bar.06-09-2011
20100016766ROBOTIC REHABILITATION APPARATUS AND METHOD - This patent describes an 8+2 degrees of freedom (DOF) intelligent rehabilitation robot capable of controlling the shoulder, elbow, wrist and fingers individually and allowing functional arm movements with accompanying trunk and scapular motions. The rehabilitation robot uses the following integrated rehabilitation approach: 1) it has unique diagnostic capabilities to determine patient-specific multiple joint and/or multiple DOF biomechanical and neuromuscular changes; 2) it stretches the stiff joints/DOFs under intelligent control to loosen up the specific stiff joints and to reduce excessive cross-coupling torques/movements between the specific joints/DOFs, which can be done based on the above diagnosis for subject-specific treatment; 3) the patients practice voluntary reaching and some functional tasks to regain/improve their motor control capability, which can be done after the stretching loosened up the stiff joints; and 4) the outcome will be evaluated quantitatively at the levels of individual joints, multiple joints/DOFs, and the whole arm.01-21-2010
20110118635JOINT MOTION FACILITATION DEVICE - When air is supplied by an air pressure regulation part to bellows 05-19-2011
20120232439KNEE EXTENSION ASSIST DEVICE - A knee extension assist device that includes: a frame, a support structure, a base and an articulated knee brace. The frame has a first section pivotably connected to a second section by a pair of hinges. The support structure is slidably attached to the frame to provide pivotal movement of the two sections. The base includes a motor that moves the frame between extended and retracted positions. The articulated knee brace receives a patient' leg and has a pair of upper legs connected by a pair of hinges to a pair of lower legs. A pair of shafts connects the hinges in the brace to the hinges on the frame and a pair of connecting members connects the lower legs to the second section of the frame. The pivotal movement of the frame causes a force to be exerted on the soft tissues in the knee of the patient.09-13-2012
20120209152METHOD OF REHABILITATING INDIVIDUALS EXPERIENCING LOSS OF SKELETAL JOINT MOTOR CONTROL - A method and device assist in the rehabilitation of patients who have suffered loss of motor control of an appendicular joint due to neurological damage. The method includes attempted contraction by a patient of a muscle that serves to move an affected joint coupled with the production of a perception by the patient that the joint is being moved more than it really is. The method results in dramatic non-transient improvements in motor control of the joint. The device provides an apparatus for performance of the method.08-16-2012
20110166485LEG-LIFTING DEVICE - A leg-lifting device includes an at least semirigid arm, a handle connected to the arm at a first end thereof and positioned perpendicularly with respect to the arm, and a ring connected to the arm at a second end thereof and positioned opposite the handle for being positioned around an appendage and lifting the appendage under manual control of the person by use of the handle. A collar connects the ring to the arm at the second end of the arm opposite the handle. The collar is positioned perpendicularly with respect to the arm and adapted to maintain the ring open to better position the ring around an appendage.07-07-2011
20120022410KNEE EXTENSION THERAPY DEVICE - An apparatus and method for performing knee extension therapy by applying an upward force to a supported distal region of a user's leg is provided. The apparatus further provides for patient use without the need for assistance.01-26-2012
20120109025MULTIPLE DEGREE OF FREEDOM REHABILITATION SYSTEM HAVING A SMART FLUID-BASED, MULTI-MODE ACTUATOR - A rehabilitation system that combines robotics and interactive gaming to facilitate performance of task-specific, repetitive, upper extremity/hand motor tasks, to enable individuals undergoing rehabilitation to improve the performance of coordinated movements of the forearm and hand is disclosed. More specifically, the rehabilitation system includes a two degree-of-freedom (DOF) robotic, upper limb rehabilitation system and interactive gaming hardware that is coupled to a computer, to provide a virtual reality-like environment.05-03-2012
20090131839MOTION ASSIST DEVICE - A device for assisting a user's motion in an appropriate rhythm by bringing a user's motion rhythm close to its target rhythm while harmonizing the motion rhythms of different parts of the user's body and a rhythm for assisting the user's motion is provided. The inventive walking assist device generates a first oscillator which attains mutual entrainment with a first motion oscillator in such a way as to reflect a natural angular velocity. A new natural angular velocity is set based on a phase difference between the first motion oscillator and the first oscillator. Further, a second oscillator which oscillates in a rhythm reflecting the natural angular velocity is generated based on a second motion oscillator. An assist oscillator is then generated based on the second oscillator, and a variable force responsive to the assist oscillator is applied to the user's body.05-21-2009
20100049102MOTION ASSISTING DEVICE - Provided is a motion assisting device capable of assisting a periodical walking motion of a creature so as to conduct a smooth motion of a leg thereof. According to the motion assisting device (02-25-2010
20100010396SHOULDER EXTENSION CONTROL DEVICE - Methods and apparatuses for providing range of motion control devices, and particularly relates to an apparatus for providing control of the range of motion of a human shoulder.01-14-2010
20120323148METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING A DYNAMICALLY LOADED FORCE AND/OR A STATIC PROGRESSIVE FORCE TO A JOINT OF A PATIENT - A method and a continuous passive motion device for providing a dynamically loaded force and a static progressive force to a joint of a patient12-20-2012
20120259253RANGE OF MOTION DEVICE - The present disclosure provides an orthosis for flexing tissue about an arm joint of a wearer. The orthosis includes a first arm member configured to couple to a first arm portion of the wearer, a second arm member pivotably coupled to the first arm member, the second arm member configured to couple to a second arm portion of the wearer, and a drive assembly coupled to the first and second arm members and configured to move the first arm member in an arcuate path.10-11-2012
20120232438Orthosis Machine - An orthosis machine for providing therapeutic and/or rehabilitative functionalities including at least one of Continuous Passive Motion, Passive Range of Motion, Active Assistive Range of Motion, Active Range of Motion, Resistive Range of Motion, proprioception training and biofeedback from a seated, supine, or recumbent position. Therapeutic and/or rehabilitative functionalities provided by the orthosis machine may be powered by the user or a motor and may be used through one or more phases of post surgical and/or general rehabilitation and physical therapy from multiple angular positions.09-13-2012
20080300511Shoulder rehabilitation and exercise device - A shoulder rehabilitation and exercise device is disclosed which enables a user to perform internal and external rotations of both right and left shoulder. The device is comprised of a base plate, hydraulic damper, restrictor arm, actuator arm, elbow cup and hand grip. A smooth, fluid-like movement is achieved during performance of arcuate internal and external shoulder rotations while also providing automatic increases and decreases in resistance to such motion in response to user effort. In certain preferred embodiments, in addition to such automatic adjustment of resistance, the device includes a means of manually adjusting resistance. The device may be utilized to perform the aforementioned internal and external rotations on a user's right or left side without need for making any adjustments to the machine. Range of motion limitations may be set to control the arcuate degree of internal and external rotations performed. Adjustment in the elevation of a user's forearm via adjustment of the actuator arm is provided. The actuator arm includes an adjustable elbow cup and adjustable hand grip. The device does not store potential energy or produce sufficient momentum to oppose a user's immediate and safe termination of motion.12-04-2008
20120238921DIFFERENTIAL AIR PRESSURE SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF USING AND CALIBRATING SUCH SYSTEMS FOR MOBILITY IMPAIRED USERS - Described herein are various embodiments of differential air pressure systems and methods of using and calibration such systems for individuals with impaired mobility. The differential air pressure systems may comprise an access assist device configured to help a mobility impaired user to stand in a pressure chamber configured to apply a positive pressure on a portion of the user's body in the seals pressure chamber. The system may further comprise load sensors configured to measure the user's weight exerted inside and outside the chamber. The system may be calibrated by determining a relationship between the actual weight of the user and the pressure in the chamber, where the actual weight of the user may be measured by more than one load sensor and at least one load sensor is not in the chamber.09-20-2012
20120238920REHABILITATIVE APPARATUS FOR TREATING REFLEX SYMPATHETIC DYSTROPHY - The apparatus provides active and passive exercise to the hand and wrist of a patient afflicted with the symptoms of reflex sympathetic dystrophy. The apparatus employs a hand or wrist glove to be worn by the patient's affected hand, the back of which is attached through an arm to a central post and the distal portion encasing the fingers, is attached to a vertical handle, which is rotated about the post, serving as the axis of rotation. A torque sensor is coupled to the motor shaft to measure the degree of patient input from a programmed speed and force rate by sensing the active input of the patient and reducing the motor input to the cycle allowing the patient to “drive” the exercise.09-20-2012
20110046524PASSIVE EXERCISE APPARATUS - A passive exercise apparatus in this invention comprises a base, a seat, a driving unit, and a pair of footrests. The seat is disposed on the base. The driving unit is configured to reciprocate the seat past its neutral position relative to the base. A pair of the footrests is arranged on the base at a front of the seat and is spaced from the seat by a predetermined distance. The feature of the invention resides in that the each of the footrests has a top face for contact with a user's foot. Each of the footrest is configured to move the top face between a raised position and a lowered position. The top face is elastically urged toward the raised position.02-24-2011
20110224583Rehabilitation Device - The invention relates to a device (09-15-2011
20090062698Methods and apparatuses for rehabilitation and training - A method of rehabilitation using an actuator type that includes a movement mechanism capable of applying a force that interacts with a motion of a patient's limb in a volume of at least 30 cm in diameter, in at least three degrees of freedom of motion of the actuator and capable of preventing substantial motion in any point in any direction in said volume, comprising: 03-05-2009
20120289870PORTABLE ACTIVE PNEUMATICALLY POWERED ANKLE-FOOT ORTHOSIS - A portable active fluid-powered ankle foot orthosis. A lower leg mount and a foot bed are pivotally coupled at or proximate to an ankle position. A fluid powered rotary actuator is configured to receive power from a wearable fluid power source and provide controlled force and resistance to aid or inhibit relative rotation of the foot bed and the lower leg mount. An integral controller is provided for receiving data from sensors and controlling the fluid powered rotary actuator to actively assist gait of a user.11-15-2012
20130012845KNEE JOINT MOBILIZER - An apparatus for applying a periodic motion to a limb includes a base, a chassis including a motor for providing rotational motion, a platform for receiving a limb slideably secured to the chassis, and a drive for providing linear oscillatory motion to the platform.01-10-2013
20100130893REHABILITATION SUPPORTING DEVICE - A rehabilitation supporting device 05-27-2010
20110160625Apparatus and method for training knee and hip joints of a patient in post-traumatic or post-operative period - The apparatus for training knee and hip joints of a patient in the post-traumatic or post-operative period makes it possible to perform controllable bending and stretching motions of the leg or with use of a knee-immobilization device. The patient's foot of the injured leg is secured on a foot pedal, and the motions of the foot are used as a motive force to drive a carriage that supports the foot pedal. Ankle pump motions of the foot pedal are transmitted by means of a ratchet mechanism to a drum that is used for winding a cord. One end of the cord is attached to the drum, and another end can be selectively attached either to the rear crossbar or to the knee-immobilizing device. Depending on the position of the free end of the cord, the disconnectable pulley and direction of motion of the carriage, the injured leg can be stretched or bent.06-30-2011
20080234608Wearing Type Behavior Help Device, Wearing Type Behavior Help Device Calibration Device, and Calibration Program - [Problem to be Solved]09-25-2008
20120253241"TEACH AND REPEAT" METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PHYSIOTHERAPEUTIC APPLICATIONS - The present invention provides a device for controlling a physical therapy device adapted for accepting external commands, comprising: 10-04-2012
20100286575PASSIVE EXERCISE EQUIPMENT USED IN STANDING POSITION - Passive exercise equipment used in a standing position includes a left foot base and a right foot base on which left and right feet of a user in a standing position can be rested, respectively, and the left foot base and the right foot base moves on at least one plane surface through a drive unit. The left foot base, the right foot base and the drive unit are mounted on a housing. A range in which distance in a right and left direction between right and left ankle joints is smaller or larger than distance between right and left hip joints is included in moving ranges of the left foot base and the right foot base.11-11-2010
20110237985ELBOW ORTHOSIS - An orthosis for stretching tissue around a joint of a patient between first and second relatively pivotable body portions. The orthosis includes a first arm member affixable to the first body portion and including a first extension member extending therefrom. A second arm member affixable to the second body portion is also included and has a second extension member having an arcuate shape extending therefrom. A third arm member including a third extension member having an arcuate shape extending therefrom is interposed between the first and second arm members. The third arm member is operatively connected to the first and second arm members, such that the first and third arm members travel along an arcuate path defined by the second extension member when the third arm member is moved from a first position to a second position relative to the second arm member. Furthermore, the first arm member can slide along the third extension member as the third arm member is moved from the first position to the second position relative to the second arm member.09-29-2011
20120136284ACTIVE HAND-EXTENSION/FLEXION DEVICE - A hand movement device comprises a glove for positioning about a hand of a user, a first anchor element adapted to be positioned about a base surface of glove, a second anchor element adapted to be positioned at a tip of a finger portion of the glove, an active spring member positioned between the first and second anchor elements, said active spring member being fixedly secured to said first anchor element and moveable through said second anchor element to thereby allow said spring member to bend about a joint of the finger when said finger is flexed, an activating element positioned adjacent the active spring member to heat or cool said active spring member thereby causing the spring member to bend or straighten, and an intermediary support device for housing said spring element and for connecting the first anchor element to said second anchor element.05-31-2012
20120136283METHOD OF PASSIVE MECHANOTHERAPY AND EXERCISE MACHINE FOR IMPLEMENTATION THEREOF - The proposed method is intended for rhythmic stimulation of neurotrophic reflexes to simultaneous stretching of muscles in various sections of spine, joints of limbs and in the main muscles of a human body. The aforesaid method can be implemented by employing an exercise machine that provides for mechanical anti-phase oscillations of lodgments affecting various sections of the body and limbs without considerable movements of the neck-and-head lodgment in the vertical direction. The upper body and the lower limbs make in-phase reciprocal movements, while the pelvic area makes movements anti-phase relative thereto. A support for the neck-and-head part is installed to allow supporting natural movements of the head in the course of the aforesaid movements of the upper body. The design of the exercise machine is described in detail herein.05-31-2012
20130245506TRAINING APPARATUS FOR THE DISABLED - Apparatus for disabled persons, comprising a skid which optionally may be equipped with wheels, to which skid is connected a device for tightening the user's knees.09-19-2013
20120029398RANGE OF MOTION SYSTEM - The application is directed to devices and methods useful for expanding the range of motion of joints based on principles of stress relaxation and creep. Expanded range of motion is achieved by placing body parts near the joint in positions that stretch tissue around the joint. Even when the device is in any one position, it can impart forces on the body members to urge them to stretch surrounding tissue even further.02-02-2012
20130197403Adjustable Rehabilitation System and Method - An adjustable stretching system for stretching a leg of a user comprises a base, an adjustable elevation board configured to be adjustable in length, a seat cushion attached to the base, and a cushioned platform connectable to the base. The adjustable elevation board may be configured to be connected between the base and the cushioned platform.08-01-2013
20120035512UPPER LIMBS REHABILITATION DEVICE - An upper limbs rehabilitation device includes a main body, a rail, a movable member and a grip, wherein the main body has a first link and a second link pivotably connected to the first link. The rail is connected to the second link. The user holds the grip that is pivotably connected to the movable member and swings the upper limb to move the movable member along the rail so as to exercise the upper limb in multiple degrees of freedom.02-09-2012
20130204168CONTINUOUS PASSIVE MOTION DEVICE - The present invention is directed toward a device for circumduction of a limb having a base, a vertical support operably coupled to and extending away from the base, a rotary member operably connected to the vertical support, a limb support member operably connected to the rotary member, and a motor drivingly engaged with the rotary member. The vertical support may be a rigid plate member, bracket, or frame. The bracket and/or frame may include at least one vertical member and at least one horizontal member. The rotary member is operably connected to the vertical support such that rotary member is free to rotate. Limb support member receives and supports the limb to be treated and is operably coupled to rotary member at a radial distance from a center of rotation thereby resulting in a circular motion of a limb when the motor is operated.08-08-2013

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