US 3178559 A
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APril 1965 M. A. FOGEL ETAL 3,178,559
MULTI-PURPOSE HEATING PAD Filed July5, 1962 5 INVENTORS Max? TIME? 4- Foss;
United States Patent 3,178,559 MULTl-PURPOSE HEATING PAD Mortimer A. Edge], 1175 E. Broadway, Hewlett, N. and [we Rubin, 2070 20th Lane, Brooklyn, N.Y. Filed July 5, 1962, Ser. No. 207,514 1 Claim. (Cl. 219527) This invention relates generally to therapeutic heating devices for application to the human body.
It is an important object of the present invention to provide a body-heating device of the type described which is of a unique and advantageous configuration for conforming engagement with various joints of the human body.
It is still another object of the present invention to provide a body-heating device of the type described in cooperative association with a highly improved means for selectively retaining the device in operative relation with a desired location of a users person.
It is still a further object of the present invention to provide a body-heating device having the advantageous characteristics mentioned in the preceding paragraphs, which is extremely simple in construction, quickly and easily applied and used, capable of economic manufacture for sale at a reasonable price, and which is durable and entirely reliable throughout a long useful life.
Other objects of the present invention will become apparent upon reading the following specifications and referring to the accompanying drawings, which form a material part of this disclosure.
The invention accordingly consists in the features of construction, combinations of elements, and arrangements of parts, which will be exemplified in the construction hereinafter described, and of which the scope will be indicated by the appended claim.
In the drawings:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view illustrating a body-heating device constructed in accordance with the teachings of the present invention and in operative association with a users shoulder joint;
FIG. 2 is a perspective view, partly broken away, showing the instant device in greater detail;
FIG. 3 is an enlarged sectional view taken substantially along the line 3-3 of FIG. 1;
FIG. 4 is a perspective view showing the instant device as employed in conjunction with a users knee; and
FIG. 5 is a side view showing the instant device in association with a users elbow.
Referring now more particularly to the drawings, and specifically to FIGS. l3, the heating device is there generally designated 10, and includes a generally cup-shaped member 11 defining a pocket for receiving engagement with a users joint.
The cup-shaped member or pocket 11 is advantageously fabricated of soft, flexible material, such as fabric, and is preferably of a padded or filled construction. As best seen in FIG. 2, the cup-shaped member 11 includes a front wall 12, and atop wall 13 extending generally rearward from the upper edge of the front wall. A pair of spaced, facing side walls 14 extend along opposite sides of and between the front and top walls. Thus, each side wall 14 is secured along one pair of adjacent side edges of the front and top walls 12 and 13, and extends between the front and top walls. The side walls 14 may each be formed with a generally arcuate edge 15 extending convexly between the lower edge of front wall 12 and rear edge of top wall 13.
As best seen in FIGS. 2 and 3, the several walls 12, 13 and 14 of the cup-shaped member 11 may be formed of an outer layer 18, and an inner layer 19, between which is 3,178,559 Patented Apr. 13, 1965 interposed a quantity of padding or filling 20. Embedded in the filling 20 are heating elements, as at 21, which may assume the form of a continuous, elongate heating Wire, as best seen in FIG. 2. The heating wire 21 may have its ends connected in the lower region of front wall 12 to a supply cord or line 22 which depends from the lower front wall region exteriorly thereof and terminates in an electrical connection or plug 23.
Extending about the bounding edges of the front and top walls 12 and 13, and side walls 14, there may be provided a binding 26, if desired. A holding strap 27, which may be fabricated of any suitable flexible strip material, has one end secured to one side wall 14, preferably medially along the side wall edge 15. In practice, the strap end 28 may be anchored in the binding 26. The other side wall 14, medially along its edge 15 is provided with one element 28 of a fabric fastener, such as a velvet fabric fastener of the general type disclosed in United States Patent No. 2,717,437, and sold under the name of Velcro. The fabric-fastener element 28 may be anchored in the binding 26 and secured by stitching or otherwise to the outer face of the cup member side wall 14. Carried by the free end of strap 27, as at 30, is a complementary fabric-fastener element for detachable securement to the element 28. Thus, upon facing engagement of the element 30 with the element 28, the free strap end is secured to the latter fastener element, and the strap extends between medial edge regions of opposite side walls. Of course, the fastener elements 28 and 3t) may be separated or peeled apart, as desired.
As the strap 27 is of a length to engage about a wearers limb, such as the leg 31 shown in FIG. 4, and the arm 32 shown in FIG. 5, it is apparent that the cup-shaped member 11 is adapted for removable reception and securement in receiving relation with a users knee and elbow.
Further, when it is desired to engage the cup-shaped member 11 on a joint directly connected to the users torso, as in FIG. 1, an extension strap 35 may be employed. The extension strap may be fabricated of any flexible strip material and is provided on its opposite ends with fabric-fastener elements 36 and 37 of the Velcro type for respective detachable securement to the fastener elements 39 and 28. The extension strap is of a length adapted to extend about a Wearers torso 38, as in FIG. 1, and by this construction greatly enhances versatility of the heating device ill. If desired, to insure snug receiving engagement of the cup-shaped member 11, as with a shoulder joint, the extension strap 35 may be shortened by a tie or knot 39. Of course, the extension strap 35 is readily detachable from the strap 37 and the fastener element 28, as by peeling apart the engaged fastener elements.
From the foregoing, it is seen that the present invention provides a body-heating device which fully accomplishes its intended objects and is well adapted to meet practical conditions of manufacture and use.
Although the present invention has been described in some detail by way of illustration and example for purposes of clarity of understanding, it is understood that certain changes and modifications may be made within the spirit of the invention and scope of the appended claim.
What is claimed is:
A heating pad device comprising a pocket-forming member of soft, flexible material sized and shaped to receive a human body joint, comprising first and second generally rectangular walls of the same width and having connected coextensive end edges and having side edges, a pair of opposing side walls, each side wall having a first edge connected to a respective side edge of said first wall and having a second edge adjacent its first edge, a seam connecting said second side Wall edge to a respective side edge of said second wall, said side walls being formed with a generally arcuate edge extending convexly between the lower edge of the second wall and the rear edge of the first Wall, said first and second Walls being approximately at righ angles to each other and respectively of general limb width, an electric heating wire embedded in said material, supply leads connected to the ends of said wire and extending out of said material for connection to an external source of electric power, releasable strap means respectively attached to said side walls and sized to encircle the limb to secure the joint in the pocket, and extension strap means releasably attachable to said first-mentioned strap means and sized to form therewith a body-encircling loop when the shoulder is received in the pocket.
References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS Graham et al. 219-211 Joy et a1 219-527 Strezofi 219-313 Fogel et al 219-211 Duren 219-527 Frallic 128-165 Collins 219-527 Michel 128-495 X Cooke 219-528 X Fine 128-100 X Switzerland.
RICHARD M. WOOD, Primary Examiner.