US 11,052,014 B2
Abdominal massage apparatus and abdominal massage method for relieving constipation
Marc Benet Pozo, Barcelona (ES); Maria Inmaculada Herrero Fresneda, Barcelona (ES); Angel Calzada Defez, Barcelona (ES); and Markus Wilhelms, Barcelona (ES)
Assigned to USMIMA, S.L., Cervelló (ES)
Filed by USMIMA, S.L., Cervelló (ES)
Filed on Mar. 8, 2018, as Appl. No. 15/915,497.
Application 15/915,497 is a continuation of application No. PCT/IB2015/001576, filed on Sep. 8, 2015.
Prior Publication US 2018/0193220 A1, Jul. 12, 2018
Int. Cl. A61H 7/00 (2006.01); A61H 9/00 (2006.01); A61H 15/00 (2006.01)
CPC A61H 7/007 (2013.01) [A61H 7/001 (2013.01); A61H 9/0078 (2013.01); A61H 2015/0042 (2013.01); A61H 2201/0184 (2013.01); A61H 2201/1215 (2013.01); A61H 2201/1238 (2013.01); A61H 2201/1246 (2013.01); A61H 2201/149 (2013.01); A61H 2201/165 (2013.01); A61H 2201/1619 (2013.01); A61H 2201/1664 (2013.01); A61H 2201/1669 (2013.01); A61H 2201/5012 (2013.01); A61H 2201/5071 (2013.01); A61H 2205/083 (2013.01)] 9 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An abdominal massage apparatus, comprising:
one or more support plates configured to be secured to a patient in such a way that in use the one or more support plates face an abdominal wall of a body of the patient;
one or more massage units supported on the one or more support plates, each of the one or more massage units comprising a fluid driven actuator that includes a flexible casing for performing an abdominal massage to the patient, when the abdominal massage apparatus is in use on the patient, the one or more massage units rest against an abdominal wall of the patient in alignment with an ascending section and a descending section of the colon of the patient;
the one or more massage units being arranged to rest against the abdominal wall of the patient in alignment with only the ascending section and the descending section of the colon of the patient when the abdominal massage apparatus is in use on the patient;
a pump configured to supply a pressurized fluid to the flexible casing;
one or more valves configured to deliver or evacuate the pressurized fluid to or from the flexible casing to cause an inflation or a deflation of the flexible casing; and
a control system for controlling each fluid driven actuator by controlling the pump and the one or more valves for inflating and deflating each flexible casing, the control system configured to control the pump and the one or more valves in a manner to cause a cyclic inflation and deflation of the flexible casing,
the abdominal massage apparatus including at least first, second, third and fourth fluid driven actuators,
the first and second fluid driven actuators being positioned on the one or more support plates such that when the abdominal massage apparatus is in use on the patient the first and second fluid driven actuators rest against the abdominal wall of the patient and are aligned in sequential locations along the ascending section of the colon of the patient such that the flexible casing of the first and second fluid driven actuators are respectively configured to apply first and second localized forces when inflated to the ascending section of the colon in a direction normal to the abdominal wall,
the third and fourth fluid driven actuators being positioned on the one or more support plates such that when the abdominal massage apparatus is in use on the patient the third and fourth fluid driven actuators rest against the abdominal wall of the patient and are aligned in sequential locations along the descending section of the colon of the patient, such that the flexible casing of the third and fourth fluid driven actuators respectively being respectively configured to apply third and fourth localized forces when inflated to the descending section of the colon in a direction normal to the abdominal wall,
the control system being configured to control the one or more valves to cause an application of localized forces, including the first, second, third and fourth localized forces, to only the ascending and descending sections of the colon and not to a transverse section of the colon.