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1. (WO2001030297) BACK MANIPULATOR

Pub. No.:    WO/2001/030297    International Application No.:    PCT/GB2000/004123
Publication Date: Fri May 04 01:59:59 CEST 2001 International Filing Date: Fri Oct 27 01:59:59 CEST 2000
IPC: A61H 1/00
A61H 7/00
Applicants: PONTON, David, Andrew
Inventors: PONTON, David, Andrew
A back manipulator comprises a plurality of spaced support segments (12 to 26) supported for rotation about a common axis by a shaft (28). The support segments are arranged in a group (34) of lumbar support segments and a group (36) of pelvic support segments. The lumbar support segments have spaced back-engaging regions (42) designed to engage the muscles in the back to either side of the spine. The pelvic support segments have a concave back-engaging region (48) to provide a dished or relieved area to receive the sacral region of the user. In use a user places the back manipulator on the floor beneath the lower back to support the pelvic and lumbar regions. The user then raises their knees and rocks them in a latero-medial plane such that the support segments manipulate and massage the contacting areas of the back.