Invention Timeline

 

Invention Timeline

1) Problem: Many of my clients have upper trapezius (traps) and mid back tightness and pain due to stress and from work related postures and repetitive motions. As a trainer I tried to release their upper and mid traps muscles manually. I found that the use of a myofascial releasing roller to treat, which required them being on the floor, was limited at working certain areas as well as being difficult to use for those who were frail. Spring/2008


2) Designed an adjustable roller unit that would be mounted to an exiting piece of equipment. 6/2008


3) Patent process: Found adjustable roller useful and thought it could be patented. Performed a patent search and found no device that had the same mounting and attachments options: as well as the standing and adjustable features of my invention. Winter/2009. Applied for a Provisional Patent. 


4) Literature research: Wanted to make sure that conventional self-myofascial releasing was effective. Did a review of literature on the effects of massage and myofascial  rollers on relieving pain and dysfunction as well as improving human performance. 


5) Found that there were no studies on the effects of conventional myofascial rollers on dysfunction or human performance.


6) Research Study: Designed a study to determine the effects of myofascial  rollers on human performance.


7) Together with Anthony Damico C.S.C.S. we collected data following the above mentioned experimental design. The results of this study was used for his master thesis at Bridegwater State University. Found that conventional myofascial rollers improved strength and jumping performance; while being as effective as static stretching at improving range of motion. Subjects also perceived that their musculature was more prepared for physical activity. 


8) Anthony Damico and myself wrote the study, which we are looking to publish and/or presented at an ASCM or NSCA Convention. 


9) During this time the second prototype was developed; a wall mounted version. This device was placed and is currently in use at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals Discovery Center in Waltham, Ma. Fall/2010


9) The third and prototype was developed and takes into count the limitations of the previous two versions and includes additional features that would be helpful in fitness and rehabilitation applications. Spring/2010


  1. 10)Applied for a US Utility Patent. Spring/2010. Awaiting approval. 


  1. 11)Approval Jan/Feb 2013.


11) Contacting premier fitness equipment manufacturers about partnership. Winter 2013.