(19)
(11)EP 2 772 241 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
06.05.2020 Bulletin 2020/19

(21)Application number: 12843411.5

(22)Date of filing:  24.10.2012
(51)Int. Cl.: 
A61H 39/06  (2006.01)
A61B 5/107  (2006.01)
A61H 5/00  (2006.01)
A61F 7/03  (2006.01)
A61B 18/00  (2006.01)
A61F 7/00  (2006.01)
A61B 5/00  (2006.01)
A61H 39/08  (2006.01)
A61B 18/06  (2006.01)
A61H 15/00  (2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/KR2012/008783
(87)International publication number:
WO 2013/062320 (02.05.2013 Gazette  2013/18)

(54)

METHOD FOR DETERMINING BODY TYPE FOR THERMOTHERAPY DEVICE

VERFAHREN ZUR KÖRPERTYPBESTIMMUNG FÜR EINE WÄRMETHERAPIEVORRICHTUNG

PROCÉDÉ DE DÉTERMINATION D'UN TYPE DE RÉGION CORPORELLE POUR UN DISPOSITIF DE THERMOTHÉRAPIE


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 24.10.2011 KR 20110109026
12.12.2011 KR 20110132577

(43)Date of publication of application:
03.09.2014 Bulletin 2014/36

(73)Proprietor: Ceragem Co., Ltd.
Chungcheongnam-do 331-831 (KR)

(72)Inventors:
  • LEE, Taek Seung
    Suwon-si Gyeonggi-do (KR)
  • CHOI, Sang Ui
    Seoul 138-041 (KR)
  • PARK, Chang Soo
    Seongnam-si Gyeonggi-do 462-715 (KR)
  • KIM, Yong Hee
    Cheonan-si Chungcheongbuk-do 331-816 (KR)
  • LEE, Hea Sung
    Cheonan-si Chungcheongnam-do (KR)

(74)Representative: Dehns 
St. Bride's House 10 Salisbury Square
London EC4Y 8JD
London EC4Y 8JD (GB)


(56)References cited: : 
WO-A1-02/069880
JP-A- H07 148 221
KR-A- 20040 101 947
US-A- 4 586 493
WO-A1-2011/105179
KR-A- 20040 045 106
KR-A- 20100 120 756
US-A1- 2004 158 176
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION


    1. Field of the Invention



    [0001] The present invention relates generally to a method of determining the type of human body in a thermo-therapeutic apparatus and, more particularly, to a method of determining the type of human body in a thermo-therapeutic apparatus, in which a control unit scans the entire spine of a user by moving a moxibustion device using a horizontal motor, measures the operating current of the horizontal motor, calculates the length of the spine of the human body based on the measured operating current, and precisely determines the positions of the cervical vertebrae, the thoracic vertebrae, the lumbar vertebrae, and the coccyx that form the spine, thereby calculating acupuncture points suitable for a specific person and then enabling the calculated acupuncture points to be used to administer thermotherapy.

    2. Description of the Related Art



    [0002] A human has the physiological weakness of becoming relatively easily fatigued because a lot of load is imposed on the spine part in terms of the structure of the body in an upright state, unlike other mammals. In particular, in old age, lots of people have various geriatric diseases or feel physical pain because fatigue accumulates without being relieved because of a significant decrease in immune functionality.

    [0003] Furthermore, in the recent rapidly spreading Internet environment, even teenagers who are sitting on chairs for a long time in a bad posture and are immersed in the computer experience various diseases and a lot of pain resulting from abnormalities of the spine.

    [0004] The central nerves of the human body extend to parts of the human body through the spine, and thus major acupuncture points related to not only various geriatric diseases but also the activities of various internal organs, such as the heart, the lungs and the stomach and intestines, are scattered near the spine. In Chinese medicine, in order to enhance the immune functionality, relieve physical pain, and treat and prevent physical pain, chiropractic or moxibustion on spine acupuncture points has been performed for a long time along with acupuncture. Thermo-therapeutic apparatuses focusing on the treatment effects are recently being used in ordinary homes.

    [0005] In general, thermo-therapeutic apparatuses for treating the diseases of the spine using chiropractic and thermotherapy are configured to stimulate meridian systems and acupuncture points on the spine side while horizontally moving a chiropractic device having a lamp embedded therein. Far-infrared rays emitted from the lamp have an acupuncture effect because they are penetrated deep into the skin, electric heat has a moxibustion effect, and the chiropractic device has an acupuncture effect.

    [0006] In the conventional thermo-therapeutic apparatus, the width of a pad and the chiropractic device and the chiropractic device are designed based on the spine position of users having an average body type (e.g., height and weight). The conventional thermo-therapeutic apparatus is problematic in that users who do not belong to the average body type and want to receive thermotherapy do not receive proper spine correction and acupuncture effects from the stimulus of the spine-side meridian systems and acupuncture points. In other words, the conventional thermo-therapeutic apparatus focuses on all users having different body types and thus cannot stimulate the spine-side meridian systems and acupuncture points of all the users. The thermo-therapeutic apparatus has the disadvantage of exhibiting its effects on only a very limited set of users.

    [0007] As described above, in order to determine the spine positions of users having different body types, two signals detected from the spine of the human body must be received, and a variety of research are being conducted into the detection of the two signals.

    [0008] WO 02/069880 A1 relates to a thermotheraputic apparatus and its control method.

    SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION



    [0009] The invention is defined in claims 1, 2 and 4.

    [0010] Accordingly, the present invention has been made keeping in mind the above problems occurring in the prior art, and an object of the present invention is to provide a method of determining the type of human body in a thermo-therapeutic apparatus, in which a control unit scans the entire spine of a user by moving a moxibustion device using a horizontal motor, measures the operating current of the horizontal motor, calculates the length of the spine of the human body based on the measured operating current, and precisely determines the positions of the cervical vertebrae, the thoracic vertebrae, the lumbar vertebrae, and the coccyx that form the spine, thereby calculating acupuncture points suitable for a specific person and then enabling the calculated acupuncture points to be used to administer thermotherapy.

    [0011] In order to achieve the above object, the present invention provides a method of determining a type of human body in a thermo-therapeutic apparatus, including step 1 of scanning an entire spine of a user by moving a moxibustion device along a transfer path using a horizontal motor in response to a control signal of a control unit; step 2 of measuring an operating current of the horizontal motor, detecting a first body type determination point in regions of vertebra No. 1 or No. 10 based on a curve of the measured operating current, and detecting a second body type determination point in a region of vertebra No. 24; step 3 of, when there are two peak curves at the second body type determination point, calculating an intersection between extensions of outside slopes of the two peak curves, determining the calculated intersection to be a peak value of the region of vertebra No. 24, and setting the determined peak value as the second body type determination point; step 4 of retrieving standard data of the spine from a database, and calculating an entire length of the spine and a length of each of vertebrae using the standard data and the two body type determination points; and step 5 of the control unit controlling the horizontal motor using the calculated length of each element of the spine as a control value of the horizontal motor.

    [0012] Additionally, in order to achieve the above object, the present invention provides a method of determining a type of human body in a thermo-therapeutic apparatus, including step 1 of scanning an entire spine of a user by moving a moxibustion device along a transfer path using a horizontal motor in response to a control signal of a control unit; step 2 of measuring an operating current of the horizontal motor, detecting a first body type determination point in a region of vertebra No. 1 or No. 10 based on a curve of the measured operating current, and detecting a second body type determination point in a region of vertebra No. 24; step 3 of, when a peak value is not detected in the region of vertebra No. 24, detecting a single inflection point using a change in a slope of a current curve in the region of vertebra No. 24, determining the single inflection point to be a peak value at a point of vertebra No. 24, and setting the determined peak value as a second body type determination point; step 4 of retrieving standard data of the spine from a database and calculating an entire length of the spine and a length of each of vertebrae using the standard data and the two body type determination points; and step 5 of the control unit controlling the horizontal motor using the calculated length of each element of the spine as a control value of the horizontal motor.

    [0013] As described above, in the method of determining the type of body in a thermo-therapeutic apparatus according to the present invention, the control unit scans the entire spine of the user by moving a moxibustion device using a horizontal motor, measures the operating current of the horizontal motor, calculates the length of the spine of the human body based on the measured operating current, and precisely determines the positions of the cervical vertebrae, the thoracic vertebrae, the lumbar vertebrae and the coccyx that form the spine. Accordingly, there are advantages in that the thermo-therapeutic apparatus can be controlled based on the body type of each person and moxibustion, acupuncture, and a massage can be precisely controlled at the position of each acupuncture point.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0014] The above and other objects, features and advantages of the present invention will be more clearly understood from the following detailed description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which:

    FIG. 1 is a side view of a thermo-therapeutic apparatus according to the present invention;

    FIG. 2 is a flowchart illustrating a method of determining the type of human body according to the present invention;

    FIGS. 3A and 3B are diagrams showing an embodiment of the current curve of a horizontal motor according to the present invention;

    FIG. 4A is a diagram showing a method of calculating a peak value when the number of peaks 2 are two peaks according to the present invention;

    FIG. 4B is a diagram showing a method of calculating a peak value when the number of peaks 2 is zero according to the present invention;

    FIG. 5 is a flowchart illustrating a method of determining the type of human body according to the present invention; and

    FIGS. 6A and 6B are diagrams showing an embodiment of the current curve of the horizontal motor according to the present invention.


    DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS



    [0015] Reference now should be made to the drawings, throughout which the same reference numerals are used to designate the same or similar components.

    [0016] Embodiments of the present invention will be described in detail below with reference to the accompanying drawings.

    [0017] FIG. 1 shows the configuration of a thermo-therapeutic apparatus according to the present invention. As shown in FIG. 1, the thermo-therapeutic apparatus 100 basically includes a main mat 101 configured to be used for the upper part of the body of a user and the spine of the user, and an auxiliary mat 102 configured to be used for the lower part of the body of the user. The thermo-therapeutic apparatus 100 may further include a mounting unit 103 configured such that the main mat 101 and the auxiliary mat 102 are disposed and supported thereon, if desired. The thermo-therapeutic apparatus 100 is equipped with a moxibustion device 110 configured to provide thermo-therapeutic fomentation and thermo-therapeutic massage effects to the body part of the user (in particular, the back of the user) while moving along the direction of the spine of the user. The moxibustion device 110 provides a user with the thermo-therapeutic fomentation and thermo-therapeutic massage effects using high-temperature heat and far-infrared rays which are generated by means of electrical energy supplied by a power supply unit. The moxibustion device 110 may be of a cap type or of a roller type. The shape of the moxibustion device is not limited to the above types, but may vary in shape and structure. The moxibustion device includes a heat generation unit configured to generate heat using electrical energy and a heating unit configured to be heated by the heat generation unit. In the present embodiment, a lamp or an electric heater is used as the heat generation unit, and a far-infrared radiator, such as jade, is used as the heating unit. However, the heat generation unit and the heating unit are not limited thereto, but may be formed of one of a variety of heating elements and one of materials and substances that can be heated by heat.

    [0018] The thermo-therapeutic apparatus 100 is equipped with a motor 140 and transfer means 126 so that the moxibustion device 110 can reciprocate within the thermo-therapeutic apparatus. The motor 140 is supplied with and rotated by electrical energy. The transfer means 126 is connected to the motor 140, and transfers the rotary power of the motor 140 while the motor 140 is rotating, thereby moving the moxibustion device. The transfer means 126 is connected to the moxibustion device 110, and is used to move the moxibustion device 110 forward and backward (i.e., in one direction and in the opposite direction) when the motor 140 is rotated forward or backward. One of a conveyer belt, a transfer chain and a transfer rope may be selectively used as the transfer means 126. One of a variety of types of means for transferring an object using the driving force of the motor may be used.

    [0019] The thermo-therapeutic apparatus 100 includes a control unit for controlling the operation of the thermo-therapeutic apparatus, an input unit for receiving a manipulation signal from a user and providing the manipulation signal to the control unit, and memory for storing the received information. The control unit controls the period, range and time in which the various parts of the thermo-therapeutic apparatus operate, and operates or stops the various parts in accordance with preprogrammed information. In the present embodiment, the control unit may be a single control chip or element or a plurality of control chips or elements mounted on a single PCB or a plurality of PCBs. The memory stores information about diseases and massages and information received using the input unit. The user may input the required information using the input unit while holding the input unit in his or her hand. Here, the input unit may be configured in a wired or wireless manner.

    [0020] FIG. 2 is a flowchart illustrating a method of determining the type of human body according to the present invention.

    [0021] First, the horizontal motor moves the moxibustion device along a transfer path in response to the control signal of the control unit, the entire spine of a user is scanned at step S101, and the operating current of the horizontal motor is measured. Body type determination points are detected based on the curve of the measured operating current at step S102. In order to determine the spine positions of all users having different body types, two body type determination points must be detected from the spine of the human body of each user. A first body type determination point is detected in the region of vertebra No. 10. That is, a position at which a first peak value is detected is the position of vertebra No. 10, and thus becomes the first body type determination point, in term of the structure of the spine. Furthermore, when the moxibustion device starts moving from the position of vertebra No. 1, the position of vertebra No. 1 becomes a body type determination point because the position of the spine may be determined, even if a peak value is not detected. A second body type determination point is detected in the region of vertebra No. 24. However, if the moxibustion device is tilted when the moxibustion device passes over the pelvic bone, two peak values are detected in the region of vertebra No. 24 because the motor current suddenly changes (see FIG. 3A). Furthermore, if a phenomenon in which the body of a user is pushed downwards along with the moxibustion device occurs when the moxibustion device passes over the pelvic bone, a peak value is not detected in the region of vertebra No. 24 (see FIG. 3B). If a peak value is not detected in the region of vertebra No. 24 or two peak values are detected in the region of vertebra No. 24 as described above because the moxibustion device does not normally scan the spine of the user, the second body type determination point may be calculated using a peak value detection algorithm at step S103. If two peak values are detected in the region of vertebra No. 24, the intersection between the extensions of the outside slopes of the two peak curves is determined to be a peak value (see FIG. 4A). The determined peak value is the second body type determination point. Furthermore, if a peak value is not detected in the region of vertebra No. 24, a single inflection point is detected based on a change in the slope of a current curve and determined to be a peak value (see FIG. 4B). The determined peak value is the second body type determination point.

    [0022] Thereafter, after the body type determination points have been determined in the regions of vertebrae Nos. 1 and 24 or the regions of vertebrae Nos. 10 and 24, the length of the spine is calculated using standard data of the spine based on the determined body type determination points at step S104. After the entire length of the spine has been calculated, the length of each of the cervical vertebrae, the thoracic vertebrae, the lumbar vertebrae, and the coccyx, or the length of each of the vertebrae No. 1 to No. 30 is calculated using standard data of the spine stored in the database. The database stores the distance between two peak values when the two peak values are detected, the standard length of each of the cervical vertebrae, the thoracic vertebrae, the lumbar vertebrae, and the coccyx and the standard length of each of the vertebrae No. 1 to No. 30. Accordingly, it is possible to calculate the length of each element of the spine of each actual user using the proportionate relationships between the standard lengths.

    [0023] After the length of each element of the spine has been calculated, the calculated length of each element of the spine becomes a control value of the horizontal motor. The control unit operates the horizontal motor using control values of the horizontal motor, so that the thermo-therapeutic apparatus is operated based on the body type of a user along the spine of the user at step S105.

    [0024] FIG. 5 is a flowchart illustrating a method of determining the type of human body according to another embodiment of the present invention.

    [0025] First, the horizontal motor moves the moxibustion device along a transfer path in response to the control signal of the control unit, the entire spine of the user is scanned at step S201, and the operating current of the horizontal motor is measured. Body type determination points are detected based on the curve of the measured operating current at step S202. In order to determine the spine positions of all users having different body types, two body type determination points must be detected from the spine of the human body of each user. A first body type determination point is detected in the region of vertebra No. 10. That is, a position where a first peak value is detected is the position of vertebra No. 10 and thus becomes the first body type determination, in terms of the structure of the spine. Furthermore, when the moxibustion device starts moving from the position of vertebra No. 1, the position of vertebra No. 1 becomes a body type determination point because the position of the spine can be determined, even if a peak value is not detected. A second body type determination point is detected in the region of vertebra No. 24. However, if the moxibustion device is tilted when the moxibustion device passes over the pelvic bone or a phenomenon in which the body of a user is pushed downwards along with the moxibustion device occurs, the region of vertebra No. 24 cannot be precisely determined because a motor current suddenly changes. If the second body type determination point is not detected as described above because the moxibustion device cannot normally scan the spine of the user, a peak value may be calculated using a peak value detection algorithm at step S203. The peak value detection algorithm measures the change in the difference between the operating current of the horizontal motor in a current position of the moxibustion device and the operating current of the horizontal motor at a previous position of the moxibustion device when the moxibustion device moves, determines the maximum value to be a peak value, and sets the determined maximum as the second body type determination point. Here, the previous position refers to a position which precedes the current one by the distance between the front of the moxibustion device and the rear of the moxibustion device and at which the moxibustion device has already arrived. This will now be described in detail with reference to FIG. 6A. Referring to FIG. 6A, the horizontal axis of the graph indicates positions across which the moxibustion device moves along the spine, and the vertical axis thereof indicates operating currents of the horizontal motor of the moxibustion device. Here, assuming that the current position of the moxibustion device is (1), the previous position of the moxibustion device is (k) corresponding to a position preceding the current one by the distance between the front of the moxibustion device and the rear of the moxibustion device. The distance value (m) indicates the distance between the front of the moxibustion device and the rear of the moxibustion device, and a position preceding the current one by the distance value (m) is the previous position. Furthermore, (n) indicates the difference between the operating currents of the horizontal motor at the current position (1) and the previous position (k). Accordingly, while the moxibustion device is moving along the spine, the difference (n) between the operating currents of the horizontal motor in each position is calculated. The maximum value in this difference is a peak value, and the position of the moxibustion device at the maximum value is the position of vertebra No. 24. In this case, the position of vertebra No. 24 becomes the second body type determination point. FIG. 6B shows another embodiment of the present invention. Here, assuming that a current position of the moxibustion device is (p), the previous position of the moxibustion device is (o) corresponding to a position previous by the distance (q) between the front of the moxibustion device and the rear of the moxibustion device. (r) indicates the difference between the operating currents of the horizontal motor at the current position (1) and the previous position (k). Accordingly, the difference (r) between the operating currents of the horizontal motor at the respective positions is calculated while the moxibustion device is moving along the spine. The value at which the difference (r) is maximum is a peak value, and position (p) of the moxibustion device at the peak value is the position of vertebra No. 24. Here, the position of vertebra No. 24 becomes the second body type determination point.

    [0026] Thereafter, after the body type determination points have been determined in the regions of vertebrae Nos. 1 and 24 or the regions of vertebrae Nos. 10 and 24, the length of the spine is calculated using standard data of the spine based on the determined body type determination points at step S204. After the entire length of the spine has been calculated, the length of each of the cervical vertebrae, the thoracic vertebrae, the lumbar vertebrae, and the coccyx, or the length of each of the vertebrae No. 1 to No. 30 is calculated using standard data of the spine stored in the database. The database stores the distance between two body type determination points when the two body type determination points are detected, the standard length of each of the cervical vertebrae, the thoracic vertebrae, the lumbar vertebrae, and the coccyx and the standard length of each of the vertebrae No. 1 to No. 30. Accordingly, the length of each element of the spine of each user can be calculated using the proportionate relationships between the standard lengths.

    [0027] After the length of each element of the spine has been calculated, the calculated length of the element of the spine becomes a control value of the horizontal motor. The control unit operates the horizontal motor using control values of the horizontal motor, so that thermo-therapeutic apparatus is operated based on the body type of the user along the spine of the user at step S205.


    Claims

    1. A method of determining a type of human body in a thermo-therapeutic apparatus, comprising:

    step 1 of scanning an entire spine of a user by moving a moxibustion device (110) along a transfer path using a horizontal motor (140) in response to a control signal of a control unit;

    step 2 of measuring an operating current of the horizontal motor (140), detecting a first body type determination point in regions of vertebra No. 1 or No. 10 based on a curve of the measured operating current, and detecting a second body type determination point in a region of vertebra No. 24;

    step 3 of, if the moxibustion device is tilted when the moxibustion device passes over the pelvic bone, when there are two peak curves at the second body type determination point, calculating an intersection between extensions of outside slopes of the two peak curves, determining the calculated intersection to be a peak value of the region of vertebra No. 24, and setting the determined peak value as the second body type determination point; and

    step 4 of retrieving standard data of the spine from a database, and calculating an entire length of the spine and a length of each of vertebrae using the standard data and the two body type determination points.


     
    2. A method of determining a type of human body in a thermo-therapeutic apparatus, comprising:

    step 1 of scanning an entire spine of a user by moving a moxibustion device (110) along a transfer path using a horizontal motor (140) in response to a control signal of a control unit;

    step 2 of measuring an operating current of the horizontal motor, detecting a first body type determination point in a region of vertebra No. 1 or No. 10 based on a curve of the measured operating current, and detecting a second body type determination point in a region of vertebra No. 24;

    step 3 of, if a phenomenon in which the body of a user is pushed downwards along with the moxibustion device occurs when the moxibustion device passes over the pelvic bone, when a peak value is not detected in the region of vertebra No. 24, detecting a single inflection point using a change in a slope of a current curve in the region of vertebra No. 24, determining the single inflection point to be a peak value at a point of vertebra No. 24, and setting the determined peak value as a second body type determination point; and

    step 4 of retrieving standard data of the spine from a database and calculating an entire length of the spine and a length of each of vertebrae using the standard data and the two body type determination points.


     
    3. The method as set forth in claim 1 or 2, wherein the standard data includes a distance between the two body type determination points when the two body type determination points are detected, a standard length of each of cervical vertebrae, thoracic vertebrae, lumbar vertebrae, and the coccyx, and a standard length of each of the vertebrae No. 1 to No. 30.
     
    4. A method of determining a type of human body in a thermo-therapeutic apparatus, comprising:

    step 1 of scanning an entire spine of a user by moving a moxibustion device (110) along a transfer path using a horizontal motor (140) in response to a control signal of a control unit;

    step 2 of measuring an operating current of the horizontal motor, and detecting a first body type determination point in a region of vertebra No. 1 or No. 10 based on a curve of the measured operating current,

    step 3 of, if the moxibustion device is tilted when the moxibustion device passes over the pelvic bone or if a phenomenon in which the body of a user is pushed downwards along with the moxibustion device occurs when the moxibustion device passes over the pelvic bone, measuring a change in difference between an operating current of the horizontal motor at a current position of the moxibustion device and an operating current of the horizontal motor at a previous position of the moxibustion device when the moxibustion device moves, determining a maximum value to be a peak value, and setting the determined peak value as a second body type determination point; and

    step 4 of retrieving standard data of the spine from a database and calculating an entire length of the spine and a length of each of vertebrae using the standard data and the two body type determination points.


     
    5. The method as set forth in claim 4, wherein step 3 comprises:

    step 3-1 of calculating an operating current of the horizontal motor at a position of the spine when the moxibustion device moves along the spine;

    step 3-2 of measuring the change in the difference between the operating current of the horizontal motor at the current position of the moxibustion device and the operating current of the horizontal motor at the previous position of the moxibustion device; and

    step 3-3 of determining a value at which the difference (r) is maximum to be a peak value, determining a position of the moxibustion device at the peak value to be a position of vertebra No. 24, and setting the position of vertebra No. 24 as the second body type determination point.


     
    6. The method as set forth in claim 4 or 5, wherein the previous position is a position which precedes a current position of the moxibustion device by a distance between a front of the moxibustion device and a rear of the moxibustion device and at which the moxibustion device has already arrived.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Verfahren zum Bestimmen eines menschlichen Körpertyps in einer thermotherapeutischen Einrichtung, umfassend:

    Schritt 1 des Abtastens der gesamten Wirbelsäule eines Benutzers durch Bewegen einer Moxibustionsvorrichtung (110) entlang eines Transferwegs unter Verwendung eines horizontalen Motors (140) als Reaktion auf ein Steuersignal einer Steuereinheit;

    Schritt 2 des Messens eines Betriebsstroms des horizontalen Motors (140), des Erfassens eines ersten Körpertyp-Bestimmungspunktes in Bereichen von Wirbel Nr. 1 oder Nr. 10 auf der Grundlage einer Kurve des gemessenen Betriebsstroms, und des Erfassens eines zweiten Körpertyp-Bestimmungspunktes in einem Bereich von Wirbel Nr. 24;

    Schritt 3, falls die Moxibustionsvorrichtung gekippt wird, wenn die Moxibustionsvorrichtung über den Beckenknochen geführt wird, wenn es zwei Spitzenwertkurven am zweiten Körpertyp-Bestimmungspunkt gibt, des Berechnens eines Schnittpunktes zwischen den Verlängerungen der äußeren Steigungen der beiden Spitzenwertkurven, des Bestimmens des berechneten Schnittpunktes als einen Spitzenwert des Bereichs von Wirbel Nr. 24 und des Einstellens des bestimmten Spitzenwertes als den zweiten Körpertyp-Bestimmungspunkt; und

    Schritt 4 des Abrufens von Standarddaten der Wirbelsäule aus einer Datenbank und des Berechnens einer Gesamtlänge der Wirbelsäule und einer Länge jedes Wirbels unter Verwendung der Standarddaten und der zwei Körpertyp-Bestimmungspunkte.


     
    2. Verfahren zum Bestimmen eines menschlichen Körpertyps in einer thermotherapeutischen Einrichtung, umfassend:

    Schritt 1 des Abtastens der gesamten Wirbelsäule eines Benutzers durch Bewegen einer Moxibustionsvorrichtung (110) entlang eines Transferwegs unter Verwendung eines horizontalen Motors (140) als Reaktion auf ein Steuersignal einer Steuereinheit;

    Schritt 2 des Messens eines Betriebsstroms des horizontalen Motors, des Erfassens eines ersten Körpertyp-Bestimmungspunktes in einem Bereich von Wirbel Nr. 1 oder Nr. 10 auf der Grundlage einer Kurve des gemessenen Betriebsstroms, und des Erfassens eines zweiten Körpertyp-Bestimmungspunktes in einem Bereich von Wirbel Nr. 24;

    Schritt 3, falls ein Phänomen auftritt, bei dem der Körper eines Benutzers zusammen mit der Moxibustionsvorrichtung nach unten gedrückt wird, wenn die Moxibustionsvorrichtung über den Beckenknochen geführt wird, wenn ein Spitzenwert im Bereich von Wirbel Nr. 24 nicht erfasst wird, des Erfassens eines einzelnen Inflexionspunktes unter Verwendung einer Änderung in einer Steigung einer Stromkurve im Bereich von Wirbel Nr. 24, des Bestimmens des einzelnen Inflexionspunktes als Spitzenwert an einem Punkt von Wirbel Nr. 24 und des Einstellens des bestimmten Spitzenwertes als einen zweiten Körpertyp-Bestimmungspunkt; und

    Schritt 4 des Abrufens von Standarddaten der Wirbelsäule aus einer Datenbank und des Berechnens einer Gesamtlänge der Wirbelsäule und einer Länge jedes Wirbels unter Verwendung der Standarddaten und der zwei Körpertyp-Bestimmungspunkte.


     
    3. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1 oder 2, wobei die Standarddaten einen Abstand zwischen den zwei Körpertyp-Bestimmungspunkten, wenn die zwei Körpertyp-Bestimmungspunkte erfasst werden, eine Standardlänge jedes Halswirbels, Brustwirbels, Lendenwirbels und des Steißbeins und eine Standardlänge jedes der Wirbel Nr. 1 bis Nr. 30 einschließen.
     
    4. Verfahren zum Bestimmen eines menschlichen Körpertyps in einer thermotherapeutischen Einrichtung, umfassend:

    Schritt 1 des Abtastens einer gesamten Wirbelsäule eines Benutzers durch Bewegen einer Moxibustionsvorrichtung (110) entlang eines Transferwegs unter Verwendung eines horizontalen Motors (140) als Reaktion auf ein Steuersignal einer Steuereinheit;

    Schritt 2 des Messens eines Betriebsstroms des horizontalen Motors und des Erfassens eines ersten Körpertyp-Bestimmungspunktes in einem Bereich von Wirbel Nr. 1 oder Nr. 10, basierend auf einer Kurve des gemessenen Betriebsstroms;

    Schritt 3, falls die Moxibustionsvorrichtung gekippt wird, wenn die Moxibustionsvorrichtung über den Beckenknochen geführt wird, oder falls ein Phänomen auftritt, bei dem der Körper eines Benutzers zusammen mit der Moxibustionsvorrichtung nach unten gedrückt wird, wenn die Moxibustionsvorrichtung über den Beckenknochen geführt wird, des Messens einer Änderung in der Differenz zwischen einem Betriebsstrom des horizontalen Motors bei einer aktuellen Position der Moxibustionsvorrichtung und einem Betriebsstrom des horizontalen Motors bei einer vorherigen Position der Moxibustionsvorrichtung, wenn sich die Moxibustionsvorrichtung bewegt, des Bestimmens eines Maximalwerts als einen Spitzenwert und des Einstellens des bestimmten Spitzenwerts als einen zweiten Körpertyp-Bestimmungspunkt; und

    Schritt 4 des Abrufens von Standarddaten der Wirbelsäule aus einer Datenbank und des Berechnens einer Gesamtlänge der Wirbelsäule und einer Länge jedes Wirbels unter Verwendung der Standarddaten und der zwei Körpertyp-Bestimmungspunkte.


     
    5. Verfahren nach Anspruch 4, wobei Schritt 3 umfasst:

    Schritt 3-1 des Berechnens eines Betriebsstroms des horizontalen Motors an einer Position der Wirbelsäule, wenn sich die Moxibustionsvorrichtung entlang der Wirbelsäule bewegt;

    Schritt 3-2 des Messens der Änderung in der Differenz zwischen dem Betriebsstrom des horizontalen Motors an der aktuellen Position der Moxibustionsvorrichtung und dem Betriebsstrom des horizontalen Motors an der vorherigen Position der Moxibustionsvorrichtung; und

    Schritt 3-3 des Bestimmens eines Wertes, bei dem die Differenz (r) maximal ist, als einen Spitzenwert, des Bestimmens einer Position der Moxibustionsvorrichtung beim Spitzenwert als eine Position von Wirbel Nr. 24 und des Festlegens der Position von Wirbel Nr. 24 als den zweiten Körpertyp-Bestimmungspunkt.


     
    6. Verfahren nach Anspruch 4 oder 5, wobei die vorherige Position eine Position ist, die einer aktuellen Position der Moxibustionsvorrichtung um einen Abstand zwischen einer Vorderseite der Moxibustionsvorrichtung und einer Rückseite der Moxibustionsvorrichtung vorausgeht und an der die Moxibustionsvorrichtung bereits angekommen ist.
     


    Revendications

    1. Procédé de détermination d'un type de corps humain dans un appareil thermo-thérapeutique, comprenant :

    l'étape 1 de balayage d'une colonne vertébrale entière d'un utilisateur en déplaçant un dispositif de moxibustion (110) le long d'une voie de transfert en utilisant un moteur horizontal (140) en réponse à un signal de commande d'une unité de commande ;

    l'étape 2 de mesure d'un courant de fonctionnement du moteur horizontal (140), de détection d'un premier point de détermination de type de corps dans les régions de la vertèbre n° 1 ou n° 10 en fonction d'une courbe du courant de fonctionnement mesuré, et de détection d'un second point de détermination de type de corps dans une région de la vertèbre n° 24 ;

    l'étape 3 de, si le dispositif de moxibustion est incliné lorsque le dispositif de moxibustion passe sur l'os iliaque, lorsqu'il y a deux courbes de crête au niveau du second point de détermination de type de corps, calcul d'une intersection entre les extensions des pentes extérieures des deux courbes de crête, de détermination de l'intersection calculée pour qu'elle soit une valeur de crête de la région de la vertèbre n° 24, et de réglage de la valeur de crête déterminée comme second point de détermination de type de corps ; et

    l'étape 4 de récupération des données standard de la colonne vertébrale à partir d'une base de données, et de calcul d'une longueur totale de la colonne vertébrale et d'une longueur de chacune des vertèbres en utilisant les données standard et les deux points de détermination de type de corps.


     
    2. Procédé de détermination d'un type de corps humain dans un appareil thermo-thérapeutique, comprenant :

    l'étape 1 de balayage d'une colonne vertébrale entière d'un utilisateur en déplaçant un dispositif de moxibustion (110) le long d'une voie de transfert en utilisant un moteur horizontal (140) en réponse à un signal de commande d'une unité de commande ;

    l'étape 2 de mesure d'un courant de fonctionnement du moteur horizontal, de détection d'un premier point de détermination de type de corps dans une région de la vertèbre n° 1 ou n° 10 en fonction d'une courbe du courant de fonctionnement mesuré, et de détection d'un second point de détermination de type de corps dans une région de la vertèbre n° 24 ;

    l'étape 3 de, si un phénomène dans lequel le corps d'un utilisateur est poussé vers le bas avec le dispositif de moxibustion se produit lorsque le dispositif de moxibustion passe sur l'os iliaque, lorsqu'une valeur de crête n'est pas détectée dans la région de la vertèbre n° 24, de détection d'un point d'inflexion unique en modifiant la pente d'une courbe actuelle dans la région de la vertèbre n° 24, de détermination du point d'inflexion unique qu'il soit une valeur de crête en un point de la vertèbre n° 24, et de réglage de la valeur de crête déterminée comme second point de détermination de type de corps ; et

    l'étape 4 de récupération des données standard de la colonne vertébrale à partir d'une base de données, et de calcul d'une longueur totale de la colonne vertébrale et d'une longueur de chacune des vertèbres en utilisant les données standard et les deux points de détermination de type de corps.


     
    3. Procédé selon la revendication 1 ou 2, dans lequel les données standard comprennent une distance entre les deux points de détermination de type de corps lorsque les deux points de détermination de type de corps sont détectés, une longueur standard de chacune des vertèbres cervicales, des vertèbres thoraciques, des vertèbres lombaires et du coccyx, et une longueur standard de chacune des vertèbres n° 1 à n° 30.
     
    4. Procédé de détermination d'un type de corps humain dans un appareil thermo-thérapeutique, comprenant :

    l'étape 1 de balayage d'une colonne vertébrale entière d'un utilisateur en déplaçant un dispositif de moxibustion (110) le long d'une voie de transfert en utilisant un moteur horizontal (140) en réponse à un signal de commande d'une unité de commande ;

    l'étape 2 de mesure d'un courant de fonctionnement du moteur horizontal, et de détection d'un premier point de détermination de type de corps dans une région de la vertèbre n° 1 ou n° 10 en fonction d'une courbe du courant de fonctionnement mesuré ;

    l'étape 3 de, si le dispositif de moxibustion est incliné lorsque le dispositif de moxibustion passe sur l'os iliaque ou si un phénomène dans lequel le corps d'un utilisateur est poussé vers le bas avec le dispositif de moxibustion se produit lorsque le dispositif de moxibustion passe sur l'os iliaque, mesure d'un changement de différence entre un courant de fonctionnement du moteur horizontal au niveau d'une position actuelle du dispositif de moxibustion et un courant de fonctionnement du moteur horizontal au niveau d'une position précédente du dispositif de moxibustion lorsque le dispositif de moxibustion se déplace, de détermination d'une valeur maximale pour qu'elle soit une valeur de crête, et de réglage de la valeur de crête déterminée comme second point de détermination de type de corps ; et

    l'étape 4 de récupération des données standard de la colonne vertébrale à partir d'une base de données, et de calcul d'une longueur totale de la colonne vertébrale et d'une longueur de chacune des vertèbres en utilisant les données standard et les deux points de détermination de type de corps.


     
    5. Procédé selon la revendication 4, dans lequel l'étape 3 comprend :

    l'étape 3-1 de calcul d'un courant de fonctionnement du moteur horizontal au niveau d'une position de la colonne vertébrale lorsque le dispositif de moxibustion se déplace le long de la colonne vertébrale ;

    l'étape 3-2 de mesure d'un changement de différence entre le courant de fonctionnement du moteur horizontal au niveau de la position actuelle du dispositif de moxibustion et le courant de fonctionnement du moteur horizontal au niveau de la précédente position du dispositif de moxibustion ; et

    l'étape 3-3 de détermination d'une valeur à laquelle la différence (r) est maximale pour qu'elle soit la valeur de crête, de détermination d'une position du dispositif de moxibustion à la valeur de crête pour qu'elle soit une position de la vertèbre n° 24, et de réglage de la position de la vertèbre n° 24 comme second point de détermination de type de corps.


     
    6. Procédé selon la revendication 4 ou 5, dans lequel la précédente position est une position qui précède une position actuelle du dispositif de moxibustion par une distance entre une partie avant du dispositif de moxibustion et d'une partie arrière du dispositif de moxibustion et au niveau de laquelle le dispositif de moxibustion est déjà arrivé.
     




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