07618389 is referenced by 52 patents and cites 199 patents.

A potentiating support for an area of a body includes a framework having a surface for abutment with an area of a body. The framework defines a plurality of permanent openings in the surface regardless of whether the surface is in abutment with the area of the body, the openings extending completely through and being bounded by the framework. Furthermore, the framework, along its entire boundary with at least one of the openings, is elastically stretchable between a first initial state and extended states and, when expanded to an extended state, the framework stores potential energy that is released as kinetic energy upon its return to the initial state. The support also includes a fastening mechanism connected at multiple points proximate each of opposite sides of the framework for applying tension at each of the multiple points for tensioning the framework's surface in abutment with the area of the body.

Title
Potentiating support with expandable framework
Application Number
11/160381
Publication Number
7618389 (B2)
Application Date
June 21, 2005
Publication Date
November 17, 2009
Inventor
Tom J Philpott
Charlotte
NC, US
Kevin J Dahlquist
Charlotte
NC, US
Ian D Kovacevich
Charlotte
NC, US
William E Nordt III
Charles City
VA, US
Agent
Jeremy C Doerre
Chad D Tillman
Tillman Wright PLLC
Assignee
Nordt Development Co
VA, US
IPC
A61F 5/00
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