The Battle Creek Vibratory Chair, ca. 1900
|In the early 20th century, the Battle Creek Sanitarium was one of the
most famous health resorts in the world. Dr.
John Harvey Kellogg was the chief of
staff; his brother
Keith Kellogg was the San's bookkeeper. From their diet program came
Kellogg's Corn Flakes; from the mechanotherapy department came the vibratory
The chair shakes rather violently and is painful to sit in but after a few minutes of treatment it would supposedly stimulate intestinal peristalsis. A longer treatment would cure headackes and back pain and would also increase the supply of healthy oxygen to the body.
Left: The Vibratory Chair. On loan from the St. Louis Science Center.
Mechanical Massage - By Dr. John Harvey Kellogg - Google Books
Mechanical Vibration by M. L. H. Arnold Snow, M.D., 1912 - e-text
More about the Battle Creek Sanitarium
The Museum of Questionable Medical Devices ONLINE