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Paraffin Treatment for Arthritis

Paraffin wax bath

Soothe your achy joints with a paraffin wax bath.

Looking for a way to relieve your arthritis pain naturally? Moist heat from a paraffin bath can do just that, as well as giving you a chance to pamper yourself.

Why paraffin treatment?

Since paraffin treatment is free of drugs and side effects, many arthritis sufferers choose to ease their painful joints using this form of moist heat. Regular use of a paraffin bath may reduce the amount of pain medication you need to take.

Instead of nagging side effects, paraffin treatment delivers positive benefits by softening and moisturizing the skin. Most arthritic patients also find that paraffin wax treatments relieve stress and help them to relax. Any method that reduces stress also has a positive impact on how much pain you feel.

How does paraffin treatment work?

The moist heat created by melting paraffin wax penetrates deep into your hands, feet, elbow, or other affected area. As the wax melts, it slowly heats up to the desired temperature. Then, when you dip your hand, foot, or other body part into the wax and pull it back out again, the paraffin hardens, transferring the heat from the wax to your body.

Paraffin retains heat for an extended period of time—even longer when you cover the paraffin with an insulated mitt or booty. As the heat transfers to your body, it relieves pain from arthritis, sore muscles and joints, dry skin, and other aches and pains.

The heat from paraffin wax also serves to open your skin’s pores—allowing soothing heat to enter your skin—and increases circulation to the affected area.

Paraffin Wax Treatment Tips

Paraffin wax refill

The more times you dip your hands, the longer the heat will last. Insulate with mitts or booties to keep the heat in.

Hot, soothing paraffin wax is one of the best treatments for temporary relief of joint pain, arthritis, and sore muscles. It’s a great way to find relief without the use of medications. Here are a few tip to increase the effectiveness of paraffin wax treatment.

  • To get more relief from joint pain, arthritis, and sore muscles, increase the number of times that you dip your hands in the paraffin bath. The more layers of paraffin applied, the longer the heat will last. We recommend between 10 and 15 layers for maximum relief.
  • To make the heat last as long as possible, use plastic liners and insulated mitts or boots to retain the heat.
  • For extra dry skin, use a rich hydrating cream or lotion before and after the paraffin treatment. Paraffin treatment is excellent for professions that require repeated hand washing that dries out the skin.
  • The more layers of wax you add, the easier it will be to remove the wax, especially for hairy treatment areas. Please note that paraffin wax does not remove hair.
  • Immerse the treatment area to the same point each time you dip it in the wax. This will give the wax a thick edge that makes it easy to grab and peel the wax to remove it. Dipping to varying levels will create a thin edge that is harder to grab.
  • Wait until the wax layer loses its shine and becomes dull before dipping your hands into the wax again. This will create thicker layers of wax and increase heat retention.
  • Avoid stretching your fingers or breaking the hardened layers of wax. Keep your fingers and wrists relaxed.
  • Keep the paraffin wax in place for at least 10 to 15 minutes, or as long as the heat lasts. Use plastic liners and mitts or boots to retain the heat for longer periods of time. How long the heat lasts will depend on the thickness of the paraffin layers.

Paraffin Treatment for Arthritis and Joint Pain

Paraffin Wax Bath

Paraffin wax treatment provides relief for arthritis and joint pain.

Bothered by arthritis, joint pain, or dry skin? Paraffin wax treatment can ease your symptoms and provide temporary relief for your joints. This soothing, moisturizing heat treatment is a non-invasive and natural method of pain relief that is easy to use at home. Use it daily, or as needed, to get the most benefit from paraffin treatment. Here are a few tips on how to use a paraffin wax bath:

Preparation

Melt the wax in a paraffin bath, following the instructions provided by the manufacturer. When the wax is melted and ready for use, test the temperature of the wax by brushing a small amount on your wrist. If the wax is too hot, turn down the temperature on the paraffin bath (or unplug the unit, if the temperature cannot be adjusted) and let the wax cool slightly before testing it again on your wrist. When the wax reaches the correct temperature for your comfort level, you are ready to begin the paraffin treatment.

Remove all jewelry from around your hands, feet, elbows, or other area to be treated, and roll up your sleeves or pant legs, if necessary, to keep them out of the wax. Wash and dry the skin around the treatment area, and apply a hydrating cream for better absorption.

Paraffin Treatment Instructions

  1. Slowly dip your hands and wrists into the wax, keeping your fingers straight. (Elbows and feet may also be treated.)
  2. Remove your hands from the wax and wait a few seconds until the wax stops dripping. Dip your hands into the wax up to 10 more times.
  3. After treating your hands or feet, cover them with a plastic liner. Then slip insulated mitts or booties over your hands and feet to retain the heat.
  4. After 10 to 20 minutes (or until the wax begins to cool), remove the mitts, booties, and plastic liners.
  5. Gently peel away the cooled wax coating to reveal softer, rejuvenated skin.
  6. Discard the used plastic liners and used paraffin wax.
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Refills

If the paraffin bath is for personal use only, you may reuse the wax remaining in the tub and add refill paraffin wax as needed. Do not reuse the wax coating removed from the skin around the treatment area, as it now contains dead skin cells. If the paraffin bath is used by more than one individual, use new paraffin wax for each treatment.