Paraffin Wax Bath Benefits
Paraffin wax bath treatment can be easily carried out at home and is one of the best ways to soothe minor aches and pains. This is why physiotherapists, arthritis specialists, etc., have been recommending this bath for arthritis pain relief since 1962. The paraffin wax bath will heat the tissues and muscles and will bring relief from the pain.
For Joint Pain
The therapy is also recommended for those suffering from sprains, joint stiffness, and strains. This therapy removes excess fluid from the surrounding tissue around the joint reduces pain and stiffness around it.
Also, people with other joint pain problems like tennis elbow, tendentious, bursitis, and other issues like fatigued muscles, scarred tissues, etc., can also benefit from this therapy. Pain contracted from sports injuries can also be alleviated by this paraffin bath.
For the Skin
Paraffin wax bath is also good because apart from relieving pain by heating the tissues of the muscles, it also leaves the skin hydrated and soft. It increases blood circulation in the skin and help attenuate skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and dry, cracked skin. This bath is also used in salon manicures, pedicures, and paraffin facials.
The apparatus is a container that holds paraffin wax, absorbs and retains heat. One has to place a block of wax in the container and wait till it melts. The wax may take about 6 - 12 hours to melt, after which you can submerge your hand, elbow or leg. Follow the maker's instructions regarding temperature of the bath, etc., lest you want to scald your hand.
On cooling, the wax forms a warm envelope around the affected area and the heat from the wax transfers to the aching joint. Keep your hands steady, so as to not break the wax seal. Wrap your hand with a towel to increase insulation. Leave the wax on for around 20 minutes, after which you need to peel off the wax.
The heat transferred improves blood circulation in the aching area, reduces inflammation, and relaxes the tight muscles, thereby bringing relief. Moreover, the paraffin wax is mixed with oil, which penetrates into the skin and softens it. Once you are done, you need to strain the molten wax with gauze and store it in its container for future use.
Disclaimer: Information here is for factual purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.