Paraffin wax is a white or colorless soft, solid wax. It’s made from saturated hydrocarbons. Paraffin wax is used to apply moist heat to hands or feet to ease pain and stiffness. This type of heat therapy treatment is a good choice for people with arthritis or other rheumatic diseases – the heat helps to increase blood flow and relax muscles.
It acts like a form of heat therapy and can help increase blood flow, relax muscles, and decrease joint stiffness. Paraffin wax can also minimize muscle spasms and inflammation as well as treat sprains.
Paraffin wax for physiotherapy helps in reducing body stiffness and pain and also moisturizes the skin and regulates blood circulation in the body. This is mainly used in hands and feet but can also be done in the entire body.
The paraffin wax, which is obtained from refined crude oil is first melted and then allowed to cool. Then after cleaning the hands and feet, the wax is applied and tested in a small section to keep a check the temperature of the wax. Ones that appear bearable the body part is then dipped into the wax and is left to solidify for 4 to 5 seconds. Then again, the body part is dipped, and the procedure is followed four to five times until it forms a strong layer around the skin.
The layered body part is then wrapped with a foil or plastic bag to keep the heat sustained. After 20 to 30 minutes, the wax is peeled off, and the skin is moisturized. This is how to wax bath in physiotherapy is done.
Paraffin wax may be used to help relieve pain in the hands of people with: