Arthritis Hand Hand Therapy Paraffin Wax

9 steps to treating your hands with paraffin wax

Spa salon. Manicure. Paraffin hand bath. Studio photo set.

Paraffin wax can provide relief from arthritis pain, sore joints or sore muscles. It is a type of wax that is used for candles and can be used in your own home. A paraffin wax unit can be purchased for a low cost or even rented. Learn how to safely use one of these units for your hands by following these 9 steps:

1. Wash your hands with soap and water and dry them.

2. Rub lotion onto your hands: Hand lotion allows the wax to be removed easily after treatment.

3. Dip your hand into the wax (Figure 1 above): Your fingertips should go in first. Keep your fingers separated and submerse your hand all the way past the wrist if desired.

4. Remove your hand after it has been coated with wax.

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4: Dip your hand 6-8 times, waiting a few seconds between each dip. This allows layers of wax to form over your hand.

6. Immediately cover your hand with a plastic bag and wrap with a hand towel (Figure 2 below): Wait 10-15 minutes. This will create moist, deep heat for your hand.

Female hand and orange paraffin wax in bowl. Manicure and skincare. Woman girl in beauty spa salon.

7. Remove the towel, plastic bag and cooled wax after 10-15 minutes.

8. Return the wax from your hand to the paraffin unit for reuse (Figure 3 below).

spa hand treatment and beautyHand in paraffin bath woman receiving heat therapy on hands

9. Proceed with exercises that have been recommended by your hand surgeon and/or hand therapist.

Learn more about paraffin wax at www.handcare.org.

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2 Comments
  • nadia m
    August 7, 2017 at 6:17 PM
    Reply

    I love a good paraffin hand bath. I have been doing them for years and I have noticed a HUGE difference in the look of my hands. After the hand bath, I use Made from Earth’s Pure Aloe Vera Skin Treatment – this is a MUST after a hand paraffin bath. I have face creams over two hundred dollars and this cream does even better.

    In 5 minutes my skin is so skin soft. I also love that it has anti fungal and anti bacterial properties.

  • October 5, 2016 at 3:11 PM
    Reply

    Paraffin is a drug-free, non-invasive method of applying heat to relieve muscle Stiffness and joint pain. The physiological benefits of heat are numerous. When heat is applied, the blood vessels expand bringing more circulation to the affected area, increasing healing nutrients and oxygen at the cellular level and removing waste products that cause inflammation and stiffness. A temporary increase in the pain threshold, a decrease in muscle spasms and an increase in flexibility occur significantly benefiting the outcome of therapeutic range of motion (ROM) exercises. Topical heat also results in an increase in skin pliability. Warm paraffin may facilitate all of these heat related benefits and is often prescribed in the post-inflammatory phase of injury and for chronic pain conditions such as arthritis. Talk to your doctor to see if paraffin therapy is right for you. Invest in your health and purchase a safe, reliable, USA made, class II medical device such as a Therabath.

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