Biotronix Paraffin Waxbath Therapy Small Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Device Make in India With MCB Circuit Device Protection
Biotronix Paraffin Waxbath Therapy ( Small 15 LTR Capacity ) Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Device Make in India With MCB Circuit Device Protection
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This product is a factor that has gained strong market goodwill to our organization. Our offered product is manufactured using supreme grade materials and latest techniques under the observation of our experienced team. Extensively used in hospitals, nursing homes and health care centers, this is demanded for use in wax therapy. Clients can avail the provided wax bath in various specifications as per their needs at market leading rates
- Completely safe and sterilized
- Sturdy design
- Consumes less power
- Wax Chamber Size :
- 15 kg Capacity Wax Bath
- We use 1000 Watt Heater 1 No,
- Heavy- Duty Thermostat Controller.
- MCB ( Miniature Circuit Breaker ) Protection
- Power On off Indication
- Thermostat controller degree ( 0 Degree to 110 Degree )
- Country of Origin : India
- Analog Thermostat for temperature control
- Wooden Polished outer body Cover
- Dissolves paraffin wax instantly and evenly
- Adjustable heat settings
- Holds 15LTR of paraffin wax ( Tank Size : 9 inch x 7 inch x 14 inch ,Outer body 17 inch x 12 inch x 17 inch )
- Mounted on 4 castor wheels for Movement
- 1 pc Biotronix Paraffin Waxbath Therapy ( Small 15 LTR Capacity ) Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Device Make in India With MCB Circuit Device Protection
- 1 Complementary Physio Chart Set ( 6 Physio Charts )
Warranty Details: 1 Year Offsite Warranty for Equipment against manufacturing defects ,No warranty or Guarantee for the Accessories like wire pads Applicator etc .
You can use paraffin wax (may be called either paraffin or wax) to apply moist heat to your hands or feet to ease the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis. Paraffin especially helps to reduce pain and loosen up your hand and finger joints before exercise.
Paraffin wax therapy is one of the most convenient, reasonably efficient method of applying heat to the extremities. Wax has a low thermal conductivity and therefore it gives off heat slowly. The low thermal conductivity of the wax prevents the patient’s feeling as hot as in water of the same temperature.
Paraffin treatments are used for the Symptomatic
relief of pain and stiffness due to Arthritis,
Bursitis, Tendonitis, Muscle strains or Sports-
Injuries. The low temperature paraffin permits the
immersion of the limb directly into the wax-bath
or to apply with brush.
PARAFFIN WAX BATH(P.W.B)
Paraffin wax bath therapy (P.W.B)is an application of the molten paraffin wax on the body part.It is one of the most convenient & effective method of applying heat to the skin.The temperature of the paraffin wax is maintained at °c.
2 ) If the molten wax at 55°c and is poured on the body part, it may cause burn over the body tissue, which is why some impurity is added to lowered down its melting point such as liquid paraffin or mineral oil.The combination of the wax and the mineral oil has low specific heat which enhances the patient’s ability to tolerate heat from the wax better then from the water of the same temperature.
3) The composition of thewax: paraffin: mineral oil is 7:3:1 orWax: paraffin or mineral oil is 7:1.The mode of the transmission of heat from paraffin to the patient skin is by means conduction.
4) Characteristics of wax
Low thermal conductivityGives of heat very slowly – no rapid loss of heatMelting point of wax is 55˚CIt is self insulating. (The first layer creates a thin layer of air next to the skin which acts as an insulator)
5) Parts of Paraffin Bath unit
Container,Mains,Thermostat,Thermostat pilot lamp,Power pilot lamp,Lid, andCaster.
6) 1. Container is made-up of enamelled baths or stainless steel bowl and outer fiberglass shell.
2. Initially heating is quicker with this type because there is no water jacket to be heated.3. Container contains wax and paraffin oil in the prescribed ratio.4. Main function is to switch on or off the heating element, which is located in the casing of paraffin wax bath unit.
7). Thermostat keeps the temperature fix or static in the range which is adjusted with knob. Thermostat pilot’s lamp indicates whether thermostat is on or off.6. Power pilot’s lamp function is to show whether power is on or off.7. Lid cover container and caster allow the paraffin wax bath container to be move from 1 place to another.
8) PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF PWB
1.Heat production:There is a marked increase in skin temperature in the 1st two minute, up to 12-13°c. This drop, while in the wax wrapping to an increase of about 8°c at the end of 30 minutes.In the subcutaneous fascia, there is an increase of 5°c at the end of the treatment.In the superficial muscles, is only about 2-3°c rise in temperature at the end of the treatment2. Circulating effect:Stimulation of superficial capillaries and arterioles cause local hyperaemia and reflex vasodilatation. This is marked only in the region of the skin.
9) · The hyperaemia is due to response of the skin to its function of heat regulation.
· The effects of vasodilatation in the muscle are negligible, but then may be some reflex heating in the joints.· Skin and subcutaneous tissue temperature drop after15-20 minute, reducing the vasodilatation· Exercise after the wax is essential to increase the muscle circulation and sedative effect of heat to obtain more range of movement and muscle strength.
10). Analgesic effect:· The most important effect of wax its marked sedative effect on the tissue.· The moist heat is remarkable soothing to the patient.· It is this effect that is used prior to the exercise, in the treatment of superficially placed joints.· It is very comfortable to the patient.4. Stretching effect:· Wax leaves the skin moist, soft and pliable.· This is useful for stretching scar and adhesion before applying mobilization techniques.
11) Indications 1. Pain and Muscle Spasm:
Wax reduces the pain and muscle spasm.2. Oedema and Inflammation:The gentle heat reduces post-traumatic swelling of the hands and feet and also swelling in hands affected by rheumatoid arthritis or degenerative joint disease, particularly in the sub-acute and early chronic stages of inflammation.3. Adhesions and Scars:Wax softens the adhesion and scar in the skin and thus facilitates the mobilization and stretching procedures.
12) Contra-indications Impaired skin sensation:
This will be determined by a hot/cold skin test.2. Some Dermatological conditions:Are exacerbated by moist heat, such as eczema, athlete’s foot and dermatitis. Any dermatological condition, which appears after treatment, must be reported.3. Circulatory Dysfunction:Patients with varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis and arterial disease must not have any heat applied directly over the affected part.
13) Analgesic Drugs:If patients are taking strong narcotics for pain, the time and dosage of the drugs must be ascertained.Heat is not administered immediately after intake of drugs, since pain tolerance to heat is impaired.5. Infections and open wounds:Heat will increase the infective activity.6. Cancer or tuberculosis:In the area to be treated, heat, by increasing the metabolic rate, may increase the rate of growth and spread the disease.
14 Gross oedema:With a very thin and delicate skin covering the area, the skin may be damaged and the heat may tend to increase the oedema.8. Lack of comprehension:patients who cannot understand the nature of the treatment and comprehend the potential danger, for example, children, very old patients, other nationalities.9. Deep X-ray Therapy:Within three months prior to treatment decrease blood flow in the area and may cause impaired skin sensation.
15). Acute injury or Inflammation
11. Recent or Potential hemorrhagePRECAUTIONS:1. Cardiac insufficiency2. Metal in the area
16) Advantages of Paraffin wax
1. Low specific heat allows for application at a higher temperature than water without the risk of a burn.2. Low thermal conductivity allows for heating of tissues to occur more slowly, thus reducing the risk of overheating the tissues.3. Molten state allows for even distribution of heat to areas like finger and toes.
17). First dip traps air and moisture (Insulation) to create more even heat distribution.
5. Oils used in the wax add moisture to the skin.6.Wax remains malleable, after removal.
18 ) Comfortable, moist heat.
8. Relative inexpensive to replace wax.9. It can be carried out at home for the chronic sufferers.10. Useful for patients with poor heat tolerance11. Two or Three patients can be treated at a time.
19) No method of temperature controls once applied.
Disadvantages of paraffin waxEffective only for distal extremities in the terms of ease of application.2. No method of temperature controls once applied.3. Sedimentation occurs at the bottom. 4. It is a passive treatment: exercise may not be performed simultaneously. 5. The bath must be cleaned regularly & emptied at least twice a year. 6. Contamination of oil by atmospheric dust. 7. It also poses environmental concerns regarding its disposal.
20) OPERATION OF APPARATUS
The wax & oil should be mixed with the ratio of 7:1 or 7:3:1.Turn the power switch on & to the maximum, which will make the mixture to melt quickly.Set the thermostat to 47 – 54.4˚C.It is important to check the temperature of the bath just before giving the treatment.
21) Preparation of patient:
The nature of wax treatment is explained and the area to be treated is inspected for contraindication.Look for any wound, skin infection, rashes etc. on the part to be treated.Wash the area thoroughly & dry by using tissue paper or cotton.
22) Tell the patient in brief about temperature of the wax and benefits
Drip down few drops of molten wax on the dorsal surface of your hand or ask the patient to dip the PIP joint to check the temperature.This is done before; the patient so that he/she can prepare psychologically and fear of heat is minimized.
23) The patient is instructed to remove any jewelry or metal in the area.
Position of the patient should be such that the part to be treated comes closer to the wax bath container.Instruct the patient to avoid touching the sides and bottom of the heating unit because burns may result
24) Instruct the patient who is receiving an immersion method not to move the joints that are in the liquid. The cracking of the wax will allow fresh paraffin to touch the skin, increasing the risk of burns.The warm wax is placed on the body tissues by various techniques and the treatment is given for about minutes.
25) Techniques/Methods of application:
1. Direct pouring method:In this method the part is positioned over a large bowl or on top of tank itself & the molten Wax is directly poured by a mug or utensil on the part to be treated.The wax is allowed to solidify.Several (4-6) layers can be made over the body tissues and then wrapped around by a towel to prevent heat loss.It is maintained for about minutes & the wax is removed into tank for reuse..
26) Brushing / Painting method:
If the part can’t be immersed in wax, it is possible to coat the surface with the help of paint brush. It is a less commonly used method.This method is used for areas like hip, knee, elbow, shoulder and more body parts.In this method, 8-10 coats of wax are applied to the area with a paint brush using even and rapid strokes.The area is then wrapped with towel for minutes and after this time, paraffin wax is removed and discarded.This is useful if the patient can’t tolerate dry heat & hydrocollator packs are not available.
27) Dip & Immerse / Dip & Leave in method:
This method of application provides some what vigorous heating. Commonly used for the distal parts of the extremities such as hands & feet.The body part to be treated dipped 3-4 time to form a thin coat and then left immersed in paraffin wax for minutesA thin glove of solid paraffin wax formed slows the heat conduction.
32 This method is more effective in raising tissue temperature, but places the patient at greater risk for burns.Use of immersion method required co-operation and tolerance by the patient.This method does not allow for elevation of the body part being treated & an increase in oedema may occur.Care should be taken to ensure that the patient is in comfortable position during the treatment.With immersion method, the temperature elevation of body tissue is 2°c higher then dip method.
33 4. Dip & Wrap / Glove method:
It provides mild heating.It is the most widely used method.This can be used for the extremities – Hands, Wrists, Feet & ankles.The therapists instruct the patient to dip the body part in a bath and then remove it until the paraffin solidifies and repeated 8 – 12 times until thin layer of adherent solid paraffin is formed which covers the skin.
34 It is important to dip the part briefly otherwise the outer most coating is melted off & the thickness of wax does not build.Dipping is repeated until a thick coat is formed. In other words, at least 8-12 times until thick glove on a part.Once thick glove of wax is formed the treated area should be wrapped 1st in a plastic bag / sheet / aluminium foil and then wrapped with a towel to assist in heat retention.If oedema is concerned then area may be elevated to above the level of heart.
35 The effective duration of this treatment is 15-20 minutes.
At the end of this treatment remove the towel carefully & the wax coat by loosening the top & rolling the wax down towards the distal end of extremity.The wax coat after removal is deposited in a special container & at the end of the day it is melted & placed back in the PWB.Inspect the part & it should appear PINK, SOFT & PLIABLE. There should not be excessive ERYTHEMA.
36 5. Towelling/Bandaging method:
A lint cloth / towel is immersed in molten paraffin wax and then wrapped around the body part.Several layers can be made over the body part.This method is preferably used for treating proximal parts of the body.
37 CARE OF APPARATUSIt must be cleaned regularly, because of sediment that accumulates.In order to clean the bath, the wax must be liquid.Dip the wax out of the bath & pour it into another container.The last of the wax & sediment may be removed with paper towel or some absorbent rags.Replace the wax & plug the unit in.The complete wax & oil should be changed every six months.
WHAT IS WAX THERAPY?
Wax therapy is a form of deep heat therapy one of the most effective ways of applying heat to improve mobility by warming the connective tissues. Wax Therapy, involves the application of molten paraffin wax, to the connecting tissues causing muscle relaxation and improves joint mobility. It is mainly used to treat Painful hands and feet. It is basically used in combination with the common mobilizing techniques and customized exercise programs to achieve better results.
EFFECTS OF WAX THERAPY.
It is an ideal therapy that helps in
- Relieving pain
- Decreases joint stiffness
- Helps in increasing the blood flow
- Decrease joint stiffness
- Decreases muscle spasms
- Decreases inflammation.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
You need a paraffin wax bath, a pair of mittens, and about 1 kg (2lb) of paraffin wax. If you look after the paraffin wax, you may reuse it and it may last almost 2 years or more. You will need a paraffin wax bath that has a thermostat so that you can be able to control the heat and avoid overheating. We strongly recommend you test a small area on the inside of your wrist prior to a full immersion of your hands or feet. In Wax Therapy, Molten Paraffin wax is applied to the skin in the form of layers so that it gets build up. Then the wax starts getting hard upon coming in contact with air away from the wax bath. The wax is then peeled off with no pain and the area is now ready for Massage, Exercise, Stretching or any additional therapeutic measures.
APPLICATION OF WAX THERAPY
- Melt the wax in the paraffin wax bath. Do not immerse your hands or feet into the wax at this time.
- Once melted at the right temperature according to the thermostat, allow the wax to cool a little.
- Wash your hands or feet thoroughly before using the wax.
- Test a small area on the inside of your wrist to make sure the temperature is suitable for you before you fully immerse your hands or feet.
- Dip your hands or feet into the wax and then completely remove them. Allow the wax to begin solidifying. Rapidly re-dip for another few seconds and remove again. Separate the fingers or toes before dipping to allow the wax to coat all around them.
- Repeat the process until you have built up to four or five layers. Then rapidly wrap the hand with one of the following: a. Plastic liner b. Foil c. Greaseproof paper d. Roasting bag. When they are in place put your hand or foot inside the mitten or you can use an old towel and wrap it around your hand or foot.
- Leave the mitten or the towel for approximately 20-30 minutes.
- Peel off the wax and make it into a ball, exercising the fingers by gripping and un-gripping the wax before returning it to the pan for future use.
- Moisturizes your hands/feet using emollients or moisturizers.
- Continue to exercise the joints for at least ten minutes after the procedure.
- Make sure the wax temperature is not more than 51-degree centigrade when you start your treatment
Wax Therapy is a painless, relaxing, and pleasurable treatment. It soothes chronic joint pain and relaxes stiff muscles. It is used to treat the conditions like:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Joint Mobility issues
- Raynaud's or any rheumatic pains
ARE THERE SIDE EFFECTS?
Paraffin wax is tested in a lab to make sure it’s safe and hygienic to use on the body. It’s completely natural and has a low melting point, which means it can be easily applied to the skin at a temperature low enough not to cause burns or blisters. However, if you have very sensitive skin, paraffin wax may cause heat rash. Heat rash results in small red bumps on the skin that can be itchy and uncomfortable.
- Numbness in your hands or feet
- Skin rashes
- Open Sores
- Inflammatory Skin Conditions
The Benefits of Paraffin Wax
Paraffin wax is a white or colorless soft, solid wax. It’s made from saturated hydrocarbons.
It’s often used in skin-softening salon and spa treatments on the hands, cuticles, and feet because it’s colorless, tasteless, and odorless. It can also be used to provide pain relief to sore joints and muscles.
Paraffin wax has many other uses, too. It’s often used as lubrication, electrical insulation, and to make candles and crayons.
Read on to learn more about the uses, benefits, and side effects of paraffin wax.
Paraffin has cosmetic and therapeutic benefits.
Cosmetically, paraffin wax is often applied to the hands and feet. The wax is a natural emollient, helping make skin supple and soft. When applied to the skin, it adds moisture and continues to boost the moisture levels of the skin after the treatment is complete.
It can also help open pores and remove dead skin cells. That may help make the skin look fresher and feel smoother.
Paraffin wax may be used to help relieve pain in the hands of people with:
- osteoarthritisTrusted Source
- rheumatoid arthritis
- fibromyalgiaTrusted Source
- other joint mobility issuesTrusted Source
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 is tested in a lab to make sure it’s safe and hygienic to use on the body. It’s completely natural and has a low melting point, which means it can be easily applied to the skin at a temperature low enough not to cause burns or blisters.
However, if you have very sensitive skin, paraffin wax may cause heat rash. Heat rash results in small red bumps on the skin that can be itchy and uncomfortable.
You should not use paraffin wax if you have:
- poor blood circulation
- numbness in your hands or feet
- any rashes or open sores
If you have a chemical sensitivity, you may develop minor swelling or breakouts from the wax treatment. That’s because paraffin comes from petroleum products.
If you’re doing a paraffin wax treatment at home, take care not to heat the wax too much, as it may catch fire. It should be no more than 125°F (51.7°C) when you start your treatment.
What is it?
Wax therapy, which uses a bath of molten paraffin wax, is one of the most effective ways of applying heat to improve mobility by warming the connective tissues. Wax therapy is mainly used on your hands and is often used by hand therapists in a hospital setting along with an exercise programme. You can also get advice on where to purchase wax baths privately.
The aims of wax bath therapy are to provide pain relief and comfort, to assist with muscle relaxation and to relieve stiffness and help improve movement before exercise.
Is it safe?
Paraffin wax bath therapy is safe, although you should take care with home kits not to heat the wax too much. You shouldn’t use wax bath therapy if you have cuts, open sores or inflammatory skin conditions.
Wax Therapy What is wax therapy?
Paraffin wax bath therapy is an application of molten paraffin wax and mineral oil to parts of the body. The combination of paraffin and mineral oil has a low specific heat which enhances the patient’s ability to tolerate heat better than from water of the same temperature. It is one of the most effective ways of applying heat to improve mobility by heating connective tissues. Wax therapy is mainly used on your hands in a hospital setting.
Wax therapy is used to alleviate: Pain and stiffness associated with Osteoarthritis Fibromyalgia Eczema (a dry skin disorder) Joint stiffness and muscle soreness from a variety of causes, such as following fractures, some minor surgical conditions, ligament sprains and strains
Wax therapy – is it safe? Yes it is in general, but please note the following list and if you have any of these do not attempt to use wax for your own and other family members’ safety Contra indications (never use in the presence of) Open wound Skin infection Defective skin sensation(Inability to judge correctly hot and cold temperature differences on the skin) Ischemic conditions(Very Poor blood supply to an area) Skin allergy Dangers Burns (Thermostatically controlled units which regulate the temperature of the
What are the benefits of wax therapy?
Paraffin wax can soften the skin, improve circulation and reduce stiffness in the joints. It can also reduce swelling of the joints and connective tissues. How is it applied? A paraffin wax treatment involves submerging the affected body part, usually the hands, into a large container of warm wax for a moment or two, creating a waxy glove. The hands should be dipped into the wax up to 10 times. Each time lifting out clear and allowed to set for 2-3 seconds before re-immersion. This is done to build up an adequate layer of warm wax. The hand should then be covered with a plastic bag and a towel wrapped around it to insulate it. The wax can remain on the hand until the heat has gone which will probably be about 15-20 minutes. Take the towel or mitt off, slide the plastic bag off and then peel the wax back towards the fingers it should slide off in almost one piece. This wax should then be discarded or if the unit is being used by only one person, it can be replaced in the bath to melt again. (Please only follow manufacturer’s instructions for your own safety). The wax will however need replacing after several uses as it will gather some dead skin cells and will have a degree of body perspiration contained within it on removal from skin, thus making it unsafe to continue using.
Benefits of Paraffin Wax Treatment
Paraffin heat can soothe chronic joint pain, loosen joints prior to exercise, assist muscles in recovering after exercise, relax stiff muscles and increase range of motion, all while rejuvenating the skin.
Studies have shown that the paraffin wax bath is commonly used as an effective remedy to improve circulation and promote relaxation. Both hands and feet are most common segments to be treated with paraffin wax bath in physical therapy. Paraffin Wax bath treatment followed by active hand exercise resulted in significant improvements of range of motion.
Paraffin wax bath bath or also known as paraffin wax heat therapy bath is one of the moist heat therapy modalities that we use in our physio clinics by our senior hand therapist. It's used specificly to
- loosen tight joints and soft tissues
- improves circulation
- soothes soft tissues, joint stiffness and muscle pains
The history of the use of wax as treatment:
The use of Paraffin wax as therapy has been known and utilized for centuries, can can be traced to the century of the Roman Empire. Then, the Roman physicians would pour hot wax onto the bodies of the patients to prepare them for massage therapy.
Later, the French started using paraffin wax by melting it and placing them over injuries to increase the rate of healing for their patients and soldiers. During World War 1, the British Medical Soldiers used warm paraffin as wax therapy to treat orthopedic injuries and disorders within military hospitals.
Today, paraffin wax bath moist heat treatment is commonly used in physio clinics, especially in outpatient centers for the treatment of conditions such as:
Paraffin wax bath moist heat treatment is also commonly used in physiotherapy management and treatment of sports injuries plus other forms of disorders and injuries where heat therapy and exercise therapy are required.
An additional benefit of paraffin wax bath therapy is that on top of its function as a therapy modality and heat, the wax itself is rich in minerals and heat results in
- soothes and moisturizes the human body, the skin, opens pores
- increases blood flow and circulation
- creates a general sense of relaxation and calm effect on patients
Paraffin wax is a natural component of crude mineral oils, produced by refining or separating the wax out of the crude mineral oils. To purify it, it has to be boiled, then cooled, then filtered into a heavy wax-oil substance, finishing as the paraffin wax. It is laboratory tested to be safe for external use, and hygienic. The wax that we use is colorless, tasteless, and tends to be unscented (though sometimes we add a little scented type too).
Also, it is heavy in molecular structure, which helps to increase blood supply to the body part being treated, trapping moisture from the underlying layers of the skin - this results in a rejuvenating, moisturizing and nourishing effect on the skin, the often soft and smooth finishing on the skin.
Paraffin wax bath bath moist heat treatment decreases pain, aches and stiffness in muscles and joints by removing any excess fluids from surrounding soft tissues whilst providing heat and natural lubrication to the desired part.
However, this treatment is contraindicated / not suitable or recommended for people with the following conditions:
- Diabetes mellitus
- Varicose Veins
- Skin sensitivity to mineral oils
- Skin sensitivty to heat
- Open wounds
What is wax therapy?
Wax therapy is a deep heat treatment method wherein applying heat improves mobility through heating the connective tissues. The therapy uses molten paraffin wax application to the connecting tissues, causing the muscles to relax. It also makes the joints more mobile. The therapeutic treatment is primarily used for pain in the hands and feet. Combining the therapy with personalized exercises and other mobilizing techniques come to help.
The therapists in hospitals apply molten wax on the arms and legs based on the doctor’s prescription, and assist in reducing stiffness and helps in movement before exercises. It is a safe technique but never applied at home without supervision. It is one of the most effective methods of applying heat to the connective tissues and improves mobility.
Types of wax therapy:
Heated wax is applied to the affected area with a small amount of mineral oil. There are different types of therapies to note.
In this method, the hand or foot is placed in the liquid paraffin wax bath and taken out when a thin layer of paraffin forms over the affected area. The liquid wax sticks to the skin and covers it fully. The specialists repeat the procedure up to ten times until the formation of the thick paraffin coat.
- Applying with brush
Using a brush or applicator, wax is applied on specific parts of the hand and feet.
- Pouring method
In this method, molten wax is poured through a utensil on the affected area and wrapped with a towel.
- Towel method
In this method, you have to dip a bandage or towel in hot molten wax and wrap it around the affected part. It is used for the treatment of the body parts that are placed in the center.
The immersion method dipping the affected body part and forms a protective covering. The immersion of the hand or feet must take place for the prescribed time or until the wax melts. Often, the padding on the edge of the container makes people more comfortable during the treatment.
Risks of Wax Therapy:
Paraffin wax used for therapeutic purposes is safe for the skin, but people with sensitive skin must exercise caution as it may result in heat rash. The heat rash manifests itself in the form of red itchy bumps on the skin, causing discomfort.
Benefits of Wax Therapy:
The application of molten paraffin wax provides cosmetic and therapeutic benefits.
- Applying paraffin wax can help in improving skin in several ways, especially in those with conditions such as scleroderma or skin hardening.
- Paraffin wax becomes hard when cooled and when removed from the skin of the hand, it eliminates dirt and dead skin, leaving the hands smooth and soft.
- Paraffin has emollient properties, making the skin soft,
- The hot molten wax traps moisture through open pores, leaving the hands smoother and softer.
Molten paraffin wax has several therapeutic benefits and treats ailments, such as fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, joint immobility, and osteoarthritis. Applying molten paraffin wax on the affected area increases blood flow, reduces join stiffness, and relaxes muscles. It also reduces inflammation, muscle spasms, and treats sprains.
Wax Therapy Used for Which Conditions:
The application of liquid paraffin wax benefits people in several ways.
- Treats chronic musculoskeletal conditions that benefit from the heat that the liquid wax generates.
- While the therapeutic treatment maintains the mobility of the joints, it also treats chronic pain occurring due to strains, fibromyalgia, sprains, and muscle spasms. Those with Sudeck’s Atrophy and rheumatoid arthritis can also benefit from wax therapy.
- The application of molten paraffin wax reduces pain due to muscle stiffness, arthritis, or injury.
- The heat that the paraffin wax generates pervades deep and allows the tense muscles and small joints of the hands and fingers to relax.
- The warmth of the wax improves poor circulation and reduces inflammation.
- Paraffin wax also helps soften hard skin, improves skin circulation, and eventually lets the joints move more easily.
- Molten paraffin wax allows the skin to stay hydrated when it becomes dry or cracked due to cold weather, stress, or medical condition.
Who Shouldn’t have Wax Therapy?
The wax therapy is safe, but it is not safe for people with:
- Numbness in the feet and hands
- Open sores or rashes
- Poor circulation
- Inflammatory skin conditions
How to Prepare for Wax Therapy?
When preparing to apply molten paraffin wax for therapeutic or cosmetic treatment, checking the temperature is essential. While dipping the hand or foot in the heated and liquid wax, dip them a little less than before to prevent skin burns. It is necessary to check the skin for wounds, infections, and rashes. No jewelry must remain on the affected part. The fear of heat must reduce before applying wax on hands or feet.
Recovery: What Happens After Wax Therapy?
Wax bath therapy
Wax bath therapy is intended to moisturise, soften the skin, improve blood circulation and reduce pain of joints. The wax bath uses paraffin wax that is soft and melts at a lower temperature than normal, therefore it does not cause any burns or blisters. It is quite beneficial for patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Raynaud's or any rheumatic pains. Paraffin wax is also known to help muscle relaxation and muscle movement.
If you have an open ulcer/wound DO NOT put your hands directly into the paraffin wax. However, you can put on latex/non latex gloves to protect the wound before putting them into the paraffin wax bath. You can wax your hands or feet as often as you please and the more often you do it the more beneficial you would find it. It is suggested to use the wax 3 times a week.
Wax bath equipment
You will need a paraffin wax bath, a pair of mittens and about 1 kg (2lb) of paraffin wax. If you look after the paraffin wax, you may reuse it and it may last almost 2 years or more. You will need a paraffin wax bath that has a thermostat, so that you can be able to control the heat and avoid overheating. We strongly recommend you test a small area on the inside of your wrist prior to full immersion of your hands or feet. You may be able to purchase your own paraffin wax bath online, you would just need to type the words 'paraffin wax bath' in the search box.
Price range: £20 to £100. When buying the wax bath, please check whether the bath includes a pair of mittens and wax, if it does not then the mittens and wax can be purchased separately. Usually the wax bath machine comes with the manufacturer's guidance instructions, which you will need to follow in partnership with the following:
How to have a wax bath
1. Melt the wax in the paraffin wax bath. Do not immerse your hands or feet into the wax at this time.
2. Once melted and at the right temperature according to the thermostat, allow the wax to cool a little.
3. Wash your hands or feet thoroughly before using the wax.
4. Test a small area on the inside of your wrist to make sure the temperature is suitable for you before you fully immerse your hands or feet.
5. Dip your hands or feet into the wax and then completely remove them. Allow the wax to begin solidifying. Rapidly re-dip for another few seconds and remove again. Separate the fingers or toes before dipping to allow the wax to coat all around them.
6. Repeat the process until you have built up to four or five layers. Then rapidly wrap the hand with one of the following: a. Plastic liner b. Foil c. Greaseproof paper d. Roasting bag. When they are in place put your hand or foot inside the mitten or you can use an old towel and wrap it around your hand or foot.
7. Leave the mitten or the towel for approximately 20-30 minutes.
8. Peel off the wax and make it into a ball, exercising the fingers by gripping and un-gripping the wax before returning it to the pan for future use.
9. Moisturise your hands/feet using emollients or moisturisers.
10.Continue to exercise the joints for at least ten minutes after the procedure.
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