P A R A F F I N

This treament is used mostly in hand, and foot therapy. It can be used in other parts of your body if that part can be immersed into the paraffin bath. This deep heat is a most effective method in releiving pain and stiffness, while simultaneously the warm paraffin moisturizes and softens the skin. Therabath paraffin wax is used in many applications, the following are some examples:

  1. To soothe chronic arthritis joint pain
  2. To relax stiff muscles
  3. Prior to therapeutic exercise
  4. To increase range of motion
  5. To relieve dryness from repeated hand-washing
  6. For tired, overworked hands
  7. For very dry skin
  8. To warm cold hands, especially in winter

Remember, it is most important to consult your Physical Therapist or your physician if you have any questions about the use of a parrafin bath in your specific case. It is also important to understand the conditions where paraffin is contraindicated:

  1. Significant Edema
  2. Impaired Circulation
  3. Impaired Nerve System
  4. Hempophilia (Ease of Bleeding)
  5. Open Wounds
  6. Malignancies

In the above cases paraffin must not be used, as it can worsen the patient's condition.

The figure depicts an example using the paraffin bath for paraffin bath imagetreatment of hand joint arthritic condition. The hand must be dipped 5 to 7 times to build up a thick layer of wax around the immersed portion of the hand. The hand must be then wrapped with paper to sustain the heat. Treatment lasts about 10 min. Removal is easy, the wax will come off like taking off a glove.