Updated: Jan 19, 2022
Paraffin wax treatments are the great solution for people suffering from arthritis or other rheumatic diseases.
This treatment involves dipping clients’ hands in a warmed, oil-based wax. Once liquified, paraffin retains, absorbs, and efficiently transfers heat to the affected part of the body. When in contact with the skin, heat is absorbed through the skin and can increase local tissue temperature which can relax muscles and reduce muscle spasms. Additionally, this can help reduce inflammation and soothe joint pain in recovering athletes, or people suffering from conditions like osteoarthritis or fibromyalgia. This warm oil-based modality can even soften and exfoliate dry skin. Research has shown it can even help with hardened skin caused by scleroderma, a disease in which collagen accumulates on the body, it increases the skin's elasticity, allowing for increased movement and mobility, especially on the skin covering the hands. [source: Sandqvist et al.].
The primary effects of this treatment include:
Skin-softening and exfoliation benefits
Paraffin wax may be used to help relieve pain in the hands of people with:
other joint mobility issues
Your hands work hard. They deserve a break. Paraffin treatments leave your hands warmed, relaxed, and rejuvenated.