Wax therapy is a deep heat treatment method wherein applying heat improves mobility by heating the connective tissues. The therapy uses molten paraffin wax application to the connecting tissues, causing the muscles to relax. This therapeutic treatment is primarily used for pain in the hands and feet. Combining the therapy with personalized exercises and other mobilizing techniques can help. This process improves joint mobility by enhancing the mobility of the joints.
The therapists in hospitals apply molten wax on the arms and legs based on the doctor's prescription and assist in reducing stiffness and help in movement before exercises. It is a safe technique but should only be applied at home with supervision. It is one of the most effective methods of using heat to connective tissues and improve mobility.
The history of wax therapy dates back to ancient times when it was used for medicinal and cultural purposes in different cultures. In Europe, wax therapy was used to reduce inflammation and pain during the Middle Ages. In India, wax therapy was used for massage as a means of relaxation. Wax was also used in spiritual ceremonies in Mexico and Central America.
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 entirely. The specialists repeat the procedure up to ten times until the formation of the thick paraffin coat.
Using a brush or applicator, wax is applied on specific parts of the hand and feet.
In this method, molten wax is poured through a utensil on the affected area and wrapped with a towel.
In this method, you must 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 affected body part is dipped into melted wax, forming a protective covering in this method. It is important to immerse the hand or foot for the recommended duration or until the wax completely melts. Some individuals may find the padding on the edge of the container to be more comfortable during the treatment.
Greenery and Nature Related Wax Therapy
Modern wax therapy is often done with green and natural ingredients. These ingredients nourish the skin and are often used in various beauty products, such as body oils and serums. Popular ingredients include jojoba, coconut, argan, and shea butter. These all-natural ingredients are safe to use on the skin, as they do not contain any harsh chemicals or fragrances.
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.
The application of molten paraffin wax provides cosmetic and therapeutic benefits.
Molten paraffin wax has several therapeutic benefits and treats ailments like fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, joint immobility, and osteoarthritis. Applying molten paraffin wax on the affected area increases blood flow, reduces joint stiffness, and relaxes muscles. It also reduces inflammation and muscle spasms and treats sprains.
The application of liquid paraffin wax benefits people in several ways.
The wax therapy is safe, but it is not safe for people with:
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 be reduced before applying wax to hands or feet. Wax therapy can be done using a variety of equipment and supplies. A waxing pot, roller, and wax tools are essential for most waxing treatments. Wax warmers are often used to heat the wax, while muslin strips and remover are necessary to remove the wax. When selecting wax equipment and supplies, looking for quality products designed explicitly for waxing is important.
A few days after applying molten paraffin wax, the skin of the hands and feet becomes soft and hydrated. Muscle stiffness, inflammation, and pain also reduce after the therapy. As with any beauty treatment, performing a patch test first is important to ensure the product is suitable for your skin. It is also essential to follow any instructions.