Rehabilitation specialists, massage therapists, and the spa industry have endorsed paraffin bath therapy for its therapeutic properties. Physicians have long known that paraffin bath therapy is a veritable way to speed healing and soothe muscle and joint pain. In fact, the healing qualities of paraffin wax therapy have been known for centuries.
In modern times, paraffin bath therapy is quite common and widely used to aid in the treatment of conditions such as the following:
- Muscle Spasms
- Overworked/Fatigued Muscles
- Scar Tissue
- Stiff Joints
- Tennis Elbow
Paraffin bath therapy is also widely used in the treatment of sports related injuries and other conditions where heat therapy and exercise therapy are needed.
When the body part is extracted from the liquid wax, the wax hardens. The hardened wax works as an insulator, sealing in the heat from the wax, as well as the heat generated from the body. The heat encapsulated by the wax, can relax sore muscles, and tendons, reduce inflamation, and promote circulation in achy joints and connective tissues.
In addition to its pain relieving qualities, paraffin treatments have beauty benefits. Paraffin wax baths sooth and moisturize the skin, making the treatments beneficial for overworked hands and feet. The bath opens up pores allowing the wax to coat the skin in a way that a cream is unable to, resulting in the immediate benefit of softer, smoother hands and feet, and promotes a sense of calm; and unlike creams that wash away, the wax bath allows moisture to penetrate the skin, and seals it in, so the moisturizing benefits last.