Paraffin wax is a white (sometimes colourless) soft, solid wax made from saturated hydrocarbons. It’s odourless and often used as a skin-softening therapy in spa and personal care treatments on hands, nail cuticles, and feet because. In podiatry, it can also be used for pain relief to sore joints and muscles.
Paraffin wax foot treatment in acts as a form of heat therapy, it involves covering your foot or affected area in layers of warm paraffin wax and allowing it to dry and harden over time. This is referred to as a paraffin wax bath and can help increase blood flow, relax your muscles and tension and decrease stiffness in the joints. A Paraffin Wax Foot Bath can also minimize muscle spasms and inflammation as well as treat sprains.
Paraffin wax is a natural emollient that can soften and add moisture to the skin. During a paraffin wax bath, when the wax is liquified the warmth can have a soothing effect on the muscles and joints, similar to deep-heat therapy.
Yes, paraffin wax baths are known to often provide immediate relief of pain and stiffness for people with non-acute hand rheumatoid arthritis.
No, you should not use paraffin wax treatments if you have neuropathy, diabetic neuropathy or poor blood circulation. While this treatment is generally safe and hygienic for some conditions, you should always discuss your health concerns first with your GP or Podiatrist.