Paraffin wax therapy is a widely used type of heat therapy. It is especially effective for relieving joint pain and stiffness but has also gained popularity for the skin care benefits it offers.
How it Works
The effectiveness of paraffin wax treatments can be explained in terms of the wax’s chemical properties. As a “phase change material”, paraffin wax has the ability to store latent heat and then release it when changing from a liquid to a solid. The wax stores heat during the melting process and re-solidifies on contact with skin. As the wax cools, heat is transferred deep within the affected area to provide immediate and soothing relief.
Besides providing relief from arthritis and various other joint or muscle related conditions, wax therapy can also improve the health and appearance of your skin. In simple terms, the heat from the wax opens pores and increases circulation which helps alleviate dryness as well as well as being beneficial from an anti-aging perspective.
In terms of equipment, at a minimum you will need a paraffin wax bath and some wax. These devices are now sold at a variety of locations and are stocked by all the major online retailers including Amazon. An initial supply of wax is often included in the purchase price of many wax warmers but will eventually need to be replaced with a refill.
Besides differences in quality and price between brands, there are also variations in size. This is an important consideration as this determines such things as wax capacity, melting times, and versatility. A smaller device, for example, may not be large enough for immersing your feet.
You should also ask yourself what degree of functionality you require or desire. Some models feature a simple on/off switch only, while others offer variable and/or automated heat control settings.