Paraffin wax bath bath or also known as paraffin wax heat therapy bath is one of the moist heat therapy modalities that we use in our physiotherapy clinics. This modality speeds healing, and soothes soft tissues and muscle pains.
The history of the use of wax as treatment: The use of Paraffin wax as therapy has been known and utilized for centuries, can can be traced to the century of the Roman Empire. Then, the Roman physicians would pour hot wax onto the bodies of the patients to prepare them for massage therapy. Later, the French started using paraffin wax by melting it and placing them over injuries to increase the rate of healing for their patients and soldiers. During World War 1, the British Medical Soldiers used warm paraffin as wax therapy to treat orthopedic injuries and disorders within military hospitals.
Today, wax bath moist heat treatment is commonly used in physiotherapy clinics, especially in outpatient centers for the treatment of conditions such as:
Paraffin wax bath bath moist heat treatment is also commonly used in the physiotherapy management and treatment of sports injuries as well as other forms of disorders and injuries where heat therapy and exercise therapy are required.
An additional benefit of paraffin wax bath therapy is that on top of its function as a therapy modality and heat, the wax itself soothes and moisturizes the human body, the skin, opens pores, increasing blood flow, circulation and creates a general sense of relaxation and calm effect on the patients.
Paraffin wax is a natural component of crude mineral oils, produced by refining or separating the wax out of the crude mineral oils. To purify it, it has to be boiled, then cooled, then filtered into a heavy wax-oil substance, finishing as the paraffin wax. It is laboratory tested to be safe for external use, and hygienic. The wax that we use is colorless, tasteless, and unscented. If you have your own home set, or if you have one in your clinic, you can top up Paraffin Wax Refill With Heat Retaining Capacity from amazon.
Also, it is heavy in molecular structure, increasing blood supply to the body part being treated, trapping moisture from the underlying layers of the skin - this results in a rejuvenating, moisturizing and nourishing effect on the skin, the often soft and smooth finishing on the skin.
Paraffin wax bath bath moist heat treatment decreases pain, aches and stiffness in muscles and joints by removing any excess fluids from surrounding soft tissues whilst providing heat and natural lubrication to the desired part.
However, this treatment is not suitable or recommended for people with the following conditions:
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