All about paraffin wax bath in physiotherapy

Conditions that can be treated with wax therapy include arthritis, bursitis, eczema, inflammation, muscle spasms, stiff joint, tennis elbow and tendonitis

Paraffin wax bath therapy is an application of molten wax on a body part. It's main function is to increase mobility by expanding the connective tissue. It is used to heal joint pains, muscle pain and spasm, swelling due to rheumatoid arthritis, especially in sub acute and early chronic stage of inflammation. It also heals adhesions and scars.
The temperature of the wax is maintained between 47 to 55 degree and it provides heat up to 1 cm (depth) of the skin. Paraffin wax bath therapy is very effective if done prior to exercises and it also has a soothing effect. The heating pad effect lasts up to 20 minutes. This procedure can be done at home but usually it is advisable to undergo the process under the supervision of a professional physiotherapist.
The heat released by the wax has many physiological effects. It enhances the patients' ability to tolerate heat. It also affects the neuromuscular system and also the metabolic system and also increases the extensibility of a tissue. Wax therapy also reduces post traumatic pain and swelling. It is also done for paitents after removal of plaster of paris. The sedative effect of heat increases range of motion and also muscle strength.
Paraffin wax bath therapy is not advisable for people with tumor and bleeding disorders
Conditions that can be treated with wax therapy include arthritis, bursitis, eczema, inflammation, muscle spasms, stiff joint, tennis elbow and tendonitis. Paraffin wax bath therapy is not advisable for people with tumor and bleeding disorders.
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It is essentially a versatile and drug free treatment. The heat produced by the wax opens the pores of the skin and enhances blood circulation. Wax therapy is painless and very useful to mitigate pain in no time. It also hastens and encourages the healing process.
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely the author's and Fit NorthEast does not take any liability. Though the facts and information stated here are genuine and authentic we recommend that you consult your doctor/physiotherapist before trying the procedure as individual patient cases and sensitivities are different.



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