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How Does Paraffin Wax Heat Therapy Work?

Paraffin wax has a very high heat capacity, meaning it is able to absorb and retain a great amount of heat. A paraffin wax spa takes advantage of paraffin's heat-retaining capacity in a simple process called heat transfer. In technical terms, heat is transferred to the core of the affected area as paraffin goes through a phase change. As it melts, the paraffin becomes a liquid and is able to retain more heat. Then, when a hand, foot, or other area is dipped into the heated bath, the phase of the paraffin that surrounds the dipped area quickly changes into a solid. The heat that is given off is called the heat of fusion.

More simply, the heat that goes into melting the paraffin comes out when it solidifies into a comforting paraffin coating, thus transferring the heat into the affected limb. Another way to look at it is the paraffin is the medium that transfers heat from the Therabath to the painful area.

At the same time, the heat from the paraffin opens pores and increases circulation in the skin. This is why paraffin is so beneficial to skin, leaving skin softened and more radiant. See more information on paraffin treatment hygiene.


Can moist heat therapy help my pain and stiffness? How about my dry weary skin?

Paraffin therapy is one of the most effective methods of applying deep heat to relieve pain and stiffness. The warm paraffin also moisturizes for healthier looking, softer skin.

Therabath warm paraffin wax treatments are fast-acting, drug-free, and versatile, providing heat therapy for many different applications from arthritis joint pain relief to salon hand, foot, and facial services.

Therabath paraffin baths can be used in the home, office, hospital, or clinic ...

  • to soothe chronic arthritis joint pain
  • to relax stiff muscles
  • in therapeutic massage for clients and for practioners' self-care
  • prior to therapeutic exercise
  • during physical and occupational therapy
  • to increase range of motion
  • to relieve dryness from repeated hand-washing
  • for tired, overworked hands
  • for very dry skin
  • for salon manicures and pedicures
  • for paraffin facials
  • in spas
  • to warm cold hands, especially in winter
  • and more!

Remember, consult your physician if you have questions about any heat therapy product.

 

Trust in Therabath

Since 1962, physicians, physical therapists, and arthritis specialists have recommended the Therabath Paraffin Therapy Bath because warm paraffin therapy is one of the most effective methods of delivering heat to aching, stiff joints.
 
 

Dry, cracked skin and cuticles?

See our before and after pictures illustrating the moisturizing benefits of paraffin wax therapy.

 

Can I use Essential Oils in my paraffin bath?

Essential oils such as tea tree, peppermint, lavender, and eucalyptus may be used to add an aromatherapeutic element to paraffin treatments. Begin with TherabathPRO, ScentFree paraffin that will not interact with delicate essential oils. (Therabath® ScentFree™ paraffin is triple-filtered for purity and food-grade.) Immediately prior to dipping, add two to four drops of pure therapeutic-quality essential oil directly to the paraffin. (Do not add water-based products.) Because essential oils are volatile and may be broken down by extended heat, do not take too much time before dipping.

Another way to integrate essential oils into paraffin treatments is to use an essential-oil infused lotion prior to dipping. With paraffin therapy, the benefits of pain relief and increased circulation, etc., are derived from the heat—not the paraffin itself. It may be possible to complement the benefits of heat therapy by incorporating essential oils into paraffin treatments because the relatively smaller molecules of essential oils are thought to penetrate skin’s surface, potentially providing beneficial effects. Use the infused cream in place of a moisturizing lotion, and follow the normal paraffin application instructions. Always read and follow all instructions provided by the essential-oil lotion manufacturer. Do not apply essential oils directly to skin.


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