Paraffin Wax Treatment
A paraffin bath is a tank containing a mixture of paraffin and mineral oil in a ratio of about 6-8 parts of wax to 1 part of oil. The tank heats up the mixture and melts the wax at a temperature between 124°F- 129″F (51°C-54°C). Due to its low specific heat, paraffin feels cooler at the same temperature as water.Paraffin is a means of delivering superficial heat to areas that are difficult to reach. Paraffin also retains perspiration and helps to soften the skin.
Paraffin is especially useful for the hands and paraffin bath treatments are recommended in particular for:
- Osteoarthritis (DJD)
- Dupuytren’s contractures
- Rayunaud’s phenomenon.
- Non-acute rheumatoid arthritis
Paraffin wax appointments are available on their own or alongside a chiropractic visit.