Paraffin Bath

Paraffin Bath Therapy

Heat therapy is often recommended for inflammatory conditions like arthritis, but providing consistent heat to your hands and feet can be challenging. Paraffin bath therapy allows the afflicted area to be surrounded in soothing heat to reduce inflammation and relieve pain.

At Icon Medical Centers in Miami, paraffin bath therapy is one of the many tools of our physical therapy team. If paraffin bath therapy has been recommended to treat your condition, call our Miami Chiropractic office at (305) 858-8845 today!

What Is a Paraffin Bath?

A paraffin bath, which is also sometimes referred to as a “wax bath,” is a small tub filled with paraffin wax that allows parts of your body to be submerged. In addition to their usefulness in treating medical conditions, paraffin baths are often used in a spa setting since they tend to soften skin and exfoliate.

The procedure when using a paraffin bath is for your Miami therapist to assist you in submerging the affected area into the wax and then removing it. This process is repeated until the area is coated with a layer of wax about 5 to 10 millimeters thick. The area is then wrapped with a material that keeps the heat in and allows the wax to remain in place undisturbed.

The wax that surrounds the area continues to radiate heat that soaks in and reduces inflammation and provides comfort. When the treatment is complete, your Miami physical therapist will help you peel off the waxy coating. Your joints and muscles will feel good, and often your skin will feel softer too.

Who Benefits From Paraffin Bath Therapy?

Some of the conditions we treat with paraffin bath therapy here at Icon Medical Centers in Miami include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sports injuries
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Scleroderma

Many paraffin baths are also sold for home use. Your Miami physician or physical therapist may recommend that you purchase one for your home. Follow your provider’s instructions carefully if you are using a home paraffin bath. Any time you have questions, call our Miami office to speak with one of our providers.

Additional Benefits of Paraffin Bath Therapy

In addition to the soothing warmth of paraffin bath therapy, you can also enjoy some extra bonuses:

  • The heat increases blood flow to the affected area and relaxes your muscles.
  • Paraffin can soften skin that is dry, calloused or affected by a condition like scleroderma.
  • The wax gives the skin extra elasticity and flexibility.
  • Wax is a natural moisturizer and exfoliator.

If you are suffering with a condition that leaves you with aching, tender hands and feet, it’s time to call the Miami office of Icon Medical Centers and learn about how paraffin bath therapy provided by one of out Miami physical therapists can help you.