Why more people are turning to Paraffin wax for pain relief
More and more people are now turning to Paraffin wax as a form of pain relief to aid many medical conditions. As it becomes less available as a treatment on the national health service people are finding it an easy treatment to do themselves in the comfort of their own home.
So what is Paraffin wax?
We are surrounded by a lot of household items that contain paraffin wax such as crayons,candles and lipsticks to name a few. Paraffin wax is a mixture of different kinds of hydrocarbon atoms and is derived from coal or petroleum. It remains a solid state at room temperature but turns into liquid and starts melting at temperatures above 37 degrees Celsius.
What medical conditions does it aid?
- Stiff Joints
- Tennis Elbow
- Inflammation of the Joints
How does it work?
- It works by administering heat therapy treatment. The heat generated from the wax greatly helps to increase and stimulate the flow of blood in the veins as well as arteries. It aids in muscle relaxation and can be used to relieve pain and discomfort caused by fibromyalgia (chronic or painful response to pressure) and osteoarthritis.
- Paraffin wax can also be used to soften skin that has been hardened by a medical condition called scleroderma, a disease wherein excess amount of collagen accumulates in the body. It helps to increase the skin’s elasticity, thereby allowing improved movement and mobility, especially on the skin of hands and feet.
- It is used in a number of other treatments that are similar to heat therapy. Paraffin wax can be used to treat muscle, ligament and tendon problems. It helps to increase blood flow, loosen joint stiffness and reduce joint as well as muscle pains.
- Paraffin wax is also used to treat other medical conditions such as, bursitis (inflammation of bursae or small sacs of synovial fluid in the human body, like the elbows and knees), tendonitis (inflammation of one or more tendons in the human body), painful sprains and pulled muscles and ligaments.