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What is heated wax therapy?

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It uses warm, melted paraffin as a way to apply heat. You can buy paraffin wax kits at your local drugstore or beauty supply. A heated container safely melts the wax and mineral oil to make a paraffin bath. Dip your achy body part into the bath several times to build up a warm layer. Take it out of the bath, and cover it with plastic and wrap in a towel for 10-15 minutes until the wax cools. Unwrap and peel the wax away.

To avoid irritation and pain, make sure the skin that you treat has no cuts or sores.

SOURCES:

Arthritis Today: "5 Steps to Pain Relief," “Using Heat and Cold for Pain Relief.”

Johns Hopkins Rheumatology: "Rehabilitation Management of RA."

Beck, M. , 5th ed. Milady, 2010. Theory & Practice of Therapeutic Massage

Arthritis Foundation: "Pain Center: Use Heat and Cold."

Cleveland Clinic: "Occupational and Physical Therapy for Arthritis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Handout on Health: Back Pain."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Low Back Pain Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 30, 2019

SOURCES:

Arthritis Today: "5 Steps to Pain Relief," “Using Heat and Cold for Pain Relief.”

Johns Hopkins Rheumatology: "Rehabilitation Management of RA."

Beck, M. , 5th ed. Milady, 2010. Theory & Practice of Therapeutic Massage

Arthritis Foundation: "Pain Center: Use Heat and Cold."

Cleveland Clinic: "Occupational and Physical Therapy for Arthritis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Handout on Health: Back Pain."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Low Back Pain Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 30, 2019

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