Paraffin wax is a type of wax used for candles that can also be used to relieve pain from arthritis, sore joints or sore muscles. When the wax is melted and becomes hot, submerging your hands in the wax can be a great method to sooth pain. Paraffin wax is an at-home treatment that has been recommended by hand specialists.
You should NOT use paraffin wax if you have an open cut/wound on your hands or if you’ve had past issues with sensation in your hands.
This at-home treatment can be completed by either renting or purchasing a paraffin wax unit, both of which are low-cost options. You can buy a unit at a local drugstore.
If you decide to use paraffin wax for pain or soreness, be sure you are following the safety instructions on the machine.
Follow these steps to safely apply the wax to your hands:
Learn more about paraffin wax, and view photos of the wax being applied, at www.HandCare.org.