What is it?

Wax therapy, which uses a bath of molten paraffin wax, is one of the most effective ways of applying heat to improve mobility by warming the connective tissues. Wax therapy is mainly used on your hands and is often used by hand therapists in a hospital setting along with an exercise programme. You can also get advice on where to purchase wax baths privately.

The aims of wax bath therapy are to provide pain relief and comfort, to assist with muscle relaxation and to relieve stiffness and help improve movement before exercise.

Is it safe?

Paraffin wax bath therapy is safe, although you should take care with home kits not to heat the wax too much. You shouldn’t use wax bath therapy if you have cuts, open sores or inflammatory skin conditions.