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Paraffin Baths

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#1 Kiwi


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Posted 06 March 2007 - 11:52 AM

Hi there
Can anyone recommend a good brand to buy? We don't have them here in NZ and I need to order one on the internet. The prices seem to range quite a bit and I'm not sure how they work. Is it actually a wax like they use to wax legs ? !!

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Posted 07 March 2007 - 01:28 AM

Ican not help you in the brand but I know the wax is more like a candle wax and its reusable for the most part. When you use it, its just like whne you were a kid and put candle wax on your finger.. same thing or very close to it.( if this is the same tihng I am thinking you are looking to buy.)


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Posted 07 March 2007 - 04:19 AM

Kiwi We got ours at a large department store. I think it was a name brand that you see all the time. We paid about $30.00 and it works great!!
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Posted 07 March 2007 - 04:24 AM

Here's the information in the ISN section on Paraffin Baths.

Use regular paraffin (hot wax) treatments for hands, but only under the guidance of a physical or occupational hand therapist and with the proper equipment, such as a Therabath unit, which can be prescribed by your doctor following training in its use by a hand therapist.
Use only physician-prescribed hot wax units, since using wax that is too hot will do damage to already delicate blood vessels. NEVER heat paraffin over the stove or in crock pots, as it can be very damaging at the wrong temperature.

I also found this on PubMed, one of our reliable site:
Evaluation of paraffin bath treatment in patients with systemic sclerosis.
"In this pilot study hand exercise in combination with paraffin bath seemed to improve mobility, perceived stiffness and skin elasticity."

I hope you find one that works for you.

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Posted 08 March 2007 - 04:07 AM

Patty explained the wax quite well. It is a light wax like a candle wax, not a sticky wax as used for waxing your legs, arms etc. If you are the only one using the machine you can reuse the wax you take off your hands over and over. Just drop it back into your machine. I wax my feet once or twice a month and I throw away that wax because it has more skin scales in it. When waxing it works best if you put your hands in plastic bags and wrap a towel around them to keep the wax warm longer. It is sometimes hard at first to do both hands within a minute or so of each other. You may have to do one hand wait about 10 minutes for the entire process. Then do the other hand. Best of luck to you. Sheryl
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