How Does Paraffin Wax Heat Therapy Work?
Paraffin wax has a very high heat capacity, meaning it can absorb and retain a great amount of heat. In technical terms, heat is transferred to the core of the affected area as paraffin goes through a phase change. As it melts, the paraffin becomes a liquid and can retain more heat. Then, when a hand, foot, or other area is dipped into the heated bath, the phase of the paraffin that surrounds the dipped area quickly changes into a solid. The heat that is given off is called the heat of fusion.
More simply, the heat that goes into melting the paraffin comes out when it solidifies into a comforting paraffin coating, thus transferring the heat into the affected limb. Another way to look at it is the paraffin is the medium that transfers heat from the paraffin wax to the painful area.
At the same time, the heat from the paraffin opens pores and increases circulation in the skin. Therefore, paraffin is so beneficial to skin, leaving skin softened and more radiant.
Talk to your doctor today about the benefits of starting therapy or contact one of our four locations!