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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Simple Treatment for Arthritis of the Hand

It may be a bit of an investment, but compared to other treatments, a wax bath can be a simple and effective therapy for the treatment of arthritis. The bath itself is available at many department stores, typically for under 30 dollars.

This is not something you want to buy super cheap and any second-hand(no pun intended) wax bath should be left alone in most cases.
The unit itself should be placed somewhere relatively convenient and can be stored when not in use(just let the wax dry first). When you want to use it, just plug it in and set the dial, be sure to adjust the temperature before dipping your hands in and as a great doctor once said, if it hurts don't do that - it should be hot but tolerable for a second or two. Dip a few times and you can be done, just let the wax cure on your hand. **note - just make sure you don't need that hand for 10 - 20 min.* If you want to be fancy you can use saran wrap type gloves (typically provided) and place your hands in mitts ( also provided) However, the purpose of these is mostly to keep the heat in. Using the wax without the gloves is not uncommon and for home usage a few times a week can be effective. The wax can be left in the unit, but should be replaced every few months, unless you decide to have a hand-warming party(wax should only be shared with those near and dear - you and your joints)

Your joints will appreciate the attention and you synovial fluid will feel the freedom that warmth provides.


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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wax Treatment for pain. I did not realize that this even existed. I am wondering what are the issues that people are dealing with that could be helped by the Wax Treatment?

Thanks, -Tim Frangioso

Anonymous said...

Jay,

Thanks for that post. I have never heard of that treatment for arthritis. I don't have it but many of my family members do. I am going to pass this info on to them.

Thanks again,
Eric

Anonymous said...

Wow - what a great idea for a gift. One of my best friends often complains about the pain she is in from arthritis in her hands. Her birthday is at the end of the month and now I know what to get her. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I played basketball and softball all through high school and college. The wax bath in the trainers room was my favorite treatment. Not only did it help relieve the soreness in my muscles and joins. It was great in the winter time when my skin was so dry. I would peal off the wax to find my skin nice and soft. Thanks for reminding me about how great the treatment felt. I think I am going to add it to my wish list for Xmas.