Hot wax can be very beneficial for those suffering from arthritis. Several layers of melted paraffin wax can be applied to hands, feet or other parts of the body and are covered with plastic sheets and towels. The wax is then peeled off after 30 minutes.
The deep penetrating heat from the wax increases blood circulation and softens collagen of connective tissue in preparation for massage or acupuncture. It also softens dry, cracked skin and decreases pain from stiffened or spastic muscles and joints, which is a great addition to your treatment.
Heat in the form of Infrared light or Hot Packs can also be used to relax muscles and manage pain. Creams can be used to relieve pain as well.
Your therapist could use Capsaicin creams which are the natural substance that gives the heat in hot peppers. These creams can be effective if applied locally. Other muscle creams such as “Ultimate Pain Rub” containing Methyl Salicylate, Menthol and Camphor could also be considered.
Jolanta is the founder and manager of Myoflex Massage & Rejuvenation Clinic in Fredericton, NB, a Complementary Health Clinic providing Acupuncture, Massage Therapy, Aesthetics and Non-surgical Rejuvenation and Body Contouring. Myoflex's goal is to help restore and maintain optimal health for their clients.
Jolanta holds a doctoral degree in Biology. She is a Registered Massage Therapist and is a graduate of the Foundation of Acupuncture and Advanced Acupuncture Programs.
She is a member of Association of New Brunswick Massage Therapists and Maritime Association of Registered Acupuncturists. Jolanta has been volunteering for both Associations and is a past President of ANBMT.