How to Use a Paraffin Wax Machine

by Christina Martinez

Paraffin wax can help ease joint pain.

mains jointes image by Philippe LERIDON from Fotolia.com

There are several at-home remedies for all types of mild health concerns from headaches to muscle aches and joint stiffness. Paraffin wax can be used to help treat joint stiffness, ease pain and loosen hand and foot joints before exercise. You can use paraffin wax at home in a machine that heats the wax in a shallow well. While there are several types of paraffin wax machines, there are basic instructions for how to use one.

Items you will need

  • Paraffin wax machine
  • Paraffin wax
  • Plastic liners
  • Insulated mitt

Set Up

Step 1

Set the paraffin wax machine on a flat, steady surface near a wall socket.

Step 2

Put the unmelted paraffin wax into the machine and, if it comes with a plastic grill, place it on top. Be sure to place the designated amount of wax into the machine, as directed in the operating instructions that came with it. Place the lid on top.

Step 3

Plug in the machine and let sit for as long as the instructions say. The paraffin is ready when it has completely melted.

Step 4

Add paraffin as needed to the machine. There will be an indicator on the machine to tell you how much to add and where the limit is. Be careful not to overfill the machine.

Using the Machine

Step 1

Wash and dry the area of the body you want to be treated. Treat small areas such as a foot, elbow or hand. Be sure to take off any jewelry from that area of the body.

Step 2

Test the wax with your fingertip to make sure it's the right temperature. If not, adjust the temperature.

Step 3

Dip the selected body part into the paraffin. Repeat three to 10 times.

Step 4

Cover the body part with a plastic liner that came with the machine. Place an insulated mitt onto the area to retain the heat of the wax.

Step 5

Let the wax sit on your selected body part for 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 6

Remove the insulated mitt from the treated body part. Dispose of the used wax and liner.

Step 7

Refill the paraffin wax machine if necessary using Step 4 of Section 1.

Warnings

  • Consult your physician before using a paraffin wax machine. Never apply paraffin that has been used. Before using the machine, test some of the paraffin wax on a small part of your body to be sure you aren't allergic to it. Never apply paraffin to skin with wounds or cuts or is irritated. Don't touch the side of the machine because it may cause a burn. Don't use the machine if you have poor blood circulation.

Photo Credits

  • mains jointes image by Philippe LERIDON from Fotolia.com

About the Author

Christina Martinez has been writing professionally since 2007. She's been published in the California State University at Fullerton newspaper, "The Daily Titan." Her writing has also appeared in "Orange County's Best" magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and print journalism from California State University.