Paraffin bath

is a specific kind of heat treatment that involves submerging an affected extremity, typically a hand or foot, into a container of liquid paraffin. The extremity is dipped briefly into the bath until the body part is completely coated with paraffin and then removed and covered with plastic wrap. The paraffin coating typically stays warm for ten to twenty minutes. This form of heat treatment can be helpful for such conditions as arthritis, RSD and injuries to the hands or feet.

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