Feet of Royalty

How much time do we spend pampering ourselves? We spend hours upon hours giving our body the Royal Treatment. It would be interesting to know how much money the average person spends on such things. When was the last time you looked at what a spa had to offer and took the time to research those special therapies? As you have heard me mention quite often in these blogs; research before you try anything. One such spa offer that you might encounter is the use of paraffin wax. Yes, wax. This goes beyond dipping your finger tips into candle wax to make those really cool impressions that you can play with. I hope Im not the only one who has dabbled in such primitive methods of entertainment. Anyways, this blog is to offer you some evidence for the use of paraffin wax and then allow you to make an educated decision: Enjoy.

What is paraffin wax? It is a mineral wax made from petroleum that has a low melting point, making it safe to immerse your body into.

What is it used for? It is approved by the FDA (Food & Drug Administration) as a method of softening and smoothing the skin.

Other uses:

  • Treatment of arthritic conditions (OA and RA)
  • Treatment of:

o Scleroderma

o Fibromyalgia

o Tendonitis

o Muscle and Ligamentous conditions

o Bursitis

NOTE: the heat wax helps increase blood flow AND relax muscles

Method of treatment:

  • Wax is heated to 123-125 degrees.
  • The feet are dipped and then removed after a few seconds to let the wax dry.
  • After drying the feet are dipped another 3-6 times to develop a thick layer of wax
  • The wax is allowed to dry
  • The wax is then removed by peeling or rubbing off

Who should not use?

  • Children
  • Very elderly
  • Those with heat intolerance
  • Especially those with decreased sensation to the feet (i.e. Diabetics with peripheral neuropathy)

NOTE: you can even buy a home paraffin wax kit and treat yourself like a Queen OR King without leaving the comforts of your house.

Again, as with everything, it is important to completely research anything you plan on trying.

If you are in need of any foot/ankle treatment that a spa cannot provide, please contact Dr. Bowman at 713-467-8886 or visit www.houstonfootspecialists.com.

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Category: General

Tags: Pedicures, Skin Care, Special Therapy