Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Happy Hands: Making aging hands feel better

By Evan-Amos (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
How do your hands feel right now? Stiff? Hurting? Do you have trouble buttoning buttons? Are your finger joints enlarged or crooked? If so you’re not alone. 
What can be done about aging or arthritic hands? If you are a reflexologist, you, like me, may hear this question frequently. Or, maybe you’re just wondering what to do about hands that no longer work the way you want. Or, for some, you’re concern is aesthetic—you’re not happy with the way your hands look.
Here’s some good news: there’s a simple, inexpensive and easy thing you can do to make your hands feel and work better.
It’s using a paraffin wax machine with benefit  that results from exposing your hands to the warmth and moisture of melted wax.
Why do this? You’ll want to do this because of what research has found. “Paraffin bath therapy seemed to be effective both in reducing pain and tenderness and maintaining muscle strength in hand osteoarthritis.”

Whether you’ve been diagnosed with osteoarthritis or you’re feeling the years or you’re feeling the need, your hands can benefit. Research shows this treatment results in significant improvements including:

  • hand pain and stiffness
  • pain during activities of daily living
  • range of motion
  • hand grip and pinch strength
  • the number of painful and tender joints
  • maintaining muscle strength.

In other words, “Those who used the paraffin wax experienced more pain relief and stronger hands compared to those who did not use the paraffin wax. Overall, the group using the hot wax treatments seemed to have a little easier time doing all those mundane daily activities like buttoning shirts and tying shoelaces. “ (