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Non Drug Pain Management Ideas: Paraffin Dips





 A paraffin dip is sometimes used in spas as a relaxation treatment, but this novel twist on heat applications can be used for pain relief as well.  A paraffin dip is most useful for joint pain, particularly in the small joints of the hands but it can be applied to feet and other joints as well. 

The paraffin treatment can be applied in a spa, but it can be employed in the home setting as well.  The basic technique is simple: A mineral wax is melted and applied to the affected area. It is then allowed to cool and harden, after which it is peeled off. 

To all of you out there with joint pain, especially in the hands--this one's for you!

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