Waxing lyrical on pain relief

May 11, 2018

Alan Myer is given paraffin treatment by occupational therapist Najmia Mohammadi.

Another resident receives paraffin treatment.

Residents of Hakea Lodge are experiencing a new kind of therapy with the help of some hot wax.

Paraffin treatment uses warm oil-based wax to provide pain relief to hands, feet, sore joints and muscles.

The facility introduced the treatment after Hakea Lodge leisure and lifestyle officer Gwenda Willis saw the benefits happening at another nursing home in Mooroopna.

‘‘I just thought: ‘Why can’t our residents have these benefits as well?’’’ Mrs Willis said.

The therapy began a couple of weeks ago as part of Hakea Lodge’s pain management program.

The centre’s occupational therapist Najmia Mohammadi said the treatment was helping many residents with hand injuries and conditions such as arthritis.

‘‘There has been a good uptake by the residents for the treatment,’’ Ms Mohammadi said.

‘‘It helps increase range of motion and also leaves the skin soft and smooth.’’

The residents will be given the opportunity to experience paraffin treatment on a weekly basis at Hakea Lodge.

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