A recently conducted trial investigating the effectiveness of wax-bath therapy in addition to hand exercises for patients with scleroderma has found no additional benefit when comparing those who underwent the therapy to a control group that only performed hand exercises.
The lead author and director of the research William Gregory is a Consultant Physiotherapist for Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and Visiting Lecturer at The University of Manchester. The research was wholly funded by SRUK and will be published in the next issue of Physiotherapy1, a peer-reviewed journal of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, this September.
The study's author states: "Our findings suggest that the addition of regular wax bath treatment confers no additional beneficial effect to standard care with daily home exercises." It's important to note, that while this suggests that wax-baths do not provide any measurable benefit
over and above the "standard care with daily home exercises" mentioned here, the study did clearly show that the hand exercises alone did confer improvements in both groups of patients over the period they were being assessed (see figure below).