What is Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless Leg Syndrome (‘RLS’) refers to the uncontrollable urge to move your legs, typically to alleviate an uncomfortable feeling in your legs. People often describe the sensation as crawling, pulling, aching, throbbing, itching, or even electric. In addition to these symptoms, people with RLS may experience fatigue or restlessness, difficulty falling asleep/sleep deprivation, excessive daytime sleepiness, or a common urge to move, especially the legs and feet. Symptoms most commonly manifest during the evening or night-time and are particularly exacerbated whilst sitting or lying down. RLS can be caused by hereditary factors or pregnancy in which hormonal changes may exacerbate existing RLS symptoms, or women may experience RLS for the first time, particularly during the last trimester. RLS can also be worsened by nerve damage, iron deficiency, kidney failure, spinal cord conditions, or Parkinson’s disease.

How can a chiropractor help with Restless Leg Syndrome?

Moving your leg around may temporarily alleviate the discomfort, but unfortunately, it won’t be a permanent fix. In addition to self-care steps and medication, chiropractic treatment can be particularly effective!

Chiropractors can assist in restoring proper nerve function in your legs. They achieve this through:

  • Adjustments – chiropractors can perform appropriate adjustments where a misalignment is causing or aggravating your RLS. They can also check for and adjust spinal misalignments which are contributing to the discomfort
  • Massage therapy – Our clinic offers remedial massage services that may aid in alleviating leg muscle tension, particularly where it arises from lots of activity (i.e. sport), stress, or fatigue
  • Heat therapy – heat packs can be used during treatment to relax the muscles and minimise tension
  • iTens Machine – electrotherapy through an iTens machine can be particularly effective in treating overactive nerves stimulating the pain. This can prevent the uncomfortable sensations experienced by RLS patients
  • Stretch Plan – your chiropractor can develop a personalised stretch/exercise plan that you can conveniently complete in your home. This could include a hip stretch, thigh stretch, or calf stretch, and can significantly improve leg mobility and comfortability.

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