Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a medical condition in which an individual experiences a strong urge to move their legs due to intense feelings of discomfort. According to a Mayo Clinic article, RLS can begin at any age and continually worsens. This discomfort can affect and disrupt other facets of daily life so it is important to find a solution for RLS that works. Here is a list of the top 10 ways to ease symptoms associated with RLS.
Exercise, yoga, and other lifestyle changes: Many people suffering from RLS report that exercising or moving around helps with the symptoms of pain and discomfort. A more active lifestyle can help ease symptoms and it could save you from having to invest in equipment or take medications.
Massage: Massage therapy treatment plans that are aimed at relieving RLS discomfort utilize several different massage techniques including deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, and some sports massage elements. A study showed that this form of therapy can be beneficial in relieving RLS.
Foot Wrap: Foot wraps were shown to offer significant relief from RLS symptoms in a study of 30 adults suffering from moderate to severe RLS.
Pneumatic Compression: A pneumatic compression device is a sleeve, glove, or boot that is put onto the affected limb and then air is pumped into it and applies pressure to the area. In an article published in Medicine Baltimore this treatment method is effective in relieving RLS symptoms.
Vibration pad: Vibrating pads help reduce discomfort due to RLS by causing muscles to move and contract, which produces the same results that movement does while allowing you to stay still.
Weighted blanket: Much like the idea behind massages and other compression methods, a weighted blanket could help ease the severity of RLS symptoms.
Hot and cold treatments: There are mixed results associated with this treatment, but since it’s so simple to use and requires little financial investment, it couldn’t hurt to try it out. To try out this therapy try to alternate between placing a cold pack and a heating pad on the affected area when RLS symptoms are experienced.
Acupuncture: Acupuncture is a therapy method in which thin needles are placed in certain points in your body that can offer relief from a number of ailments. Acupuncture can offer relief from RLS pain and it can be very affordable.
Medication: There are several medications that could ease severe discomfort and pain caused by RLS, however, they come with many adverse side effects and should be avoided if necessary.
Other health conditions: There may be other health conditions that are causing the symptoms that are characteristic of RLS. Conditions like an iron deficiency can cause these feelings of restlessness and discomfort.