For any given physical condition, there is always a cure; and therefore, for RLS, there is restless leg syndrome treatment.
Often referred to as Wittmaack-Ekbom’s syndrome, restless leg syndrome (RLS) occurs when you have an irresistible urge to move your body in order to relieve a feeling of discomfort. This disorder most commonly affects the legs, but it can also occur in your torso and arms. When the affected body part is moved, a feeling of temporary relief is gained.
So what makes RLS so bad?
RLS usually becomes a problem or “disorder” when it starts to interfere with your resting or sleeping patterns. If you’ve ever experienced it, you’ll know how stressful it can become. You find it hard to keep still and getting a good night’s rest becomes challenging. When this happens night after night after night, it’s becomes vital that you find quick, effective treatment for restless leg syndrome.
What treatment options are available?
The restless legs syndrome treatment that you get depends on what is causing it in the first place. It’s possible that adults who are diagnosed with RLS today suffered in childhood with hyperactivity or growing pains that were actually symptoms of RLS that didn’t receive the proper treatment.
There might be a central nervous system disorder in the brain that is based on genetics or where there is an imbalance in the dopamine levels in the brain. Stress can also exacerbate RLS. This can become problematic since all those restless nights can really tire and stress you out. That stress then causes more restless episodes, making it a never ending cycle until you can’t take it anymore.
There is actually no medicine or drug that will be successful in curing restless leg syndrome. These types of treatments are used to manage the condition and relieve discomfort so that you can get to sleep. RLS can often be caused by an underlying condition; and if that underlying condition is cured, it also helps alleviate your restless legs.
Adding to the fact that there are 2 types of RLS, finding treatment can often be tricky, and be a matter of trial and error.
With regard to primary RLS, this just occurs without cause in young people. If it goes untreated, symptoms increase in severity and can disrupt your sleep.
In secondary RLS, anemia, kidney disease, thyroid problems, sleep apnea, pregnancy, and alcoholism are just some of the underlying conditions. The cures for this type vary from simple exercise routines, getting more iron in your diet and avoiding alcohol to stronger treatments like prescription medications.
Go natural first.
Before opting for medications and other expensive, short-term treatments, it is best to try and reduce your RLS naturally. Not only is it safer, and cheaper, but the lifestyle changes you end up going through often make it a lasting, long-term treatment for your restless legs. Also you will become more in tune with your body and how it reacts to certain foods or exercises (for example). Over time, you’ll know which things to avoid and which to do more of to live a healthy, happy life.
So how exactly can you treat this disorder naturally?
As a starting point for a restless leg syndrome natural treatment there are a number of things you can do:
- Getting regular exercise like stretching, pacing, walking or jogging a few hours before bed help to stimulate your legs and improve circulation to the affected areas. Also, exercise naturally boosts the dopamine or “feel good” hormones in your brain, which relax you and prepare you for a good night’s sleep.
- Avoid or reduce caffeine, alcohol and tobacco use. All these stimulants mess with the chemical balances in your brain. They can make you fidgety, depressed, over active, stressed and most importantly restless. So avoid them at all costs.
- Apply heat or cold to your legs. Like exercise, this improves the circulation to the affected areas, which can help them to relax.
- And finally, when you’re lying in bed at night, try lie on your side with a pillow between your knees. This helps reduce pressures on your legs, encourages good circulation in your legs and should help initiate sleep.
Other restless leg syndrome treatment methods worth trying are the ones outlined in Jeremy Coughlin’s “Eliminate Restless Leg Syndrome” report. What I like most about his program is that it has been tried, tested and perfected to treat your RLS naturally and permanently.