When living with restless legs syndrome, you know that it is almost unbearable. No matter what you seem to do, you can’t relieve the symptoms. As soon as you lay down, the uncomfortable feeling begins, the uncontrollable urge to move your legs makes any form of rest impossible.
Not only can’t you stay still, but oftentimes it is also painful. You can also experience an odd tingling sensation in your legs that is extremely uncomfortable. The condition is also known to cause severe issues when you are sleeping or to attempt to do so.
Those who suffer from restless leg syndrome also suffer from periodic limb movements in sleep (PLMS); this causes sleep difficulties. PLMS causes the patient to move five different ways through an evening.
Coping with restless legs syndrome is not at all easy. The constant urge to move the legs makes relaxation unattainable. Not only is it uncomfortable but also painful.
One way to cope with restless leg syndrome is to take over the counter painkillers to help relieve the pain; this, however, will not stop the urge to move. Another option is to use sleeping aids at night; melatonin pills are often used to induce sleep.
Using elevation can add relief to the legs; this is not ideal for most as the legs can become achy after a while. Another way to relieve the symptoms is to cut down on one’s alcohol intake and smoking.
Massaging the affected leg can make a difference to the pain and discomfort caused by restless leg syndrome but won’t necessarily stop the urge to move. You can also exercise regularly to improve blood circulation and improve some of the condition’s symptoms.
The use of a cold or hot bath can help alleviate symptoms and relax the muscles. Cold water therapy is often used by athletes to encourage muscle relaxation after a strenuous game, and aids in healing injuries.
Hot water treatment relaxes the muscles, which helps the patient rest; it also promotes blood flow, essential in any treatment. Another encouraged therapy is the use of yoga; the stretching that is involved has a positive effect on the patient and helps prevent pain from occurring in the legs.
Yoga can be quite tricky and is often avoided for this reason. One can also use deep breathing techniques to relax the body.
Ultrasound and soft, deep penetrating heat therapy has been proven to be extremely effective in reducing pain and discomfort caused by restless leg syndrome.
The use of far-infrared heat will encourage the body to release more dopamine; this will alleviate the imbalance in the hormones that cause restless leg syndrome. This hormonal imbalance is what makes the condition so familiar during pregnancy.
Studies have shown that after only four weeks of far-infrared heat therapy, the symptoms were gone entirely; however, they returned when the patient ceased the treatment.
The benefit of this type of treatment is clear, and the fact that there are no proven side effects makes it a desirable option.