At least once in your life, you had a crawly creep feeling in your legs.
This usually happens at night, when you lie awake with tingling legs which feel like you have fizzy soda in the veins. In case you experienced this, you should know that you are not alone.
As a matter of fact, 1 in 10 people had the same experience at a certain point in life. This is actually known by the name RLS, i.e., restless legs syndrome or Willis-Ekbom disease.
More About the Condition
It’s actually a neurological condition which leads to unpleasant throbbing and crawling in your legs. And that leads to an urge to move the legs while they are at rest. Usually, this sensation gets worse at night or in the evening.
However, the unusual thing about this condition is the fact that relaxation and lying down might trigger it. This might prevent to rest and to fall asleep.
A serious case might lead to sleep deprivation and insomnia, which in turn might impact your personal relationships and work life. In addition, it might cause anxiety and depression.
Causes of RLS
- Low levels of iron
- Drugs like antipsychotics, antihistamines and hypertension drugs
- Lack of magnesium
- Chronic conditions like chronic kidney disease, diabetes, underactive thyroid gland, obesity, fibromyalgia, obesity, Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and obesity
Natural Remedies to Deal with RLS
The good news is that you can treat this condition naturally. Read on, to find out how.
1. Get a Massage
Getting massages on a regular basis may help with restless leg syndrome. One research came to the discovery that a massage of 45 minutes at least twice per week can improve specific symptoms.
Symptoms such as sleeplessness, tingling sensations and the urge to move the legs. The improvement was noticed only after 2 treatments.
During this intervention, different massage techniques were applied to the buttock muscle, i.e., piriformis. Massage techniques such as trigger point therapy, deep tissue, myofascial release and sports massage.
2. Practice Yoga
Yes, yoga can help even with this condition. One study came to the discovery that yoga can improve the symptoms of this disease. In this study, the participants attended 90-minute yoga classes twice on a weekly basis.
On other days they attended 30-minute classes. They experienced improved mood, improved sleep quality and also improved symptoms of this condition.
3. Herbal Remedies
You can use some herbs to deal with the symptoms of this condition.
Nutmeg– you should add 1/8 tsp. of nutmeg in warm cow’s milk. You should consume this before bedtime. It is said to help improve your sleep and at the same time treat restless leg syndrome.
Valerian – One study came to the discovery that taking around 800 mg of valerian in capsule form for 8 weeks could lower the severity of the symptoms of RLS and also lower daytime sleepiness.
4. Make Lifestyle Changes
- Follow a balanced and healthy diet
- Exercise on a regular basis
- Avoid tobacco, alcohol, and caffeine
- Get enough sleep
- Eat foods rich in iron such as seafood, lean meat, and poultry
5. Consult an Osteopath
Osteopathy is actually a form of manual therapy which focuses on the joints and muscles. This therapy can help treat the restless leg syndrome.
In fact, there is one technique which is said to be very helpful, that technique is known by the name positional release manipulation. However, for this, the best thing would be to consult an osteopath.
These five ways above mentioned are useful when it comes to treating this condition. How do you deal with your restless leg syndrome?