Restless Leg Syndrome
Article by Shane Armfield
What is a Restless Leg Syndrome?
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a sensory neurological disorder that is characterised by unpleasant sensations in the legs and the compelling need to move the legs. The most common sensations have been described as cramping, soreness, creeping or crawling sensation in the calves or feet which can vary in severity from mild discomfort to severe pain. Restless Leg Syndrome is usually experienced when trying to sleep or when seated.
Restless Leg Syndrome Symptoms?
The most distinctive symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome are cramping, soreness, creeping or crawling in the lower legs when lying down and trying to relax. As a result, most people with RLS have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. Over a period of time this may cause daytime exhaustion and fatigue.
What Causes Restless Legs?
The exact cause of Restless Leg Syndrome is unknown but it has been linked to:
Treatment for Restless Leg Syndrome
Therapy - Exercise
Your physiotherapist will be able to monitor and advise you on suitable exercises to help with Restless Leg Syndrome.
Therapy - Massage, Heat and Ice
For patients where there is no apparent associated medical condition, certain lifestyle changes and activities may reduce or eliminate symptoms. These include:
http://brainfoundation.org.au/disorders/restless-legs-syndrome - Brain Foundation Website
http://www.rls.org.au/ - Restless Legs Syndrome Website
If you have any further question please ask your physiotherapist.
RLS Treatment Options
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