Restless Legs Syndrome, is a common condition of the nervous system that causes involuntary jerking of the legs and can also cause an unpleasant crawling or creeping sensation in the feet, calves and thighs. The feeling is often worse at night whilst sleeping and the arms can be affected too.
Who gets it?
Research suggest that 1 in 10 people are affected by restless legs syndrome at some point in their life. However, women are twice as likely to develop restless legs syndrome than men especially during middle age.
What causes restless legs syndrome?
There is often no obvious cause although it can be hereditary. Some neurologists believe it may be caused by how the body handles a chemical in the brain called dopamine. Dopamine is involved in controlling muscle movement and may be responsible for the involuntary leg movements associated with restless legs syndrome.
It is important to say that restless legs syndrome can becaused by an underlying health condition, such kidney failure or anemia so popping along to the GP is always a good idea to rule these out.
Treating restless legs syndrome
- I like to keep advice simple and recommend weekly combined standard foot Reflexology and Facial Reflexology treatments which can be beneficial in treating the symptoms of RLS. Reflexology can help decrease cortisol levels and increase dopamine as well as promote restful sleep.
- I also suggest clients have a hot bath adding to it a large mug full of organic magnesium salts and soak for 20 mins x 3 times a week. This is very beneficial to reduce stress and calms the nervous system. Magnesium deficiency can be a factor in Restless Leg Syndrome. There are also Magnesium sprays that can be used topically on the area.
- Try one 20 min brisk walk in the daytime for exercise.
- Watermelon: is rich in vitamins A, C & B6which is used by the body to produce neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine.
- Bananas particularly at night are a good source of magnesium and will help relax the body due to their concentration of tryptophan which the body uses to produce 5-HTP, which helps regulate mood and sleep-regulating neurotransmitters.
- If restless legs syndrome is caused by iron deficiency anaemia, iron supplements may alleviatethe symptoms.
There are a couple of things to avoid before bed such as alcohol and caffeine and stop smoking if you smoke.
For further details on how Facial Reflexology can help Restless Leg Syndrome and to find a practitioner in your area contact Ziggie Bergman at www.zonefacelift.com