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Nocturnal myoclonus; RLS; Akathisia
Restless leg syndrome is a disorder in which there is an urge or need to move the legs to stop unpleasant sensations.
Restless leg syndrome (RLS) occurs most often in middle-aged and older adults. Stress makes it worse. The cause is not known in most patients.
RLS may occur more often in patients with:
RLS is commonly passed down in families. This may be a factor when symptoms start at a younger age. The abnormal gene has not yet been identified.
Restless leg syndrome can result in a decreased quality of sleep (insomnia). This lack of sleep can lead to daytime sleepiness, anxiety or depression, and confusion or slowed thought processes.
RLS leads to sensations in the lower legs between the knee and ankle. The feeling makes you uncomfortable unless you move your legs. These sensations:
You will feel an irresistible urge to walk or move your legs, which almost always relieves the discomfort.
Most patients have rhythmic leg movements during sleep hours, called periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD).
All of these symptoms often disturb sleep. Symptoms can make it difficult to sit during air or car travel, or through classes or meetings.
Symptoms may be worse during stress or emotional upset.
There is no specific medical test for restless leg syndrome. Many times it is due to a condition known as Meningeal Compression which results in the overstimulation of the nerves causing the legs to become restless. Working with a Neurologic Relief Center using Neurologic Relief Centers Technique (NRCT) will tell you if your condition is related to Meningeal Compression.
Your Medical provider will not usually find any problems, unless you also have peripheral nerve disease.
Tests will be done to rule out disorders with similar symptoms, including iron deficiency anemia.
There is no known cure for restless legs syndrome using conventional medicine. Keep that in mind when choosing your care.
Holistic Chiropractor – always try this first
Using the Neurologic Relief Centers Technique (NRCT) with a certified practitioner has helped this condition. Working with a Holistic Chiropractor who is well versed in Meningeal Compression can help you develop a well-rounded, multifaceted approach to restoring balance to your body and removing the cause of the restless legs. Discussing what is involved and the time commitment necessary would be important.
Treatment is aimed at reducing stress and helping the muscles relax. The following techniques may help:
Medical Treatment – use this as a last resort
Low doses of pramipexole (Mirapex) or ropinirole (Requip) can be very effective at controlling symptoms in some people.
If your sleep is severely disrupted, your health care provider may prescribe medications such as Sinemet (an anti-Parkinson's medication), gabapentin and pregabalin, or tranquilizers such as clonazepam. However, these medications may cause daytime sleepiness.
Patients with iron deficiency should receive iron supplements. Your Holistic Chiropractor can help you determine the best whole food supplements for this deficiency.
Low doses of narcotics may sometimes relieve symptoms of restless leg syndrome.
Restless leg syndrome is not dangerous or life-threatening, and it is not a sign of a serious disorder. However, it can be uncomfortable and disrupt your sleep, which can affect your quality of life.
When working with a Holistic Chiropractor who uses Neurologic Relief Centers Technique (NRCT) can help this condition to go away. Finding a Certified Practitioner using the search bar on the NRC.MD website would be prudent.
Without care, insomnia may occur.
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if:
Techniques such as Neurologic Relief Centers Technique (NRCT) which promote muscle relaxation and stress reduction may reduce the incidence of restless leg syndrome in people prone to the condition. A full recovery is quite common when using this technique.
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