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Dr. Richard A. Huntoon

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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.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

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:

  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Diabetes
  • Iron deficiency
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Pregnancy
  • Use of certain medications such as caffeine, calcium channel blockers, lithium, or neuroleptics
  • Withdrawal from sedatives

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:

  • Usually occur at night when you lie down, or sometimes during the day when you sit for long periods of time
  • May be described as creeping, crawling, aching, pulling, searing, tingling, bubbling, or crawling
  • May last for 1 hour or longer
  • Sometimes also occur in the upper leg, feet, or arms

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.

Signs and tests

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:

  • Neurologic Relief Centers Technique (NRCT)
  • Gentle stretching exercises
  • Massage
  • Warm baths

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.

Expectations (prognosis)

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.

Calling your health care provider

Call for an appointment with your health care provider if:

  • You have symptoms of restless leg syndrome
  • Your sleep is disrupted


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.


  1. Biller J, Love BB, Schneck MJ. Sleep and its disorders. In: Bradley WG, Daroff RB, Fenichel GM, Jankovic J, eds. Bradley: Neurology in Clinical Practice. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Butterworth-Heinemann Elsevier; 2008:chap 72.
  2. Lang AE. Other movement disorders. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 417.
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To support as many people as possible in their quest for health and enable them to improve and maintain their health to the highest level possible, while educating them about the benefits of Chiropractic, Natural Healthcare and Holistic Living, so they in turn can teach others to support us having a healthy community.

Your Choice

Health concerns are a major source of lost happiness and lost joy in all of our lives. Finding a solution that is agreeable and enables you to get back to your life is important. Please appreciate that you always have the more invasive surgery and prescription medication available to you as a last resort. What many Traditional Medical Doctors may not share is, many times, once you begin that journey into medication and/or surgery, it alters your original body from the one that you were born with. Unfortunately, at that time, more conservative and natural treatments may no longer be viable. I encourage you to consider that before making any decisions about treatment for your health. As always I am here to help. 
Your Choice:
  • Continue doing the same thing and nothing changes or it may get worse


  • Try something different and get a different result that makes you happier and healthier.
The Choice is Yours
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