Treating Your Restless Leg Syndrome
By Paul Rothbart
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a neurological condition in which the legs twitch involuntarily. It is uncomfortable and sometimes painful. The worst part is that it often happens while you are sleeping. It can awaken you or your partner and interrupt sleep. Good sleep is essential to good health, so RLS can have a negative impact on your health. There is continuing research into the causes of RLS. There are a number of treatments you can try that many people have found effective.
A soft tissue massage on the legs can relax and loosen the muscles. It can also increase blood flow, healing aches and pains. You may find that this prevents twitching and allows your legs to totally relax when going to sleep. There has been research to show that massages are sometimes effective in easing the symptoms of RLS.
Camphor is most often used as an inhalant to clear up congestion due to the common cold. It can also be applied topically to most parts of the body as long as the skin is not irritated. Some people with RLS have found that rubbing it on their legs brings relief quickly. It can be purchased in any drugstore as well as in supermarkets.
The involuntary twitching of RLS happens because your legs want to move. If you give them exercise during the day, that may tire them out and fulfill the need to move. Aerobic exercise and weight training for the legs have been found to be effective. Be careful not to overtrain. That can have the opposite effect and exacerbate the problem.
Get Enough Iron
Iron is an essential trace mineral that helps form hemoglobin which is how red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body. Low levels of iron could be a cause of RLS if the legs are getting insufficient oxygen. Foods that are rich in iron include red meat, spinach, liver, and shellfish. Increasing your iron intake may help RLS and also your overall health.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Research has discovered all kinds of potential health benefits from consuming apple cider vinegar. Some people have found that it works on RLS symptoms. This may be due to it helping the body absorb nutrients and helping to balance pH. Most people dilute it with water because of its strong acidic taste.
Restless Leg Syndrome can be annoying and make it hard to sleep. There are a number of remedies to try. Many of them have worked effectively for a large number of people.
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