Immediate and Long-Term Relief for Restless Legs Syndrome

Restless Legs Syndrome is a nervous system syndrome that causes uncomfortable sensations in a person’s legs. There are several lifestyle changes, remedies, and medications that can help people to manage their symptoms. The symptoms of this condition can be mild to severe. In extreme cases, it may significantly disrupt a person’s everyday life.

Some lifestyle tips and medications may help a person manage the disorder and lessen the severity and occurrence of symptoms.

Immediate Relief

The following may help to provide immediate relief from Restless Legs Syndrome symptoms, even though such relief may only be temporary:

  • Performing gentle calf stretches
  • Moving the legs by walking around the house, or engaging in other forms of physical activity
  • Gently massaging or rubbing the legs
  • Taking a hot bath to relax the leg muscles
  • Applying hot or cold compresses to the legs
  • Wearing leg wraps or compression socks that apply gentle and constant pressure to the legs

People with severe or frequent Restless Legs Syndrome might needs treatments that give more long-term relief. Such treatments might include supplements, medications, lifestyle changes, or a combination of all three.

Long-Term Relief

These are some of the lifestyle tips that may help a person to find longer-term relief from the symptoms of Restless Legs Syndrome:

Avoiding Stimulants

People with Restless Legs Syndrome must avoid stimulants, mainly in the evening, when the condition tends to be more severe. Some the stimulants may include:

  • Alcohol
  • Nicotine
  • Caffeine

Developing and Maintaining Good Sleep Habits

People with Restless Legs Syndrome may benefit from a regular sleep routine that involves the following:

  • Taking time to relax before bed
  • Avoiding daytime napping
  • Waking up and going to bed at the same time each day
  • Avoiding caffeine and other stimulants before bedtime

Staying Active Throughout the Day

Extended periods of lying or sitting down might trigger certain symptoms of Restless Legs Syndrome. Accordingly, doctors recommend that people with Restless Legs Syndrome perform moderate exercise during the day to keep the symptoms of the condition at bay.

However, in the United Kingdom people avoid exercising close to bedtime, as this might worsen the symptoms of Restless Legs Syndrome.

Performing Regular Calf Stretches

Stretching the calf muscle helps prevent or ease cramping sensations linked with Restless Legs Syndrome. Below are some steps you can perform for a calf stretch:

  • Face a wall while standing one foot must be in front of the other, and both heels are flat against the floor.
  • Lean to the wall while keeping the back leg straight, and both heels flat are against the floor. A person must be capable to feel a strong pull down the calf of their back leg.
  • Hold the position you are doing for at least 20 to 30 seconds.
  • You can repeat these exercises 3 times on every leg.

Discussing a Change of Medication

Several people take medicines that might trigger or aggravate the symptoms of Restless Legs Syndrome. If this is the case, a person should ask their doctor if it is possible to change the dose or change the medicine completely. People must not stop taking any medications unless it is recommended by their doctor.

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