After a long day, most people want to lay down in bed and relax. Some choose to read a book, others would prefer to watch TV or simply go to sleep. However, there are some who are kept awake, or are unable to unwind because they can’t stop moving their legs or feet. Many of these people suffer from a condition called Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS).
What is Restless Leg Syndrome?
RLS refers to a constant and unexplainable urge to moves one’s legs. Doctors believe the condition is associated with the nervous system and the constant moving of the legs leads to sleep disorder. People who are affected with Restless Leg Syndrome have an uncomfortable sensation in their legs (sometimes in their arms or other areas of the body) that causes them to want to move. It can also result in itching, pins and needles, and/or creeping/crawling sensations in the legs. It is most commonly noticed when sitting or lying down.
What is the cause?
A direct cause has yet to be found. However, it has been shown to be common in middle aged adults that are experiencing high amounts of stress. Individuals who suffer from Parkinson’s, Iron deficiency, pregnant women, and some medication side effects can also result in Restless Leg Syndrome symptoms.
What can Synergy Chiropractic of Houston do?
We do a variety of techniques at Synergy Chiropractic of Houston to assist our patients. Whether it be to relieve pain, provide therapy for someone in a motor vehicle accident, or do rehabilitation on the nervous system. For a condition like Restless Leg Syndrome, therapies may include:
- Neurological evaluation: We want to make sure that the nerves associated with the legs (or problem area) is communicating properly with the muscles and brain. We do this through myotome testing and quantum neurology rehabilitation.
- Soft Tissue therapy: We want to make sure that the muscles and other connective tissue is moving as desired, as well as flush out any chemicals that may be associated with an inability to relax. One of the most effective tools that we use to assist in the soft tissue recovery is the Vibrocussor.
- Acupuncture: By stimulating different points on the body, endorphins can be released into the blood stream. These endorphins help reducing the symptoms for a little while.
- Chiropractic: Making sure the joints are moving in the low back as well in the pelvic joints is an important idea. Not only does it relieve pressure but also releases endorphins.