In this page you will learn non-pharmacological restless leg syndrome treatment, such as different activities and abstaining from nicotine, caffeine and alcoholic.
I also covered alternative medicine like herbal remedies and vitamins, and some medication.
Usually, the natural restless leg syndrome treatment consists in improving the symptoms rather the causes. The RLS symptoms that can be improved (by following the natural remedies from this article) are:
If want to find the cure any type of disorder, including restless legs syndrome, you have to eliminate the causes. But the causes of RLS are somewhat mysterious even for doctors.
The scientists discovered some common risk factors in RLS patients, such as:
The scientists discovered that the medications that increase dopamine activity in the brain seem to benefit restless legs syndrome.
In addition, the drugs that block the dopamine signals in the brain can cause the symptoms of restless legs syndrome. Isn't it interesting?
I recommend to try the nondrug approach to treat restless legs syndrome, before attempting to use medication. And if you have a milder form of the disorder, you are the best candidate for this type restless leg syndrome treatment.
However, if you have a severe type of RLS, all these nondrug therapies are worth trying because most of them are not harmful.
You probably know that restless leg syndrome occurs during situations that can make you sleepy, including repose, lack of interesting things to do or to see, and inactivity.
So, the activities that increase alertness should improve restless legs syndrome symptoms, because these activities changes your mental state.
Do you find in the situation in which you cannot move your legs, such as when sitting in a business meeting, in an airplane, bus, or in a church? Then I think that these mental activities can be very helpful:
These types of activities are successful as long as you maintain the alertness, or the game. If you start to get bored or after you finished the activity, the symptoms of restless legs syndrome will return.
Fortunately, there are a lot of physical activities than can alleviate the symptoms of restless legs syndrome:
For example, if you are standing on tip-toe until the leg is fatigued, can relieve the RLS symptoms. Choose to do these streaking exercises before bedtime.
A word of advice here: don't try too hard to make physical exercises, because they tend to exacerbate the symptoms of restless legs syndrome. So, in this case, you need to lower your level of physical training in order to avoid worsening your symptoms.
Many patients with restless legs syndrome massage their legs or rub them. This can provide temporary relief to fall asleep.
Others have no RLS symptoms for hours if their legs are tickled.
Some people find that engaging in sexual activities can relieve their symptoms of RLS. It doesn't hurt to try this method with your partner, right?
Caffeine, alcohol and nicotine can worsen the symptoms of RLS and the caffeine is the most dangerous, especially if consumed in the evening.
Smoking and Alcohol are associated with the aggravation of restless legs syndrome, but their effects are not as strong as that of caffeine.
The intake of alcohol at bedtime shortens the time needed to fall asleep; however, it increases the wakefulness in the second half of the night - which will also increase the symptoms of restless legs syndrome.
Avoid medications that can exacerbate the restless legs syndrome symptoms, especially the medications that can block the dopamine receptors, such as:
As you probably know, the increased severity of restless legs syndrome has been associated with the low levels of iron from your body.
So, taking supplemental iron may help eliminate the symptoms or RLS; however, not all the people will benefit from this therapy.
You should take a blood test, to determine the serum ferritin level from your blood. If the level is low, the iron supplements can diminish the RLS symptoms.
The low iron levels in your blood is also a sign of you have a blood loss, even if it's not obvious.
It's very important to have a good sleep, to improve your symptoms of restless legs syndrome. This is difficult to do, because RLS is the disorder that makes your sleep so difficult.
However, there is a proof that the sleep habits can make your sleep easier, no matter how severe is your sleep disorder.
Here are some suggestions that can help you to have a good night's sleep:
Many patients with restless legs syndrome consider alternative therapy to be more natural and safer than pharmaceutical medication. However, some of these remedies may interact with your prescription for RLS and cause side effects.
None of these herbal remedies have been scientifically studied, so they cannot be recommended for use in restless legs syndrome treatment.