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Best Natural Tips To Overcome Restless Leg Syndrome

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Have you ever felt the tinkling sensation on the lower side of your feet while you are sitting for a long time? Well, this occurs in many people while they are not moving their legs for much time. Hence, it is categorized as a disease names Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) or Willis Ekbom disease.

Best Natural Tips To Overcome Restless Leg Syndrome

This disease can cause you tinkling, creeping, or crawling sensations in the lower side of your feet while you are sleeping, resting, or sitting doing work. This can get a lot worse than that resulting in sleepless nights, anxiety, numbness in the feet, and a strong urge come up to move your legs by any means.

Best Natural Tips To Overcome Restless Leg Syndrome

Now, what's the reason behind such a disease? For now, it is not very clear. Some scientists say it is due to a Dopamine named chemical in the brain while others have an opinion that it occurs when proper blood circulation doesn't take place in the body. This tinkling sensation might also travel up to other parts of the body like your arms and palms etc.

Best Home Remedies to do When you have a Restless Leg Syndrome

Therefore to stop this disease from going under your skin to disturb you, simple homemade remedies can be done. Some of which are mentioned here:-

  • Doing Regular Exercise can help you with this RLS problem because it is supposed that exercise increases the circulation of blood in every part of your body. Hence, simple exercise might help a lot.
  • Stretching and Yoga are other useful methods to lessen the symptoms of RLS. Since, upper leg stretches or healthy Yoga is of much use in treating the RLS therefore, patients are recommended to do it more and more. It is the simplest and best way to inhibit Restless leg syndrome.
  • Dopaminergic drugs might be of great help. Since Dopamine chemical in the brain is considered as a cause to leverage this RLS, therefore, increasing the levels of more dopamine can treat this syndrome. The primary function of dopamine in the body is to enable the normal movements of the body. Pramipexole, ropinirole, rotigotine are the three drugs that can be used to enhance the levels of dopamine in our body.
  • Warm or cool pads to compress your legs can soothe your RLS condition. Such compressing can remove swellings and can also heal internal injuries to a large level. Hence, it is not wrong to soothe yourselves with warm or cold cotton pads.
  • Coming towards the use of some elements like Magnesium or Calcium. These are relatively good for bone and muscle health. Hence, doctors recommend intaking magnesium separately to lessen the symptoms of RLS. Magnesium without multivitamins can cause side-effects like diarrhea in your body; hence you should start with low dosages of 200 mg or 400 mg. While later on it can be increased up to 1000 mg.
  • The main symptom of RLS is the strong urge you feel about moving your leg. Well believe it or not controlling this psychological urge can also help you a lot with RLS because distracting the brain such a way that it forgets about the tingling feeling in your feet can help you a lot to overcome this cycle. Doctors say that taking a shower might also help you with this. When you don't feel relaxed light stretching of the legs may also be done, but vigorous exercise should be opted out.
  • Some say that people having a problem with an anxiety disorder might develop restless leg syndrome besides. To remove this, you would need a great sleep in a warm and weighted blanket. Researches show that using such a sheet while sleep lessens the frequency of Rls symptoms.
  • While we do not know the exact reason for such a syndrome hence consuming caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, dairy products, or foods with heavy sugar in them might also trigger RLS in your body. These conditions can be easily avoided by not taking these foods before you go to bed.
  • Avoid irregular sleep intervals. Sometimes sleeping and waking up at different time intervals can also cause RLS or can worsen the symptoms. Restless leg syndrome occurs when you are not showing any movements in your leg. Hence sleep is an ideal condition for such a syndrome to occur.

Dr. Shin Fen Chow is an American Board of internal medicine certified doctor and a dedicated and diligent internist serving the community of West Orange. Dr. Chow obtained her medical degree from the University of Columbia and then completed her residency in internal medicine at Mayo Clinic, Rochester. She is a part of BHMG- center for Asian health and received many awards and scholarships like Dr. Charles F. Hamilton award in pulmonary medicine and Mead university scholarship from Columbia University in 1991 and 1987 respectively.

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