Is restless leg syndrome robbing you of much-needed rest? This frustrating
condition can rob you of sleep you need, which in turn can lead to a long
list of other complications, including extreme daytime fatigue, depression,
and weight gain. With
physical therapy, you can overcome these symptoms and get back to having restful sleep
every night. Here is a look at what you need to know.
Restless Leg Syndrome Basics
Restless leg syndrome, or RLS, affects about 10% of people in the U.S.
It causes feelings of throbbing, tingling, and pulling on the legs during
rest that create an urge to move them that is almost impossible to resist.
The symptoms are the worst at night when sufferers try to sleep, in almost
every case. RLS is thought to be a neurological disorder, but doctors
are not sure of the exact cause. It occurs more often in women and is
common in people with chronic conditions, including diabetes, peripheral
neuropathy, and kidney disease. It can also be triggered by pregnancy,
certain medications, and alcohol, as well as sleep deprivation, which
means it can start a vicious cycle of restless nights that reinforce RLS symptoms.
Physical Therapy for RLS
Frequently, doctors try medications to reduce RLS symptoms, but increasingly,
patients are opting for physical therapy either in addition to medication
or in place of it. Professional physical therapy for RLS centers on creating
an exercise program that boosts blood flow in the legs, which is through
to help relieve symptoms. They may also recommend that patients elevate
their legs for an hour each evening and teach them how to do isometric
muscle contractions. An exercise program that includes at least 30 minutes
per day of cardiovascular activity, such as running or biking, has also
been shown to help and may be part of your overall physical therapy plan.
Don’t let RSL rob you of the sleep you need. Make an appointment
for physical therapy in New York, NY, at Manhattan Total Health. Our
multidisciplinary team of specialists can help you cope with a variety of conditions, from RLS to chronic lower
back pain. Find out more by calling (888) 614-9257.