Want relief from twitchy, spasming legs? We can help you beat restless leg syndrome with these 10 ways to treat the symptoms. All of them can be done at home and none involve taking medication, so give them a try!
Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) affects 1 in 10 of us and can be really unpleasant. The main symptoms are a creeping, crawling feeling on your legs which results in the need to move them constantly, to make the feeling go away, and occasional leg-jerks.
Symptoms tend to get worse at night, which can lead to a poor, interrupted sleep but we’ve got 7 ways you can help to beat the symptoms without the use of medication.
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Get regular exercise
Moderate, regular exercise has been found to reduce symptoms of RLS but be careful not to over-exert yourself because it could have the opposite effect.
Talk to your doctor about a plan that could work for you.
Avoid tea and coffee
Caffeine has been found to make the symptoms of restless leg syndrome worse in some cases. Try to avoid drinking tea and coffee for a while and see if you notice that it makes a difference.
The same can also be said of alcohol so try cutting down if you drink regularly.
Turn on the taps
Try taking a very hot or very cold bath before you go to bed. The extreme temperatures could help to relieve the symptoms of RLS.
You might get the same effect by using a heat or ice pack on your legs too.
Avoid some medications
If possible, try to avoid antidepressants, antihistamines, cold and sinus medicine, anti-psychotic medicine and some anti-sickness drugs.
If you're on any of these medications and are worried they may be making your restless leg syndrome symptoms worse, speak to your GP about possible alternatives.
Have a massage
If you ever wanted an excuse to fork out for a professional massage or needed a reason to get your man to give you one, here it is.
A good leg massage late in the day has been found to reduce RLS symptoms as has stretching the leg muscles before you bed down for the night.
A banana a day can keep restless legs at bay...or so some research has found.
RLS is often associated with a lack of iron in the body - it could be the high iron content in bananas that eases the symptoms.
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