[toc]An uncontrollable urge to move or shake one’s legs due to unexplained odd sensations sums up Restless Leg Syndrome in a few words. It is a neurological disorder which may affect the arms, torso, head etc. The surprising thing is that moving the part gives a relief from the crawling feeling, itching sensation or aches as the case may be (sometimes there are no specific sensations). These sensations are present predominantly when one is awake specially while relaxing, studying or trying to sleep. The frequency of the sensation or urges may also be different for different people.
People with Restless Leg Syndrome may have an insignificant irritation due to this problem, may suffer from sleep disorders or have a diminished quality of life. Some associated medical conditions like varicose veins, iron deficiency, magnesium deficiency, sleep disorders, diabetes, thyroid disease, Parkinson’s disease, some auto immune disorders etc. are attributed to Restless Leg Syndrome. Restless Leg Syndrome is also not age specific, it can happen in childhood, increase in frequency or stop altogether and also in some cases it may occur at a later age.
6 Home Remedies For Restless Leg Syndrome
Iron deficiency is said to be associated with this syndrome. Have a varied diet high in iron, generally vegetarian diets are low in iron as compared to non vegetarian diets, but that can be overcome with a little bit if care. Have green leafy vegetables, beans are high in iron and do contain iron inhibitors. Grains which are high in iron should be soaked in warm water for eight to ten hours before cooking to reduce their phytic acid content before using as food for maximum iron absorption.
Have plenty of fruits and vegetables, though they themselves do not top the list of iron rich food sources they contain Vitamin C which enhances the absorption of iron. Iron is absorbed more efficiently by the body from meat and fish. Meats eaten in small amounts increase the overall absorption of iron by the body. Avoid taking antacid in high doses and certain medication which reduce the amount of iron absorbed.
Restless leg is calmed by movement of legs that is basically movement brings relief so indulge in an activity which involves movement. You may walk, stretch or do any light exercises daily even on days you do not have a restless leg.People who lead a sedentary lifestyle have benefited with regular walking. Avoid sitting in one place for a long time. At the same time excessive exercising may aggravate the problem.
Avoiding stimulants like caffeine via coffee, chocolates and tea, benefits some people so try it out and see if it has a positive effect on you. Avoiding medicines with stimulants specially the over the counter medicines for cold and allergy is helpful for some. Alcohol and smoking should also be avoided.
Massaging your leg with coconut or mustard oil helps to calm the urge. Also a body massage followed by a warm bath will calm the muscles and be of help.
Magnesium is needed by the body for normal muscle functioning, nerve functions and is involved in a lot of biochemical reactions in the body. Magnesium deficiency is known to cause muscle spasms and may result in restless leg syndrome.So, have foods rich in magnesium like whole grains e.g. brown rice, millet and oats. Spinach, beans, lentils, bananas, dried figs, flax seeds etc. also contain magnesium.
Stress is known to aggravate Restless Leg Syndrome, so do some meditation or yoga to relax the mind. Always relax before going to bed. Have a fixed sleep routine which tunes your body to get rid of fatigue efficiently.