Restless Legs Syndrome is a virtually irresistible urge to move your legs, especially at night in bed. The legs feel “restless” and it is difficult to hold them still, thus interrupting your sleep. Moving them gives only a few seconds relief. The condition is so distressful, some patients walk the floor for hours. Individuals report descriptions from weird and “creepy” to that uncontrollable urge to move your legs. It is indeed disconcerting, and there is an estimated 10% of the population of this country who complain of the problem. The Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation states that to be diagnosed with this ailment, you must exhibit the following: have an irresistible urge to move your legs, the condition starts or worsens at rest - as in bed, gets better when you do move your legs, is worse in the evening, especially when lying down.
When you lie down in the bed at night, various anatomical shifts in your spine tend to irritate the nerves involved in this condition. Walking usually and quickly relieves the discomfort, only to have it return with reclining. The condition is described often as being neurological in cause, and that should be everyone’s first clue as to the need for spinal adjustments by a chiropractic physician. Drug therapy does not cure the condition. Prescriptions may give temporary relief, but side effects can be severe. Alcohol is forbidden, as in most medications. And with this type of medication you are admonished to report addictions to gambling or sexual urges. These are clear examples of the treatment being possibly worse than the disease. Spinal adjustments by a chiropractic physician commonly relieve the ailment.
... much greater detail, step-by-step recommendations and in-depth suggestions are available in the full
RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME chapter of the
Regaining and Maintaining Your Health e-book.