Are restless legs keeping you awake? Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) can cause sleepless nights to people who have this disorder, either by the inability to fall asleep in the first place or by continually being woken up throughout the night, with many sufferers experiencing a combination of the two. The lack of sleep has a knock-on effect to their day-to-day health and well-being.
If you have discomfort in your legs that improves a bit by moving them, pain or an aching in the muscles, an itching or a ‘creeping’ on the skin, buzzing or burning in the limbs, or an unpleasant constant tickling feeling, it sounds like you have Restless Leg Syndrome.
There have been media reports in the past that trivialize the horrible symptoms of the disorder, and have also made fun of the name, but for anybody trying to cope with Restless Leg Syndrome, it is not a laughing matter! While it’s not life-threatening, looking for a relief remains a top priority.
RLS can be disruptive in both the workplace and at home. Sufferers often feel drowsy during the day, they may be irritable, have low energy levels and in some instances, they may be at risk of stress-related long-term health issues, such as depression. The symptoms usually start or get worse when resting quietly, perhaps when reading or studying, but most frustratingly when trying to fall asleep. In extreme cases, the uncontrollable urge to move the limbs to gain respite from the discomfort makes it even more difficult to get a good night’s sleep.
Luckily, treating RLS is possible, and with natural treatment and lifestyle changes, anyone living with restless leg syndrome should be able to control the issue in time. We have an experienced team of practitioners at the clinic, who can help either by addressing the root cause of the problem or offering relief from the physical discomfort and emotional strain.
Health Kinesiologist and Hypnotherapist Vera Peiffer, tells us of a case study, where she addressed the root cause of the problem.
“Amanda came to see me at my health kinesiology practice because of her restless legs which were keeping her awake at night. While she was able to fall asleep, she was woken up repeatedly by an uncomfortable restless feeling in her legs and was sometimes unable to go back to sleep again.
In her kinesiology session, we checked through a number of minerals to see whether it was a mineral deficiency that was causing the restless legs. It turned out that Amanda was short of magnesium. We tested exactly how much magnesium she needed to take with her evening meal. Two days later, Amanda e-mailed me to say that she had been able to sleep through the night without any problems again.”
Experienced Homeopath, Palak Shah would look to consider the whole patient, instead of just the single symptom or disorder. For an individual patient, there may only be one or two of the numerous remedies that could be useful. In her homoeopathy consultations, Palak creates a relaxed atmosphere for the patient to share their complaints in detail. Past medical, family and personal history, emotional state of mind, along with stress levels and life situation are all taken into consideration. With all the information provided by the patient, a remedy is found for the individual.
Several other natural treatments and services available at the clinic could offer relief from Restless Leg Syndrome. These include:
- Allergy and Vitamin Level Testing
- Aromatherapy Massage
- Craniosacral Therapy
- Herbal Medicine
Our Clinic Director, Gabriella Kispal offers complimentary appointments, so she can assess your condition and put you in touch with the practitioner she feels could help you the most. If you would like to book an appointment or would like more information, please call our reception team on 01243 786946.