When the persons feel an urge to move their legs during periods of rest, this is called the restless leg syndrome. That is a common neurological sensori motor disorder, which can be caused by a variety of factors, such as genetics, nutrient deficiencies, autoimmune disorders, and pregnancy. As a conventional treatment for this disease is involved medications that help control movement. However, some homemade remedies can help you to prevent the disorder and naturally manage the symptoms.
Restless Leg Syndrome Causes:
– Other nutrient deficiencies (e.g. magnesium or folate)
– Anemia or iron deficiency
– Chronic medical conditions of the lungs or kidneys
– Use of medications that contain estrogen
– Autoimmune disorders or diabetes
– Cognitive disorders (e.g. Parkinson’s disease)
Restless Leg Syndrome Symptoms
– Sensations in the legs, such as creeping, jittery, crawling, aching or burning
– A strong feeling that you need to immediately scratch, jiggle, move, or stretch the legs in order to make sensations stop
– Involuntary leg jerks and twitches, similar to having a cramp
– Temporary relief from symptoms by moving the legs
– Getting poor sleep
Restless Leg Syndrome Treatment
Eat a Healthy Diet
One of the risk factors for restless leg syndrome is a nutrient deficiency, which should be prevented by eating healthy, well-balanced diet.
Here are the foods that should be included in a diet:
– Foods that help balance blood sugar levels (rolled oats, buckwheat, quinoa and wild rice)
– Healthy fats that lower inflammation (coconut oil, avocado, olive oil, nuts, and seeds)
Foods that can worsen restless leg syndrome:
– Artificial sweeteners and added sugar or
– Caffeinated drinks and alcohol
– Trans fats or refined oils
– Processed carbohydrates and grains
Consume Enough Iron
The restless leg syndrome can be caused by iron deficiency, why should be consumed foods high in iron and B vitamins, including folate. Foods that are rich in iron are spirulina, spinach, lentils, black beans, dark chocolate, raisins, and pistachios.
Take Warm Epsom Salt Baths
The Epsom salt bath can be a very effective home remedy for restless leg syndrome. Its effectiveness is based on natural anti-inflammatory properties of the Epsom salt that can help soothe muscles and reduce spasms.
By adding 1-2 cups of Epsom salt to warm bath water and at least 20 minutes soaking in it can successfully treat the restless leg syndrome.
Use Essential Oils and Massage Therapy
Several essential oils such as cypress, lavender, rosemary, and cedarwood oils can be used as restless leg syndrome home remedies. They have natural antispasmodic qualities which are able to stop cramps, spasms, and muscle pain.
The essential oils should be applied to the affected areas of the legs before bed. Additionally, for this disease can be included massage therapy, because massages can help soothe painful areas and boost circulation.
Exercise and Stretch
There are many exercises and stretches that can work in helping alleviate pain and other symptoms of the restless leg syndrome. The 2006 study showed that the combination of lower-body resistance training and moderate aerobic exercises significantly reduced the severity of symptoms when they are performed at least three times weekly.
Stretches that work as restless leg syndrome remedies include:
– Forward bending to stretch hamstrings
– Calf stretches – lunging
– Hip stretches – sitting on the ground with the legs bent and open like a book
– Quad stretches – standing on one leg, folding another leg and pulling it behind you
– Stretch the hell against a flat wall by bending the toes and foot back toward you
– Get up and move the legs after a long time sitting
Prioritize Sleep and Stress Management
Insomnia, fatigue and chronic stress can be increased by restless leg syndrome.
Here are the restless leg syndrome remedies, which can help you to reduce stress and get a better night’s sleep:
– Exercise during the day to feel more tired at night
– Avoid electronics several hours before bedtime
– Perform stretching and yoga
– Massage your legs
– Take showers and hot baths
– Breath Deep and use relaxation techniques for your body
– Write in a journal
– Do medication and pray
– Read something soothing