Remedial Massage For Restless Leg

What Is Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) also known as Willis-Ekbom disease is an abnormality of the nervous system resulting in an unpleasant sensation in the legs that causes an overwhelming urge to move the legs. A person suffering from RLS experiences a pulling, creepy, crawly sensation in the legs, usually at night when the person is sitting or lying in the bed. This sensation compels them to move or stretch their legs which results in a feeling of satisfaction and relief. Since this neurological disorder is usually experienced at night and interferes with sleep, it may lead to insomnia. Although most of the symptoms associated with RLS are usually relieved through movement, remedial massage for restless legs is recommended as an effective treatment option both for relieving and preventing restless leg syndrome.

Causes of RLS | Remedial Massage For Restless Leg

Though the exact cause of the Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is still unknown, many experts believe that it is somehow linked to an upset in the central nervous system. Other factors that can trigger or worsen RLS include:

  • family genetics (50% of the RLS cases are linked to genetics)
  • neuropathy
  • iron deficiency
  • diabetes
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • kidney failure
  • pregnancy
  • drug reaction
  • use of alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine


Melbourne Remedial MassageRemedial Massage for Restless Legs – Relieve & Prevention

Although there is no specific cure for this syndrome, remedial massage can help control the condition, reduce the symptoms, and improve sleep. Patients suffering from RLS often find some relief by leg movement. However, it is often observed that specific types of movements tend to provide faster relief than others. Remedial massage therapists try to identify trigger points within the leg muscles which offer maximum relief from the symptoms associated with RLS. Here is how remedial massage therapy can help people suffering from RLS:

  • remedial massage therapy triggers the release of dopamine – a neurotransmitter that plays a role in controlling muscle movement
  • remedial massage provides a level of stimulation to the cerebral cortex which helps in decreasing the number of RLS episodes
  • remedial massage also helps activate the thalamus, this, in turn, helps control the frequency and severity of RLS symptoms

Many people suffering for RLS find that remedial massage is one of the best, safest, and least invasive forms of treatment. If you would like to book a session give us a call or book online.

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