What Is Restless Leg Syndrome?

remedial massage for restless legsRestless Leg Syndrome is an issue that results in twitchy legs and often causes an overwhelming urge to move the legs. People suffering from RLS experience pulling sensations, itchiness, pins and needles and aching or throbbing in the legs. Symptoms are generally experienced at night when the person is sitting or lying down in bed. As RLS is often experienced at night it can interfere with sleep, and may lead to insomnia. Remedial massage for restless legs can be an effective treatment option both for relieving and preventing restless leg syndrome.

Causes of RLS | Remedial Massage For Restless Leg

The exact cause of the Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is unknown, however it is believed that it may have a genetic component and is often found in families and symptoms are often experienced before the age of 40. Other factors that can trigger or worsen RLS include:

  • iron deficiency
  • diabetes
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • kidney failure
  • pregnancy
  • drug reaction
  • use of alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine

Melbourne Remedial MassageRelief & Prevention | Remedial Massage for Restless Legs

Although remedial massage is not a cure for RLS it can help to manage the condition, reduce the symptoms, and improve sleep. Remedial massage therapists identify trigger points or tight bands of muscle within the legs which can be exacerbating the symptoms associated with RLS. Remedial massage therapists may also provide exercises and stretches to help manage leg tension. 

How Much Exercise?

Exercise can certainly help manage RLS symptoms, however many experts believe that excessive exercise particularly close to bedtime can have a negative affect. A good starting point is 30-60 minutes of gentle exercise per day.

Types Of Exercise


Cycling is a great activity that is gentle and can help improve symptoms. Make sure you are cycling at a moderate pace.

Yoga and Pilates

Many find relief when they incorporate yoga and pilates into their weekly regime. It’s a good idea to find gentle forms of yoga and stay away from more intense forms such as hot yoga, or any yoga poses that are difficult or that causes discomfort or pain.


Swimming and aqua aerobics, particularly in a warm pool, can be a great way to build strength and improving mobility in a really gentle way.

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