Massage Therapy for Restless Leg Syndrome
"It feels like bugs crawling on me." "My legs won't stop
tingling." "I have to sit on the aisle so I can move around."
People with Restless Leg Syndrome recognize those sensations
immediately. Even though RLS is classified as a sleep disorder by
the American Medical Association, its symptoms occur more often
when you're awake.
That's because lying or sitting still exacerbates the twitchy,
painful sensations in your calf, thigh or ankle. Walking around,
doing deep knee bends or rubbing your legs can help, but that makes
it difficult to get a good night's sleep.
How Massage Helps
Massage is frequently recommended as a way of getting relief
from RLS. Other recommendations include regular exercise, hot or
cold baths, weight loss and quitting smoking. But massage has additional benefits.
First is improved circulation. The National Institute of
Neurological Disorders and Stroke theorizes that poor circulation
may be related to Restless Leg Syndrome. Massage is known to boost
circulation, because the pressure provided by your therapist helps
move blood through congested areas.
Releasing that pressure makes new blood flow in, while also improving
circulation of the lymph fluid that removes metabolic waste
from your muscles and internal organs. It adds up to improved body
function as well as lower blood pressure.
People dealing with RLS have to cope with the stress of lost
sleep and difficulty sitting still, yet stress can make Restless
Leg Syndrome even worse.
Fortunately, the professional therapists at Massage Envy are
experienced in providing the regular, relaxing massage that reduces
tension and relieves stress. One result of such
relaxation? A better night's sleep.