Understanding Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

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Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder that affects around 10% of the entire population. Unless you’ve experienced the condition for yourself, it’s hard to describe just how painfully irritating it can be. RLS is characterized by sudden, unexplained urges to move the problematic leg. These urges are usually accompanied by sensations of crawling or itching, making it nearly impossible to get a good night’s sleep.

Some people brush off RLS off as a “phantom” condition, meaning it doesn’t really exist. After all, it looks like people suffering from the condition are perfectly fine. Well, the medical community has come together to say that RLS is in fact a true condition that affects a large portion of the population (1 in 10). To make matters worse, RLS typically becomes progressively worse as the individual gets older; therefore, it’s important to seek treatment when the symptoms are still tolerable.

Since RLS is a neurological condition, it’s believed that genetics play a critical role in assessing one’s overall risk. Studies have shown that individuals are 60% more likely to develop RLS if they have a family member suffering from it. Women are also placed at a slightly higher risk for developing RLS. In fact, around 75% of all pregnant women will experience RLS. With that said, anyone can develop this condition at any time in their life.

It’s important to note that RLS becomes more intense the longer the individual has been resting. Those suffering from the condition tend to have a difficult time sleeping because of this. After laying in bed for a couple hours, the condition will gradually become worse, forcing the individual to move his or her leg around to try and cope with this unpleasant sensation.

Before you take the route of pharmaceutical drugs that come with their own unwanted side effects, you should first consider some of the all-natural RLS treatment options available. A professional chiropractor can offer spinal alignments and adjustments to get your body back into its normal condition. There’s some belief that RLS is directly related to poor body mechanics; therefore, having a series of adjustments and/or alignments performed could offer some relief to your RLS.

Spinal misalignment, particularly at the lumbar region, plays a role in the development of RLS. Even if you feel fine and normal, there’s a chance your spine could be out of alignment, causing your RLS condition. Thankfully, professional chiropractors are trained to manually adjust the spinal bones back where they belong. It’s a simple, non-invasive procedure that’s performed right in their office. It may take a couple sessions, but a qualified chiropractor can align your spine into the normal, healthy position it should be in.

Hopefully, this article will give you a better understanding of Restless Leg Syndrome and the types of treatment options available for it. RLS is a serious condition that can easily make your life miserable. The good news is that services from a professional chiropractor can help ease the unwanted sensations caused by RLS.

 

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