Restless Leg Syndrome


Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder characterized by unpleasant sensations in the legs and an uncontrollable urge to move them for relief.

Restless legs syndrome is common and is estimated to affect somewhere between 2% and 15% of the population, with women being affected more often than men. Restless legs syndrome often interferes with sleep, and that can lead to severe fatigue and problems functioning during the day.

Restless legs syndrome can be eased and greatly diminished by the effective and repeated use of hypnotic suggestion.

Restless legs syndrome is diagnosed primarily through a doctor's evaluation of your symptoms. Restless legs syndrome can also run in families although it seems there are contributing factors such as low iron levels, diabetes, and other physical ailments and certain medications can worsen the condition. Restless legs syndrome can be a problem at any age. In most cases the cause of restless legs syndrome is unknown.

More than 80 percent of people with RLS also experience a more common condition known as periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD). For most people with the condition, symptoms begin or worsen during periods of rest or inactivity and are partially or totally relieved by movement.

The study found blood pressure rates during periodic leg movements rose by an average of 20 points for the systolic reading, which is the top or first number, and by an average of 11 points for the diastolic reading. Leg movement, such as walking, stretching and deep knee bends, seems to bring temporary relief.