Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder characterized by throbbing, pulling, creeping or other unpleasant sensations in the legs, and an uncontrollable, sometimes overwhelming, urge to move them.
Symptoms may vary from day to day and in severity and frequency from person to person. This discomfort occurs primarily at night when a person is relaxing or at rest. The relaxation activates the symptoms and can increase in severity during the night. Moving the legs relieves the discomfort. The sensations range in severity from uncomfortable to irritating to painful.
There are no specific tests for restless leg syndrome, however basic criteria for diagnosing the disorder include symptoms that are worse at night and are absent or negligible in the morning, a strong urge to move the affected limbs, sensory symptoms that are triggered by rest, relaxation or sleep and sensory symptoms that are relieved with movement.
The nerves in your legs involved with RLS may be reacting to problems you’re having in your lower back or pelvic area. Nerves in this area of the body are often under stress due to misalignment of the spine, pelvis, hips and joints of the legs. Stressed nerves can send signals that cause sensations of pain, tingling and numbness further down the nerve network.
A thorough examination of the spine and nervous system can reveal causes of nerve irritation of the spine which can be the main cause of RLS.
Chiropractic treatments have been effective for many people as they involve manipulation of the spine to correct any misalignment. These adjustments can help to relieve any block that is between the nervous system and the brain.
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