Assisting with Restless Legs Syndrome by using your spa or spa pool.


Many people suffer with Restless Legs Syndrome, which is the common name for the disease Willis-Ekbom.  It is a neurological disorder with the most noted symptom being a constant desire to move the legs or body part that is uncomfortable. 

It seems to occur most often in the lower extremities with the legs, but also occurs in the head, mid-torso, arms, or even those who are missing limbs.  Temporary relief is realised often when the body part is moved to help calm down the sensations in the nervous system.  The symptoms can be a tickle, twitch, shiver, or slight movement that just will not seem to stop.
 
They can occur during daylight, but often occur more readily at nighttime.  It is during times of relaxation that the restless legs or body parts seems to get worse.

Many things can be the primary cause that brings the restless leg syndrome on for people.  The list is by no means comprehensive, but I will list a few that have been noted to cause the restless legs.  Dopamine levels which have fallen for some reason, iron deficiency, varicose veins, thyroid disease, folate deficiency, magnesium deficiency, fibromyalgia, many auto-immune disorders, celiac disease (inability to process gluten), certain antihistamines used for allergies or asthma, sedatives, low blood sugars, excess weight, not enough exercise, depression, and mental illness are just a few of things that have been identified as possible causes for restless leg syndrome. 

The first aspect is to work to identify what the baseline issues of deficiency or problems are with a qualified health practitioner, and then you are ready to consider the spa or swim spa as a great asset in helping to calm the problem.

Temperature and soaking can contribute greatly to helping with and aiding in getting restless legs to calm themselves before relaxation.  It is best to not have the jets on for the soaks that occur right before bedtime.  The agitation of the jets in spas are great for the body, but can excite the nervous system before bedtime if you soak before sleeping-morning or night for the shift workers.  Ideal temperature is 36-38 degrees Celsius.  A 15-20 minute soak is all that it takes.  Longer soaks can cause more blood to go to the peripheral (skin) regions instead of deeper which can excite the skin, and not be as calming as it could be for your soak in the spa or swim pool.  If the spa or swim spa is too hot, it may feel great, but actually causes more excitation than relaxation.

DISCLAIMER:  The advice given in the blogs is about creating new ideas and possibilities that people might not have thought of for helping themselves.  Some of the ideas are from recent or past research, some are from helping patients find solutions in clinical settings, and some are things that have worked for several patients.  The main point is that we are not diagnosing your condition, its level, the many symptoms and issues that can come with any disorder, and making direct recommendations to your specific condition.  These ideas are meant to spark ideas that you can discuss with your health practitioner and get direct advice on your specific condition.  This gives you the greatest level of protection and knowing that if you take the ideas and put them into practice that they will not harm you in any way.  Be Well and Choose Happiness.

CLOSING STATEMENT- “Most people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.”  Napoleon Hill

Looking forward to sharing with you soon Dr. Kyle

Do you suffer from Restless Legs Syndrome? What do you find relief?