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Alternative cures for Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS). Details on possible causes of RLS and non-pharmaceutical coping strategies.

Restless Legs Syndrome Treatments

 

The most common treatments for Restless Legs Syndrome are movement and dopaminergic drugs. There are some other possible treatments to try, though.

Some report that medical compression hose or compression socks improve RLS symptoms.

In some parts of Asia, calcium supplements are prescribed to those with RLS.

Near infrared light therapy can be used to treat RLS, according to a 2011 study published in Physiotherapy Theory Practice. Participants were given 3 30-min light treatments per week for 4 weeks. Their symptoms steadily improved. Most improvement stayed as of a checkup one month after treatments ended. July 2011, Dept of Exercise Sciences at Brigham Young University. Mitchell UH, Myrer, JW; Johnson, AW; Hilton, SC

Another study published in Physiotherapy Theory Practice in July 2011 found that NIR light treatment lessened RLS symptoms regardless of what wavelength or frequency used. Dept of Exercise Sciences, Brigham Young University

In RLS, iron absorption may be impaired. There are deficiencies of iron in people with RLS, which impairs dopamine synthesis. They have especially low iron levels in the substantia nigra. Those with RLS might benefit from ensuring their iron levels are optimal.

 

 

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