Chiropractors & Restless Leg Syndrome
How chiropractors can help with restless leg syndrome
One of the most common neurological disorders is called Restless Leg Syndrome. Each person who experiences this disorder suffers with different symptoms. Over 10 million people in the United States are affected by this disorder. Despite that fact, the cause has not been found yet, even after years of research. Scientists believe that this disorder occurs due to some type of malfunction in the peripheral nervous system – including nerves that run from the low back down to the legs.
Some people who suffer with Restless Leg Syndrome may have this in one leg or both legs. It can occur at any age in both men and women, but it is most common in people who are in their late forties or older. If a person is affected with this condition, they may find that as they age the symptoms of the condition become more intense. Some of the symptoms include numbness and pain in the legs or feet, the feeling of insects crawling on the legs or feet, cramps, spasms, tightness, itching, burning, stinging and a feeling like a person is being shocked.
It can be difficult to get a good night’s sleep when the feeling of blankets on your legs is even too much to handle. The inability to rest or relax at any time of the day or the night can be stressful and it can also be coupled with Periodic Limb Movement Disorder which is the involuntary rhythmic and repetitive movement of the legs.
Chiropractic treatments have been effective for many people because they involve manipulations of the spine. This can help to relieve any “block” that is between the nervous system and the brain. Chiropractic treatments can reveal causes of nerve irritation of the spine which can be the main cause of Restless Leg Syndrome.
Many chiropractors are well aware of the need for careful manipulation of the spine and how having everything in place can help with the normal function of the nerves and prevent spasm. A chiropractor will conduct a routine exam of you and then ask some initial questions. You may be asked to do some range of motion exercises to determine the function of your skeletal system.
Certain spinal manipulations require the use of a metal punch tool which can manipulate or move a joint beyond its normal range of motions. This can help to take the pressure off of the joints that are located near the spine and can serve to relax muscles near the spine.