RLS is a common problem with one in ten people suffering from its symptoms. It is different from other ailments as the exact nature of its origin is still not fully understood. It was earlier thought that RLS is purely a neurological problem and medication is the only treatment. However various studies in this field have shown that there a number of contributing factors leading to this condition.
One of the main factors responsible for RLS is the deficiency of certain vital minerals such as iron, folate and magnesium in the body. It is therefore important to eat a wide ranging diet in all essential nutrients. In general one shall include a lot of leafy vegetables such as spinach, fruits like apple, whole wheat products and some portion of cereals in one’s diet.
In addition one may need food supplements to boost up the body strength but these shall be taken only under the guidance of a trained dietician or on recommendation of a doctor. Alcohol, caffeine and other stimulants are also known to aggravate the symptoms and as such these must be avoided completely or their intake reduced to minimum possible.
The most common feature in this condition is an irresistible urge to move the body as it provides immediate relief from the unpleasant sensations. It has been found that some form of regular exercise is beneficial for all the patients of RLS. There are many light exercises which a patient of RLS may try to get immediate as well as long term relief from their symptoms.
Any exercise routine should include walking as it tones up the muscles of entire body and promotes blood circulation. In addition, one may incorporate stretching as well as aerobic exercises in their schedule. Before going to bed, some calf stretches are helpful to relieve stress from legs and reduce night time jerking and disruption of sleep.