Restless Leg Syndrome myths, facts, and misunderstandings

Restless Leg Syndrome myths, facts, and misunderstandings

by William D. Charschan DC, CCSP author Cheating Mother Nature, what you need to know to beat chronic pain.

RLS or restless leg syndrome is commonly experienced by women, especially those who are pregnant, however, if you have read any blogs on the condition, it appears many other people including men seem to describe having the condition as well. Women are likely more prone because they have wider hips.

According to Wikipedia, it is described as a neurological disorder that creates an uncomfortable sensation in the lower legs, however, it can also appear in the upper torso.

As taken from Wikipedia ” RLS sensations could be a pain, an aching, itching or tickling in the muscles, like “an itch you can’t scratch” or an unpleasant “tickle that won’t stop”, or even a “crawling” feeling. The sensations typically begin or intensify during quiet wakefulness, such as when relaxing, reading, studying, or trying to sleep.[3] In addition, most individuals with RLS have limb jerking during sleep, which is an objective physiologic marker of the disorder and is associated with sleep disruption.[4] ” Read the entire description here.

Drug companies have developed drugs with side effects to help with the symptoms, and others within the medical community have attempted to find a disease orientation to the disorder. Since the approach is minimally effective and there are significant side effects, as a consumer and sufferer of the condition, you need to find a better solution.

Looking at RLS from a different point of view as is found in the book Cheating Mother Nature, what you need to know to beat chronic pain, RLS is not a disease at all, or a neurological problem. It is a problem with body mechanics, asymmetry, and the result of strained sacroiliac joints. In Cheating Mother Nature, Charschan describes the condition as one that is from the way we are built, rather than a disease we have acquired.

In those who are asymmetrically built, the myofascia surrounding the core muscle (the midsection of the body) will distort the pelvis and cause it to ache and make the position of the legs uncomfortable and even jerk. The same can be said of the upper body since as the pelvis distorts, the sacroiliac joints become strained and can cause an ache down the legs and make the person feel like they need to constantly move the body parts.

Perhaps, this is why this condition is common in pregnancy. During pregnancy, if the person is already asymmetrical, and we add weight on to the structure as we strain the joints internally from a growing baby, this causes these symptoms to be more pronounced.

How to get effective relief.

1. Find a chiropractor who is knowledgeable in myofascial release, or active release techniques. Since a torqued core is partly responsible for the strain of the pelvis, fascial release can release the tightened fascia and combined with chiropractic manipulation to the pelvis, will restore normal motion within the pelvis.

2. Wear shoe inserts. Those who are built asymmetrically can benefit from either a good off the shelf (not Dr. Scholls) or if necessary, custom foot orthosis. By leveling the pelvis, it is less likely to distort which is why the condition exists.

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