Imagine lying in bed at night and you’re trying to fall asleep, but your legs are keeping you up. Willis-Ekbom disease or Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is a common and treatable neurologic disorder that causes uncomfortable sensations in the legs, arms and other parts of the body.
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The symptoms, which typically occur at night, include itchiness, pins and needles, or the feeling of something crawling up on you, that just like when an insect lands on you; you try to shake it off except there’s nothing tangible to shake off.
RLS may affect up to 10% of the population and it’s more common in women. Many people that have chronic diseases like an iron deficiency, kidney failure, Parkinson’s disease, and diabetes can suffer from RLS. Some antidepressant medications and women who are pregnant may also suffer from this. Since it can interfere with your sleep, which is why it’s also considered a sleeping disorder.
There are things that you can do that can ease the condition, such as exercise, as well as going to sleep at the same time, eliminating caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco. There are some prescription medicines that can also help, but it depends on the severity of the problem and from patient to patient.
Now there is a new product called Relaxis, the first nondrug solution for people battling RLS. The main focus of this non-pharmacological therapy is to avoid drugs, which often have side effects. The Relaxis is a pad that you place beneath your legs, which sends vibration impulses to the affected area. You can adjust the vibration intensity to a comfortable level. The device gives you 30 minutes of soothing vibrations, allowing patients to sleep.
It is the only non-medication treatment cleared by the FDA for treating RLS related problems and no prescription is needed. The Relaxis has been medically evaluated in scientific studies and it has proven that the vibration from the device provides a counterstimulation that diminishes the uncomfortable sensations that come with RLS. Like every treatment, please consult with your doctor prior to using it.
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