What is Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)?
Restless Leg Syndrome is suffered by approximately 2% of British adults. Sufferers describe an irresistible urge to move their legs. Symptoms of Restless Legs Syndrome are often worse when you are trying to rest, and improves when you’re able to move. The improvement in symptoms last as long as the movement continues. For many people it is worst in the evenings when you are trying to relax, watch TV or have dinner. It’s often at its very and worst when are in bed trying to sleep.
RLS and insomnia often go together. Travelling is often difficult, as you feel you need to move around. This makes flying and car travel problematic. This is because it’s impossible to move around making it necessary to stop frequently, or get out of your plane seat. Going to the cinema or a concert is similarly made very uncomfortable by your restless legs. You may also feel self conscious about having to move about as you may disturb others.
Symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome
Sypmtoms of Restless Leg Syndrome may fluctuate over time and even sometimes disappear completely for a while. Symptoms tend to increase with age, and are more comon amongst women. However nyone of any age can be troubled by the feeling of being unable to keep still. Pregnant women sometimes temporarily suffer the symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome, especially late in the pregnancy. The majority however find the symptoms disappear once the baby is born. Insomnia often accompanies Restless Leg Syndrome.
What causes Restless Leg Syndrome?
There is no test for Restless Leg Syndrome. Its precise causes are often unknown. In some cases the condition is thought to be hereditary. Restless Leg Syndrome sometimes arises due to an iron deficiency. Before seeking hypnotherapy for Restless Legs Syndrome you should see your GP to rule out certain underlying conditions. These could include kidney problems, arthritis, and nerve damage. These can sometimes be a cause of the problem, although this is unusual.
Varicose veins may also cause Restless Leg Syndrome. To treat RLS in such cases, the underlying condition needs to be dealt with. Once this is done then you’ll probably find your symptoms subside. Whatever the cause of it, for the vast majority of sufferers, stress and fatigue make the symptoms worse.
It is also believed that stress and anxiety can on their own cause Restless Leg Syndrome. However you’ll find that once you’ve learnt to control your anxiety and switch off, your symptoms disappear. At the very least, they’ll become much more manageable.
Insomnia and Restless Leg Syndrome
Being unable to keep still and an irresistible urge to move your legs often mean that you have difficulties sleeping. In turn the fatigue caused by Restless Legs Syndrome and insomnia often make the symptoms of RLS worse. You can then add on top of this the added stress of worrying about being unable to sleep and feeling tired all the time.
To add to the difficulties, worrying about insomnia makes you even less able to get to sleep easily. Hypnotherapy and hypnosis will help you learn how to fall asleep quickly and naturally.
How does hypnotherapy help Restless Leg Syndrome?
There are a number of hypnotherapy techniques that can be used to help this condition. We’ll help you train your mind to focus away from the area of discomfort and onto other parts of the body. We’ll teach you to become very deeply relaxed. This deep state of relaxation is known as hypnosis. It allows you to give your attention wholly to something other than the need to move about. Because hypnosis allows you to achieve a level of relaxation much deeper than that which you normally experience, your body becomes less tense. This in itself is known to reduce the symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome.
Hypnosis allows you to “switch off” your awareness of the urge to move your legs. There are many everyday sensations of which you are unaware, unless you pay attention to them. The feeling of the shoes on your feet, your glasses on top of your head or your clothes against your skin are examples. Unless you are thinking about it, you don’t tend to notice when you blink or swallow or breathe.
Hypnotherapy encourages your subconscious mind to focus more on those other sensations which are not troubling to you. You’ll learn to focus on other sensations and emotions which are pleasant and relaxing. This takes the place of increasing the tension you feel by thinking about the need to move restless legs.
Where other underlying emotional problems and worries are contributing to heightened levels of stress, then these too can be helped by hypnotherapy.
What else can help Restless Leg Syndrome?
Many people find relief from a warm bath or having their legs massaged. Over the counter painkillers, particularly ibuprofen are know to reduce symptoms. You will probably find that relaxation techniques, yoga and meditation are helpful.
Try a hot water bottle or a cool pack (everyone is different! Just see what works for you). Regular exercise help. Studies have shown that sufferers who do 30 minutes light exercise five or more times a week experience a considerable reduction in symptoms. Stretching on waking and on going to bed may also be helpful.
Alcohol, caffeine and smoking make symptoms worse. These are stimulants which produce an urge to move about. You should ideally stop or reduce your use. Boredom or drowsiness before bed can make the symptoms more noticeable and distraction can help. This can be anything at all you – a book, crossword. Su Doku, video game or TV programme, listening to music or reading. Whatever keeps you engrossed will help to draw your attention away from your restless legs, at the same time as reducing the urge to move about.
Hypnotherapy in Manchester
Each hypnotherapist at this south Manchester hypnotherapy clinic is fully registered, qualified and insured. They have 47 years of experience. If you want to find a hypnotherapist in south Manchester to help you make changes, to help with Restless Leg Syndrome, stress and anxiety, emotional problems such as jealousy, insecurity or low self esteem, then go to any of the independent review websites (for example www.freeindex.co.uk – Google also displays reviews) and you will see the excellent results which Manchester Hypnotherapy have achieved.
If you’d like further information about hypnosis in Manchester, for insomnia, self esteem and confidence, depression, for help with weight loss, to break bad habits, or for any other problem, please call 07779 575816 for a free, no obligation, confidential discussion.
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