What is restless legs?

What is restless legs?

Restless legs have a lot in common with leg cramps . But you may have restless legs without having leg cramps . Turbulence in the legs feel as like a tingling or that it "creeps inside the bones." Most commonly, complaints come in the evening or night. Common to all this suffering that you have a need to move the legs, and that they often have to go up and stretching.

Who gets restless legs ?

Restless legs occur in most age groups, but were the majority among the elderly. In many cases, symptoms have a hereditary factor.

What causes restless legs ?

We have no reliable data that indicates what creates restless legs . In many ways it is a mystery, but we know that many factors can make one more vulnerable.

The following reasons can be alone or create symptoms like restless legs .

- Some medications can cause seizures that bi-effect
- If your muscles have been overloaded
- If you are dehydrated
- Disorders of the salt balance in the body
- Vascular diseases affecting the circulation
- Alcohol abuse
- Pregnancy
- Damage to the central nervous system or peripheral
- Smoking

In most cases however there are no known cause. The symptoms appear to a greater or lesser extent, and in some cases can be disabling.

Eventually there has been increasing evidence that might suggest that any of restless legs patients can explain their problems on the basis of a neurologic disorder locally in the bone.

What is Intramuscular Stimulation?

IMS or intramuscular stimulation as it so nicely called, is the same as many call "trigger point" acupuncture needles. This is not Chinese acupuncture but a medical signal processing of trigger points.

One can imagine that during massage can affect the upper parts and partly central portion of a muscle. With IMS so you can reach right down to the "trigger points" that sits in the deep.

Trigger points are local tensions or small staples that sits in the muscles. The reason that they can be one of the many previously mentioned in this article. To get them to loosen so we use acupuncture needles to hit them. Often find that the muscle "jumps" a bit when you hit the tensions and, in many cases, the muscle that some wounds a few hours later. The day after this is gone.

We think this dissolves the small voltages that sits locally in the muscle which initiates disturbances in the limbs. So far we Apex clinic used this technique since 2006, and with good results. There is currently little research on this treatment technique when we talk about the treatment of restless legs, so we base our theory and treatment of thoughtful hypotheses and good clinical practice.

Treatment is by bi-effects, and it is not associated with any risk. The only response you can expect is that the muscle being treated can be a bit sore for a few hours afterwards, before this goes away by itself.

Hypothesis to explain the effect of stimulation on intramuscularly restless legs :

When muscle / vein pumps in the shins is tasked to ensure venous reflux to the heart, so this process must also go when we're sitting still or standing. It can not only pump when we go, because the blood would stowed in the legs if we sat still more than a few minutes at a time. This allows the muscles in the legs, especially the gastrocnemius, be activated automatically to pump the blood back up. This places great demands on the muscle. Could it be so that this system becomes faulty charged over time, and there is interference in impulse time between muscle and nerve causing "trigger points" (ie local disturbances in muscle).

The restless legs will give a sense of constant activity in the muscle, and you feel the need to walk or stretch your legs. People with restless legs complaints mostly over this at night when you've been sitting still for a while. Could it then be that these processes are running in the leg to aid the venous return flow, but they do not work properly due to overload? In some cases this when launching a cramp, so the whole (and not just parts so we look at the trigger points) muscle goes into a tetanstisk contraction.

This can explain why we get such good results when we release the tension in the gastrocnemius with needles. When providing reflex reaction in the muscle for a reset pulse at a time and normal communication between nerve and muscle is resumed.

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