Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
In our center Restless legs Syndrome can be treated with acupuncture and Permanent Needle.
To do this, we apply small medicinal titanium implants under the skin of the auricular pavilion (auriculopuncture), in order to stimulate certain points of auriculotherapy to produce the desired therapeutic effects and improve the quality of life of the patient with restless legs syndrome.
In this regard, a clinical trial has been published which concludes the existence of indications about the usefulness of acupuncture with auricular implants (auriculopuncture) in restless legs syndrome and a reduction of dopaminergic drugs is suggested due to the improvement of the symptoms.
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How does a medical doctor diagnose RLS? What are the typical symptoms?
Did you know that 10% of the population suffers from RLS?
People with restless legs syndrome have uncomfortable sensations in their legs (and sometimes also in their arms or other parts of the body) and an irresistible urge to move their legs to relieve the sensations.
Patients suffering from RLS describe the sensations as incredibly uncomfortable, itchy, tingling or crawling.
It is a chronic disorder and mainly occurs in inactive phases.
The restless legs syndrome also affects the patient’s daily life when they try to sleep, while sitting in the car or travelling longer distances, at the cinema or simply when they want to relax sitting on the sofa.
There is no lab test or imaging study that can prove that you have RLS. This is why it is very difficult to detect!
Polysomnography (sleep testing) may be necessary for example to diagnose the sleep disturbances and determine if you have periodic limb movements.
In order to detect the disease the medical may ask you detailed questions; including current and prior medical problems, family medical problems, medications, work history, travel history, personal habits and of course about your lifestyle in general.
Causes and Symptoms of RLS
The causes for the appearance of the disease are damages to the peripheral nerves, too much uric acid or not sufficient iron in the blood.
Nevertheless, in most cases it is not possible to determine the real cause for the outbreak of the disease because there is no medical examination that can prove 100% that you have RLS.
In the following part you find some essential features which must be present for a correct diagnosis of restless legs syndrome (RLS):
- A typical strong urge to move their legs and/or their arms continuously
- The symptoms become worse when the patient is resting, inactive, lying or sitting (worsening of the symptoms in the morning or the evening/at night) but become better when they move, walk, stretch until there is an activity
- Involuntary movements in the extremities
- Inner restlessness as a consequence of the symptoms
Understanding what suffering from RLS means for the patient’s daily life helps you imagine how much its quality of life worsens. Alternative therapies such as therapy with “Forever Needles” can help to recover their health.
In this regard, a clinical trial was performed in 2012 which concludes the existence of indications about the usefulness of permanent acupuncture with auricular implants (auriculopuncture with the “Forever Needles”) in restless legs syndrome. Many patients could reduce the dose of dopaminergic drugs due to the improvement of the symptoms and could recover their health in a natural way.
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