Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a condition that causes an uncontrollable urge to move the legs, usually due to an uncomfortable sensation. Moving the legs eases the unpleasant feeling temporarily. Restless Legs Syndrome is a relatively common neurological disorder that affects people of all ages even in teenagers.
The symptoms occur and worsen when the patient is at rest, sitting or lying down.
Characteristics of RLS, necessary for diagnosis include:
1) Symptoms worsen at rest, i.e. after a long time lying in bed or in a chair, eg. in the theater, in the car or on the plane.
2) The symptoms improve with movement such as stretching the legs, rubbing or walking. The relief lasts as long as the limb is moving.
3) Symptoms worsen at night.
Restless legs syndrome can be caused by several etiological factors:
The benefits of acupuncture in the treatment of restless legs syndrome are: