Crawling sensations, throbbing pain and uncontrollable itching are just some of the symptoms that come with Restless Leg Syndrome. Restless Leg Syndrome or RLS is a condition that causes an “uncontrollable urge to move your legs." The uncomfortable sensations that come with RLS usually start in the evening and nighttime hours or in situations where a lot of sitting is required such as traveling on an airplane or a desk job.
Although RLS is often associated with aging, it can also occur due to:
- Chronic diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and diabetes
- Medications such as antidepressants and cold medicine can make symptoms worse
- Pregnancy can cause RLS in some women
- Symptoms usually disappear one month after delivery
- Lifestyle habits such lack of sleep and the use of alcohol, tobacco and caffeine can trigger symptoms or make them worse
The symptoms of RLS alone can be a big reason why we could avoid long distance travel, careers that require a lot of sitting or even laying down for too long and getting adequate sleep. No matter the cause, RLS can affect the overall quality of life by preventing us from engaging in the activities we want to.
Fortunately yoga can help relieve the symptoms of RLS while also decreasing the amount of stress it causes. In the next few pages, we'll show you the best yoga poses to help with the symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome.