on November 25, 2014 in Health
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is an irritating, and sometimes painful, neurological condition that often keeps people up at night. Feelings of tugging, pulling or throbbing in your leg usually begin right as you begin to rest, and an overwhelming urge to move your legs can prevent you from falling asleep. Unfortunately, about 10 percent of the US population is thought to suffer from this unpleasant condition. Thankfully, soaking in a hot tub can provide relief from symptoms of RLS, and makes treatment enjoyable and relaxing.
Let’s take a deeper look at Restless Leg Syndrome to find out what it is and how a hot tub can help.
What is Restless Leg Syndrome?
RLS is a neurological disorder that affects the legs and can disrupt relaxation or sleep. It can cause throbbing, pulling or other unpleasant feelings in the legs. Sometimes, people with RLS may feel an overwhelming urge to move their legs. This usually happens when they are relaxing.
Restless Leg Syndrome Symptoms
If you have RLS, you may experience the following symptoms:
- A feeling of tingling, itching or pulling in your legs or an irresistible urge to move them
- Unpleasant leg sensations begin or worsen at night, when you sit, when you lie down or when you try to relax
- Your legs twitch or cramp during your sleep
- The unpleasant leg sensations improve when you move, massage or stretch your legs
How a Hot Tub Can Help With Restless Leg Syndrome
Many people choose to treat RLS with medicine, but treating it naturally with a spa can be healthier and less complicated. A hot tub’s warm water therapy and massage therapy have been used to successfully treat physical problems for years, and RLS is no exception. A warm soak in a hot tub has proven to provide effective relief from the symptoms of RLS by doing three things:
1. Reducing Your Stress
Stress has been found to make RLS symptoms worse, according to doctors at Helpguide. The bubbling systems in ThermoSpas® Hot Tubs help soothe the mind and jets reduce the tension in your muscles. The warm water stimulates your body to release endorphins that reduce stress naturally and increases blood circulation, causing your muscles to loosen. Hot tubs put your mind and body into a deep state of relaxation, allowing your legs to rest.
2. Massaging your legs
Leg massages help your muscles to relax and reduce the symptoms of RLS. Though many hot tubs don’t have jets that are specifically designed to massage your legs, ThermoSpas does! OurDolphin model from the Aquatic Series features a Wave Lounge that includes massaging jets for your legs and thighs. The Dolphin Model also includes two corner therapy seats with laser jets behind the calf muscles for a focused massage. These jets will help to loosen up your leg muscles and soothe any pain or discomfort in them. Our Wave Lounge is also available in a variety of other ThermoSpas®® Hot Tubs.
3. Helping You Sleep
While RLS can cause sleep deprivation, it is also triggered by fatigue. This is an unfortunate combination. Soaking in a hot tub for 20 to 30 minutes two hours before bed can help put you into a deep sleep, according to Health.com. The warm water raises your body temperature, and the rapid cool-down period after you step out helps to relax you. The change in body temperature helps you fall into a deeper sleep, lessening the chance of waking up from any leg twitches.
If you’re experiencing RLS symptoms, we suggest you speak to your doctor to see if a hot tub could help provide you with relief. Even if you don’t have RLS, a ThermoSpas® Hot Tub can help your health in a variety of ways. Learn more about the health benefits of spas here.
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