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Can a massage help relieve the symptoms of restless legs syndrome (RLS)?

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Rubbing your muscles, especially your calves, may help ease your pain and symptoms. Try massage right before bed to see if it helps you get a more restful night's sleep.

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 11/11/2018

SOURCES:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "Comparative Effectiveness of Treatments for Restless Legs Syndrome."

American Sleep Association: "Restless Legs Syndrome -- RLS."

Barrow Neurological Institute: "Restless Legs Syndrome."

Buchfuhrer, M. Restless Legs Syndrome: Coping with Your Sleepless Nights, Demos Medical Publishing, Nov. 28, 2006.

Cui, Y. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Review, Oct. 8, 2008.

Harvard Health Publications: "Restless legs syndrome."

Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide: "Relaxation techniques: Breath control helps quell errant stress response."

Medscape: "Restless Legs Syndrome Treatment and Management."

Patrick, L. Alternative Medicine Review, June 2007.

National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke: "Restless Legs Syndrome Fact Sheet."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.

Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation: "Suggested Coping Methods for Willis-Ekbom Disease/Restless Legs Syndrome," "Triggers for Restless Legs Syndrome."

Vanderbilt University Medical School: "Other less conventional forms of treatment for RLS/PLMS."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2018

SOURCES:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "Comparative Effectiveness of Treatments for Restless Legs Syndrome."

American Sleep Association: "Restless Legs Syndrome -- RLS."

Barrow Neurological Institute: "Restless Legs Syndrome."

Buchfuhrer, M. Restless Legs Syndrome: Coping with Your Sleepless Nights, Demos Medical Publishing, Nov. 28, 2006.

Cui, Y. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Review, Oct. 8, 2008.

Harvard Health Publications: "Restless legs syndrome."

Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide: "Relaxation techniques: Breath control helps quell errant stress response."

Medscape: "Restless Legs Syndrome Treatment and Management."

Patrick, L. Alternative Medicine Review, June 2007.

National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke: "Restless Legs Syndrome Fact Sheet."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.

Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation: "Suggested Coping Methods for Willis-Ekbom Disease/Restless Legs Syndrome," "Triggers for Restless Legs Syndrome."

Vanderbilt University Medical School: "Other less conventional forms of treatment for RLS/PLMS."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2018

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