Massage therapy

Massage therapy has been long recommended as an additional therapy for RLS symptoms. However, there is a dearth of scientific evidence to support this claim. In a case report from 2006, Russell presented a 35 year old women with RLS type symptoms. There was no indication whether the patient actually met the 2003 IRLSSG criteria. It was noted that the patient had previously tried ropinirole without benefit. In this case report, the patient was treated with twice weekly massage therapy of 45 minute duration to the lower extremities for a 3 week period and reported improvements on a subjective symptom intensity scale from 40% at baseline to 10% at the end of therapy (Russell M, 2006). Interestingly, 2 weeks following the end of the massage intervention, the patient reported a return of her symptoms. Overall, there is a lack of scientific evidence to routinely support the use of massage therapy in RLS.

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