39.3% of 173 people - 68 people tied stuff on their legs. I had to download to find out what stuff. Like Ann, I figured it had to be a form of compression. It was.
I thought it odd that only these few strategies were being employed by 173 people - moving in bed, getting up and walking, tying cloth to the legs, and massage. Actually a fifth method was used by 2 people, cold water or ice. The subjects were all in India, where access to compression stockings might be more limited for certain groups. They all came from the outpatient department at a teaching hospital's sleep clinic.
Most of the women tied a cloth/rope on their legs and it provided a deep continuous compression. Female preponderance in this group could be related to social structure.... Tying the rope/cloth on the legs was tight enough to prevent the blood flow in the veins and could lead to venous stasis. Relief in RLS/WED symptoms with this measure suggests that lymphatic or venous stasis may not cause RLS/WED as suggested by some of the earlier papers. However, this measure will exert a continuous pressure and can help in gating of the sensations at spinal level. A number of studies have shown that RLS/WED patients have increased excitability of spinal neurons and/or diminished supraspinal inhibition, although data is inconclusive. Pressure has been found to reduce the excitability of spinal neurons in a dose-dependent manner, and this could be one reason why a number of subjects found “tying a cloth” provided more relief as compared to the other strategies like massage.