Please share your experiences, successes, and failures in using non-drug therapies for WED/RLS (methods of relief that don't involve swallowing or injecting anything), including compression, heat, light, stretches, acupuncture, etc. Also under this heading, medical interventions that don't involve the administration of a medicine to the body (eg. varicose-vein operations, deep-brain stimulation). [This forum contains Topics started prior to 2009 that deal with Non-prescription Medicines, Supplements, & Diet.]
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Postby Loral1219 » Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:34 am


Has anyone had any success with any type of massager? I get some relief using a hand held back massager on the bottom of my feet. Its not easy getting comfortable while trying to keep the massager from moving around. LOL. I tried the foot and leg massager and I didn’t like my leg being enclosed in the machine. Crazy. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Massager

Postby Polar Bear » Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:02 pm

Welcome to the Discussion Bard.
I haven't used any type of massager and cannot speak of personal experience. The nearest I have been is to thump the daylights out of my legs and arms using my fists, or indeed a long and heavy shoehorn.

Other members will have tried various methods and indeed one member has had good results using a Tens Machine.
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Re: Massager

Postby badnights » Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:17 pm

I don't think one of those foot-calf massage machines would work for me, either. The constriction might drive me nuts, while the massage would not be hitting my key points (which tend to be front of ankles, front of thigh immediately above knees).

Despite my instinctive dislike of the massager, I have wanted to try a pneumatic compression device. Apparently some studies have shown that a pneumatic compression device on the leg can stop the sensations for some people, but I;ve heard that it;s difficult to sit still for the hour necessary for it to be of benefit. It compresses and de-compresses rhythmically. You can get different sizes, including foot, upper leg, or just lower leg; also for arms. They range from kind of expensive to very expensive and it's hard to tell which would be best.
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Re: Massager

Postby ViewsAskew » Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:30 pm

I don't know how similar it is...but a good friend likes to get her nails done and I've gone with her a couple times to a place that uses a compression device to massage the lower legs while your feet are soaking. OMG - I thought I would jump out of my chair. Horrifying.

Related to blood flow, I'd guess, I find using a massage device on my genitals can help stop a bout long enough for me to get another 30 minutes to an hour of sleep. Lightly, not to orgasm - just leave it in between my legs and off to sleep I can go (sometimes). Did it last night three times. It's faster than hot water or a shower and with less disruption. On one occasion I woke up and hour later having had an orgasm - that was unexpected! Usually that doesn't happen, but the medications I take make orgasms very difficult, so this might not work for someone else.
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Re: Massager

Postby GamerGirlAmy » Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:44 pm

The best luck I've found for my mom is one of those heat therapy pumps. (You see them at hospitals frequently, but they can be purchased by private individuals from supply stores, as well as picked up used) I got her the Adroit HTP-1500 with the large (24") pad. It's super light weight, very quiet, and it keeps the pad at whatever tempature you set it to all night long. (Unlike ice packs or heat packs that either warm up or cool down) She has hers set to 104(f) and it works great! She sleeps all night long with no issues.

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Re: Massager

Postby peanut1 » Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:04 pm

I just posted on the restiffic which is a type of foot massager. To me this feels a bit stupid. I can see where it would work for mild RLS cases, but when your RLS is off the roof it's a little hard for me to believe that this could work. I agree with the others that any type of restriction activates the RLS big time at least for me anyway. Hard for me to believe that the neuro recommended this, but I think that's because he doesn't know what to do with me.

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