RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME FAQ
1. What is Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)?
Restless Leg Syndrome (also referred to as RLS and Willis-Ekbom disease) is a fairly common and uncomfortable disorder that causes an urge to move or massage the legs (or sometimes arms) while at rest.
2. What are the symptoms of RLS?
The sensations can differ from person to person, but symptoms are often described as “ants crawling on the legs,” “pins and needles,” “an itch you cannot scratch,” achy legs, twitching in the legs, burning, throbbing, pulling sensations and/or numbness. These symptoms often occur or get worse when the body is at rest – most likely in the evening, making it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep.
3. How is RLS treated?
Some prescription medications have been used to treat RLS, however they can cause unfavorable or sometimes intolerable side effects. Patients seeking a safe and non-pharmacological therapy should consider a pneumatic compression device (also referred to as a PCD), a compression machine that pumps air into sleeves worn around the legs. The sleeves compress and release to mimic ambulation (walking or moving around) when one is at rest.
4. How can I use the PowerPlay Calf Massager to help treat RLS?
The PowerPlay Leg Massager Kit is a portable system that is lightweight, easy to use and cost-effective. The soft, breathable calf wraps connect to a hand-held compression device (PCD) that provides intermittent, sequential compression therapy.
5. What is contained in the Calf Massager Kit?
The Calf Massager Kit contains the PowerPlay pump with three pairs of calf wraps and retails for $299.
Contraindications: Do not use the PowerPlay Calf Massager if you have a DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis, or blood clot in the lower leg).
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