Originally Posted by Rich_in_Tampa
Non-drug therapies like massage don't have any supporting evidence.
I think maybe this means there haven't been a lot of studies done
on non-drug therapies, for painfully obvious reasons.
I have suffered from this affliction (mild to moderate) for some years.
Without question, the best single thing I can do is to cut back on my
caffeine (I guess this counts as a non-drug therapy
Also, there is no
question in my mind that things like massage (even just rubbing one
calf briefly with the heel of the other foot), pounding the offending calf
with fist, standard calf-stretching exercises, and hot baths (or simply
a hot-water bottle) ARE effective. Effective enough to avoid drugs ?
That being said, I am taking 250ug of klonazepam most nights, more
for an over-active mind than for RLS. My doc says he has no problem
with my taking this dosage long-term, but I'd be curious of other
opinion on that .