Guilderland, NY – Do you remember that episode of Seinfeld where Kramer talked about the “Jimmie Legs”? What he was referring to was Restless Leg Syndrome. When I was pregnant with my son, I had a good case of the “Jimmie Legs” through the second and third trimester. I would wake every night with this strange feeling in my legs – it was a little tingly, prickly, a tightness like I needed to stretch and an irresistible urge to move. So I would get up and spend an hour doing lunges, squats, leg lifts and stretching to tire my legs out so I could go back to sleep. This nightly routine did get rather annoying but on a positive note, I did get to watch reruns of that sitcom Coach starring Craig Nelson as Hayden Fox, the football coach of Minnesota State University. That was a funny show.
Remedies for Restless Leg Syndrome
- Check your Iron levels: Have your doctor order blood work to check your Ferritin level. Ferritin measures your stored iron in blood. The association of low iron stores and Restless Leg Syndrome has been well documented. ONLY if your levels are low should you supplement accordingly.
- Check your Folic Acid levels: This is commonly deficient in people with a family history of Restless Leg Syndrome and during pregnancy when folate stores are getting used up. Supplemental dose ranges from 35-60mg per day.
- Calcium and Magnesium Balance: Deficiencies in either one of these minerals can cause cramping in your muscles or tightness at night. Talk with us about your nutrition to ensure the proper balance is being maintained and if needed, then supplement accordingly.
- Botanicals with Sedative Properties: There are numerous plants that have properties that cause relaxation. Two of my favorites are Passionflower and Valerian. We carry a product call MyoCalm PM which is the perfect blend of calcium, magnesium, Passionflower, Valerian, Hops and Lemon Balm which help tremendously with muscle pain and cramping at night. Some of our patients swear by it.
- Exercise and Stretching: Make sure to include 30-60 minutes of walking or exercise into your daily routine. Stretching your legs for a few minutes before snuggling into bed can also be beneficial.
So if your spouse starts complaining that you are waking them with your bad case of the “Jimmie Legs” we are here to help navigate a solution. As always, if you have question about this article or a health condition feel free to call the Sports & Spinal Wellness Center for a free consultation at 518-869-3415. Please visit our website for more information at www.sportsandspinalwellness.com. We would be happy to be a part of your health care team.
Dr. Kim Leis-Keeling is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic by the Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners and the University of the State of New York Education Department. She graduated from Northwestern Health Science University in Bloomington, MN in 2003. She is also a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician by the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians. She holds two Bachelor degrees in Exercise Science and Business Management from Concordia University. While attending Concordia, she was a member of the intercollegiate volleyball, basketball and track teams.
Dr. Kim resides in Guilderland with husband, Mark, and two children, Tristan and Taylor. She graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN. She has been a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician for eight years.