What are the nonpharmacologic treatment options for restless legs syndrome (RLS)?

Updated: Feb 22, 2017
  • Author: Ali M Bozorg, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Nonpharmacologic treatment

  • Sleep hygiene measures

  • Avoidance of caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine in patients with mild RLS who are sensitive to these substances

  • Discontinuation, when possible, of medications that cause or exacerbate RLS, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin-norepinepherine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), diphenhydramine, and dopamine antagonists

  • Exercise

  • Physical modalities before bedtime, such as a hot or cold bath, whirlpool bath, limb massage, and vibratory or electrical stimulation of the feet and toes

See Treatment and Medication for more detail.


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