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The Symptoms and Treatment for Heavy Legs Syndrome

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    Heavy legs syndrome is usually a physical condition caused by poor circulation. Once a full physical examination has been performed and all medical contributors has been ruled out that leaves only physical contributors to the symptoms of heavy legs syndrome.

      The first things that should be looked at are the shoes you wear, the way you walk, lack of physical exercise to your legs. If you have a job where you sit for long periods of time this could be reason for symptoms.

     The body is subject to pressure from water. The deeper the person is submerged in water the more pressure is felt on the body. Blood in the body works in a similar way. Blood at the top, in the head is under very little pressure. At the bottom in the legs and feet pressure builds and can be felt in a heavy pressure sensation. The term for this is Hydrostatic pressure and is measured in mm hg.

     When pressure builds up in the lower extremities it prevents fresh blood from entering the muscle tissue, causing fatigue and the feeling of heavy legs. A light massage of the legs and feet can relieve the symptoms of pain and fatigue in minor cases.

     The lower legs do not have arteries to pump fresh blood into them quickly for quick circulation. During exercise your heart will pump fresh blood with oxygen and nutrients to keep your lower body circulating with oxygen. lack of movement reduces the ability of veins in your legs to keep open, because of this your legs don't receive enough fresh oxygen.

     All of these problems lead to cold feet. The most effective ways to deal with this are warm foot baths and foot massages. Raising the legs and letting gravity do it's work is also quite effective. If you are treating someone at home with this condition it's important to give light leg massages so as to not inflict pain. A high pressure massage can cause more harm than good.

     The most effective treatment for this condition is light leg exercises. The afflicted person should lay flat on their back and keep one leg at a time elevated and either manually or with help from someone bend the knee towards them, taking turns with each leg. Going thru the full range of motion during the exercise a few times a day will be very beneficial in increasing circulation and relieving symptoms.

     There are medications that can be prescribed to treat heavy leg syndrome including Ropnirole and Pramipexole. This article is just a basic guide for symptoms and treatment. Any treatment should be supervised by a doctor.

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