The Symptoms and Treatment for Heavy Legs Syndrome
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The Symptoms and Treatment for Heavy Legs Syndrome

Possible cure for restless leg syndrome. Medications, supplements, and home remedies can help.

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.

Natural Remedies for Heavy Leg Syndrome

There are some natural remedies for heavy leg syndrome. Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is possibly due to a mineral or vitamin imbalance. You might consider taking some different supplements like magnesium. Magnesium can really help with restless leg syndrome and leg cramps. Take 500 mg of magnesium per day, and this can help.

Also, potassium is another great supplement. A good dose is 1,000 mg of potassium. Eating foods high in potassium can also help, foods like bananas and strawberries are high in potassium.

Of course taking a good quality multi vitamin is good, or a vitamin B complex can be very helpful, since vitamin B is great for the nerves.


Stretching can really help with restless leg syndrome. When you feel your legs twitching, stretch your legs and massage the legs, thighs and calves. Stretch your legs all the way to the toes and stretch your toes. Taking a walk around the block or even the house can also help.


Sitting in a comfortably warm bath before bedtime can also help. And then use a cold pack on your legs, heat and cold can heat many problems in the body and legs, releasing toxins.

In the evening before bed, avoid alcohol and especially caffeine.

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I urge people to take heavy and tired legs very seriously; it is often a sign of coming heart troubles or an undiagnosed heart problem. My husband's doctor caught it in time but most people are not aware of the danger of  Heavy Legs

Anyone over 40 please take this seriously