Reflexology, also known as, zone therapy, is an alternative medicine similar to acupressure. Reflexologists apply pressure to points on the ears, hands, or feet in order to effect changes in the rest of the body. Similar to acupuncture, massage, and even aromatherapy it is believed that reflexology improves one’s energy flow and is a gentle form of accessing the body’s own healing abilities.
Reflexology and Dopamine Release
Much of the current thinking is that restless legs are somehow linked to low levels of dopamine in the brain.
Activities like massage, moderate exercise, sex, and reflexology can reduce tension, improve general circulation, lead to a heightened sense of well-being, and most likely a dopamine release in the brain.
However, traditional medicine is far from declaring reflexology a wonder cure.
Reflexology and Restless Leg Syndrome
While there is some anecdotal evidence to suggest some success in treating those suffering from restless legs with reflexology, several clinical studies have been much more critical of the efficacy of reflexology, concluding:
The best evidence available to date does not demonstrate convincingly that reflexology is an effective treatment for any medical condition.
Coping with RLS
However, like most restless leg syndrome natural treatments, if reflexology treatments help you cope with your RLS, that is all that really matters.