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Medical devices for restless legs syndrome – clinical utility of the Relaxis pad

Authors Mitchell UH

Received 3 September 2015

Accepted for publication 9 November 2015

Published 3 December 2015 Volume 2015:11 Pages 1789—1794

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/TCRM.S87208

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Peer reviewers approved by Dr Hoa Le

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Garry Walsh

Ulrike H Mitchell

Department of Exercise Sciences, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, USA

Abstract: Restless Legs Syndrome or Willis–Ekbom Disease, a neurosensory disorder, can be treated with pharmaceuticals or conservatively. This review focuses on conservative treatments, more specifically on treatments with medical devices. Two modes of action, enhancement of circulation and counter stimulation, are introduced. Medical devices that use enhancement of circulation as their mechanism of action are whole body vibration, pneumatic compression, and near-infrared light. Medical devices that use counter stimulation include transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation and the vibration Relaxis pad. The clinical utility of the Relaxis pad and its place in therapy is proposed.

Keywords: whole body vibration, pneumatic compression, near-infrared light, conservative treatment, RLS/WED
 

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