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Weighted Blankets for Restless legs Syndrome

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What is Restless legs syndrome?

 

Restless leg syndrome (RLS), is also called Willis-Ekbom Disease. It causes uncomfortable sensations in the legs and an irresistible urge to move them.  

Symptoms often occur in the evening and are most severe at night when you are resting, sitting or lying in bed.  They may also occur when someone is inactive and sitting for extended periods of time, for example when flying by aeroplane  or watching a long movie. Because symptoms are most severe at night, it can become difficult to fall asleep or return to sleep after waking up. 

 

RLS is classified as :

1. A sleep disorder – The symptoms are triggered by resting and attempting to sleep.

2. A movement disorder – People are forced to move their legs in order to relieve symptoms.  

3. A neurological sensory disorder – It’s symptoms are produced from within the brain itself.

 

What are common signs and symptoms of restless legs?

 

– The irresistible urge to move – accompanied by uncomfortable sensations in their lower limbs unlike normal sensations experienced by people without the disorder.  

– The sensations in the legs are often described as aching throbbing, pulling, itching, crawling, or creeping.  These sensations rarely affect the arms, the chest or head.  Although these sensations can occur on just one side of the body, both sides are often affected, and can also alternate between sides and often range in severity from uncomfortable, to irritating to painful.

 

Restless legs syndrome fact sheet

 

What causes restless legs syndrome?

In most cases, the cause is unknown, however it has a genetic component and can be found in families where the onset of symptoms is before age 40.  Other contributing factors include gene variants and low levels of iron in the brain also may be responsible for RLS.

 

RLS also appears to be related to these conditions:

 

* end-stage renal disease and hemodialysis

* iron deficiency

* certain medications may aggravate RLS, such as antinausea drugs, antipsychotic drugs, antidepressants that increase serotonin and some cold and allergy medications that contain older antihistamines.

* use of alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine

* pregnancy, especially in the last trimester; in most cases, symptoms usually disappear within 4 weeks after delivery

* neuropathy (nerve damage).

 

How do weighted blankets help with Restless Leg Syndrome?

 

Heavier than regular blankets, PrettySpecial weighted blankets contain poly-pellets sewn into the blanket.

This extra weight provides Deep touch pressure, which is about gently applying pressure to the body to increase the release of serotonin, a chemical in the body that promotes relaxation.

Dopamine also plays a key part in movement and muscle control.

The Deep touch stimulation may help people with restless leg syndrome both relieve their restless legs and get better quality sleep. 

 

One of our customers in particular experienced immediate relief after using her weighted blanket:

 

” Not only did I find that this blanket weighed me down so I couldn’t easily move my leg around or my feet to flop around … it also helps me fall asleep faster. Now I don’t even remember how I fell asleep, mind doesn’t wander, and if it does it’s not to a negative space. I have been using it for days now, really helps “

 

For more information simply email us directly to info@prettyspecial.co.za

OR to order you can go to our order page. We deliver directly to your door, anywhere in South Africa.

 

 

Hot & Cold therapeutic shoulder wraps

Hot & Cold Shoulder wrap baby blue and white stars

 

Inevitably at some point you or someone you know has had to use a heating pad or ice pack to help with some aches and pains. 
Hot and cold therapy has been used for hundreds of years to help combat muscle aches and pains associated with surgeries, injuries, PMS, and even tension headaches. For years the most popular solution was electric heating pads and chemical filled ice packs.

 

However, a more natural solution is available, using a therapeutic rice bag or hot & cold  shoulder wrap. 
Whether you need hot or cold therapy, the shoulder wrap can provide you with all the therapeutic benefits you need, without the electricity or chemicals and can be placed on any area of the body, not just the shoulders.

The PrettySpecial shoulder wrap also gives you the opportunity to add essential oils to your rice for even more therapeutic benefit. 
We offer a lavender scented shoulder wrap (the lavender oil is already added inside)
Or you can choose to order the hot & cold shoulder wrap without it and add your own essential oils. There are a variety of essentials oils that can help with many of your aches and pains.

See the therapeutic advantages of lavender oil here.

Our hot & cold therapeutic shoulder wraps are easy to use:
 
Simply heat it up in the microwave and place the wrap on the area of concern. The duration you warm it up for is up to you, just be careful not to over heat. We have found that 2-3 minutes of heating will give you approximately 30 minutes of heated therapy. 

Want to do ice therapy instead?  No problem, place your shoulder wrap in the freezer for at least an hour then place on your area of concern. 
You should receive about 20 minutes of cooled therapy.

For more information simply email us directly to info@prettyspecial.co.za

OR to order you can go to our order page. We deliver directly to your door, anywhere in South Africa.

How do I choose a weighted blanket?

how do I choose

 

There is a common question about which size and weight to choose when purchasing a weighted blanket. There are generally 2 ways of doing this.


1. You can decide to fit the user’s body size and weight – This is the ideal and most recommended choice as the user will receive the best out of the Deep Touch Pressure therapy.

2. You can decide to fit the bed of the user. This choice will no doubt last longer as the user’s size doesn’t really factor in. The weight would be custom made and there is the added advantage of possibly 2 people sharing on one bed (depending on the size of the blanket).

The disadvantages of this method include :

i) The weight distribution being spread unevenly across 2 people as well as the bed.

ii) The likelihood of the blanket falling off the sides of the bed.

 

Weighted blankets can weigh anywhere from 2 to 15 kilograms.
The rule of thumb for choosing weight is for it to be 10 – 12 percent of the user’s body weight, plus another kilogram or 2.

So for an 30kg child, the blanket should weigh between 3 and 5kgs.

For a 70kg adult, you would need a 7 to 9kg blanket.

Whilst looking at our sizes, please note that the size of the blanket should ideally fit the user and not the bed, as mentioned above.
The more pressure there is on the user directly, the better results can be achieved as the pressure is concentrated on the body, making full use of the Deep Touch Pressure principle.
The more “extra” blanket there is, the more chance there is of unevenly distributed weight off the body and a greater chance of the blanket falling off the sides of the bed.

PrettySpecial weighted blankets have standard sizes – Toddler, Child, Adult and Extra Large.
These sizes vary between 80 – 200cm and weights vary from 3 – 9kgs. Most people fall within these parameters, however we do make custom blankets and carefully work on the weight of the user in order for the user to get the very best PrettySpecial HUG or Deep Touch Pressure therapy.

To order yours or for general enquiries, please follow our contact form or simply email us to info@prettyspecial.co.za