Occupational Therapy for Restless Legs Syndrome

Our specialist mental health occupational therapists provide therapy online for people with restless legs syndrome. 

We are a registered NDIS provider and use an inclusive approach to therapy, where the person can be in the comfort and familiarity of their own home.

How can occupational therapy benefit people with restless legs syndrome?

A mental health occupational therapist is different from a psychologist or psychiatrist. Mental health occupational therapists look at how your condition affects the functional aspects of your life and work with you on ways to improve this.

Occupational therapy can benefit people with restless legs syndrome (RLS) in several ways:

1. Managing symptoms: Occupational therapists can work with individuals to develop strategies for managing the symptoms of RLS. They can provide education on lifestyle changes, such as regular exercise and maintaining a consistent sleep schedule, which can help alleviate symptoms.

2. Sleep management: RLS often affects sleep quality, leading to daytime fatigue and difficulty concentrating. Occupational therapists can help individuals create a sleep routine that promotes restful sleep, including relaxation techniques, sleep hygiene practices, and optimizing the bedroom environment.

3. Sensory-based interventions: RLS is commonly associated with uncomfortable sensations in the legs that can be relieved by movement or sensory stimulation. Occupational therapists can explore sensory-based interventions such as massage, hot/cold treatments, or the use of compression garments to alleviate symptoms.

4. Energy conservation techniques: RLS can cause individuals to experience fatigue due to the disruption of sleep. Occupational therapists can teach energy conservation techniques to help individuals manage their daily activities while conserving their energy. This may include modifications to workspaces, prioritizing tasks, and using assistive devices if needed.

5. Stress reduction: Stress and anxiety can exacerbate RLS symptoms. Occupational therapists can provide individuals with relaxation techniques, coping strategies, and stress management techniques to reduce anxiety and improve overall well-being.

6. Recommending assistive devices: In some cases, occupational therapists may recommend assistive devices, such as ergonomic chairs or positional aids, that can enhance comfort and reduce symptoms during work or relaxation activities.

It’s important to note that occupational therapy should be used as a complementary approach alongside other treatments prescribed by healthcare professionals. Individuals with RLS should consult with their healthcare provider to get a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to their specific needs.

Occupational therapy assessments for restless legs syndrome

We are able to provide many types of occupational therapy assessments online, including Functional Capacity Assessments (FCA) and reports required for the NDIS. Please see this article for more information on assessments we can provide.

NDIS registered provider

We are a registered NDIS provider and work with self-managed, plan-managed and agency-managed clients. 

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If your are an NDIS provider or support coordinator we can provide reliable occupational therapy for clients with restless legs syndrome in any location. Refer a client and we’ll connect you to the right clinician. 

Is online occupational therapy effective?

Yes! A growing body of evidence shows that online delivery of therapy can be as effective as face to face. Online therapy has many other benefits too, including being convenient and accessible for people in regional and rural areas.  

How does online occupational therapy work?

At Umbo online therapy is not just zoom plus business-as-usual. It’s much more diverse than simply videoconferencing. Umbo therapists provide an individualised approach to each person, using the latest evidence, and a variety of technologies and engagement techniques.

Umbo champions person-centred therapy. It means the person and their family/support people leads the conversation. We believe that the most effective therapy occurs when support is given in the environment where the person lives, learns, works or plays. Therefore we work with the family, and teach skills to you or to other supporters. This means you’re achieving real-life goals, rather than just achieving goals in a clinic.

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