Restless-legs syndrome

Restless-legs syndrome (RLS) and periodic leg movements in sleep

The cause for RLS (paralgesia in the legs before falling asleep, urge to move) and for periodic leg movements (twitching: flexion in foot and knee joints; toe extensions: tonic contractions while falling asleep) is probably rooted within the central nervous system. Affected individuals have almost certainly had the experience that with lighter forms of these two health disorders physical therapies, i.e. warm, but also cold applications, are able to relieve the symptoms and with more serious forms promote the therapy. Whole body cryotherapy can also be understood to number amongst these.

RLS occurs more frequently in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Cold treatment of this disease then usually leads to relief of the RLS complaints.


The information on this page is inspired by the book "Power from the Cold" by Prof. Papenfuß. The author states explicitly in his book that the descriptions in his book (and on this page) are not in any way intended to act as a substitute for the careful clinical indication process and the observation of strict safety measures developed in individual cryotherapy centres, or as a substitute for the indication of whole body cryotherapy in combination with other treatments.

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