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J Oriental Rehab Med 2013 Apr; 23(2): 163-174  
Effect of Acupuncture and Massage on Iliopsoas Muscle in Patients with Restless Leg Syndrome : Case Report
Published online April 30, 2013
Copyright © 2013 The Society of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation.

Won-Hyung Park, K.M.D., Yun-Yeop Cha, K.M.D.

Dept. of Korean Rehabilitation Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Sang-Ji University
Correspondence to: 박원형, 강원도 원주시 상지대길 80 상지대 부속 한방병원 한방재활의학과
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Received: March 14, 2013; Revised: March 21, 2013; Accepted: March 28, 2013
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Restless legs syndrome(RLS) is a neurological disorder characterized by an irresistible urge to move legs to stop uncomfortable or odd sensations. We report a new approach to improve RLS using acupuncture and massage on iliopsoas Muscle.
The patients who have RLS were treated by acupuncture and massage on iliopsoas Muscle.
We measured 3~6 times IRLS(Korean Versoin of International Restless Legs Scale), VAS(visual analogue scale), and angle(between the legs and the table) during the treatment period.
After treatment, RLS symptoms decreased, In case 1, IRLS changed 34 to 10, VAS changed 8 to 2, angle changed 20 to 5. In case 2, IRLS changed 22 to 12, VAS changed 10 to 5, angle changed 15 to 10. In case 3, IRLS changed 30 to 9, VAS changed 8 to 1, angle changed 25 to 5.
Acupuncture and massage on iliopsoas muscle for RLS was effective. To effective acupuncture treatment for RLS, more research is needed
Keywords : Restless Lesg Sydrome, Iliopsoas muscle, International Restless Legs Scale, Visual analogue scale

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