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Further to your recent supplement sponsored by GSK on restless legs: I have to say that as a GP I was never able to treat the condition medically.

Since qualifying as an osteopath I have been lucky enough to be taught by Dr Doug Longden, whose treatment for this condition is based on Jone's Technique, and is mentioned on page 83 in Jone's book Strain and Counterstrain.

Put simply, it involves finding a tender spot on the front of the pubic bone of the affected side and extending the leg enough to take away the tenderness for 90 seconds. After slowly restoring the leg to its normal position both the tender spot and the restlessness have gone.

Using this method I have cured two of my previous long-suffering patients.

Also using this method, Dr Theo Peters published a small trial in October 2002 in Osteopath Today on patients gathered from a support group for this condition.

I venture to say that if results as good as his had been achieved by use of a drug, the company concerned would be busy on further research.

Dr Mike Hopkins



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