Restless Leg Syndrome (aka Willis-Ekbom disease) is a common condition of the nervous system that causes a sufferer to feel an overwhelming urge to bounce, shake, or generally fidget the legs. There are lots of different causes for it, but that’s not what we’re looking at today! Today, we’re looking at a few small modifications anyone can make to their desk, office chair, or elsewhere, to help calm those restless legs while you’re trying to work! Because nothing is better procrastination fuel than that feeling of over-stimulation RLS brings.
This, I promise, is the most expensive entry on this list. But it does look worth the money, if you’re looking to invest. With two models (pictured below) there is definitely some flexibility depending on what is most convenient. If you’re moving around a lot between desks, maybe you’d be best with HOVR + Portable Stand ($189.00 – I know), whereas those who have a more permanent position (maybe at your desk at work) might prefer the HOVR + Desk Mount (at a slightly lower $89.00). They’re available here at https://hovr.pro/
DIY – Bungee cord
Kick bands are often really useful (see the Therapy Shoppe’s Fidgeting Foot Bands™ below for more info on some store-bought versions of these) but sometimes you need a quick fix, or simply a cheaper option. I find these work best on traditional four-legged chairs rather than on office chairs, as it’s best to have two legs to anchor the band on. Grab yourself a bungee cord with hooks on both ends (available at most Halfords-style shops) and loop each hook around the chair leg, and then back around the cord itself, to make a tight line of cord between the chair legs. This works brilliantly for me, and here’s a picture of what my own looks like:
Fidgeting Foot Bands™
Therapy Shoppe deserves a huge shout-out here. They have a huge variety of therapy aids and other great products for neuroatypical individuals. But, one of my favourite products of theirs are their Fidgeting Food Bands™. They describe their products best as “a continuous loop of 1.5″ wide stretchy band” and that they are made to “push, pull, or kick” at. They’re really economical at $3.99 (or buy a pack of ten for $38.99) and can be bought from therapyshoppe.com
DIY Foot Roller
Here’s another DIY for you. If you can get your hands on a couple of spikey massage balls (pictured below) you’re pretty much done with this DIY! Just put a couple under your feet and roll them back and forth, and these can be really relaxing as well as sensory stimulating. The spikey surfaces of the balls can be great sensory exposure, and (being physiotherapy balls) they can be quite beneficial. You can buy them at physioroom.com for £1.99 each (you might need two for this to work best)
Wobble boards, sometimes known as balance boards, are (for want of a better explanation as my notes for this post said) “the spinny disc things that look like Lazy Susans”. They’re often used in physiotherapy to promote core strength and balance. However, they can also be used for fidgety feet. One of the things that I’m guilty of is spinning my desk chair, which isn’t always super convenient or professional. This is a great alternative, and (whilst they can be expensive) can be purchased for very cheap. For example, the one from JLL sports (available at jllfitness.co.uk) is only £9.99 (reduced from £19.99 – so snatch it up quickly!)
So hopefully that will help some people a little. The bungee cord trick really helps me, and feel free to tweet us @safecinemas or comment below if you have any tips to share.
Stay safe, friends. x