Chiropractic Wellness, general

Lamig! Filipino word for muscle spasm

In the Filipino “lamig” means coolness or cold. The reference is mainly made when a muscle feels hard to touch and is painful due to the hardness. It is called a lamig because the hilots or traditional barefoot healers claim that this hard muscle is the result of being exposed to cold weather or a sudden loss of heat in the muscle, resulting in a loss of circulation or spasm like change in the muscle.

The scientific version is that this is a muscle spasm, myofascitis or a trigger point.


Painfull massageThe solution to a lamig is to rub or massage the affected muscle until it softens and the pain is subsided. Also, topical agents that produce heat such as Eucalyptus oil or ginger that make up medicated patches can make the area feel hot. Rationale is to treat something cold with something hot. Works for me!

As a Doctor of Chiropractic I am familiar with the distinction between a muscle spam and a muscle compensation to an underlying unstable joint. When a lamig is just that, a transient temporary muscle spam, just about anything will help. Muscle are red and rich in blood supply; so the body will eventually increase circulation to the muscle and the lamig will self resolve.

When the muscle spam keeps returning to the same place, then we are talking about something entirely different. There has to be a physiological reason for this to repeat over and over again; when everything that should work, just doesn’t seem to get the job done. As noted above, an underlying joint instability or misalignment is frequently the culprit. A chiropractic evaluation is the most effective process to identify what is causing the muscles to always stay hard and to locate the underlying misalignment that is responsible. Then, when the joint is restored to normal movement, the muscle can finally calm down and stop reacting or compensating. Makes sense eh!

Yours in Health,

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  • Reply
    Floro Taneo
    01/15/2016 at 2:26 am

    Hi Doc Mike,

    I have suffering severe upper back pain and neck pain that affects my right arm with numbness in my finger 24×7 for 6 months now. Been through many doctors…Neuro, Ortho, Physio and so much medicines from one brand to another but never helps at all. I’m very disappointed with doctors here in Saudi, every visit doctor prescribe new brand of medicine and increase the dosage until I experience the serious side effect of internal bleeding.

    I’m so desperate for a cure and I will go back Manila for two weeks emergency leave to seek medical help. May I know your schedule so we can visit your clinic and how many sessions/day I need.


    Floro Taneo
    Riyadh, KSA

    • Reply
      02/11/2016 at 11:08 am

      Dear Floro, The spinal problems you have been experiencing are not uncommon and as you have experienced, the medical profession is poorly trained to offer solutions beyond acute care for relief. Truth is the conditions are mechanical in nature and so chemical solutions will not get the job done. Chiropractic is a specifically trained profession that has become the world’s experts in managing spine and nerve problems. You are indeed fortunate to have found this option. This is important. docMIKE

  • Reply
    Rosalie Legaspi
    01/20/2018 at 10:10 am

    Hi Doc MIKE,

    Nakakaexperice po ako ng back pain these past few week. yung feeling na parang bumababa yung lamig sa likod ko. normal po ba yun? sobrang sakit niya minsan hindi ako makagalaw. una nakakaya ko pa po yung sakit saka nawawala agad. itong mga nakaraang araw mejo matagal na mawala yung sakit. mejo nag woworry lang po ako. appreciate your time po to answer my question, thank you in advance.

    Sally Legaspi
    Markina City

    • Reply
      Michel Tetrault
      03/24/2018 at 9:54 am

      Daming masakit ang likod. This is not normal. There are several reasons for the pain depending on what s=cells/tissues are responsible for your pain. Only a proper chiropractic evaluation will determine the cause(s) of your pain. Please locate the clinic nearest you and you will get a complete answer your your concerns. Maraming salamat po. docMIKE

  • Reply
    Victoria mercado
    03/28/2018 at 10:40 pm

    Where is your clinic doc mike .im senior and suffering from pain on my lower back hip..and are you accepting maxicare card ?

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