Hilot (/hee-lot/) is an ancient Filipino art of healing, commonly used today to relax stressed muscles. Manghihilots (Hilot practitioners) as well as arbularyos are usually cheaper alternatives to medical doctors in the Philippines, especially in very deep rural areas. Hilot employ chiropractic manipulation and massage for the diagnosis and treatment of musculoligamentous and musculoskeletal ailments. They also have been known to reset dislocated and sprained joints such as the knee, ankle, fingers and metacarpal bones. Hilot tend to be chiropractors while arbularyos tend to be herbalists. Midwives are also called hilots.
Often times even in the cities, people believe that hilot can heal all sort of ailments and sprains. From back pains, to having a cold, hilot can supposedly ease the pain and bring back the person to better health conditions. A hilot usually takes as short as 5 minutes to as long as an hour, depending on the ailment of the person. Sprains are usually fast and some hilots just twist and turn your sprain and tell you its all normal. Honestly speaking, i'm not really sure if hilot works or not. Personally i tried hilot when i had sprains when i was a kid, however i was not sure if it was because of the hilot that healed my sprain or natural progression of my body's healing.
to be continued