Recovering from Jet Lag & Flying Pain – Health Space Blog

Adapted from TBM Protocols by Dr. Kate Wood

Flying in an airplane brings a whole set of stressors that often derail the process of healing unless they are properly addressed. Those problems are primarily radiation, dehydration, prolonged sitting, time zone changes, sleep deprivation, air sickness, neck strain, and the adrenaline surge from the excitement or stress of visiting new places.


We recommend you address them as follows: 

Dehydration – drink more water than normal in advance of the flight and then ask for three full glasses of water, with no ice, each time the flight attendant offers beverages. Drink only water while flying. Remember you need to drink a minimum of 43ml of water per 1kg of body weight per 24 hours. Calculate your minimum and try and drink a litre more if you can.


Prolonged Sitting – get up from your seat frequently. This happens, more or less, automatically because of all of the water you’re drinking. Spend some time moving around while you are up. Take a stroll to the back of the plane, do some stretching, move you body around. If you find that you tend to have fluid pool in your lower limbs on long flights, you may want to purchase support stockings at a medical supply store. 


Sleep Deprivation – sleep on the plane. Take a light blocking eye mask. If you forget, most airliners have them available. When you get there, take a nap, but don’t sleep in. Wake up at your normal time to maintain your sleep cycle. Take a nap later in the day if need be. 


Air Sickness – If you are experiencing airsickness, firmly tap a point half way between the bottom of your sternum and your belly button for thirty to sixty seconds. Repeat as necessary. 


Neck Strain – invest in a flying neck pillow. They can be a life saver. They are always available in airport gift shops.


Adrenal Excitement or Stress – Traveling is fun and exciting for some yet the preparation and flight may be stressful too. If you are super busy leading up to your flight it is highly recommended that you take an adrenal supplement. ADR from is a great adrenal support. Other good supplements are Adrenatone from Metagenics and Adrenoplex from Bioceuticals. See your naturopath or TBM practitioner to be prescribed correctly if possible. If you support the adrenal glands before and during your flight it will likely mean you will have more energy to enjoy on your holiday when you get there!


Kinesiology Life Savers:

1. Radiation: You will need two Flying Protection Vials from your TBM Practicitioner


Once you get above the atmosphere you are exposed to a lot more radiation. There is a kinesiology protocol and flying protection vials that can help protect you from the harmful effects of radiation as follows: 


Before getting on the plane:

  1. Take 2 flying protection vials and put them on the body within 5 minutes of getting on the plane (pockets, bra or socks are ideal so there is one on each side of your body). 
  2. Once in your seat complete the following body tapping combinations:
  • Place 5 fingertips together and tap the mid forehead once
  • With the back of your hand tap the top of your head once 
  • With five fingertips together tap the mid forehead again 
  • Cross your arms and tap across your chest with your fingers extended and thumbs pointing away from you 
  • Finish by grabbing the right wrist with the left hand (and while holding your hands together) make a light thrust downwards over the pubic region. 

Getting off the plane: ideally done within 5 minutes of getting off the plane

  • Within 5 minutes of getting off the plane take the vials off your body or out of your pockets and store them away safely
  • Repeat the tapping combinations that you did when you got on the plane

Repeat this with every boarding and debarking of an airplane.

2. Time Zone Changes:

To program your body to the local time zone upon landing, rub the Spleen 21 point (left rib cage halfway between the armpit and the bottom of the rib cage) for 30 seconds. Immediately following, rub both ears beginning at the bottom and working toward the top as if you were trying to uncurl or flatten the ears with the thumb on the back of the ear and the index finger rubbing backward on the front. Do one pass up and one down. If you are less than 3 hours away from going to bed upon landing, then wait to do this upon waking up, preferably prior to your feet touching the ground. 

*Radiation protection and timezone procedures in combination with hydration, eliminates jet leg in virtually all cases. Please log onto to learn more about TBM or see our kinesiology page

Author: Kate Wood

Kate has represented Australia as an 800m runner, winning five Australian titles and competing on the international stage. She also lectured track & field at the Australian College of Physical Education. After being forced into an early retirement due to injury, Kate turned to helping others with their health and wellness, with a special focus on families, pre-conception, pregnancy and paediatrics.

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