Airport and Plane Exercises

Last week I flew from Hong Kong to Sydney for my grandmother's 90th birthday. I am prone to lower back pain so I knew sitting for 9 hours on the plane could be a problem.

Luckily it wasn't. I made it to Sydney completely pain free, thanks to some Chinese self-help techniques and exercises that I did at the airport and on the plane.

Here's what I did:

1. In an airport bathroom I stuck several herbal pain patches on my lower back. These are fantastic for relaxing muscles and stopping pain.

2. Warm-up walk around the airport then the back arch and back twist exercises to stretch and loosen my spine, hips and lower back.

3. On the plane, periodically did the anal lock to prevent pain in my lower back and sacral region. The anal lock is great for tailbone pain from too much sitting.

4. Half-way through the flight I could no longer feel any heat from the pain patches so I went into the toilet and took the patches off. I rubbed some white flower oil on my lower back using the lumbar rub self-massage technique. This oil + rub combo is awesome for lower back pain.

Other oils can be used too.

I also did other techniques during the flight for sore eyes, blocked nose and relaxation. Let me know if you want details.

For more on the back twist, back arch, anal lock and lumbar rub see here.

For more about herbal patches and oils see


Any questions as always just let me know.


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Matthew Scott is a professionally trained Chinese medicine practitioner from Australia. In 2000, after ten years in professional practice, Matthew went to China to further his studies for a few months. He’s been there ever since, immersed in the culture, raising a family and showing people worldwide the Chinese way of health.


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