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Old 01-02-2008, 07:38 PM
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Default Easton Aheads/Carpal tunnel

Ok, how many drummers out there have developed carpal tunnel as a result of playing, and how many drummers still play with easton aheads as a primary stick?
What do you do to help your carpal when playing?
I have it so bad that most times my hands fall asleep during playing.
I am thankful I have never dropped a stick because of it.
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Old 01-02-2008, 11:33 PM
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are you doing any excercises such as wrist curls with weights? re-evaluate your technique. You can also look into Trueline drumsticks, they may be beneficial because of the grip the stick have. Make sure to stretch before playing. I couldn't imagine playing and injuring myself like that , or developing carpel tunnel. I feel for you.
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Old 01-10-2008, 12:06 AM
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I play Ahead sticks to take the pain away from my hands.

The viprations from wood drumsticks hurt my hands so bad I can't get through a whole set. The anti-vib system in Ahead sticks takes all the pain away and I can play for hours on end with no problems.
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Old 01-10-2008, 12:27 AM
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There is something seriously wrong if you've got such severe carpal tunnel *while* playing. Have you seen a doctor? Have you tried taking a week or two off? I would also take a serious look at what technique you're using to make sure you don't cause permanent damage, preventing you from playing at all.
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Old 01-10-2008, 03:22 PM
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It might be a good idea to get surgery for that carpal tunnel... it sounds pretty bad!
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Old 01-10-2008, 03:57 PM
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How long haave you been using Aheads? I have been using them for 7 years now with no problems.
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Old 01-10-2008, 05:37 PM
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There is something seriously wrong if you've got such severe carpal tunnel *while* playing. Have you seen a doctor? Have you tried taking a week or two off? I would also take a serious look at what technique you're using to make sure you don't cause permanent damage, preventing you from playing at all.

Agree ! Some peoples may need to start watching Jojo Mayer " Secret weapons for the Modern Drummer"...
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If you haven't you should really see a Dr and if he didn't recommend not playing for a few weeks you should see a different Dr. Rule of thumb, listen to your body if it's telling you that you're in pain stop what you are doing before you do more damage!
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Old 01-12-2008, 09:17 PM
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If you haven't you should really see a Dr and if he didn't recommend not playing for a few weeks you should see a different Dr. Rule of thumb, listen to your body if it's telling you that you're in pain stop what you are doing before you do more damage!
Absolutely agree - pain is a warning signal and if you don't listen to your body, the damage could be irreversible. I ended up with tendonitis in October and am just how beginning to recover.

You could eventually rupture a tendon or cause permanent nerve damage - see a doctor for hell's sake.
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It might be a good idea to get surgery for that carpal tunnel... it sounds pretty bad!
NOOOOOO!!!! Surgery is the last resort. Usually CT syndrome is a result of wrong technique. Also; a poor diet can really make things worse, especially sugars.

See a doctor before you really damage your hands and get a good teacher.
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are you doing any excercises such as wrist curls with weights? re-evaluate your technique. You can also look into Trueline drumsticks, they may be beneficial because of the grip the stick have. Make sure to stretch before playing. I couldn't imagine playing and injuring myself like that , or developing carpel tunnel. I feel for you.
Actually I do.
I have a small 3 pound barbell I do for curls and a squeeze grip. I usually do the "twirly bird"
before playing. Only helps moderatly.
I also ride motorcycles and my hands fall asleep even when i have on special made QWI gloves for people with carpal.
I have thought about cortizone treatment, but my doc wont do it without recommending a nerve doctor.
I noticed it in around the year 1994....
I had just started playing Easton's then realized that drummers like Peter Criss of Kiss had developed carpal due to the sticks.
Needless to say, I hardly use those sticks anymore unless I use them when all my wood sticks are broken.
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Old 01-14-2008, 04:49 PM
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It might be a good idea to get surgery for that carpal tunnel... it sounds pretty bad!
It is bad.
I can hold a mouse (pc) in my hand for like no more than two or three minutes then my hand starts tingling, then goes asleep. Left hand is just as bad.
It sux. Specially when I want to ride my bike.
When drumming, I try not to hit quite as hard, and tone it down.
But if at anytime we are playing very loud or hard, you can bet my hands will fall asleep.
I do everything to keep from dropping the sticks and getting feeling back in my hands.
Usually about all i can do is give my hands a shake between songs...sometimes it is not enough and I have to play songs after songs with tingling hands or them completely asleep.
Thought id start here.
Surely im not the only one with this kind of problem.
I guess mine is more serious than id like to admit.
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How long haave you been using Aheads? I have been using them for 7 years now with no problems.
I love the sticks..
I only use them as a last resort these days...
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NOOOOOO!!!! Surgery is the last resort. Usually CT syndrome is a result of wrong technique. Also; a poor diet can really make things worse, especially sugars.

See a doctor before you really damage your hands and get a good teacher.
Its not result of wrong technique, ect.
I have been playing since age of 13 and was taught to hold sticks via four or five different drum teachers with various degrees in music ect. Even drum lesson teachers..I am 44 now....
If it was technique it would have been caught way back in the early days during drum corp or marching bands...
Have been playing professionally since about 1992 or so...
I know how to hit and hold sticks, traditional, matched grip ect.
Its my hands; not the way I play or hold the sticks..
But, I will say this.. It indeed started when I first picked up a set of eastons back in 1994 or 1995...
Have not been able to reverse it since, even doing exercise.
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