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Old 11-24-2018, 07:03 PM
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Last night was my first gig back with either of my regular bands after the musical, and in my opinion it went poorly. I had numerous issues, but the biggest one going on right now is that I'm having a lot of stiffness and pain in my hands, and it's really giving them the dumb when it comes time to execute.

A little background here. I have issues with my neck going back to a serious injury while I was in the Army. Since I've gotten out, it's resulted in what's called cervical radiculopathy, where the nerves that run to your arms and hands get pinched where they come out of the spinal column by bulging discs. After several episodes of this, I've lost feeling in my thumbs and first fingers of both hands. Surprisingly, this hasn't caused me as many problems as you might think.

However, now I'm starting to get stiffening of the tendons and finger joints, with occasional pain. It can cause real difficulty in grasping and holding sticks, especially if my hands get sweaty. Occasionally during a fairly fast song, the numbness in my thumbs and fingers intensifies to a somewhat painful level. The newest development is that I've developed trigger finger in the middle and ring fingers of both hands.

I try to stretch and stay hydrated when coming up to play, but it's not enough. I'm wondering what some of my older - ahem, more seasoned - drummer brothers and sisters may be doing to address similar hand issues. Favorite balms? Heating or cooling? Dietary modification or supplement?

It hasn't gotten quite to the point where I'm ready to see a doctor, and my sister, who's a nurse practitioner, has been great about answering my questions. I figure there might be one or two home remedy fixes that might keep me going. The last thing I want to do is get to retirement in a couple of years and sit around not being able to play. Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-24-2018, 07:45 PM
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I'm a big fan of chiropractic manipulation, inverting and massage for issues like these. Alternative natural stuff.
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I'm a big fan of chiropractic manipulation, inverting and massage for issues like these. Alternative natural stuff.
I agree, and the neck issues are no longer the primary concern. For them I've done a lot of work with spinal specialists and physical therapists, and I'm at a point where as long as I'm careful, it should not get worse. Unfortunately, the nerve damage running down to my hands is likely permanent - if it hasn't come back by now, say the doctors, it never will.

The issues I'm having right now seem more related to impact and vibration - possibly even early onset arthritis? - but I think having insensate hands and fingers might have hastened the issue by causing me to overgrip.
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If possible before starting the gig, try running or soaking your hands in hot, warm water. I am one of the older guys and it helps me at time. I do this as well when I go to the shop to do my woodworking.
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Old 11-24-2018, 07:59 PM
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Things that have helped me. Alleve (2 before the gig), frozen water botttles to hold while on break, or bag of ice (right knee) and lastly, any type of drum hoops (s-hoops, mapex sonic saver, sonor vintage series,) that flange in instead of out. I had two friends I recommended them to and they said I was crazy. One tried them and was shocked at how much better his wrists, hands and fingers felt. I don't mind being called crazy. Just trying to help.

Larry is on point with the chiro manipulation too.
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Old 11-25-2018, 04:11 AM
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A cortisone shot may help. I just saw a hand specialist for problems with my thumb due to arthritis. Seems to help a lot
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Exercise, stretching and getting someone to work on you, hot-cold showers in the morning, anything that promotes full movement, better ciculation, healing etc.. are all good things.

Pinched nerves that have been this way for a long time are probably not gonna just fix themselves and I wouldn't even dare having any sort of medical opinion, but stranger things have happened. Softer, more relaxed and flexible tissue will help, but it's not a cure it's a constant thing, right. A lifestyle.

I don't believe in pills or injections as long term solutions, that's for extreme cases where nothing else can be done, just to get by. I know people who consume 4-5000 mg of ibuprofen every day, which is insane, it's simply their only option to have any sort of life at all.

Now, I'm no spring chicken and yes I can't get away with what I used to. There are several things... They won't solve your specific ailment, but it will help evberyting else which in turn will probably help that indirectly, too. Pinched nerve tht's aspecialists job........ arthritis, basically inflamation is something else. Might just be a result of being tense from your other condition.

Carpal tunnel exercises. You know, newspaper balls,

Diet is such a big part and getting stuff through your food is the best way, so supplements are to augment and add stuff that's hard to get in other ways.

Top of the list is fish oil in big doeses and glucosamine(which is better to get though home made broth than a supplement.

Some people do good on coffee, but it's generally best to avoid both caffeine or sugar as much as possible. Obviously, for most people, wheat and soy as well. Be careful with nightshades. A bell pepper here and there probably won't hurt, but extreme consumption of tomatoes probably will.

Then you have your typical list.

- enzymes. All sorts, but bromelain and serrapeptase a least.
- fermente foods
- minerals(I highly recommend Donna Gates' Minerals from the Earth)
- healthy oils
- extra antioxidants
- berries
- turmeric
- MSM

etc. etc...



Extaernal things are fine, but hot and cold, massages and exercise etc.. are the best. When it comes to ointments, for permanent help, healing from the inside is way better and deals with the actual cause. It's probably cheaper, too. DMSO, if it's legal here you are, would be the exception.


This is really just a few ideas I theow out there. I have no idea what you know or what you generally do or how you live.
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Old 11-25-2018, 04:22 PM
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Is cervical radiculopathy similar to or another term for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome? That might be a place to research for useful healing and movement patterns.

I'm in compatibility with Odd-Arne's philosophy. Diet, exercise (cardio, resistance and Mind-Body) and supplements are foundational to long term healing and health.
The area where the nerves are constricting might need stretch work, while the opposite area may need strengthening and tightening.

A postural analysis with some flexibility tests relating to the thoracic spine area is a good place to start.

There's a good fitness, performance and longevity site called Ergo-Log www.ergo-log.com. The search function is very good.
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Try playing with lighter sticks, notice if it helps. Maybe heavier sticks place more of a burden on your hands and arms.
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I'd go get your neck checked out by your Dr. If the symptoms are in both hands, and there wasn't an injury to both arms around your elbows, that tells me that there may be something going on where those nerves come off the spine in your neck. Im not a Dr, and it's been 20+ years since I took anatomy. I hope that you get this figured out and the symptoms go away.
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Old 11-26-2018, 06:51 AM
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Try playing with lighter sticks, notice if it helps. Maybe heavier sticks place more of a burden on your hands and arms.
I've traded up my beloved Vic X55As for a few sets of Headhunters maple sticks in the same dimensions with a textured grip and a lighter front end. But I'm taking a week or two off drums to let the hands heal up a bit, so no telling anytime soon.

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I'd go get your neck checked out by your Dr. If the symptoms are in both hands, and there wasn't an injury to both arms around your elbows, that tells me that there may be something going on where those nerves come off the spine in your neck. Im not a Dr, and it's been 20+ years since I took anatomy. I hope that you get this figured out and the symptoms go away.
I have two damaged discs in my neck impacting my cervical nerves. Those are the nerves that depart the spinal cord near the collarbone area and travel down the arms to the hands and fingers. If the nerve is pinched where it comes out of the spine, the symptoms are usually most prevalent in the extremities. Because I have two damaged discs, the symptoms are biradial - i.e. in both hands. So says my doctor, a spine specialist (as well as my Army discharge physical and my subsequent VA physical which awarded me a good percentage of disability). Look up "cervical radiculopathy".

I've been treating the pain and stiffening with Tiger Balm. The right hand is worse affected (which makes sense considering it plays about four times the notes), but the balm helps the stressed tendons to relax somewhat. As I mentioned, no drums for about two weeks (my next scheduled showtime is a week from next Thursday). I have friends locally recommending all sorts of salves and supplements. I'm pretty optimistic at this point. Thanks for all the suggestions.
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Old 11-26-2018, 12:45 PM
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Have you tried playing open handed to help redistribute the work load?
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Old 11-26-2018, 03:58 PM
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Have you tried playing open handed to help redistribute the work load?
That's an interesting suggestion. It's certainly got merit for longer-term sustainability, although it's not something I can start doing at the next gig. I've dabbled with it here and there in practicing but for years I've thought "You do everything very well with the right hand already ... if it ain't broke, don't fix it". Now it's broke...

As I get back into playing after my time off, I'll have to think about incorporating more open-hand into at least the simpler songs my band plays.
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Old 11-26-2018, 05:25 PM
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I'm surprised Larry didn't recommend Boron earlier. Definitely knocked back my arthritis. I was expecting to be able to play for additional 5 years max about 18 months ago, but the only thing that makes my arthritis act up now, is if I try to push my rudiments exercises to ludicrous speeds. There are rudiments I'm supposed to get to say 140, but 130 is max, before things start to swell up. Could be technique still too. Definitely still have arthritis, so no magic fix, but as long as I don't go nuts or get sloppy on my technique, I rarely remember I have it. Way different from 18 months ago where my hands were stiff in the mornings and achy throughout the day.

Turmeric helped with inflammation as well for some time, but I stopped taking those after I discovered BioAstin. BioAstin is extracted from Algae and has had great impact on my inflammation, dry skin, dry and irritated eyes. Has really helped with not making up stiff all over. I dropped Boron for a bit to see what impact there was, but after about 6 weeks, my hands were acting up again. Once I was taking them again, my hands felt normal again.
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Man, these threads always have the side-effect of reminding me that my drumming has an eventual expiration date. There may be a day when I can't physically do it anymore, and that's if I'm lucky!

Life is weird. But hey, at least I can make music now, so I will.
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Thanks to everyone for all your suggestions. Quick update: I took two weeks mostly off from drumming (about two hours total in all that time), stretched, paid attention to my diet and water intake, and used Tiger Balm to relax my hands. I also bought a few pairs of wrapped sticks to ease me from overgripping.

Last night I played a low-volume two-hour gig with my main band and ended up using Vic Firth AJ6 (light jazz) sticks for the entire evening. I had one of my best performances in recent memory and waking up this morning with zero hand pain was a treat. I think it was a combination of transitory factors that led to my issues at that other gig and thereafter, which I've addressed. Thanks again.
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Man, these threads always have the side-effect of reminding me that my drumming has an eventual expiration date. There may be a day when I can't physically do it anymore, and that's if I'm lucky!

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Since you had good success with the AJ6, you might want to look at the HD4 as well. It's a slightly longer and thinner stick. I have been using these for 5-6 years now and have not broken one. Not even cracked. The balance of the stick is spectacular, as is the rebound. I have a tendency to speed plow through everything as a metal guy, and these sticks just accept it. My hands are never worn out or fatigued when finished. Just a suggestion.
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Since you had good success with the AJ6, you might want to look at the HD4 as well. It's a slightly longer and thinner stick. I have been using these for 5-6 years now and have not broken one. Not even cracked. The balance of the stick is spectacular, as is the rebound. I have a tendency to speed plow through everything as a metal guy, and these sticks just accept it. My hands are never worn out or fatigued when finished. Just a suggestion.
The AJ6s I just happened to have in the bag for quieter playing during rehearsals for a recent musical, and they worked a treat. But my latest sticks are three pairs of Headhunters with their textured grip - two pairs of AAA maple and one of A hickory with extreme texture. They have completely eliminated any overgripping I might have had, because they are so easy to hold onto. I used to play these sticks years and years ago, and come to find out my local music store just started carrying them last year - one of four stores in the state to do so.

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A bit of an update here. My experiment with grip sticks went rather poorly. I ended up with terrible blisters on top of not solving the hand pain. All this, however, did help me in unexpected ways.

A drummer friend saw me posting on Facebook about my issues and correctly diagnosed the problem as improper grip. Makes absolute sense, as other than my melodic instrument instruction and six months' lessons I'm self-taught; the instructor never showed me proper grip.

Thirty minutes spent on Skype with my friend (who also teaches) and pretty much things are looking up. I played for two and a half hours yesterday and not only did my hands not give me issues, but by the end of the session it felt bad to go back to the old way of holding sticks. So I'm optimistic that with this little tweak, things will be better off going forward. Thanks for all the suggestions!
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A bit of an update here. My experiment with grip sticks went rather poorly. I ended up with terrible blisters on top of not solving the hand pain. All this, however, did help me in unexpected ways.

A drummer friend saw me posting on Facebook about my issues and correctly diagnosed the problem as improper grip. Makes absolute sense, as other than my melodic instrument instruction and six months' lessons I'm self-taught; the instructor never showed me proper grip.

Thirty minutes spent on Skype with my friend (who also teaches) and pretty much things are looking up. I played for two and a half hours yesterday and not only did my hands not give me issues, but by the end of the session it felt bad to go back to the old way of holding sticks. So I'm optimistic that with this little tweak, things will be better off going forward. Thanks for all the suggestions!
If you end up needing some grip "enhancement" in the future, you might look up "Gorilla Snot". Or, just get some pine tar. . .

As far as nerve/spinal issues, my body is reminding me. I have bone spurs up and down my neck. After getting back to playing in the last 5/6 weeks, I've realized one of the reasons I quit playing. I hate surgery, I hope I don't end up there again.
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A bit of an update here. My experiment with grip sticks went rather poorly. I ended up with terrible blisters on top of not solving the hand pain. All this, however, did help me in unexpected ways.

A drummer friend saw me posting on Facebook about my issues and correctly diagnosed the problem as improper grip. Makes absolute sense, as other than my melodic instrument instruction and six months' lessons I'm self-taught; the instructor never showed me proper grip.

Thirty minutes spent on Skype with my friend (who also teaches) and pretty much things are looking up. I played for two and a half hours yesterday and not only did my hands not give me issues, but by the end of the session it felt bad to go back to the old way of holding sticks. So I'm optimistic that with this little tweak, things will be better off going forward. Thanks for all the suggestions!
Wait a minute! You can't get off that easy. I want to know what you changed regarding your grip. At least try to explain it to us.


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My hands are often stiff when it's cold especially.

I tend to warm up on a pad for 30 minutes pre show now. starting slow and light, working my way up to fast.. it makes a big difference.

stretching and staying hydrated help as well.
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Wait a minute! You can't get off that easy. I want to know what you changed regarding your grip. At least try to explain it to us.


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OK. Best I can explain it is that instead of putting the fulcrum between the thumb and first joint of the forefinger and letting the stick do a levering motion over the finger, the stick was rotating between the thumb and the side of my finger between the knuckles on the largest segment of the finger. The stick was basically twisting on top of that area of my finger, causing blisters and being harder to control - ergo, my other fingers trying to grip in to hold the stick.

I'd never analyzed my grip before and it's interesting how a very minute shift - less than a half-inch - can create such a huge change.
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OK. Best I can explain it is that instead of putting the fulcrum between the thumb and first joint of the forefinger and letting the stick do a levering motion over the finger, the stick was rotating between the thumb and the side of my finger between the knuckles on the largest segment of the finger. The stick was basically twisting on top of that area of my finger, causing blisters and being harder to control - ergo, my other fingers trying to grip in to hold the stick.

I'd never analyzed my grip before and it's interesting how a very minute shift - less than a half-inch - can create such a huge change.
Oh wow! Yeah that makes sense. Good deal. Thank you.
And I’ll bet the top of your hands are flatter now and your wrists are flatter when you play.
Less stress on your wrists.


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It's good to hear that your new grip has helped. I hope it continues to do so.

That said, I'm going to go out on a limb here and address a larger issue. I've only been here under a year, but I've noticed lot of threads relating to pain. As expected, there's a lot of advice given about diet, medicine and exercise. What I'm going to do is recommend yoga. Some of you may snicker at the idea, and I did, too, but I believe there's something special to it and it all has to do with breathing - it's method and it's purpose.

Once you learn how to breath "properly" (and it all starts in gut), it serves to send oxygen to every cell in your body. That's why the postures are held in yoga for so long, so that, while you're holding a posture, you're sending oxygen throughout the body (from your core to your very tips) while focusing on sending oxygen throughout the area of the body that is being restricted by the posture, thereby stretching the muscles involved in that posture.

That's one physical affect of yoga. It also soothes the body while stretching and strengthening it, unlike other forms of exercise which stretch and strengthen the body but usually do something other than soothe it. Aside from it's physical affects, I've also noticed that yoga also eases the mind and calms the soul. On top of it all, it has been know to have healing affects. If you think about it, there's something unique about yoga insofar as it's something that you do to your self, not something that's being to done to you like diet or medicine.

You may still be skeptical, but ask yourself, can you do any of the postures that advance yoga students can? I know I can't. Not only are they awkward, they require a lot of strength and, just as importantly, really good balance. So, if you can get all of that out of it, along with some of its other benefits, why not give it a try?

So, I'm going to recommend - really, implore - that you take a group of classes. Start with restorative yoga and make sure to tell your instructor your symptoms before you start.

I'll bet you a pair of sticks it'll help.

On a side note, the VFX55As are sweet, but have you seen the new Vic Firth Freestyle series? I've been considering going back to them since using X5Bs for the past six months, but the specs of the FS55As seem perfect for me. Maybe try the FS7As or the FS85A.
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I had some similar issues as you about twenty years ago. I had broken each thumb and torn the ligament in consecutive years. Did the right one first and the second one the year after , long story. I have titanium pins in each thumb.

I found that with these pins along with dry hands, caused me to have to grip the stick tighter than was comfortable. It lead to cramping and sever discomfort in my hands. I found a combination of using larger diameter maple sticks and Regal Tips tacky finish allowed me to relax my grip considerably .

I also started taking a couple advil liquid gels along with a bottle of water prior to each gig assisted in keeping discomfort at bay.

I also became a proponent of the Moeller Method after watching Jim Chapin's excellent video Speed, Power, Control and Endurance. I studied this method thoroughly and now I play in this method without thinking.
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..I'm going to go out on a limb here and address a larger issue. I've only been here under a year, but I've noticed lot of threads relating to pain..

..What I'm going to do is recommend yoga..

..why not give it a try?..

First of all, there is nothing wrong with trying something new and to become a more calm and relaxed person is always helpful in life, also when playing drums..

But regarding the pains that many drummers here seem to have i am personally not believing in Yoga as being the solution..

Drummers should start with learning proper grip and after that learn also to setup that drumset in a little a normal way that allows fluent movements around the set..Sometimes i see pictures here from drumsets, in playing position i assume, where allready someone needs to be almost an acrobat to put the feet on both pedals..With one foot in a 90 degree angle playing the hihat, toms in a weird position, etc..Such things will not help..

Playing drums without getting pains is not rocket science when following a little the laws that nature has..
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First of all, there is nothing wrong with trying something new and to become a more calm and relaxed person is always helpful in life, also when playing drums..

But regarding the pains that many drummers here seem to have i am personally not believing in Yoga as being the solution..

Drummers should start with learning proper grip and after that learn also to setup that drumset in a little a normal way that allows fluent movements around the set..Sometimes i see pictures here from drumsets, in playing position i assume, where allready someone needs to be almost an acrobat to put the feet on both pedals..With one foot in a 90 degree angle playing the hihat, toms in a weird position, etc..Such things will not help..

Playing drums without getting pains is not rocket science when following a little the laws that nature has..
No doubt, ergonomics and grip are paramount. I rent out my rehearsal space to a couple of other bands, and I'm dumbfounded over how some of the other drummers manage to play without hurting themselves. Now, they're newer drummers coming off of bass and guitar who from my understanding haven't taken lesson, but, like you said, pedals at 90 degrees to one another, tom angles (pitted heads), etc.

Sure, it's not rocket science, but I get the impression that some don't even begin to think of it. The impression I'm getting of alparrott is that he knows what to do but can't due to a previous physical injury.

So, yes, yoga's not a solution for people experiencing pain due to improper hand technique, but it may be a viable one for someone who can't execute proper hand technique due to a non-related injury.
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..yoga's not a solution for people experiencing pain due to improper hand technique, but it may be a viable one for someone who can't execute proper hand technique due to a non-related injury..

In that case i agree, i was only speaking drumming technique related..

But btw, maybe not necessary to mention, but my reply was not referring directly to alparrott but more in general, since your post was also written like that..
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In that case i agree, i was only speaking drumming technique related..

But btw, maybe not necessary to mention, but my reply was not referring directly to alparrott but more in general, since your post was also written like that..
Yeah, I got that. I should have been clearer in pointing it out. I was replying so that alparrott would maybe note the difference.
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Yeah, I got that. I should have been clearer in pointing it out. I was replying so that alparrott would maybe note the difference.
Thanks for keeping it civil on my thread, guys. It's always appreciated here on DW.

I've gone maybe a little OCD on making sure my current setup is ergonomic, so that wasn't feeding into my hand pains... and I'm looking forward to seeing the difference the revised grip makes.

For what it's worth, I do a lot of stretching and relaxation breathing related to anxiety and stress disorders, plus I have an amazing therapy/emotional support dog (for reals, not the turkeys and monitor lizards people are trying to get on planes nowadays) and I'm possibly the healthiest and most mentally relaxed I've been in years. So my worries are mostly related to how my lack of formal training has set me back years. But I plan to make up for lost time!
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I have two damaged discs in my neck impacting my cervical nerves. Those are the nerves that depart the spinal cord near the collarbone area and travel down the arms to the hands and fingers. If the nerve is pinched where it comes out of the spine, the symptoms are usually most prevalent in the extremities. Because I have two damaged discs, the symptoms are biradial - i.e. in both hands. So says my doctor, a spine specialist (as well as my Army discharge physical and my subsequent VA physical which awarded me a good percentage of disability). Look up "cervical radiculopathy".
A bass player friend has a very, very similar situation. and he swears by certain basic yoga stretches daily, where you're on your hands and knees (downward dog I think), leaning back and forward -- they help to "floss" the nerves, as in getting the nerve to settle into a comfortable position, going from spine to shoulders and arms.

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I've only been here under a year, but I've noticed lot of threads relating to pain.
Very true, there's a lot of bad technique out there. But even with very relaxed, proper technique, drumming is still a repetitive, athletic thing to do. There's really no way to play drums regularly, for many decades, without being in much better shape than the average human.

And yes, yoga can certainly address form and flexibility, but don't count out raw strength, either. By middle age, cartilage isn't as resilient as it once was. Strengthening the muscles, through resistance training, will help to distribute the load away from cartilage. I would go back in time, and tell 30 year old me to start lifting 3 times a week. Shoulders, back, and legs.
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Very true, there's a lot of bad technique out there. But even with very relaxed, proper technique, drumming is still a repetitive, athletic thing to do. There's really no way to play drums regularly, for many decades, without being in much better shape than the average human.

And yes, yoga can certainly address form and flexibility, but don't count out raw strength, either. By middle age, cartilage isn't as resilient as it once was. Strengthening the muscles, through resistance training, will help to distribute the load away from cartilage. I would go back in time, and tell 30 year old me to start lifting 3 times a week. Shoulders, back, and legs.
This is correct. Drummers need to stay healthy and in good shape. If I did not hit the gym twice a week I could not play the drums. I do weights and the treadmill. Actually hauling around Drum equipment, set up and tear down is harder on my body than playing the drums.

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