How Can Jazz Drummers Avoid Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Most drummers from all over the world often think about how their carpal tunnel can have a better health and how they can maintain their skills in the long run by taking care of their wrists, hands and arms. There are a few exercises that can give good and effective results if they are applied in a smart way and made part of a daily routine, in fact, they are much better if they are combined with some other known treatments, like having a quiet and relaxed behaviors. These exercises are focused for drummers with moderate carpal tunnel syndrome or with no syndrome at all.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

First, is important to know that carpal tunnel syndrome always occurs when the median nerve is compressed, specifically, when this nerve goes through the carpal tunnel and below the transverse carpal ligament, which is in the wrist. A few nerve slip exercises are always of help even for those who are not involved into drumming, they can decrease the difficulties and improve flexion or extension of the wrist if the median nerve is not moving normally, but if these exercises are not applied correctly, they may make  those symptoms worse. Is important to know that when the median nerve is trapped, nerve slip exercises can irritate or stretch the median nerve and, in some cases, injure it.

Warm Up

A good drummer must always have a warm-up routine, before and after playing, even if it is for a fast show, practice or a concert. Also, any drummer has to think of the functioning of the ligaments, nerves, muscles, nerves and tendons of the body, so, when it is about playing for a long time, is more important to consider the value of warming up. This will help significantly to prevent most of the common injuries that drummers go through in many opportunities after years of playing, such as tendonitis, the continuously mentioned carpal tunnel syndrome and many other injuries, to which drummers -and not drummers-, will always be susceptible.

A Smart Routine for Drummers

A smart routine for a drummer always begins with warm-up exercises. Is important to prepare most of the body muscles as much as possible, as a drummer uses all the muscles unconsciously when playing.

A Smart Routine for Drummers
A Smart Routine for Drummers

Start with the neck, moving it left and right and trying to point each ear to each respective shoulder. Then, with your shoulders, do circular movements and move them up and down. The same attention must be given to your elbows, wrists and fingers, but just by softly flexing and stretching each one. Although the objective of this exercise is to have a healthy carpal tunnel, we must not forget about warming up the waist, knees, ankles and toes, this is because when we speak about blood flow, for drummers, is necessary each part of its involved muscles and this also benefits the proper blood flow for the carpal tunnel in question. Remember to do this for 10 to 15 minutes before playing. Also, remember to  eventually shake your arms, to move your head and pay attention to the tension in your back, neck and legs and stretching from time to time.

The Benefits

By taking care of each of these aspects, you will have more than just a healthy carpal tunnel, besides, you will note how your skills will also improve a lot. Another thing as it is really important to relax your arms and legs while playing, so, keep always in mind that is essential to rest, just for a few moments after playing at least for about 30 minutes. There are a lot of benefits being a drummer, so, give yourself a time to care about your health too and music will have a better sound for a long time.