So you all know as well as I do that Carpal Tunnel Sydrome is, unfortunately, pretty common amongst us in the drumming world. My wrists have been giving me a little trouble lately, and it's got me worried about bigger problems in the future...but we all know that cutting down playing time is really not an option...so, that said, have any of ya'll got any ideas on how to prevent carpal tunnel?
Joined: Sep 2, 2005
Location: Atlanta, GA
Always stretch well and get loose before you play. I've also heard that cutting back on caffeine can help too but I'm not sure about that. If you do get carpal tunnel, get a night splint for your wrist. My mom had it and she used a splint and said it helped a lot.
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Joined: Jan 15, 2005
Location: Rome, Georgia
I've been playing for 18 years now. And to be very honest with you, there isn't really anything you can down. Everyone will develop some form of C-T. I find relief by stretching and getting a really good warm up. And even then some times I need a good dose of anti-inflammatory to make it ease long enough for a show.
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TenorQueen wrote: have any of ya'll got any ideas on how to prevent carpal tunnel?
See your regular doctor or a sports medicine doctor. You should reasonably assume that he/she has no familiarity with precision marching drumming: playing quads is very different in the demands it places on your bones & muscles than, by comparison, drum set playing... which may be all he/she is familiar with. So *BE SURE* to take your mallets & a practice pad, or even your carrier & drums, with you so that you can demonstrate exactly what you think's causing the problem.
Too, be ready to demonstrate your regular warm-ups --including stretching exercises [if any]-- as well as some of what you normally play, including the most physically rigorous passages. Be prepared to demonstrate all this outside the clinic if necessary. Other patients in the waiting room might not get-off on hearing your barely muffled drum sounds suddenly assaulting them from a nearby exam room!
General percussion since 1957. D&B corps since 1965. Drum set (correctly!) since 1970.