Back Problems for Drummers? Who Has them?

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Post Tue Dec 04, 2007 10:30 am

I just barely turned 30 and I'm already experiencing
some lower back pain which is worse when i sit down so
needless to say, it bugs me when i'm at the kit.

It's just a sharp pain on the right side down in my lower
back. It started at the beginning of the year but the more
i try and strengthen my core, nothing seems to cure the
pain except Advil.

Anyone experience pain like this?
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Post Tue Dec 04, 2007 3:46 pm

hey im 16 and i do, age isnt the thing, it obviosly the way we people sit at the kit, i was told to get a stool with a back rest, and try straighten my back properly when i drum....
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Post Tue Dec 04, 2007 4:51 pm

oh yea..... I've had back problems for a few years now.
The greatest advice ever given to me was to find a good chiropractor!!!

My back would get twinged and I would lose muscle control in my legs, making them lead.

A twinge that would take 6 WEEKS to correct itself, now takes 5 minutes to fix at the chiro...

Try a backbelt too.... anything to keep from straining the lower portion of your back
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Post Tue Dec 04, 2007 5:02 pm

I have back pain, because

1) I used to powerlift, and started doing it wrong when I first started.
and 2) I'm overweight hahaha.

Invest in a throne with a backrest. It helps WONDERS. I've got a Roc-n-Soc and I love it. Helps immensely with my back pain.
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Post Tue Dec 04, 2007 5:15 pm

gotta sit up straight, bros... no slouching! and stretch out real good before hittin the kit
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Post Tue Dec 04, 2007 6:46 pm

DrumFiend0206 wrote:I have back pain, because

1) I used to powerlift, and started doing it wrong when I first started.
and 2) I'm overweight hahaha.

Invest in a throne with a backrest. It helps WONDERS. I've got a Roc-n-Soc and I love it. Helps immensely with my back pain.


I did that with Power Cleans. I thought I had it down enough to put weight on the bar. I was wrong. :D
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Post Tue Dec 04, 2007 7:16 pm

This is precisely why I rail so hard on proper form, proper posture, etc.

I am 39 and aside from playing drums, live a semi-sedentary life. I am not much for exercising regularly, I eat OK, sometimes I drink too much GreyGoose or Belvedere and I am lucky that I don't have back pain!

I attribute it to maintaining good posture, finding my center of gravity, and not trying to harbor a certain "look" about myself as I play.

Imagining yourself with an eyebolt growing out of your chest and having a balloon lifting you upwards is a great visualization towards keeping good posture. It's done me good all these years.
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Post Tue Dec 04, 2007 7:31 pm

BillRayDrums wrote:This is precisely why I rail so hard on proper form, proper posture, etc.

I am 39 and aside from playing drums, live a semi-sedentary life. I am not much for exercising regularly, I eat OK, sometimes I drink too much GreyGoose or Belvedere and I am lucky that I don't have back pain!

I attribute it to maintaining good posture, finding my center of gravity, and not trying to harbor a certain "look" about myself as I play.

Imagining yourself with an eyebolt growing out of your chest and having a balloon lifting you upwards is a great visualization towards keeping good posture. It's done me good all these years.


That's a great point. I did the whole Lars thing of leaning into my kit for a long time. That was a hard habit to break and I'm actually still working on it.
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Post Tue Dec 04, 2007 7:37 pm

my back aches because of my throne. it's really really low end. but until i'm done with this semester and get a job i'm stuck with it.
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Post Tue Dec 04, 2007 7:46 pm

after a how my back is uaslly hurting most of the problem is posture.
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Post Tue Dec 04, 2007 8:25 pm

SGarrett wrote:
DrumFiend0206 wrote:I have back pain, because

1) I used to powerlift, and started doing it wrong when I first started.
and 2) I'm overweight hahaha.

Invest in a throne with a backrest. It helps WONDERS. I've got a Roc-n-Soc and I love it. Helps immensely with my back pain.


I did that with Power Cleans. I thought I had it down enough to put weight on the bar. I was wrong. :D


Mine was squats lol. WAYYYY too much weight when I was first starting...BIG mistake lol.

And I used to lean into my set too. I still do sometimes when trying to get more speed on my double pedal. Just a habit lol.

With my backrest though, I lean AWAY from my drumset. Just so I can have the extra support, especially when my back starts to hurt.
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Post Wed Dec 05, 2007 12:21 am

i had terrible mid to lower back problems from mid teens until now (25). I recently joined a gym and have been working out for about a little over a month and my back problems have almost gone away. Ive even tried acupunture. It worked for a couple weeks but the same problems came back. Only working out on a regular basis has helped.

GO TO THE GYM!

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Post Wed Dec 05, 2007 12:24 am

Its mainly in posture. I've got a powerbeat throne. a simple piece of crap circle thing with padding in it. generally should be a nightmare for back. but i've never had problems sit up straight and a little forward on the seat. if you have a crap throne like mine i sometimes find that sitting close to the edge is comfortable and ergonomic
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Post Wed Dec 05, 2007 12:25 am

i have a back back and two broken rips.


but the pain never stops me from doing any thing sence i have a high pain tollernce. but with my back i just crack it every time there's enought time for me to imbetween songs.
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Post Wed Dec 05, 2007 12:31 am

~DrummaGuy~ wrote:Its mainly in posture. I've got a powerbeat throne. a simple piece of crap circle thing with padding in it. generally should be a nightmare for back. but i've never had problems sit up straight and a little forward on the seat. if you have a crap throne like mine i sometimes find that sitting close to the edge is comfortable and ergonomic


Totally true of my set up as well, I sit with my back straight (i have good posture anyway, i used to march), and closer to the edge of the seat so that none of my leg movement is impeded by the throne. If your back is giving you problems definitely try stretching before you play, I stretch for my legs and arms, but I'm sure it helps my back too. Also make sure you sit up straight, this is prolly gonna help the most.