Drummers with Carpal Tunnel (CTS)?

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Tama Drummer
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Post Mon Nov 27, 2006 3:31 pm

What stretches do you find help with your wrists/"thumb palm?" I'm trying to avoid having surgery!!!!
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Post Sat Dec 30, 2006 3:36 am

Tama Drummer wrote:What stretches do you find help with your wrists/"thumb palm?" I'm trying to avoid having surgery!!!!


I usually use exercises from the book "Stick Control" for a warm up but also quite a few rudimental warm ups especially all versions of paradiddles and double stroke rolls, etc.

I am very cautious of Carpel Tunnel and I learned early on to not play hard. I use more finger, some wrist and not much arm except to direct the sticks. I've been playing 30 years almost every night and never have had any problems with muscles. I have found that certain drum stick companies use a varnish on their sticks that make them more slippery than others which in turn causes tension from trying to grip harder.. In that case I'll rub a bit of gymnastics rozin on the sticks and my hands so I can have a lose comfortable grip without the sticks sliding.
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