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Play Drums To Improve Your Health

Updated on November 25, 2014
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Christine, a wife, mother and homemaker for over 30 years, has an NVQ3 in Childcare & Education & loves cooking, music, health & nutrition.


Why Playing The Drums Does You Good

Your own heartbeat must never stop and drumming can help you to take notice of it. Our inner selves can either be a place of calmness or action and frenzy and drumming can be a therapeutic way of getting in touch with this part of us and influencing it. Research verifies the therapeutic effects of ancient rhythm techniqes. Drumming can produce feelings of well-being, release emotional trauma, reintegrate self, accelerate physical healing and boost the immune system. So whether you are sick and in need of improving your health or have simply been inspired by people such as Kieran Gaffney who came third in Britain's Got Talent with his passionate drumming and want to take up a new hobby that will give you immense fun and satisfaction, drumming is for you!

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Improve Your Health With Drums And Rhythm - Read here to find out how the drum can help those with certain illnesses

  • Stress

    Participants of an hour-long drumming session revealed through blood samples, an increase in natural killer cell activity and a reversal of the hormonal stress response. (Bittman, Berk, Felten, Westengard, Simonton, Pappas, Ninehouser, 2001, Alternative Therapies, vol.7, no.1)

  • Chronic Pain

    Pain has the ability to reduce the quality and enjoyment of life and technology and pharmacology are falling short in the need to remedy this. Music can meet the mark in improving quality of life and reducing pain, according to Dr Barry Bittman in the Pain Practitioner. (Lingerman, H. 1995, Music and You. In the Healing Energies of Music. Wheaton, 111.: Theosophical Publishing House).

  • Cancer

    A group of people participated in a clinical trial using the HealthRhythms protocol and showed an enhanced immune system and an increase in natural killer cell activitiy. Although this may not be a cure for cancer, it can certainly be a benefit for those dealing with this disease.

  • Parkinson's Diseases and Stroke

    According to Michael Thaurt, Director of Colorado State University's Center of Biomedical Research in Music, rhythmic cues can aid in retraining the brain after neurological impairment or a stroke. Hearing slow, steady rhythms, such as drumbeats can also help Parkinson patients move more steadily.

  • Depression

    According to a study by Stanford University School of Medicine, a group of 30 depressed people over the age of 80 who participated in a weekly music therapy group were less distressed, less anxious and had higher self-esteem.

  • Alzheimer's Disease

    Alzheimer's patients who drum are better able to connect with relatives and friends, according to Clair, Bernstein and Johnson (1995). The predictability of rhythm could provide the framework for repetitive responses that make few cognitive demands on those with dementia.

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      I've got a little set of hand drums, I might get them out and do some drumming. Thanks for the info. : )

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      manishchauhan12 5 years ago

      Nice post..!! Keep it up..!! visit u again..

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      gypsykitschpres 5 years ago

      Oh wow, I never knew this. I always thought playing the drums would be so much fun. I might just have to try it! Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have been actively playing drums professionally for over 35 years and I love how it cures all my stress . Best thing I ever done besides have my daughter.

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      ppound 6 years ago

      I should live to be 100 then I play drums all the time

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      Tarra99 6 years ago

      I would love to know how to play drums...I'd be bangin on them all day long!

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      sam132 6 years ago

      Fantastic lens, must admit I didn't know the health benefits of my favourite (now exercise!)

      Will go and drum now!

      Sam from Nice lens, some great information.

      Sam from Roland Electronic Drums

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      asrhiprecall 6 years ago

      What an interesting topic. I knew that drumming could release stress but I never would have known there were other health benefits as well.

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      BrahmM 6 years ago

      Great lens, love drumming!

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      Tagsforkids 6 years ago

      Hmmm, interesting lens! Being an old drummer from my rock and roll days, maybe I'm healthier than I thought! :)

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      Christine Hulme 6 years ago from SE Kent, England

      @JoyfulPamela2: Thank You for your Angel Blessing and featuring this lens!

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Hi! I came back to say *SquidAngel Blessed and featured on "Musical Instrument Angel"! =D

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      C A Chancellor 7 years ago from US/TN

      Interesting concept! I knew that rhythms influenced our moods and brainwaves but I'd never thought of performing music to influence those rhythms.

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Interesting topic! I've always admired drummers who really know their business. Didn't occur to me how much of a benefit the rhythm of drumming could actually be. Thanks!

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      Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Your titles are very intriguing and effective. Thanks for encouraging a newbie like me.

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      sheriangell 7 years ago

      This was an interesting read. I've read where drumming can help in a variety of ways.

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      Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

      As homeschoolers we search for ways that music is expressed throughout the world. Lately we have become more and more fascinated by the variety of drumming and how melodic it can be. I never thought of it as being good for your health. What wonderful news. I'm off to play the drums and improve my health...

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Thanks for adding this to Come back to sign the guestbook to have it viewed. If you are having problems with the guestbook, please favor it and let me know.

      This makes sense though I am wondering how it affects hearing.

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      The-Java-Gal 7 years ago

      Your lens has inspired me to learn more about Babatunde Olatunji. I am drawn to African drumming - want to find out why, Great lens - loved all 3 vids. Bookmarked and lensrolled to The Power of Music

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      wishgirl 8 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank You Susi!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Blessed by an angel that plays drums ... drums!


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      brazley 8 years ago

      great info, very helpful. well done :-)

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      JoyfulPamela2 8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I love reading all the benefits of playing an instrument like drums. I'm lensrolling this to my percussion lens and music benefits lens. Thanks for a great lens! :D

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      RinchenChodron 8 years ago

      I forgot to welcome you to the Sound Therapy Group!

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      RinchenChodron 8 years ago

      Great site - I'm lensrolling it to Gayan Greg Long who is my personal favorite drummer.

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      MichaelSmale 8 years ago

      Great lens. I used to play drums years ago but had to sell them when my neighbors complained about the noise. I still play guitar and I find that helps me to relax.