Missing My Drums

Drumming is my passion. It felt as instinctive as breathing to me. I have been drumming since I was in my teens. I played in school, I practiced at home and in my free time with whatever band I was in at the time. I would drum for hours at a time and play gigs 3-4 times per week. I knew that it was all I ever wanted to do and the only thing that made me feel happy and confident. It didn’t pay a lot, but that didn’t matter to me. I was doing what I loved.

The confidence and the rush I got from drumming were high; the physical effects on my body were not so good. Drumming places huge demands on the body. Drummers require a lot of physicality and dexterity which unfortunately has a price, as over time this can lead to injury. The physical force required when drumming and the repetitive nature of the movements can result in problems with the wrists, elbows, and hands.

This is what happened to me. I often practiced for 2-3 hours per day, which my physical therapist told me was too much, and it had been enough to inflame my soft tissues and tendons. You can have too much of a good thing!


Over time when I was playing, I began to notice pain and tenderness on the outside of my elbow. It also affected my forearm and hand. I played through the pain at first, but when it became unbearable, I sought the advice of a physical therapist.

After examining me and doing some excruciating manipulation of the area, he diagnosed me with tennis elbow. I told him that I was a drummer, and he confirmed that this was exactly the type of activity that would cause this problem.It involved the repetitive and strenuous use of the muscles and tendons in the forearms. He recommended using anti-inflammatory painkillers, using a finger strengthener and doing exercises to strengthen my elbows and wrists. He also said something I was not so keen to hear-’Stop drumming!’. Drumming was my life. I knew that I didn’t want to get to the point where I had to give it up forever, so I followed the advice of my physical therapist and got to work on the prescribed exercises.

I missed drumming, but it was something I had to do. Taking the painkillers eased the discomfort enough so I could do the exercises fairly comfortably. The main focus of the exercises I had to do was using finger strengtheners to strengthen the extensor tendons in my fingers which would strengthen my wrist and elbow. The same muscles causing pain at the elbow are responsible for finger extension.

You can buy specific finger strengthening devices online, but I was informed that using a rubber band would work just as well. All I had to do was lay the band around my fingers and thumb and spread my fingers apart as far as possible. I alternated between working all of my fingers at once and working two fingers at a time.I did this three times per day as advised. To work on strengthening and stretching my wrists and forearms, I did two exercises, each using a moderately heavy weight. The first was a wrist extension, which involves supporting the wrist on a bench or table with the palm facing down and weight in your hand. You then curl the weight up towards you.

The other exercise was wrist flexion, which involves the same type of movement but this time, the palm of the hand is facing upwards. I did ten repetitions of each exercise, three times per day. I followed my exercise regime religiously and within a few weeks, I took my first tentative steps back to my drumming practice. I now limit my practice to an hour per day to minimize the risk of further injury, and I am always aware of the need to use proper technique and get plenty of rest. Thanks to a good physical therapist, and some hard work on my part, I’m back to doing what I love.

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The Bus Tour That Took A Terrible Turn

In the summer of 2015, I was apart of a band that was on tour at the time. The tour was almost over with only three concerts left. After one of our shows, we all did like we usually do and celebrated by throwing a party in our hotel room with a few people and some drinks. Upon waking up late the next day to get back on our tour bus, the bus driver looked sleep-deprived and spoke with a slur to his voice. We asked if he was okay but he assured us that he was fine and that he was capable of driving and getting us where we needed to go safe and sound.

We went along with his words and minded our own business in the back. I am pretty sure that in the back of all of our minds that we did not have a good feeling about letting car-against-bushim drive us around but who else were we going to call to drive for us? By the time I got uncontrollably anxious, the driver was already driving, and he had reached the highway. He showed signs of being unwell such as having the worst road rage. Normally, people with road rage are normal, but it wasn’t normal for him at all. His anger included cursing, flipping people off, and cutting drivers off of the road so far.

Other than the bus driver doing those things he drove pretty safe. Before we knew it, we had a head-on collision that involved an 18 wheeler. I watched the whole incident and apparently the 18 wheeler has had enough of the bus driver’s anger and started driving carelessly and sped in front of the tour bus and stopped.

Our bus driver ended up dying as a result, and the rest of us were all severely injured but alive and well. Now the truck driver wants to try to sue the band for damages and more. We could not think of any good lawyers, so we sought a California accident lawyer to help us along the way. The band decided to fight the case in court against the truck driver who ended up losing. We were very grateful for our lawyer who helped us out tremendously because if we had lost our case, the charges would have been horrible so far. It’s a situation no one should ever have to endure. I’ve had so many dark moments, but the fans have always kept my head up!

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The Split Second That Changed Everything

hurt from accident

Last thing I remember, I was standing on the curb, leaning into the backseat to get my guitar case. Then I felt a blur of pain. Someone not paying attention ran their car into the back of mine, knocking me back into a low cement wall. After the accident, my back hurt so bad. I couldn’t play at gigs for more than fifteen minutes. I eventually had to stop. Playing is my life.

I was starting to slip into depression. The worse the pain got the worse I was losing my mind. Finally, a coworker told me about an auto accident chiropractor in Jacksonville that he had been to. He said it was the best chiropractor in our area. He, too, had been in an auto accident years before and felt great now. He told me to go see Dr. Nhat Nguyen at Meridian Integrative Wellness, and I could get away from a lifetime of pain. I was tired of this experience ruining my life, and my music career. One unfortunate day changed everything; brought me pain and depression, took away my passion of playing my guitar.

It was time to take my life back. I went online and found out how to get an appointment to see the auto accident chiropractor in Jacksonville – Dr. Nguyen. It wasn’t long before I was at my first visit. The staff was so helpful. After my first session, I felt like I was on the road to recovery. As time passed, I could feel my body healing and getting stronger. I was able to play at gigs for longer periods of time and I was beginning to enjoying life again. Dr. Nguyen took away my pain and gave me my life back after my auto accident. I hope I’m never involved in an accident again, but if I am, I know who to go to. Meridian Integrative Wellness changes lives.

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Shout Out To The Cleaning Service That Keeps Us Tidy!

apt being cleaned elsaWhether you like it or not, you might have come to the conclusion that 24 hours simply isn’t enough time in the day! Look around you and you will agree with the fact that our jobs keep us busy like never before. Due to this, there is barely time to eat let alone clean as you have to be purposefully on the go, anywhere everywhere, somewhere. Cleaning isn’t an option for us. Being on tour 1/2 the year, we were forced to look for an apartment cleaning nyc company to help us keep things tidy.

Simply put when we come back from a gig we want clean apartment each and every time. We want to work with a company that delivers high-quality service and professionalism; this apartment cleaning NYC service offers you the very best in top-notch services. Sparkling 4 you came to our rescue, providing trained personnel staff that know exactly what they are doing and how to do it hence getting a clean apartment in all areas was a breeze. With a reputation to uphold, this service cleans every other corner, and you get to have those neglected areas in your house sparkling clean. We felt comfortable and safe when them being in the apartment. Over the time, we have acquired high-end instruments and it was important that we worked with someone we can trust.

Sparkling4you deserves our highest recommendation. They took cleaning our place to another level, and keeping things organized is no longer a challenge. We can now bring people over after shows or invite other bands and managers over with peace of mind. It was embarrassing when folks asked to come over in the past. Pizza boxes, trash, funky smell are not good first impressions. Not everyone likes cleaning and getting someone who does a great job is a sure way of freeing up your time and get on with other important businesses. Shout out to apartment cleaning nyc Sparkling4you for keeping us neat and tidy!

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