Drumming Lessons for Health, Anyone?
The scientific community has long established percussion as an exciting and healthy activity, particularly as a reliever of day-to-day stress. Drumming is, of course, a type of percussion activity. And the positive effects it brings on the physical and psychological well-being of a person is no less tested and proven.
So how exactly does your health benefit from playing the drums?
1. It’s enjoyable.
Playing the drums, for one, can be a lot of fun. Regardless of your ability level, it’s always an enjoyable way of rousing your body’s rhythms. According to neurologists, humans are born to find drums easy to learn. After all, anyone can drum up a rhythm on any surface. Drums being fun is great for a person’s psychological well-being.
2. It powers up the immune system.
Studies show group drumming syncs our biology and immunity, enabling us to recover better following sickness or injury. In fact, a specific study by neurologist and author, Dr. Barry Bittman of Pennsylvania, has shown that group drumming sessions promote the creation of illness-fighting cells that could provide protection to the body.
3. It aids in cognitive development.
It has been shown that drumming can enhance cognitive functions, especially in younger people. A study conducted by the Stanford University focused on middle school boys with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and how they responded to 20 minutes of rhythmic music. Done regularly, this led to higher IQ scores and improved focus. For most people, the brain is set at a specific level of functioning. If they can train their brainwave activity to change speeds, then they will find it easier to adjust to different speeds of cognition as needed. This is why musical therapy is now increasingly popular, and research on this front has been nothing short of encouraging.
4. It aids in social and creative development.
Drumming is something anyone can enjoy, no matter their culture or age. Drummers can be part of musical bands, meet more people, write songs, and even join group therapy sessions where they can make new friends.
5. It promotes fitness.
Yes, when you do drums, it’s like you’re in the gym too – in a way. Note that this activity works different areas of your brain to keep all of your four limbs functioning in different ways. The healthier you are, the easier it is for you to play for a longer time – great incentive to remain fit!
6. It works as a pain reliever.
Lastly, based on a study, group drumming sessions can effectively distract a person from pain. That’s because the activity encourages the release of endorphins and endogenous opiates, which are the body’s organic pain killers. The same distraction concept is true for drummers who are experiencing grief, chronic stress, and depression.
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