Old Man Issues - Lower Back Pain

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If your "spare tire" isn't too prominent, you can relieve lower back pain by laying on the floor, on your stomach.

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Yeah, that's not happening. Although I think you have hit on the problem. I need to drop weight, alot. I noticed while practicing (not playing) last night I was not very fluid reaching around to my floor tom with my left hand while playing traditional grip. My gut was in the way. That aint good.
 

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Yeah, that's not happening. Although I think you have hit on the problem. I need to drop weight, alot. I noticed while practicing (not playing) last night I was not very fluid reaching around to my floor tom with my left hand while playing traditional grip. My gut was in the way. That aint good.
Backs don’t like frontal weight.
 

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Before you spend a fortune on a new throne, that may be so heavy it gives you a hernia carrying it around, make sure your posture is absolutely perfect. I weigh 275 and use the lightest throne I can find and haven't had a single back problem in 15 years since I corrected my posture. I used to sit way too low, too far from the cymbals and too close to the pedals. Tons of good info on the internet.
 

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Yeah, that's not happening. Although I think you have hit on the problem. I need to drop weight, alot. I noticed while practicing (not playing) last night I was not very fluid reaching around to my floor tom with my left hand while playing traditional grip. My gut was in the way. That aint good.
Ok, no problem, there's one more thing you can do...
Grab something stable, like a counter top or a deck railing (assuming the railing is good and solid and doesn't wobble. FWIW, I hold onto the kitchen sink.).
Holding with your hands, do a deep knee band (i.e., squat).
When you get all the way down, stay there for a minute or so.
Sometimes leaning back when you're down there helps too (why you're holding onto something that doesn't move. You can "hang" from your hands).
It doesn't take the stress off your lower back, but its a helluva nice lower back stretch and will help you feel better.
I realize you probably think you can't do it, because once you're down there you won't be able to get back up, but if you're holding onto something with your hands, you can pull with your arms, while you lift with your legs....and if you ain't that coordinated, you got no business playing drums.
Try the stretch. You'll like it.

Elvis
P.S. As for your weight, at dam near 300 lbs. myself, it sounds like we could both stand to lose a little and maybe get a little more exercise, to boot. Good luck. =)
 
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Ok, no problem, there's one more thing you can do...
Grab something stable, like a counter top or a deck railing (assuming the railing is good and solid and doesn't wobble. FWIW, I hold onto the kitchen sink.).
Holding with your hands, do a deep knee band (i.e., squat).
When you get all the way down, stay there for a minute or so.
Sometimes leaning back when you're down there helps too (why you're holding onto something that doesn't move. You can "hang" from your hands).
It doesn't take the stress off your lower back, but its a helluva nice lower back stretch and will help you feel better.
I realize you probably think you can't do it, because once you're down there you won't be able to get back up, but if you're holding onto something with your hands, you can pull with your arms, while you lift with your legs....and if you ain't that coordinated, you got no business playing drums.
Try the stretch. You'll like it.

Elvis
P.S. As for your weight, at dam near 300 lbs. myself, it sounds like we could both stand to lose a little and maybe get a little more exercise, to boot. Good luck. =)
My back was feeling pretty good as was my mood this morning and my playing at 9 am practice with the jazz group was spot on. Still too fat, but thats another story. Think I just needed some rest and a 48 hours doing something else but playing drums.

Thanks for the tips Elvis (and everyone else). I will incorporate some stretches.

I ran out of Glucosimine/Condroiton this morning. Dang CVS didnt have any. GRRRR.
 

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Take your wallet out of your pocket whenever you are sitting(on throne, driving a vehicle, airlines, etc.) Not good for your spine.
 
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A Carmichael drum throne is also a great alternative. I had lower back issues about 3 years ago and bought one of their thrones. It's pricey but I haven't had back pain attributed to extended practices/performances since. The channel/groove down the middle is supposed to relieve pressure on the spine. Anyway, I've got one and love it!
 

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I take my throne. I don't mess with the backline set up at all, but I take my throne and snare stand so I feel at home too. Nobody seems to find me to be "that guy" so far.
Glad you are feeling better!
 

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I’ll add that if you can squeeze it in, go for walks...long ones. I’ve noticed since I walk Or bike everyday, my aches and pains have diminished dramatically. Of course you may experience foot pain but that’s because you’re using them. Of course this is for naught if you already have a walking plan. I’m 66.

Oh, I agree about bringing your throne with you when you’re playing a different kit.
 

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Before you spend a fortune on a new throne, that may be so heavy it gives you a hernia carrying it around, make sure your posture is absolutely perfect. I weigh 275 and use the lightest throne I can find and haven't had a single back problem in 15 years since I corrected my posture. I used to sit way too low, too far from the cymbals and too close to the pedals. Tons of good info on the internet.
This is what Dave is an expert about. The ergo's.
 


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