Tightness in any specific muscle will disrupt your flow and can lead to chronic pain or dysfunction which can affect your ability to perform. We experience tightness not because we do not stretch often enough, it is more of a matter of inactivity and sitting too often. “Sitting is the NEW Smoking” relates to health issues we commonly encounter from sedentary jobs or lifestyles which can lead to serious chronic health issues similar to what smokers encounter.
Drum kit players have to sit on a throne to play, which reduces circulation and can exacerbate tightness and muscle imbalances. Setting your Kit up in an ergonomic way around your body is crucial to performance and durability. As we age our elastic tissue (muscles and tendons) are replaced by inelastic tissue in a process known as sarcopenia. This condition creates tightness that affects your playing ability if not slowed through a structured warm-up and flexibility program.
Static stretching which is the most common form is not very effective long term, we use corrective stretching to reduce tightness and enhance coordination between opposing muscles. We offer a FREE program called “Before you SIT & HIT” ® to warm-up your entire body before sitting on your throne and starting a technical warm-up of your hands and feet behind your kit.