Beating Chronic Illness

“The benefits of drumming aren’t just psychosocial, according to recent research. Drumming boosts the immune system and alters the body’s response to stress, according to a ground-breaking controlled study conducted in 2000 by researchers at the Mind-Body Wellness Center in Meadville, Pennsylvania, and the Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, California.” (Thompson, 2001)


“Drumming ultimately has therapeutic value, providing the emotional and physical benefits collectively known as “drummer’s high,” an endorphin rush that can only be stimulated by playing music, not simply listening to it. In addition to increasing people’s pain thresholds, Oxford psychologists found, the endorphin-filled act of drumming increases positive emotions and leads people to work together in a more cooperative fashion.” (Jones)


See the Drums Alive® Instructor Manual  or the Drums Alive® Online Basic Instructor Course for more information on “Medical and physiological effects of drumming.”