I hear lots of people talking about warming-up before a gig or before practising, but what about warm-down exercises afterwards?
A good warm-up gets the blood flowing to the muscles and loosens the joints so that we can function properly when we play. But one of the pay-offs for that exercise is the production of a substance called lactic acid.
Our muscles burn the 'food' (glucose) brought in by the blood, use the energy and produce an end product ... lactic acid
. Have you ever had aching muscles the day after a gig or practice session? This is because you have a reserve of this lactic acid remaining in your muscles. It is common in most sports involving a high level of exercise for the participants to 'warm-down' afterwards to avoid the problems afterwards caused by this little beastie. This process is actually quite simple (and pleasant) after all the exercise.
There are main groups of muscles around the neck, shoulders, wrists, spine, abdomen, hips, legs and feet that need to 'chill-out'. Gentle exercises to contract and relax the muscles, in addition to smooth, slow movements will help to relieve many of the discomfort and give pain-free, ache-free days!
If you're interested about specifics, I have some pictorial help and advice for drummers and percussionists at the following web page ...
[url]http://www.waywood.com/drums.htm[/url] and [url]http://www.waywood.com/perc.htm[/url].
Here's to more pain-free days!