Saturday, May 19, 2007

Drumming Cures Headaches?

It seems pretty counterintuitive that drumming would cure headaches, but it can. I first experienced it for myself about 15 years ago.

I had a horrible headache all day one Saturday while working. I had taken all kinds of over-the-counter sinus medicine and ibuprofen. Nothing helped.

In those days I attended Native American dances (powwows) twice a month. Sometimes with friends, sometimes alone. So when I left the office that day, my car turned automatically toward the gathering.

I never gave it a thought till I arrived, parked at the back of the almost-full parking lot, and stepped out of the car. The dance was held in a church gym, a big metal building. The drumming had started, and the whole building was thumping like a giant boom box.

I thought, "So, let's see now. I've had a horrible headache all day, and I'm getting ready to go inside a metal building where 10 people are beating on a huge drum? Yup, that's right!" I went inside, and in about twenty minutes the headache was gone. Completely gone!

Two years ago I wrote an article on the healing power of drumming for a local magazine. In researching it, I discovered that medical research now confirms what I experienced. Drumming can cure headaches. One woman had had terrible, unmanageable migraines for years. Then her teenaged son took up drumming, and she was cured.

Drumming can do a lot more than cure headaches. That's one of the things I'll be writing more about. Later.

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