Rhythm is within all of us. From the way our heart beats, to how we walk, talk, and even sleep, rhythm plays a big part in our daily lives.

It is no wonder that rhythm is now used to help us live healthier – specifically through the rhythm of drumming.

Recent research suggests the act of drumming accelerates physical healing, boosts the immune system, and reduces stress and anxiety.

Group Drumming Benefits

Not convinced? Here are six reasons why drumming is good for you – and the science that backs it all up.

  1. Drumming Increases Immunity.

Feeling a cold coming on? Grab some vitamin C and a drum! Studies show drumming increases T-cells, which boost the immune system and help the body combat illness. One study from the National Center for Biotechnology Information suggests drumming boosts the body’s natural killer cell activity which can help in the battle against some certain forms of cancer.

  1. Drumming Boosts Happiness.

Maybe you’ve heard that running can produce a natural high? Drumming can create the same feeling but with less sweat! A study from the University of Oxford shows participating in a musical activity such a drumming triggers the release of endorphins. Endorphins are hormones that boost feelings of happiness, well-being, and euphoria. The longer you drum, the happier you feel.

  1. Drumming Reduces Stress.

Let’s face it. When you are stressed out, sometimes all you want to do is hit something. Rather than take your stress out on the drywall, hit the drums instead. Playing music is linked with lower levels of cortisol, known as the stress hormone. Lowering cortisol levels can create a sense of calm and reduce overactive “flight or fight” responses.

  1. Drumming Controls Chronic Pain.

Group drumming is being looked at as a possible way to reduce the opioid epidemic in the United States. Early research shows regular group drumming activities can help people  reset their tolerance for pain and dependence on medication. At the very least, group drumming can be a distraction from the chronic pain some people struggle with every day.

  1. Drumming Helps You Disconnect.

You need two hands to drum. That means no smartphones or other tech devices can distract you. Group drumming can help you be present and allow you to connect with the people around you in the rhythm of life.

  1. Drumming Stimulates Creativity.

While group drumming emphasizes collaboration, it can also be an outlet for self-expression. There’s no right or wrong way to create a drumbeat. Playing the drums unleashes your creativity to find your own unique beat in the rhythm of life!