Playing Well with Dr. Kertz: Drum Health

Better Health and Avoiding Injury for Drummers

Welcome to the Making Music Mag health column “Playing Well with Dr. Kertz.”

Dr. Randall Kertz — a chiropractor, acupuncturist, and musician in private practice in the Chicago area — offers advice on loosening up before you play your instrument so you can avoid injury and play your best.

The  monthly column “Playing Well with Dr. Kertz” will address how musicians can avoid injury, and how they can identify things they may do to cause injury. Dr. Kertz offers general health information and tips for musicians of every instrument.

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You can send your comments, questions, or requests for future column topics to Dr. Kertz via email at, or visit his website at

Randall Kertz is a chiropractic physician, acupuncturist, educator, and author in private practice in suburban Chicago, IL. He treats many local, national, and international musicians of all playing styles in his office and on tour, and has lectured on the subject of musician’s injuries and health education worldwide, as well as consulting, designing, and developing ergonomic and health-related products for the music industry. He is also a bassist and has been involved in many other roles in and around the music business for over 35 years. His book, "The Bassist’s Guide to Injury Management, Prevention and Better Health," was first published in 2005, and is now available in its second edition. He can be reached at, and his book can be purchased at Amazon, or at

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