Drummer Gary Allen (Charlie Daniels Band, J.J. Cale’s band, The Outfit) notes that the art of drumming places “great physical demands on the body”. He knew to keep good posture from the get-go and in decades of performing, he has never had any problems.
However, Gary is in the minority. He let me know that Paul Riddle of The Marshall Tucker Band and Jaimoe of The Allman Brothers both have had a history of back problems from their drumming. Jaimoe even took a hiatus from the band in the ’80’s and went to see a chiropractor.
Gary says you have to sit up straight and not hunch over.