The information provided here is not a substitute for professional medical advice, therefore, it is important to always check with your doctor if you have a serious medical issue for which you believe art might help in some way. There are times when art can be helpful, and times when it cannot. You may or may not need medical staff to assist, but only you and your doctor can best determine your medical needs. We can provide information, but we cannot answer specific medical questions for you.
Our artists are creative and compassionate. Though we are not medical professionals, we are happy to make adaptations to our programs whenever possible. Please let us know of any special accommodations you may need when you are signing up. Our location is wheelchair accessible.
We sometimes bring our classes on location for a group art experience, based on instructor availability. Please contact us to discuss the details.
HOW ART HELPS:
According to Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing, they “prescribed” art activities to individuals who suffer from depression instead of traditional talk or medication therapies and discovered impressive results.
“An arts-on-prescription project has shown a 37% drop in GP [general practitioner) consultation rates and a 27% reduction in hospital admissions…. Arts therapies have been found to alleviate anxiety, depression and stress while increasing resilience and wellbeing.” The research concluded that, “A social return on investment of between £4 and £11 has been calculated for every £1 invested in arts on prescription.” The study identified that 1 in 5 women suffers from anxiety, depression or, in some cases, psychosis during pregnancy or in the first year after childbirth. “Suicide is the second leading cause of maternal death after cardiovascular disease.” The study also discovered adverse affects on 72% of the children born to these mothers. After 10 week arts and craft course was administered, “…Mothers experienced a 77 percent reduction in anxiety and depression and an 86 percent reduction in stress. They increased in confidence and self-determination, and their sense of isolation decreased. Mother – child attachment improved, and the emotional, social and cognitive development of the children was stimulated.
“Visual art and music relieve the pain and anxiety of childbirth, lead to weight gain in premature babies and encourage parent–child bonding.”
How art helps:
According to A Place For Mom, “There are practically more benefits to art than can be counted,” including:
Promoting self awareness
Relieving stress, anxiety and confusion through a sense of empowerment
Improving motor skills
Improving cognitive skills
Helping to cope with transitions
Research indicates that patients with dementia benefit from, “enhanced communication, brain function and social interaction. In fact, visual art can trigger dormant memories and emotions, inspiring conversations among these patients who normally struggle to express themselves.”
Engaging in creating art, “stimulates the whole brain. Instead of just responding to images, patients must plan, remember, create patterns and use motor skills.”
According to the Brooks Rehab of Jacksonville, FL, art can be used to treat adult and child patients suffering from brain injuries from concussions to more substantial injuries by focusing on, “…fine motor skills, gross motor skills, standing tolerance, endurance, communication, expression of feelings, relaxation, socialization, memory and problem solving skills.”
The Role of Art in Brain Injury Recovery – https://brooksrehab.org/blog/the-role-of-art-in-brain-injury-recovery/