Interestingly enough, art therapy has become a very common practice for those with disabilities. Art therapy can be accomplished in several formats—coloring, painting, sculpting and drawing. The therapeutic nature of art therapy is specifically designed for individuals who suffer from illnesses, trauma or other physical and emotional challenges.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), as well as other types of arthritic conditions can greatly benefit from art therapy. Not surprising, people who suffer from these medical challenges can have an overall feeling of sickness and fatigue, often feel isolated and stressed, which ultimately leads to depression.
Benefits of Art Therapy:
- Incorporating art therapy into one's daily routine can help to constructively use up parts of the day.
- It has been found to promote an overall sense of well-being as the patient finds new ways to occupy their mind and time.
- The act of coloring, drawing and painting can help to relieve stress and relax the mind, taking one's awareness off the disease and discomfort.
- Working with the hands and wrists can help to improve mobility and reduce arthritis pain.
- Provides a feeling of accomplishment as they have created something artistic on their own.
- One does not have to leave their house to partake in art therapy activities—caregivers or art therapists themselves can bring it into the home.
- When using both sides of the brain, as in art therapy activities, the brain releases 'feel good' hormones.
Regardless of whether you meet with a professional art therapist for a formal session or an initial consultation, or do it yourself with the help of a caregiver, the benefits of this therapy can be tremendously rewarding. NO artistic talent is needed!
Sources: PainResources.com, anewlifeoutlook.com
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