Examples of why imagery is essential to health care environments. And why Art in business and home environments can also enjoy this research.
Patients and clients need imagery; it provides beautiful and exciting distractions. It takes away worry and pain. Art soothes children, families, and visitors in hospitals. Murals enliven hospital rooms with color and design. Art gives spaces identity and energy. Blair Sadler and Annette Ridenour said it best. “Art has shown what’s possible when creativity and compassion work hand in hand, side by side. They provide a beacon of hope in an uncertain and often scary world.
“Why when people are sick. Often at their lowest ebb in life, should they need a supportive environment?” Asks Jane Duncan. “Why should the quality of the environment not match the standards of medical care?” Trevor Bell observes that. “Art condenses the experience we all have as human beings and, by forming it, makes it significant. We all have an in-built need for harmony and structure that creates harmony. Art is an affirmation of life.” Patients and staff are healthier and happier in environments that have imagery. That honor the inherent desire for beauty, peace, and spirituality.
Art therapies stretch back more than 100 years. Throughout history, pictures have been central to healing rituals. Imagery has shown it improves. 1. physical 2. emotional 3. The psychological wellbeing of patients, visitors, and staff. Images are demonstrating their effectiveness as healing modalities. Arts as medical practices are acceptable to some. They can be a distraction to children in an emergency room. Imagery can act as an effective antidepressant. Art in a physical setting can play an important role. Images help make hospitals less risky, less stressful. Arts promote healing for patients and provide a better place for staff to work.
Modern research provides supportive information. The effectiveness of Art being as an aid in healing.
1. A hospital in Northern Ireland did a three-year project to measure the effects of Art. Fifty percent of patients told researchers. “Our pain and symptoms were relieved by Art.” Over ninety percent said they were more relaxed, and their mood improved.
2. The University College in London. Had ten participants see three hundred paintings while lying on a scanner. The Art increased the orbital frontal cortex, which involves an emotion of reward. The ugly images showed the cortex of wanting an escape. It suggests artists have physical effects on patients.
3. Hospitals have demonstrated. 1. The effectiveness of improving physical 2. The emotional 3. The psychological wellbeing of patients, visitors, and staff. Art brings more compassion, less suffering, and more to the experience.
4. The Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. In 2006 reported. “Individuals with cancer who participated in therapy sessions. They said a significant reduction in eight of nine symptoms. These are common to adult cancer patients 1. Pain 2. Tiredness 3. Depression 4. Anxiety 5. Drowsiness 6. Appetite
7. Wellbeing 8. Breathlessness.”
Per Kenneth Clark, “Art must do something more than giving pleasure. It should relate to our own life to increase our energy of spirits.” Rachel Naomi Remen, M.d. observes that. ”At a deeper level, the creative process and healing process arise from a single source. When you are an artist, you are a healer. You the foundation of your work and its integrity.”