Arts Health News

Posted: Apr 20 2017 - 4:49am

Knitting, crocheting and jam-making have never been associated with great thrills – but, it turns out, they work wonders for wellbeing.

A study has found that people who participate in arts and crafts feel happier, calmer and more energetic the next day.

The activities which the researchers listed also included cooking, baking, performing music, painting, drawing, sketching, digital design and creative writing.



Posted: Apr 17 2017 - 4:49am

Patients recovering from back surgery often struggle with pain and anxiety, but new research shows that music therapy may help ease their discomfort.

Medication is commonly used to manage pain for people who've had surgery to treat a spinal problem.

For the new study, researchers from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City provided 30 patients who'd had spinal fusion surgery with a 30-minute music therapy session within 72 hours of their operation. The therapy included singing, rhythmic drumming and live music. It helped patients relax and eased their tension, the researchers said, adding that the therapy was used in combination with standard care.

Another group of 30 spine surgery patients received only standard care after their procedure and didn't receive music therapy.

All of the patients in the study were between 40 and 55 years old.

"This study is unique in its quest to integrate music therapy in medicine to treat post-surgical pain," lead author John Mondanaro, clinical director of The Louis Armstrong Department of Music Therapy, said in a Mount Sinai news release.


Posted: Apr 15 2017 - 12:00pm

A painting hanging in the Cancer Centre at Abbotsford Regional Hospital will send a welcoming signal to aboriginal patients – a message they may not have received from health-care facilities before.

The painting – depicting two Metis youth holding hands and facing a full moon over a rocky landscape – was unveiled last week as part of a province-wide program to introduce aboriginal art into BC Cancer Agency locations. The program is a partnership between the First Nations Health Authority, the Metis Nation of B.C. and the BC Association of Friendship Centres and the BC Cancer Agency.


Posted: Apr 14 2017 - 12:00pm

A unique art project in Thunder Bay, Ont., is bringing together police officers and female survivors of sexual assault, and helping them express how violence has affected their lives.

Honouring our Stories uses everything from beading to weaving to digital storytelling to illustrate how sexual violence impacts the victims and investigators.

"Art is a great leveler. It's something that brings people to their own deepest place where they can tell their own personal stories and it's also a great way to share your story with someone else, " said Gwen O'Reilly, the director of the Northwestern Ontario Women's Centre in Thunder Bay.


Posted: Apr 12 2017 - 4:54am

Clients of the ArtWorks Studio at the Canadian Mental Health Association, led by local artist Tina Siddiqui, joined members of Interior Health’s Mental Health and Substance Use team and art committee to unveil their beautiful four-paneled art piece this past week.

The art piece is housed on the second floor of IH’s new Community Health and Services Centre located in downtown Kelowna. The second floor also houses multiple MHSU patient services.

“I’d like to thank the Canadian Mental Health Association’s ArtWorks Studio for creating and donating such a beautiful painting,” said MHSU executive director David Harrhy. “Our goal is to create a welcoming environment to all who visit the Community Health and Services Centre and this vibrant piece helps us achieve that.”

Twelve individuals worked together to design and create the painting as a representation of health and well-being in the beautiful surrounding areas. The artists hope to express their wish for health and happiness for all people and communities across IH.