Making art, by using charcoal, water colours, pencils, or other artistic utensils can significantly reduce a patients perception of pain and anxieties from cancer.
It seems that it is essential that the person making the art actually uses it to express themselves, meaning that simply sketching isn’t enough. Before the program started the subjects were asked to rate their pain using a scale, and afterwards they were asked to rate their pain.
Those involved in the study enjoyed how it allowed them to put their mind towards something positive, away from the negative feelings of pain.
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