HumanInsight Complementary Medicine and Expressive Arts Therapy: Adjuvant for Recovery Following Neurosurgical Procedures
OBM Integr Compliment Med. 2023;8(1). doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2301007. Epub 2023 Jan 17.
Art as a way of healing is primordial in many cultures. Expressive Arts Therapy (ExAT) uses art, music, dance, and writing to help individuals navigate their healing journey. Patient self-expression as a mode of recovery has been observed in patients with Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and cancer. Complementary medical approaches such as acupuncture and mindfulness have also demonstrated benefits in patients suffering from neurological injury. Complementary medicine and ExAT are not mainstream approaches following neurosurgical procedures. There are very few systematic studies evaluating the benefits of expressive arts in neurosurgery. Advances in telemedicine and mobile applications may facilitate the incorporation of complementary medicine and ExAT into patient recovery. The purpose of our study is to explore the use of complementary medicine and ExAT in neurosurgical recovery. We start with a brief introduction of ExAT followed by available treatments offered. We discuss the benefits of multidisciplinary care and emerging technologies and how they can facilitate incorporation of complementary medicine and ExAT in neurosurgery. Finally, we review several clinical studies that have demonstrated success in using complementary medicine. Our goal is to provide alternative approaches to neurosurgery recovery so that patients may receive with the best care possible.
PMID:36713300 | PMC:PMC9879628 | DOI:10.21926/obm.icm.2301007
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