Art therapy can be traced back to the early 20th century when psychiatrists and psychologists started recognizing the therapeutic potential of artistic expression. It gained prominence as a formal discipline in the mid-20th century. It has since evolved into a recognized and effective form of therapy that integrates art-making with psychological support to promote self-expression and personal growth. Through artistic expression, art therapy allows individuals to explore their emotions, thoughts, and experiences in a safe and non-judgmental environment.
It can be a powerful tool for relaxation, reducing stress, and providing a sense of control, which can be particularly beneficial for those living with chronic pain. In addition, art therapy can trigger the release of endorphins leading to a reduction in pain levels. Art therapy provides a means of coping with pain that extends beyond medication, enabling individuals to find new ways to manage their symptoms and express themselves creatively.