Healthcare art is not just about art décor in healthcare facilities. It has a more important function than beautification. Every hospital, clinic, and nursing home has wall art in every room and soothing music in the waiting areas. At least, the good ones do. A keen eye would have noticed that they are always calming and pleasant images with simple subjects. The music is always very low in volume and pleasant. So, what is going on?
The Science behind Healthcare Art
Health specialists have observed that incorporating art in health facilities speed up recovery in patients. Even if the patient does not consciously observe the art, it helps provide the brain a certain positive energy to fight whatever illness it is fighting. Various experiments have proven that art can help patients in the following ways:
- Lowers blood pressure.
- Lowers heart rate.
- Decreases anxiety.
- Decreases negative thoughts and fears.
- Decreases chances of panic attacks.
- Art therapy helps patients of psychiatric problems greatly.
- It also helps patients of neurological problems like dementia.
Art in healthcare does not only help patients but also healthcare providers and relatives of the patients. Healthcare providers spend hours on end around ailing patients and perplexed loved ones. Soothing music and images give them the strength to pull through their shift.
It serves as a welcome distraction, easing the tension in worried well-wishers in the waiting lounge. It gives them an outlet, if only for a while, to think about something other than their worries when they can do nothing but wait.
Specific Type of Art that Serves in Healthcare
The term “healthcare art” can seem like art with pictorial depiction of health processes targeting physicians and surgeons. But it is not quite that. While depicting healthcare regulations and information through catchy infographics is part of it, art in healthcare has transcended to cater to the emotional and psychological aspect.
Today’s healthcare art involves abstract paintings with a burst of colors, soft jazz that one can almost ignore, paintings of scenic routes, aesthetic silhouettes, nature, and other such stress-alleviating subjects.
Colors in Art for Healthcare
Psychology has researched the impact of colors on the human psyche in depth. Each color has a very specific effect on the brain. Here are some examples:
- Red is associated with anger but it is also the color that catalyzes willpower, determination, and strength.
- Orange has been found to improve appetite. This is also why many restaurants, diners, and cafes have orange walls to increase sales. It helps people with a loss of appetite if they don’t also have an eating disorder. It increases overall enthusiasm including the enthusiasm to live and eat.
- Yellow is the ultimate color of happiness and freedom of mind. Most art pieces in healthcare have a dominant yellow base and hardly any piece has no yellow.
- Green triggers vivacity and is often added in healthcare facilities in the best way possible, in leafy plants. The artwork here is in the vases they come in.
A balanced mix of colors helps trigger the desired response in patients.
Healthcare art is a powerful weapon in the recovery and rehabilitation of patients of various illnesses. Investing in this detail is about that special touch in letting people know they are in good hands, that they are understood.