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Creative therapies and brain injury rehabilitation

If you or someone you know has suffered a brain injury, creative therapies can be hugely beneficial in encouraging victims to use practical skills while boosting their mental health and confidence.

In this article, we’ll be discussing the different types of creative therapies and how they are significant in the brain injury rehabilitation process.

Rehabilitation after a brain injury

Most people who have suffered a severe brain injury will require rehabilitation. Perhaps they need to relearn basic day-to-day skills, such as walking or talking.

The process can be tricky and time-consuming, which is why it’s important to research different rehabilitation methods to help survivors on the road to recovery as soon as possible.

The type of rehabilitation received is different for everyone. This is dependent on the severity of the brain damage and what part of the brain was injured.  

It can be difficult to understand what to do following a brain injury. If the accident wasn’t your fault, consider making a brain injury claim and seeking the support of a specialist solicitor. They can help you get the compensation you deserve for your rehabilitation treatment.

What are creative therapies?

Creative therapies are designed to help survivors express their feelings and emotions through various art forms.

Using words to communicate memories and sentiments may prove difficult following such a traumatic event. However, self-expression can be presented in the form of music, drama, art, or dance therapy.

Each of these therapies doesn’t require any former skill or experience in the field. They are simply used as a way for people to be open and engaging with their thoughts.

Creative therapies are a great way for victims to address past trauma and these can be used in conjunction with other treatment methods, such as prolonged exposure therapy or cognitive processing therapy.

How creative therapies can be used for those with brain injuries

The beauty of creative therapies is that each one can be used to accomplish individual goals. There’s no added pressure and you’re free to express yourself as much or as little as you like.

Music therapy refers to the use of music interventions to support the psychological, emotional, communicative, and social needs of an individual who has been affected by a serious injury or illness.

It can include listening to or creating music with a variety of instruments. It may also involve singing or dancing to music. The interaction between the person and the music therapist is an essential aspect of the process.

Similarly, art therapy offers many psychological and cognitive benefits for those who have suffered brain trauma. Art can significantly boost your mood and improve problem-solving skills, attention, and coordination. Most importantly, it can help patients rebuild their sense of self-worth and offer a healthy outlet for built-up emotions.

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