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16-01-2024 | Migraine | Non-pharmacologic Aspects of Pain, Migraine, and Headache (D Buse, Section Editor)

A Role for Visual Art Therapy in the Management of Migraine

Authors: Liza Smirnoff, Kendra Pham

Published in: Current Pain and Headache Reports | Issue 4/2024

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Abstract

Purpose of Review

Migraine is a disabling disorder that adversely affects the whole person and requires multimodal management. Through a brief historical overview of migraine as a subject for visual art, benefits reported from art therapy used in the management of other types of chronic pain, and a summary of the limited research involving art therapy for migraine, we aim to provide support for art therapy’s potential role in the management of migraine.

Recent Findings

As art therapy has been shown to be effective in the management of other chronic pain conditions, providing insight into the individual’s pain experience and perception of pain, ameliorating pain by means of distraction, and improving psychosocial health, by extension, it may be of benefit in the migraine population as well.

Summary

Migraine is disabling, and previous literature has shown efficacy in lifestyle modifications as well as complementary and alternative medicine. Based on its efficacy in other pain conditions, we suggest art therapy as an additional tool for the preventive management of migraine.
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Metadata
Title
A Role for Visual Art Therapy in the Management of Migraine
Authors
Liza Smirnoff
Kendra Pham
Publication date
16-01-2024
Publisher
Springer US
Keyword
Migraine
Published in
Current Pain and Headache Reports / Issue 4/2024
Print ISSN: 1531-3433
Electronic ISSN: 1534-3081
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11916-023-01207-1

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