Communication about a patient’s pain experience is a fundamental component of rehabilitation, but often requires the use of metaphoric expressions. However, whilst the meaning of some metaphors is clear, for others it can be obscure. This article will allow the reader to understand the influence that metaphors have on rehabilitation and how they can be used for pain reconceptualisation and behavioural change. It will also allow the development of strategies that enable better communication. There is also an audio recording of this article.
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Mike Stewart MCSP SRP PG Cert is a state registered physiotherapist (SRP) and visiting university lecturer with over 15 years of experience managing complex, persistent pain conditions. In addition, he is a dedicated practice-based educator committed to providing evidence-based education to a wide variety of health professionals.
His Know Pain workshops have provided clinicians around the world with practical and innovative pain education skills. He is currently studying for an MSc in Physiotherapy and Practice-based Education at The University of Brighton and is planning a PhD focusing on pain and communication.
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