Communication is a fundamental component of rehabilitation. The profoundly complex and idiosyncratic nature of pain experiences often requires the use of metaphoric expressions. In order to make sense of the world, many people in pain turn to metaphor. Healthcare professionals employ metaphor to transfer abstract scientific knowledge into meaningful cognitions. However, whilst some metaphors are explicit in their execution, many remain characteristically concealed. Through exploring the implicit nature of metaphor clinicians, researchers and people in pain may develop strategies to bridge the communication divide.

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