Does anyone relate to this?
There can be a physical sense to ‘contraction’ whereby limited movement causes stiffness alongside the tension and guarding that limit mobility and reduce tolerance for activities. Pertinent is the fact that often these activities are the normal day to day pass-times and tasks that one can take for granted, until they become difficult or deemed impossible.
One’s thinking and sensory experience of the World can be ‘contracted’ as the pain becomes all consuming, occupying thoughts and movements to the point that there is little else.
Metaphors that spill from the individual’s thinking and experiences are such valuable insight. Expression of narrative and metaphor should be encouraged and then crafted into different language underpinned by a reconceptualised perspective as the mechanisms of pain and the influences upon pain are discovered and understood.
If you are so inclined, share your thoughts.