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About Self Management

You are in charge. Self-management is about you taking an active role in your recovery and pain management. While doctors and other health care professionals can help, much of your health depends on you, and what you do.

Skills based. Self-management is more than increasing what you know about pain. Research shows that effective self-management programs teach specific skills – relaxation, reducing negative thinking, and balancing rest and activity. These skills help you decrease your pain and improve your quality of life.

Set goals and track your progress. Self-management is also about setting goals for your recovery. Effective programs help you break these goals down into achievable steps and track your progress toward your goals.

Tailored to your specific needs. Self-management programs have been developed for people dealing with a variety of health conditions, including diabetes and arthritis. We know from research that self-management programs work best when they are tailored to a person’s specific needs. Take Charge was designed specifically for people who are coping with pain. Experts in the fields of rehabilitation and psychology have contributed to the development of Take Charge. As a result, the program is customized to meet the specific needs of people like you.

Builds Confidence. Self-management programs have been shown to be effective and appear to work by building your confidence in managing pain and related health problems. As you develop your skills and experience success, you are better able to handle pain related difficulties as they arise, rather than experiencing a crisis.