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About Self Management

You are in charge. While doctors and other health care professionals can help, much of your health depends on you, and what you do.

Skills based. Learning about pain is a good first step. Taking charge of your pain is more than increasing your knowledge about pain. Research shows it is important to learn and practice 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. We know from research that 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 burn care, 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 help build 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.