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UPCAP trains facilitators for Chronic Pain Self-Management Program

February 2, 2013
Daily Press

ESCANABA - Twenty attendees completed a four-day Chronic Pain Self-Management training offered by UPCAP in January. These individuals are now able to facilitate Chronic Pain Self Management workshops in their respective Upper Peninsula communities.

The program is one of Stanford University's suite of Evidence-Based Self Management programs.

The Chronic Pain Self-Management program was designed specifically for persons experiencing chronic musculoskeletal pain (chronic neck, shoulder, and back pain, etc.), whiplash injuries, chronic regional pain syndromes, repetitive strain injury, chronic pelvic pain, post-surgical pain that lasts beyond six months, neuropathic pain or neuralgias, and post stroke or central pain.

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Participants in a recent Chronic Pain Self-Management training program offered by UPCAP are: from left front, Kris Lindquist, Darby Ison, Linda Wolf, Mary Romitti, Angela Wandahsega, and Amy Racine; back row, Kathy Heyrman, Suzan Ollila, Jessica Manier, Tammy Rosa, Debra Flannery, Justin Ogren, Cynthia Reinhart, Kris Nyquist, Barb VanRooy, Janice Gayan, Cindy Dulany, John Erickson, Jessica McCullough, Tonya LaFave, Steven Sagataw, and Jesse Rosten.

It may also be appropriate for those with persistent headaches, Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetic neuropathy, and severe muscular pain due to conditions such as multiple sclerosis.

People who have taken the program have expressed having more vitality and energy, less pain, less dependence on others, improved mental health, more involvement in everyday activities, and are more satisfied with their lives compared to those who have not taken the program.

The chronic pain program is a six-week workshop that meets for 2 1/2 hours each week. It is facilitated by two trained leaders who either live with or care for someone living with chronic pain.

Session topics include relaxation techniques, nutrition, physical activity, goal setting, communication skills, and working with healthcare providers.

Each participant also receives the Chronic Pain workbook and Moving Easy Program (exercise) CD. UPCAP believes this to be a valuable program for persons living in chronic pain, and will utilize these newly trained facilitators to begin offering this workshop across the Upper Peninsula.

For more information or to find the nearest workshop, contact Tonya LaFave at 1-800-338-7227, dial 2-1-1, or visit



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