Ian Cleary

Physical or Psychological?

Is it physical or psychological – that is the question! Well actually – It’s NOT the question. It hasn’t been for a while thanks to how we have moved on from our understanding of health. The division between conditions being physical (in the body) and real OR psychological (and somehow less real), never actually explained the human […]

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Pain & Neuroplasticity Lecture

“I believe the first step to beat chronic pain is to understand it.” I was recently asked to speak on Chronic Pain as part of the UCOL Public Lecture Series. The audio is not great but here is the lecture. It might stretch you but as I point out, that’s a good thing. While the […]

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Are you ready for change?

Never confuse the failure of past approaches to the potential of future recovery. Over the last 12 years I have worked with many people with a range of different conditions across all levels of severity and duration. From decades of illness, or being bed bound through to just getting a recent diagnosis or mild enough […]

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Avoid or push through? Or….

Many people I work with are stuck with two choices. Avoid the things that trigger them (exercise, movement, food, light, touch, chemicals, people, noise etc) or push through and suffer the payback. The Lightning Process offers a third alternative – retrain your brain and body to respond differently to the triggers. This approach also moves […]

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Not Broken…Just Stuck

Here’s a radical thought.  What if the way you are thinking about your condition became an obstacle for full recovery. Would you be willing to begin to think about your condition differently? __________________ What would it be like to begin to think about yourself as just stuck rather than broken. What would it be like to […]

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What’s your Yeah But?

If you search you will find lots of stories of people successfully recovering from ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia, CRPS, PTSD, anxiety or depression.   When people come across a success story from a person who once had what they are now suffering from there is often a very familiar response…….   YEAH BUT…….. There are thousands of endings to […]

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Join the Pain Revolution

February 8, 2018IanChronic Pain/ Fibromyalgia, Lightning ProcessComments Off on Join the Pain Revolution

Are you ready to join the pain revolution? There is a massive mismatch between what research now tells us about pain and the public perception about it. Given that we find ourselves with Chronic Pain as the number burden on human health AND a massive over-prescription of Pain medicine, is it time to join the […]

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You are not at the mercy of your Emotions

One of the concepts of the Lightning Process is to use current understandings of how the brain and body interact to have a positive influence over our health. While we might be a product of our past we do not have to be at the mercy of it. Learning to engage in the PRESENT moment and our automatic […]

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Getting better or just getting better at managing?

September 9, 2017IanChronic Fatigue Syndrome & ME, Chronic Pain/ Fibromyalgia, Lightning Process, NeuroplasticityComments Off on Getting better or just getting better at managing?

The understanding of NEUROPLASTICITY has become a valuable tool in working with both physical and mental health. NEUROPLASTICITY is the process where the brain alters its structure and function as an adaptation to experience. The implications of this are huge. One implication is that the things that people do to ‘manage’ their problem are also […]

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How Stress can Make you sick

Stress hormones can keep us safe. But Chronic Stress hormones can make us sick. A nice overview of how chronic stress changes our body. The problem is not stress it is CHRONIC stress. Our body starts changing instantly with stress. We are designed to respond to a threat with the Physical Emergency Stress response. But long […]

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