Ian Cleary

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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Life’s Ups & Downs

Nothing in life is static. There are ups and downs. One follows the others follows the other.   BUT   If you fear the downs – the ups become a THREAT. An up becomes a predictor of a down.   If you fear failure you will fear success. If you fear fatigue you will fear […]

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RAS – A Piece of the Puzzle

The video below is a useful way to think about just how the brain processes all the information that comes its way. With the brain located inside our skull it relies on our nerves to send it important information. This includes information about the world around us and the working of our body. All of this […]

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Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

I sent out this poem recently to my Lightning Process Graduates and so many replied to say how much they related to it. The process of getting out of auto-pilot and retraining our brain / body to respond differently is not always smooth. It’s a journey that this poem captures well. Autobiography in Five Short […]

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Shocking MRI results for Back Pain

March 30, 2017IanChronic Pain/ Fibromyalgia, Lightning ProcessComments Off on Shocking MRI results for Back Pain

MRI RESULTS FOR BACK PAIN – SHOCKING FINDINGS This post is all about PAIN. It relates to you if, and only if, you have experienced pain before. So I guess that means you! What follows might challenge you. Modern pain science is showing us that most of what we used to think about pain was […]

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Aha Moments

I love the look on someone’s face during a training when they get an ‘aha moment’ – the penny drops, the light bulb goes off, something finally makes sense.   These moments come when people are receptive, searching and open. There’s a willingness to recognise that there may be a mis-match between what is true […]

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Healing or retraining?

January 27, 2017IanChronic Fatigue Syndrome & ME, Chronic Pain/ Fibromyalgia, Neuroplasticity, Success StoriesComments Off on Healing or retraining?

How influential is severity or duration on the course of recovery? From a ‘traditional’ healing perspective then you would say these factors are very relevant. But what EXACTLY needs to heal?  And even if there is healing required, our body is really good at that. A broken bone can heal in just 6 weeks. Skin […]

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Ode to Spontaneity

After years of physical illness people often loose trust in their bodies and life becomes a carefully managed routine to avoid crashes or flare ups. While people are busy planning all the things they want to do after the training, one of the joys of recovery is the ability to be spontaneous again. The ability […]

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Time to get curious about the Brain

November 29, 2016IanChronic Pain/ Fibromyalgia, In the News & Research, NeuroplasticityComments Off on Time to get curious about the Brain

I’ve just returned from giving a ‘Neurobiology of Pain’ lecture in London. It is such an exciting topic because it impacts every person on the planet & the implications are huge for people suffering with chronic pain. The challenge is this – What most people think about pain is no longer in line with modern science.  […]

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