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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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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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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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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Thought Suppression – Don’t think about it

“Try to pose for yourself this task: not to think of a polar bear, and you will see that the cursed thing will come to mind every minute.” Dostoevsky 1863   While you are not thinking of polar bears, whatever you do now don’t think of dancing jellybeans. And definitely don’t think that embarrassing thought […]

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What IS Neuroplasticity

July 29, 2016IanChronic Fatigue Syndrome & ME, Chronic Pain/ Fibromyalgia, NeuroplasticityComments Off on What IS Neuroplasticity

So what is Neuroplasticity?  You don’t have to understand Neuroplasticity to take back control of your health and understand that you are the most influential person in your life. Change can become easier when you understanding how brain function influences who you are and how you experience the world AND how you can influence brain […]

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Be your own Neuroplastic Surgeon

I wrote a recent post “If Pain persists BE your own Doctor”. This one could be  “If you are stuck BE your own Neuroplastic Surgeon”. To live a brilliant life you don’t need understand the brain at the level of a Neuroscientist like Michael Merzenich. But you would be foolish to ignore his message. And […]

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I’ve tried everything

Many people I see have been sick for a long time & come to me with a long list of failures, having ‘tried everything’. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible or even hard. It is just a comment on the approaches they have tried or how they have used the approaches. Maybe it means it’s time […]

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If Pain persists BE your doctor

June 3, 2016IanChronic Fatigue Syndrome & ME, Chronic Pain/ Fibromyalgia, NeuroplasticityComments Off on If Pain persists BE your doctor

Opioids have been in the news a lot lately. In the popular news with the death of Prince due to an overdose of the synthetic opioid Fentanyl. And in scientific news thanks to a really significant finding. Research is showing that Opioids, commonly used in treatment of pain and long known to be addictive ……. […]

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