I’m very excited to announce some new research that provides hope for one of the common and debilitating side-effects of recovering from cancer- chronic fatigue.
A paper has just been published titled:
Does the Lightning Process Training Programme Reduce Chronic Fatigue in Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors? A Mixed-Methods Pilot Study, and published in the peer-reviewed journal ‘Cancers’
It’s a mixed-methods study of the effects of the Lightning Process training on chronic fatigue in Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors has shown promising results.
There’s been some interest in the Lightning Process’ effectiveness in helping people with a range of symptoms, including fatigue. A randomised control trial and a systematic review identified positive results for the majority of those using the process for fatigue and these findings led to the development of this study
This study found statistically significant improvements for all the patient-reported outcome measure (PROM) questionnaires comparing the pre-and post-intervention periods, with a significant reduction (p < .001) in the total fatigue score from baseline to 3 months and six-month follow-up. This was reflected in the qualitative findings of the interviews where ‘participants emphasised that they now experienced both less fatigue and explicit improvement in their energy level’.
All 11 participants confirmed that the intervention had not worsened their health or caused them any negative side effects and that they were satisfied or very satisfied with the intervention. They also expressed that during the LP they felt they were ‘finally being taken seriously’ and the researchers noted how the LP course explicitly validated the participants’ symptoms as being real rather than ‘imagined’.
The researchers noted that ‘The reductions in the participants’ total fatigue scores were remarkable, since no changes in their overall level of fatigue, as subjectively expressed by the participants themselves, were reported over the preceding years.’
This valuable research project shows how the Lightning Process can be applied to chronic fatigue symptoms where the cause is attributed as a consequence of a specific illness. It also identifies that significant positive changes, without any side effects, can be achieved for this group.
These findings provide further evidence to support the LP concept that fatigue is a genuine physiological symptom that can be helped by applying the LP tools to the brain/body system to make lasting changes.
Dr Phil Parker