May 14, 2016 – Strategies to Conquer the Pain of Chronic Lyme Disease

On Saturday, May 14, 2016, the Lyme Action Network will offer a one-of-a-kind, day-long event entitled “Take Back Your Life!”.  The event will be held at SUNY Adirondack.  (Building location to be announced.) This session is being developed for patients who suffer with  chronic illness, be it Lyme disease or any other chronically debilitating condition.

“People who are suffering with persistent Lyme disease or any other chronic condition are under constant, unrelenting physical stress,” explained Chris Fisk, President of the Lyme Action Network. “Stress and pain and illness begets more stress and pain, and it’s vital for people to find ways to break the cycle to permit their bodies a chance begin healing.  There are many evidence-based strategies, grounded in science, that people can employ to give themselves — and their over-taxed and over-stressed bodies, some relief and rest to help facilitate repair. We will be presenting and showcasing a number of these strategies in multiple seminars throughout the day.”

The Lyme Action Network has invited a team of experts in various fields to participate as presenters.  The presenters, all of whom have professional practices in the region and extensive experience with chronic illnesses, will include:

Bock, StevenSteven Bock, MD, DAAMA, AAAAM, Secretary – ILADS — Dr. Bock, an expert on tick-borne diseases and the importance of multi-systemic support in the healing process, will provide basic information about what disease does to the body and will discuss the new treatment advances in physical and energy-based therapies, including UV Light and other frequency-based therapies.


Stram 2Ronald Stram, MD — Dr. Stram, founder of the Stram Center for Integrative Medicine in Delmar, will discuss how patients can find healing and relief through practices the work to support the immune system, de-stress the body, and create resilience while your body heals from illness.


LoBisco Sarah 2Sarah LoBisco, ND –  Dr. LoBisco is a doctor of naturopathic medicine, and specializes in  integrative care based upon holistic and conventional medicine.The naturopathic and functional medicine approach looks at and addresses the underlying causes of why someone would be susceptible to an inability to fully recover from a stealth infection and then treat the whole individual  through a systems-based and individualized approach Dr. LoBisco is an expert in nutraceuticals, essential oils, and medical foods as tools for healing.

Fox RobertRobert S. Fox, O.D., F.C.O.V.D  is a a Doctor of Optometry specializing in developmental and rehabilitative optometry.  People with chronic illness, particularly children suffering conditions such as Lyme disease, require highly specialized optometric skills.  Dr. Fox will explain how chronic illness influences vision, and the therapies he employs to help correct problems.


Carpenter AmandaAmanda Carpenter, PT, DPT, CProT, CEAS – Through her physical therapy practice, Dr. Carpenter works with individuals with a broad variety of physical challenges to help bring them to states of improved physical capability and vitality, creating increased avenues for healing. Dr. Carpenter has extensive experience with the unique challenges posed by chronic illness, such as persistent Lyme disease, and she  will discuss the role of physical therapy in charting a course to assist the body to heal, and offer tips and strategies for self care.


McMahon MarieMarie McMahon, PTA, LMT, CECP  -Through her practice as a Licensed Massage Therapist,  Ms. McMahon has developed a high level of expertise treating the unique challenges presented by Lyme patients.  The disease/inflammatory process damages tissue, connective tissue, the lymphatic system, and the organs, so great care and specialized attention is required to provide the supportive and restorative treatments that massage therapy can deliver.  “Turning down” the volume of the body’s nervous system allows the body to relax, which encourages healing.  Ms.McMahon will explain how different types of therapies work.