Nursing students learn benefits of PBM as area is home to leaders in field


SHEPHERDSTOWN — With many leaders and early users of photobiomodulation in various ways sprinkled throughout the Eastern Panhandle, Shepherd University took the time to continue its efforts in the field with a recent presentation to nursing students on the benefits of light therapy and wound healing.

The university received a $2.7 million federal grant a few years ago to address rural health issues, several components being involved in the grant, including the light therapy aspect.

“PBM was discovered in 1967,” PBM Foundation’s Hon. Scot Faulkner said. “Basically, I like to say we’re warm-blooded plants. We need Vitamin D. We change color in the sun. We seem to be happier when it’s sunny versus overcast. As a result, different part of the light spectrum do different good things for the body.”

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Photobiomodulation (PBM), the application of low- level laser light, activates the body’s innate healing and pain relieving mechanisms to heal faster and reduce pain, promote tissue repair, and reduce inflammation and pain.

Evidence supporting effectiveness of PBM treatments is growing based on more than 500 human clinical trials in the areas of acute trauma and degenerative diseases, such as macular degeneration, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, dementia, back and neck pain, shingles, and other neuropathic pain syndromes.

PBM knowledge, skills, and devices enhance many current treatments and often work when other treatments don’t. Numerous ailments are often reversed and the quality of life is restored. more…

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Department of Nursing to unveil a major new light-based health initiative

Shepherd University, in partnership with the PBM Foundation, is announcing a new strategic health education initiative promoting the use of light-based health treatments, also known as photobiomodulation (PBM), during a daylong workshop on Wednesday, January 24.

The workshop will introduce PBM to Shepherd’s advanced practice nurses and is the first step in bringing the science and application of light-based treatments into the nursing curriculum.

“PBM is important to West Virginians,” said Dr. Sharon Mailey, acting dean for and chair of the Department of Nursing Education. “Our state leads the nation in opioid overdose deaths. PBM’s effectiveness in treating pain can create a viable alternative treatment that will help reduce dependence on addictive and dangerous medications.” more…

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