Laser Back Pain

Reporter: Frank Pangallo

GP Dr. Mark Rogers is having great success making pain disappear with his revolutionary world-first treatment using lasers.

"That's what we've invented, a diagnosis of what the problem is to solve," he says.

Dr. Rogers approach begins by taking pictures of a patient with a thermo-imaging camera, much like the hot-spot technology used in cricket to show whether the ball has made contact with the bat...

"We can actually visualise the pain, show them where their pain is and then find the injury and actually be precise about where they've hurt themselves," he explained.

That's where the cold lasers come in, targetting the soft tissue deep in the problem areas and stimulating the production of collagen cells which assist the healing process.

"They generate heat and so it feels good, people say it feels soothing, it's the best massage they've never had."

In fact Dr. Rogers believes you may well be wasting your money having physio or chiropractors work on you.

After 35 years of constant pain down his back and legs, Peter Mills is seeing incredible results. "There's no pain down my leg any more, no numbness of the foot. I am now moving my neck easier," said Peter.

After trying the laser treatment two years ago, Mark Potts says he hasn't had one of the debilitating migraines he'd suffered since he was a teenager.

From modern medical technology to the other end of the spectrum is the ancient Chinese method of bamboo healing practised by Martial Arts Master Stephen Tiong. "The stick transmits vibration energy which then turns to heat and the heat will break down toxins embedded in muscle tissue," Stephen explained.

After seeing Stephen's unconventional treatment on the internet, Gayle Greer and Charlie Valenti flew half way around the world from the US, in a last ditch bid to fix their chronic pain.

It's not for the feint-hearted but after a week of beltings and massage Gayle and Charlie are now converts. "No pain no gain," smiled Gayle

As for the cold laser therapy Dr. Rogers says he can't guarantee it works for everybody.

For further information:

Contacts: Dr. Mark Rogers --

Dr Roberta Chow, Castle Hill Medical Centre, (02) 9634 5000

Treatment costs $1200 (upfront) for 4 months worth of treatment consisting of 3 x 1hr appointments per week for first two weeks, 2 x 1hr appointments for next two weeks then re-assess & change consistency and duration as necessary.

Pensioners can claim up to 80% of the balance left after the $578.60 safety net.