Personal Training Client: Kai'en

Age: 29 years old

Occupation: Consultant
Personal Trainer: Samuel Hsu

I was an athlete who worked out 4 to 5 times in the gym and paddled dragon boat twice a week. Unfortunately, I was diagnosed with a L1 slipped disc in March of 2019 after I injured my back while doing deadlifts and ergometers. The slipped disc left me in a state of constant pain in my left leg. The pain aggravates into a sharp shock when I try to bend forward and down. Hence, I was unable to gym properly and could no longer paddle.


I have seen a total of 3 different physiotherapists who treated me using dry needling, massages and stretches, it did not work and treatment was torturous as I suffered from vasovagal syncope after dry needling. After 1 year of therapy, I gave up as my condition did not improve much.

Samuel is a reliable friend and a very dedicated therapist and trainer. He was introduced to me by a friend and he shared how he could help me using Proprioceptive Deep Tendon Reflex (P-DTR) therapy. Before we officially start the rehab program, Samuel did some flexibility test on me and I could only reached my knees when I bend forward. We set 2 goals which are:


1) to be able to bend forward and touch the floor again,

2) to be able to paddle dragon boat again.

I felt skeptical in the first few sessions as P-DTR is very different from the traditional therapy I knew but the feeling soon went away as I start to see results. Samuel uses a combination of P-DTR and training to help speed up my recovery process and he was also very accurate in diagnosing my body problems. I have full trust in Samuel as he solves my body problem one by one and I could slowly reach more towards the floor as the week goes by.

After being treated by Samuel for 7 months, I am finally able to bend forward and touch the floor again. The programs and treatments by Samuel greatly improved my flexibility and condition to the point I no longer feel a shocking pain when I straighten my leg or bend down. I am now able to gym like before I had the slipped disc and I have since gone back to paddle dragon boat competitively achieving both my goals set at the beginning of the rehabilitation program.

I have learnt a lot about my body because Samuel always explain the science and how his treatment will aid my condition. Hence, I will strongly recommend Samuel and P-DTR as he is very competent in the field and treatment is technically painless.