Acupuncture is effective in the treatment of
pain, sciatica, arthritis, headaches, and many
other conditions.


Acupuncture is a treatment where thin needles are inserted at specific points on your body. This treatment originates in Traditional Chinese Medicine where the flow of energy is considered essential to health. When you are healthy, energy flows smoothly through the meridians that make up a network of pathways throughout your entire body. When the flow is deficient or obstructed, you may be susceptible to illness. Acupuncture is effective in the treatment of pain, sciatica, arthritis, headaches, and many other conditions.


Acupuncture works by stimulating the De Qi along energy pathways called Meridians. This causes many different biological responses both at the needle site and at a distance (in our nervous system). The Ancient Chinese medicine states that it will “heal through the blood” – the De Qi sensation you feel encourages blood flow, which releases chemicals that help the area heal. Some research has shown that acupuncture leads to the release of opioid peptides which help to manage pain. Other research shows that acupuncture encourages our body (pituitary gland) to release more neurotransmitters/ neurohormones that alter blood flow and immune functions. 



Acupuncture is a gentle treatment. Most people find the treatments relaxing and cause minimal discomfort. Acupuncture needles are very fine (as thin as a hair), leading to a painless insertion into the skin. Every person experiences acupuncture differently, but most feel no pain or very minimal pain. You may experience a feeling of warmth or mild aching sensation around the site of insertion.



Acupuncture is safe and effective with few adverse effects and complications reported from its use. A prospective study of 34,407 treatments found no serious adverse effects and only 43 cases of mild adverse effects, the most common of which were nausea and fainting.
Our practitioners use single-use, clean, sterile disposable needles, that are never reused.


At Strive Physiotherapy & Performance,
acupuncture is performed by our
physiotherapists as part of your combined,
individualized treatment plan.

With quarantines and isolation underway, we are working diligently to reduce your risk of infection. We are now pleased to offer virtual physiotherapy appointments with your clinicians.

To book a virtual appointment, please call 519-895-2020.

While our clinic will remain closed until March 30th, our phones will be answered Monday through Friday from 10am – 4pm in the interim.

Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation.

Stay Healthy!

Your Strive Team


BSc Kinesiology, University of Waterloo MSc PT, McMaster University


Born in Lahr, Germany

Mike treats people of all activity levels and ages from weekend warriors to elite athletes. He has mentored physiotherapists across Ontario as well as worked on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Physiotherapy Association. Recently, Mike represented physiotherapists within the Pan Am/Para Pan Am Games Medical Services Expert Provider Group. Mike has also had the opportunity to work side by side with orthopaedic surgeons, allowing him to work with many people following complex and traumatic injuries. Mike also consults over 1,000 physiotherapy cases nationally. This has given him a lot of insight into what Physiotherapy looks like across Canada.    

Prior to becoming a physiotherapist, Mike served in the reserves for 9 years as a member of the Artillery in the Canadian Armed Forces. He also enjoys coaching local athletes to help improve their performance through MeFit, a local not-for-profit organization.

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