A unique therapy that stimulates muscles
leading to reduced pain.

What Is Cupping Therapy?

​Cupping therapy is a technique that involves applying a glass, plastic, or silicone cup to your skin and creating a vacuum inside using heat, a squeezable bulb, or a suction gun.

Cupping therapy most commonly used by healthcare practitioners in Canada is called dry cupping. A glass, plastic, or silicone cup is placed on your skin where the air within the cup is removed causing a vacuum effect. Dry cupping is a safe and beneficial technique.

Dry cupping is often used to treat headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, arthritis, sports injuries, and more. Studies show people with neck and shoulder pain have experienced a 61% decrease in pain after receiving dry cupping therapy.

There are other types of cupping like wet cupping, which involves creating small cuts in the skin, and fire cupping, which uses fire to heat the cup to create a vacuum. Wet cupping and fire cupping are techniques that are not common practice ata physiotherapy clinic and can be unsafe if performed incorrectly. Therefore, these types of cupping are not performed at Strive Physiotherapy & Performance.

How Does Cupping Therapy Work In Kitchener?

Cupping therapy works on the principle of suction. A silicone cup can be used on the skin that creates a vacuum effect, increasing blood flow to the affected area. Cupping therapy helps increase blood flow to the treated areas, which can promote healing. It can also provide pain relief by exciting the nerves and muscles leading to decreased pain.

Where Does Cupping Therapy Come From?

Cupping therapy’s true origin is unknown. It has been used by many cultures and was used by American doctors in the late 1800’s. In China, cupping therapy is called “shiatsu” or “shi-a-tso.” This word means to squeeze, press, or massage a certain area of your body with the thumb and forefinger. 

​Cupping at Strive

​At Strive Physiotherapy & Performance all practitioners are trained and experienced in adding cupping therapy to your personalized treatment plan, as appropriate. 

What Can You Expect During A Myofascial Cupping Session?

Our therapist will first take a detailed health history to determine any health issues that could affect the cupping therapy. After discussing the cupping process, you will be asked to sit or lie down comfortably during treatment. Your therapist will use massage lotion on the target area first, before applying the cup to your skin. The cup may be moved around your body as needed.

What are the benefits of Cupping?

There are many benefits of cupping treatments. Some of these include:

  • Reduction of pain
  • Breaking up scar tissue and fatty deposits
  • Cure chronic health conditions
  • Improved blood circulation
  • Relief of muscle spasms
  • Increased energy levels
  • Improve joint range of motion
  • Accelerated healing
  • Stress Relief

What Conditions Can Be Treated With Cupping Therapy?

Cupping therapy can be used to treat a variety of conditions including:

  • Arthritis
  • Acute Pain issues
  • Back Pain
  • Bruises
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Pain conditions
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Injuries
  • Muscle Spasm
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Damage
  • Pregnancy
  • Postural Imbalance
  • Sciatica
  • Sports Injury
  • Tendonitis/Tenosynovitis
  • Hand & Wrist Problems
  • and more!