A unique therapy that excites nerves inside muscles
leading to reduced pain.

How Does Cupping Therapy Work?

Cupping therapy increases blood flow to treated areas, which can promote healing. It can also provide pain relief by exciting nerves inside muscles leading to decreased pain.

Cupping therapy is now available in Kitchener right here at Strive Physiotherapy and Performance. Give us a call today and find out how this therapy can help you.

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. 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 at physiotherapy clinics and can be unsafe if performed incorrectly. Therefore, these types of cupping are not performed at Strive Physiotherapy & Performance.

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.

​Cupping at Strive

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

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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