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.