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Surprisingly Quick Relief of Muscular Pain with Cupping

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What is Cupping Therapy?

You can read about cupping therapy all over the internet and get a lot of mixed information about it.  To make things clear, we use cupping to treat muscles and it works amazingly!  Cupping can help to relieve muscle tension and pain and sometimes it does it better than our other techniques.  It works through a vacuum that we create between the cup and your skin.  Depending on what type of cupping we’re performing, we achieve the vacuum a number of different ways.  During fire glass cupping, we use a flame to create a vacuum!

How does cupping work?

Think of cupping as a reverse massage.  Mechanical pressure produced by the cups helps to improve circulation to your soft tissues.  Our muscles sometimes get painful because they aren’t getting enough circulation, and when they’re painful they sometimes tighten up even more.  It is perpetual cycle, and cupping (like many of our other techniques) effectively breaks that cycle.

Who does cupping work for?

Most of our patients with muscular pain benefit from cupping, but like most treatments, it isn’t for everyone.  Cupping is just another tool in your therapist’s repertoire to help get you back in action.  We always combine our hands-on treatments like cupping with therapeutic exercise for long term benefit.

All of our therapists perform cupping

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Vivian Overton


Vivian graduated with a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy from Queen’s University in 2010. She moved to Calgary and has worked with PT Health since January of 2011. Vivian has a large focus on assessing and treating the body as a whole. She has advanced training in Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), therapeutic taping, fire-glass cupping,…

January Muhlbeier Physiotherapist

January Muhlbeier


January graduated from University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Physical Education. After a year working as a kinesiologist, she completed her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from McMaster University in 2013. Having realized that being able to see and experience the mountains were an integral part of her well-being, she returned to Alberta….

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Jessica Claflin


Jessica came to physiotherapy by way of veterinary sciences. As a veterinary nurse (animal health technician), she was inspired by the remarkable outcomes she was seeing in her four-legged patients whom received physiotherapy. Her desire to learn more motivated her to return to University of Calgary where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology…

Matt Wylie Physiotherapist

Matt Wylie


Matt graduated with a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta after completing an undergraduate degree in kinesiology at the University of Calgary. Originally from the Okanagan, Matt was drawn to the mountains in Alberta to pursue competitive cross-country skiing, staying in Alberta to pursue his education. Matt grew up playing…

Jen Richard RMT

Jen Richard

Registered Massage Therapist

Jen has been working as an RMT since 2007. In 2012, Jen became part of the team at Maximum Potential and believes that co-treating with different specialty’s such as physiotherapy can greatly decrease recovery time from accident and injury. She completed her 2200 hour massage program here in Calgary. She enjoys camping, hiking, 4x4ing, cooking,…

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Selena Nemeth

Registered Massage Therapist

Selena is trained in myofascial deep tissue, prenatal, relaxation, orthopedic assessment and treatment of over 20 conditions including a focus on TMJ extra/intra oral massage. She is experienced in Swedish and non Swedish techniques, hydrotherapy, manual lymphatic drainage, joint play and remedial exercise. She will further develop and specialize through continuing education programs and other…

Ted Lemanski Massage Therapist

Ted Lemanski

Registered Massage Therapist

Ted Lemanski has 2200 hours of training as an RMT with over twelve years of hands-on experience. He is knowledgeable and professional health care provider with competitive athlete background, especially in swimming and downhill skiing. He enjoys working with all variety of cases, although his specialization falls in sport injury, prevention, biomechanics, and functional training….

Brook Riad Acupuncturist

Brooke Riad


Brooke Riad graduated with honours from the Canadian Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Calgary, AB, and is registered member in good standing of the CAAA. She is passionate about acupuncture and the role it can play in creating and maintaining healthy bodies and minds. Using traditional acupuncture points and other modalities, such as fire…

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Venessa Webb

Support Personnel

Venessa works as a Patient Coordinator at Max Potential Physio. She has been around most of the therapies (occupational, physio, speech, etc.) almost her whole life because her older sister was disabled in a car accident in 2005. She has seen firsthand the incredible amount of progress a person can accomplish when they are active…

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Melanie McInnes

Support Personnel

Mel works as a Patient Coordinator at Maximum Potential Physiotherapy. In 2017 she joined the team with a few years of experience in both an administrative role and physiotherapy assistant role. Through her experience in both administrative roles and assistant roles, Mel has a good working knowledge of the Rehabilitative environment and strives to create…


Who can perform cupping?

All of our therapists can perform cupping therapy.

Is cupping therapy painful?

Sometimes, but we gauge the pressure to your comfort. Usually when it hurts, the pain slowly improves, sometimes to the point where it is completely gone. Communication between you and your therapist is crucial. Please tell us if you're uncomfortable or if you have any questions or concerns.

Are there any risks to cupping?

There are certain conditions and certain areas of the body where cupping is not appropriate. Our therapists are aware of all of these situations! The most common and obvious side effect of cupping are the marks that the cups leave on your skin. These marks disappear, don't worry! If you have any particular questions or concerns, please talk to your therapist or contact us.

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