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Ms. Margherita Cirillo

B.Sc(Kin), MPT, CGunnIMS, CAFCI Physiotherapist Vancouver, BC

Margharita Cirillo, MPT, Physiotherapist, discusses what is vertigo and how it can be treated.

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Margherita graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2008 and went on to obtain her Masters of Physical Therapy in 2010 from the University of British Columbia. Always looking to further her education and professional development she has gained a wide range of skills that have allowed her to develop her unique and individualized approach to client care. This includes specific training for treatment techniques including acupuncture, Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), and vestibular rehabilitation for treatment of dizziness and vertigo.

The game changer for Margherita was in 2014 when she was introduced to ConnectTherapy™ and The Thoracic Ring Approach™ (Dr. LJ Lee). ConnectTherapy is a clinical model that involves whole body assessment to determine the underlying cause for pain or dysfunction allowing for a more specific, patient-centred treatment plan. In 2017, after completing the ConnectTherapy Series and associated courses (2014-2016) Margherita was accepted in to the year long ConnectTherapy Practitioner Certification Program where she is excited to receive further clinical mentorship and to enhance her skills to the next level. She is also a teaching assistant for the ConnectTherapy Series and the Sports Thorax courses in Vancouver, BC.

Margherita is constantly amazed by the design of the human body and with what it can achieve. She is passionate about helping people to create a more positive experience within their bodies – in how they move and in how they feel. Now Health 

So dizziness is a symptom that’s often described as feeling lightheaded, or off balance, or wavy as if you’re on a boat, while vertigo is a symptom that is described as if the world is spinning around you.

This can be a bit of a scary experience because it may come about suddenly or without warning as you’re going about your everyday routine or it may happen after a traumatic injury such as a concussion or a car accident.

There are several different causes for dizziness and vertigo.They may be due to cardiovascular, neurological, or visual dysfunction, but also commonly what we see is that it’s related to issues with the inner ear or of the neck.

It’s very important, however, if you’re experiencing any more serious symptoms for example double vision, hearing loss, difficulty speaking or swallowing, or sudden falls or difficult with balance or walking. This may indicate a more serious pathology and requires immediate attention by your medical doctor or emergency room physician.

The most common cause for vertigo related to the inner ear is a condition called BPPV or benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. So people with BPPV tend to experience vertigo or nausea with positional changes.

A good place to start if you’re looking to treat your dizziness or vertigo is to seek help from your local physiotherapist particularly one who specializes in vestibular rehabilitation.

So they’ll take a detailed history and perform and assessment that may involve looking your general posture and movement patterns as well as specific testing of balance, coordination, gait, stability, and positional tests in order to rule in or out the inner ear.

If BPPV is determined as the cause for your vertigo the Epley maneuver is an example of an effective technique in which we reposition the head in order to reposition the crystals that are dislodged within your inner ear. The goals of this are to help you regain your normal balance and coordination and hopefully to prevent this from reoccurring in the future.

Presenter: Ms. Margherita Cirillo, Physiotherapist, Vancouver, BC

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