Heidi Haavik, D.C.

TIC and Neurophysiology

The Reality Check

In a world with a dearth of chiropractic research focused on health and improving performance, TCL is pleased to recognize and honor Dr. Haavik for the high level of leadership she brings to chiropractic research as Director of Research at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic. As the paucity of honorees in this section makes evident, there is a great need for more chiropractors committed to investigating, describing and reliably demonstrating the efficacy of chiropractic care in health and wellness We honor Dr. Haavik for her commitment to learning more – including earning a Ph.D. in human neurophysiology – so that she can do more.

We would also like to recognize her work as first author of the recently released book, The Reality Check: A quest to Understand Chiropractic from the inside out, which is based on over twenty years of leading edge research and uses easily accessible language to describe exactly what goes on in the brain when a subluxation is corrected. In less accessible language, for the research-oriented TCL reader, and to quote Dr. Haavik, her work “has utilized techniques such as somatosensory evoked electroencephalography and transcranial magnetic brain stimulation to investigate the effects of chiropractic adjustments of vertebral subluxations on somatosensory processing, sensorimotor integration and motor cortical output.”

TCL: For which professional achievements will you most want to be acknowledged?

Haavik: My service to the profession as a researcher, using my neurophysiology expertise to study the effects of adjusting subluxations on the function of the central nervous system.

TCL: What project are you working on now that you are most excited about and would like to share with more people?

Haavik: Our recently launched Haavik Research Membership (www.haavikresearch.com) where we are raising funds for additional research while helping the profession learn more about the science of chiropractic, and helping them spread this scientific information in an easy to understand manner with their local communities.



TCL readers would like to explore more of Dr. Haavik’s work online may visit the following:

Personal Website: www.heidihaavik.com
Membership Website: www.haavikresearch.com
Research Website: www.chiropracticresearch.ac.nz

Or, view the following video:


TCL readers who would like to know a bit more about Dr. Haavik’s dedication and contributions to the profession will get a sense of it here:

  • Graduated from the New Zealand College of Chiropractic in 1999, and has practiced for over 15 years.
  • Awarded her PhD degree by the University of Auckland in 2008.
  • Serves as the Director of Research at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic, where she also runs the Centre for Chiropractic Research
  • Serves as Adjunct Professor at the University of Ontario, Institute of Technology in Oshawa, Canada
  • Member of the World Federation of Chiropractic’s Research Council
  • Recipient of numerous research awards and has published a number of papers in chiropractic and neurophysiology journals.
  • Has presented her work to both chiropractic and neuroscience communities around Australasia, Africa, North America and Europe.
  • Serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Journal of Chiropractic Education, Chiropractic Journal of Australia and is a Review Editor in Movement Science and Sport Psychology for Frontiers in Psychology and Sports Science.
  • Named Chiropractor of the year in 2007 by both the New Zealand Chiropractic Association and the New Zealand College of Chiropractic Alumni Association.
  • Established a Haavik Research Membership for those in the profession who want to understand the science of chiropractic and be able to appropriately communicate this science with the public, their patients and other health care providers.
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