Dr. Heidi Haavik is a chiropractor who also has gained a PhD in human neurophysiology. She has authored the book The Reality Check: A quest to Understand Chiropractic from the inside out. This book describes in easy to understand language what happens in the brain when a chiropractor adjusts dysfunctional segments in the spine, based on cutting edge research performed over the past two decades.
Dr. Haavik also runs a company that enlightens the world about the science of chiropractic. Dr. Haavik has used her neurophysiology expertise to study the effects of adjusting subluxations on the function of the central nervous system. Specifically, she 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.
Dr. Haavik graduated from the New Zealand College of Chiropractic in 1999, and has practiced for over 15 years. She was awarded her PhD degree by the University of Auckland in 2008. She is the Director of Research at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic where she also runs the Centre for Chiropractic Research. Dr. Haavik is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Ontario, Institute of Technology in Oshawa, Canada and is a member of the World Federation of Chiropractic’s Research Council. Dr. Haavik has received numerous research awards and has published a number of papers in chiropractic and neurophysiology journals. She has presented her work to both chiropractic and neuroscience communities around Australasia, Africa, North America and Europe. She is 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.
She was named Chiropractor of the year in 2007 by both the New Zealand Chiropractic Association and the New Zealand College of Chiropractic Alumni Association. And she has 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.