Heidi Haavik, DC


Dr. Heidi Haavik is the Director of Research at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic. She is a chiropractor and has a PhD in human neurophysiology from the University of Auckland. She is the author of the best-selling book, “The Reality Check: A Quest to Understand Chiropractic from the Inside Out.” Her book describes what happens in the brain when a chiropractor adjusts the spine. Dr. Haavik also runs a company that supports the mission of enlightening the world about the science of chiropractic (therealitycheck.com). She has received numerous research awards and has published several papers in chiropractic and neurophysiology journals.


How Adjustments Can Affect Your Health

Have you ever wanted to be able to explain how chiropractic care could be responsible for improvments in a variety of ailments? Learn how to explain at least one way we know for sure that your chiropractic care works and you hear how stress affects the brain and how the adjustment can impact these stress-induced changes. This talk will address how:

  • Traumatic experiences affect the brain in specific ways and can, for some, lead to mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to affect the most sensitive part of the brain to the detrimental effects of stress – the prefrontal cortex, and this talk will discuss how this may therefore explain, in a biologically plausible manner, why so many chiropractic patients report that they feel better, sleep better, function better, relax more and are more resilient.