About Dr Heidi Haavik

Dr Heidi Haavik is a chiropractor and a neurophysiologist who has worked in the area of human neurophysiology for over 15 years. Heidi has a PhD in human neurophysiology from the University of Auckland.

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. 

As a researcher, she has investigated the effects of chiropractic adjustments of dysfunctional spinal segments (vertebral subluxations) on somatosensory processing, sensorimotor integration and motor cortical output. 

"I heard you speak at Parker, and was thrilled beyond words to hear of your work. I have been in practice for 35 years, and have been waiting all my life for your research. Thank you for your enthusiasm, your dedication, and your curiosity. Finally, proof of what I see every day. I was moved to tears, really. (and not by your swearing!)"

Founder / Director
Haavik Research

Dr Haavik is also the founder of Haavik Research - a team dedicated to see a world full of people expressing their optimal potential. Haavik Research gives chiropractors clarity and confidence about what it is they do and the value they provide to their customers.


Director of Research
New Zealand College of Chiropractic

Dr Haavik is the Director of Research at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic where she has established the Centre for Chiropractic Research. The Centre for Chiropractic Research (CCR) is the dedicated research arm of the college and is a resource for the college.


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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, North America and Europe. She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics and Journal of Chiropractic Education.


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The Reality Check
The Reality Check
The Reality Check
The Reality Check

The Reality Check

Have you ever wondered how chiropractic works?

In The Reality Check, award-winning scientist and practising chiropractor, Dr Heidi Haavik takes us on a journey through the inner workings of the human body to explain in easy to understand terms the scientific link between chiropractic and neuroscience.

In this book, you will find out what happens in your brain when a chiropractor adjusts your spine, and how this impacts your body's everyday function. Discover why abnormal movement of the spine can impact your body in seemingly unrelated ways - and how chiropractic care can help you restore optimal health and well-being. This book is based on cutting-edge research performed over that last two decades. Dr Haavik is a pioneering scientist who has been instrumental in establishing the link between neuroscience and chiropractic.