The Effects of Spinal (dys)function and Spinal Manipulation on the CNS

Heidi Haavik ImageThe Neuroscience Clinical Interest Group (CIG) will host their next webinar on The Effects of Spinal (dys-)function and Spinal Manipulation on the CNS presented by Dr Heidi Haavik and will be held Wednesday 12 December 2018.

Dr Heidi Haavik is the Director of Research at New Zealand Chiropractic College. She is a chiropractor and PhD trained neurophysiologist. She is the author of the best-selling 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 the spine. Dr Haavik also runs a company with the mission of enlightening the world about the science of chiropractic ( She is best known for her ground-breaking research on the impact of chiropractic adjustments on the brain and central nervous system. In this lecture she will share the absolute latest of her research findings, their role in chiropractic practice, the implications this holds for the profession and she will consider the role chiropractors may have on health care delivery in the future.

This webinar will cover the following topics:

  • The functional role of paraspinal muscles
  • Muscle spindles
  • Sensory pathways
  • Reflexes at spinal cord level
  • Descending involvement of brain
  • Symptoms don’t just appear out of nowhere – discuss literature about the development of pain and other symptoms
  • Sub-clinical spinal dysfunction and its effects on the central nervous system
  • The effects of spinal manipulation on the central nervous system
  • Summaries the evidence for the neural plasticity model of the subluxation and effects of spinal manipulation
  • The implications for the profession
  • The role we may have on health care delivery in the future perspective
  • A governmental lobbying perspective
  • A political perspective and future possibilities.

Learning Outcomes

The original chiropractic theories were based on the idea that dysfunctional spinal segments were ‘out of place’, or misaligned, and that this put pressure on the nerves exiting the spine. We now know that this theory is not really the best way to describe what a chiropractic subluxation is. What is really interesting is how spinal dysfunction impacts our brain’s function, and how this likely translates into clinical symptomatology (or not). Dr Heidi Haavik will share with you a summary of where we are at today with the neurophysiological understanding of the impact of spinal function on brain function, and will discuss what future implications this has for us as a profession.


Title:    The Effects of Spinal (dys-)function and Spinal Manipulation on the CNS
Date:   Wednesday 12 December 2018
Time:   8:30pm to 9:30pm AEDT
Cost:   FREE for Neuroscience members and students
           ACA members $33
           Non ACA members $66

CPD:   1 FLA