New Zealand Chiropractors Association
23 November 2007
New Science Behind Chiropractic Care
Ground-breaking research1 has, for the first time, identified the actual changes that occur in the body, the nervous
system and the brain during chiropractic spinal adjustments.
The study was conducted by award-winning Auckland researcher, Dr Heidi Haavik-Taylor. It demonstrates that chiropractic
care sends signals to the brain that change the way the brain controls muscles.
“The process of a spinal adjustment is like rebooting a computer. The signals that these adjustments send to the brain,
via the nervous system, reset muscle behaviour patterns,” said Dr Haavik-Taylor.
“By stimulating the nervous system we can improve the function of the whole body. This is something that chiropractors
and their patients have known for years; and now we have some scientific evidence to prove it.”
Dr Haavik-Taylor has spent the last seven years researching the effects of chiropractic adjustments on the nervous
system. However, in her latest research, carried out in conjunction with fellow New Zealander, Dr Bernadette Murphy, she
was able to measure how brain waves are altered before and after spinal adjustments.
“This is the first time that anyone has used EEGs to prove that there are definite changes to the way the brain
processes information after chiropractic care.”
Dr Haavik-Taylor recently gained international recognition by winning an award from the World Federation of Chiropractic
She has also just been awarded two grants from the Australian Spinal Research Foundation to further her studies on how
chiropractic care affects the function of the nervous system and alters muscle function.
Earlier this year Dr Haavik-Taylor was recognised by her peers and awarded the New Zealand College of Chiropractic
Alumni Chiropractor of the Year 2007 in recognition of her research and her passion for the discipline.
“Heidi’s work is ground-breaking on an international level by proving that chiropractic adjustments do alter and benefit
the nervous system,” said Dr James Burt, president of the New Zealand Chiropractors Association.
ENDS / / /
1. Haavik Taylor H and Murphy B. (2007). World Federation of Chiropractic’s 9th Biennial Congress Award Winning Paper (3rd Prize): Altered
sensorimotor integration with cervical spine manipulation. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, in press.