Chiropractor Heidi Knorr graduated with her degree from Macquarie University in Australia and has practiced in Perth since 2000. Her introduction to chiropractic at the age of 17, came through treatment for chronic low back pain, and was thought to be the result of intense training whilst competing at a national level for synchronised swimming.
After months of physical therapy including exercises, massage, ultrasound and infrared treatment, it was her mother who finally suggested she try chiropractic. An eventual diagnosis of idiopathic adolescent scoliosis, remarkable results with chiropractic care, and an interest in all things medical, set Heidi on the path to her career in chiropractic. With a background in both sports and musicianship, Heidi has always drawn upon her own experience to help many patients both in the amateur and professional arenas. She is however, equally at home looking after infants, toddlers and the elderly as well as the general population.
Heidi has undertaken courses in paediatrics and pregnancy, sports chiropractic and Sacro Occipital Technique. She is a certified in the Webster In-Utero Constraint technique and Kinesio-taping.
She uses a variety of chiropractic techniques in day to day practice including Diversified, SOT, Thompson, Flexion-Distraction, Gonstead, Activator, cranial manipulation and CST. Heidi recognizes the importance of treating the individual rather than the general population. Accordingly an infant will not be treated the same way as an adult.
Heidi also holds the degree of MSc APP (Chiropractic Paediatrics). She is one of a small number of chiropractors in Scotland to hold this specialist paediatric chiropractic degree. During her studies, she researched suck dysfunction in newborns, compared the Webster In-Utero Constraint Technique and External Cephalic Version in the pregnant woman, carried out case studies on whiplash and knee pain in teenagers and reviewed the benefits and risks of using pacifiers.
Her dissertation was titled “A Prospective Descriptive Observational Case Series of Infants presenting to a Chiropractor with Suboptimal Breastfeeding”. During the research for her dissertation, she discovered that ankyloglossia (tongue-ties) and maxillary ties (upper lip ties) were common in infant-mother dyads with breastfeeding difficulty and could greatly impact upon an infants’ ability to breastfeed. Tongue and lip ties and buccal ties are now described collectively as tethered oral tissues (or TOTS).
In 2014 Heidi became a member of the IATP (International Affiliation of Tongue Tie Professionals) and spoke at their annual conference in Montreal, Canada about her dissertation. She also lectures for the Paediatric Faculty of the Royal College of Chiropractic.