My name is Tessa Haanstra and I’m the owner and chiropractor of Chiropractic De Pijp. Growing up I was lucky enough to have parents who understood the importance of a good posture and a healthy spine. They had benefitted from chiropractic care themselves, and so I was first taken to a chiropractor when I was about 7 or 8 years old for a routine spinal check. I was so fascinated by what chiropractors could do that I decided I wanted to be a chiropractor myself.
Throughout the years my spine was checked regularly. I was never in any pain until I started horse riding and had some bad falls. I started having back pain, neck pain and headaches. Chiropractic care relieved my pain, and with regular treatments the pain stayed under control. When I noticed that chiropractic helped other family members with different problems as well, I was even more determined to become a chiropractor.
When I was nineteen I moved to England to study chiropractic at AECC. What a lot of people don’t know about chiropractic is that it takes 5 years to become a chiropractor, and that it’s a full time Masters degree. When I graduated in 2011 I moved back to The Netherlands. After having gained experience in another practice for a couple of years I decided it was time to open my own practice, which I did in January 2016 in De Pijp.
I decided to focus on a treatment method called Advanced BioStructural Correction™ in my own practice. After having received traditional chiropractic care for 20 years myself, I had to be treated more and more often to be able to function without pain. I felt like I was missing something: if chiropractic care was supposed to only make me healthier, and I had been treated more often than the average person for years, then why was my body not doing well at all?
In my search for answers I came across Advanced BioStructural Correction™. In many ways this is a technique that does the opposite from traditional chiropractic techniques. Unfortunately I couldn’t find anyone in The Netherlands who was using it, so I went to a seminar in England to get treated and see what it was like. Immediately after my first treatment I felt that I could stand up a lot straighter, and that it was much easier to breathe. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw pictures of myself before and after the first treatment. ABC™ is the only technique in the world that I’ve come across that improves body structure like this.
Left: day 1 of the course, before any treatment. Right: day 2 of the course, right after my first treatment.
Note how my neck and shoulders are back a lot further in the second picture, and how my chest has come up. The instructions for both pictures were the same: breathe in, breathe out, relax and let your body slump. And since I was ‘testing’ the technique here, I promise I was trying to slump very hard!
It’s my goal to help improve the quality of life of as many people as possible with ABC™. I’m constantly expanding my knowledge and skills to offer you the very best up-to-date care.
I hope to meet you soon!
Master of Chiropractic (MChiro)
Certified Advanced BioStructural Correction™ Practitioner
American Posture Institute Certified Posture Expert
Registered chiropractor with:
Stichting Chiropractie Nederland (SCN)
Nederlandse Chiropractoren Associatie (NCA)