Active Studies

ACT1, ACT2 and ACT3 Studies

The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research is conducting a research study - The Assessment of Chiropractic Treatment (ACT). This study will assess the relationship between chiropractic treatments and strength, balance and low back pain. Palmer Research Clinic is recruiting 20 participants ages 21 to 65, who currently have low back pain, and exercise for at least 30 minutes 3 times per week.

If eligible for the study, participants would come to the Palmer Research Clinic up to 4 times over 2 weeks. At these visits participants would be asked to perform a series of tests to assess ability to balance and strength.

For more information about participating in this low back pain study call (563) 884-5153 or e-mail .

Completed Studies

INSIGHT (measurINg forceS durIng cHiropractic Treatment)

The INSIGHT study is designed to measure how doctors of chiropractic deliver treatment to patients with low back pain using the flexion-distraction technique. Recruitment concluded in June 2015.

PRiSM Study

Patient Response to Spinal Manipulation (PRiSM) will measure and compare the movement and muscle activity of the lower back before and after a chiropractic treatment. This will lead to a better understanding of the therapeutic mechanism of a chiropractic adjustment.  Recruitment concluded in April 2014.

CHiP Study

The Chiropractic for Hypertension in Patients (CHiP) study was designed to look at blood pressure changes in participants who received a specific chiropractic treatment. It has completed recruitment.


The Collaborative Care for Older Adults (COCOA) study will evaluate co-management practice models between medical doctors and doctors of chiropractic. Recruitment concluded in July 2012.

MCD Study

The MCD Study will assess three gentle types of chiropractic treatment for people between the ages of 18 and 70 with neck pain or pain in their shoulders, arms or hands that may come from the neck. Recruitment concluded in September 2013.