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.

ACT1 is being conducted at three sites: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD; Naval Medical Center San Diego in San Diego, CA; and Naval Hospital Pensacola in Pensacola, FL. ACT2 is taking place at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital in Fort Campbell, KY. ACT3 will be up and running in the near future.

Completed Studies

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.