Chiropractor performing an adjustment

Assessment of Chiropractic Treatment in Active Duty Military Personnel Studies (ACT)

Funding Source: Department of Defense
Grant Number: W81XWH-10-DHP-CCTA
Award Amount: $7,500,000 ($5,100,000 to Palmer)
Funding Period: 02/01/2011 – 02/14/2019

Principal Investigator: Ian D. Coulter, Ph.D., RAND Corporation
Co-Principal Investigators: Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D., Joan Walter, J.D., P.A., Samueli Institute
Co-Investigators: Cynthia Long, Ph.D. Robert Vining, D.C.
Lead Project Manager: Amy Minkalis, D.C.

ACT comprises three separate randomized controlled trials, a collaborative effort between Palmer and the Department of Defense. The overarching goal is to assess the effectiveness of chiropractic manipulative therapy for pain management and improved function in active-duty service members with low-back pain. This study looks at the role of chiropractic care within the military health care system and has applications for a diverse population in a real-world setting.

ACT I: Assessment of Chiropractic Treatment for Low Back Pain and Smoking Cessation in Military and Active Duty Personnel – Completed


ACT II: Assessment of Chiropractic Treatment Using Reaction and Response Times in Members of the Special Operation Forces – Completed 


ACT III: Assessment of Chiropractic Treatment: Strength and Balance