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Chiropractic Success in a Reform School

Report of State Supervisor of Chiropractors of Kentucky In Connection With Kentucky Houses of Reform, Greendale, Kentucky, Marshall L.T., Lexington, Kentucky (December 1, 1931).

This little known report documents chiropractic success in a Kentucky Reform School. boys were placed under chiropractic care. The Report is largely made up of cases histories of all the 244 boys many of whom undoubtedly suffered from various emotional and learning disorders. The success of chiropractic care is admirable.

From the summary:
  1. Number of boys given chiropractic adjustments...244.
  2. Number of cases dismissed completely recovered or greatly benefited, 155
  3. Of the 244 cases 89 are still under treatment
  4. Number of cases promoted in school grades 54
  5. Number of cases paroled 144.
  6. Number of boys at Greendale (Kentucky Houses of Reform) at beginning of chiropractic program (September 3, 1930) approximately 540.
  7. Number of boys at Greendale Dec. 1st, 1931 approximately 335

State officials were so impressed that they wrote enthusiastic letters of endorsement. From B.W. Hubbard, Superintendent, Commonwealth of Kentucky. Kentucky Houses of Reform:
"I have been able to notice a marked improvement in the mental and physical condition of the boys and in school work and conduct; also, there has been a larger number of paroles during that period than any previous period during the past four years." ( p.3)

"We have been able to accomplish results far beyond their fondest hopes and expectations in the rehabilitation of these boys. The teachers have voluntarily and without solicitation signed a petition asking for an all-time or full-time chiropractor in that institution." (P.1)

From the teachers:   "As the records will show the boys who underwent treatment improved from the first adjustment and in many instances showed improvement beyond belief. Not only did they improve in health, but also in their school work as pupils, showing better results in the shops and other industrial training and above all there has been a marked improvement in their moral life." (p.7). Despite these endorsements, chiropractic services were not continued at the institution. (copy of this report can be obtained from the Palmer College reference library).