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The History of Spinal Reflex Therapy (SRT)


Spinal Reflex Therapy (SRT), 70 Years of Research in Chronic Pain Management

For hundreds of years, health care providers have been faced with unexplainable aches and pains, and many times have chalked them up to being “all in the patients head.” Thankfully, through technological advancements, we have the ability to see through skin to the deeper layers of the human body and figure out what may be causing some of these aches and chronic pain syndromes.

In the 1930s, neuroscientists in Holland attempted to figure out the root causes of some unexplained chronic pain syndromes and began to experiment on humans. Caustic substances were injected into the vertebrae of the test subjects to see the muscle reaction and pain outcome. They tested many people, recorded the findings, and in the 1950s the experiments were repeated, and the same results were recorded.

Fortunately, that kind of human experimentation is no longer considered acceptable.

In the 1960s, Dr. Janet Travell began her pioneering research on trigger points (a nodule of calcium that develops in a taut band of muscle and when comp