The founders of trigger point therapy in America were Drs. Travell and Simons. She was President Kennedy's physician. She and her associates started noticing pain associated with sensitive points in the body. They eventually came up with trigger point therapy after manual stimulation of the painful points in the body. Initially they injected lidocaine into points. However, after awhile they started injecting saline solution into the points and continued to see results. To see what would happen they began puncturing the trigger point using a needle without any lidocaine or saline solution. Dr. Travell still achieved results in managing the pain of their patients. The needle was used dry and thus "dry needling" was born in America.
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