King Daniel wrote:
The novel DTI: Forgotten History
goes into detail about this, and explains why so few people know of the technique (and even fewer are able to use it) in the Next Generation era.
Of course, the real life reason is that an easily achievable undo button robs any story of consequence or tension, so they just pretended it didn't exist.
There is a unique phenomenon the Enterprise experienced fairly early on - the "cold start" in Naked Time
. As Spock said, it stemmed from a theory on the relationship between time and antimatter.