ASTR Certification

ASTR clinicians are members of an exclusive community of ASTR-certified medical providers. Holding this certification is evidence of a provider’s extensive training and high competency in treating soft tissue injuries with the ASTR approach.

What to Expect from the ASTR Certification Program

A-Z Knowledge: The Advanced Soft Tissue Release certification program is one of the most comprehensive training programs available. Similar to how an iPhone includes many different technologies, the ASTR specialty includes many popular, older manual techniques and applies them in combination with the latest ASTR research. This leads to faster, more efficient results. 

iPhone Technologies

 The inclusive ASTR specialty

The ASTR Certification process educates clinicians on all aspects of properly evaluating and treating soft tissue dysfunctions using ASTR’s methodology, advanced manual therapy maneuvers, treatment protocols, and discharge plans. 

Preparedness: The ASTR certification program prepares healthcare providers to holistically address the both common and rare soft tissue dysfunctions that affect the neuromuscular and musculoskeletal systems. These dysfunctions are seen by in outpatient clinics on a daily basis!  

Title and Access: Upon completion of the ASTR certification program, including meeting the eligibility requirements and passing the exam, practitioners will be awarded the title of Advanced Soft Tissue Release Specialist(ASTRs) and will have access to ASTR’s patents and tools. 

Renewal Process: Certifications are valid for 2 years, and can be renewed through the renewal process. Dr. Jacobs and the ASTR team are dedicated to ongoing research and are constantly making improvements and using new approaches to more efficiently treat patients’ pain. Renewing your certification will ensure that you are up to date with ASTR’s newest protocols.

ASTR’s Certification Training Courses

The ASTR certification program provides training courses on: 

  • Proper evaluation
  • Critical thinking algorithms for distinguishing between different dysfunctions
  • Over 125 unique manual maneuvers
  • ASTR’s tools
  • Treatment plans
  • Commonly treated conditions
  • The most effective treatment protocols
  • Protocols for exercise progression
  • Basic nutrition
  • Lifestyle analysis
  • Discharge plans
  • Patient education materials
  • ASTR wellness programs

ASTR vs. Individual Manual Techniques

Many manual techniques used by clinicians today are 50-100 years old and have not advanced since their inception. Here is how the ASTR specialty differs from these individual manual techniques.


ASTR vs. Manual Techniques