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Joseph Jacobs, DPT, ACN, ASTRs

Dr. Joseph Jacobs is a cancer survivor who previously suffered from chronic migraines, headaches, fatigue, and pain before inventing the ASTR specialty. He holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Dominican College in New York and a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey.

Dr. Jacobs began researching and developing his new specialty to treat patients’ pain more effectively than the methods he had learned in school. From 2011 to 2024, he continued to develop the maneuvers, tools, and methodologies that comprise ASTR. He continues to refine the elements of ASTR through ongoing research. Dr. Jacobs is the recipient of eight patents for medical devices and methods.

 Techniques, instruments and devices Doctor Jacobs has invented include: 

– Advanced Soft Tissue Release® (ASTR®)

– BioPsycho Therapy (BPT)

– Mind Body Release

– ASTR Instruments: A1, A2, A3, A4 and A5

– MagnaHeal 1, 2 and Pro

– Fascia Scale

– Fibrosis (Scar) Scale

– Trigger Point Scale

– Muscle Spasm Scale

Dr. Jacobs’ life ambition is to continuously develop and research new instruments, theories, and methodologies to revolutionize the medical industry, enabling quicker and more effective pain alleviation.

Dr. Jacobs disseminates his knowledge and research by teaching doctors and healthcare providers worldwide through various platforms. He has spoken at TEDx Talks and has been featured in several magazines. Dr. Jacobs is renowned for offering long-term pain relief and effective ASTR therapy to patients from around the globe.

Dr. Jacobs strongly believes in ongoing education and has read books and taken classes on the following subjects:

– Functional Medicine

– Nutrition

– Myofascial Release

– Strain-Counterstrain

– Muscle Energy Technique (MET)

– Soft Tissue Mobilization

– Joint Mobilization (including Mulligan Concept)

– Trigger Point Release

– Primal Reflex Release Technique (PRRT)

– Neuromuscular Facilitation Proprioceptive (PNF)

– Neuromuscular Reeducation

– Connective Tissue Mobilzation

– Cranioscaral Release

– Fascial Distortion

– Visceral Mobilization

– Bowen Therapy

– Rolfing

– Massage

– Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

– Rational Emotive Behavior

– Positive Psychology

– Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

– Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy

– Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)

– Emotional Freedom Technique

– And much more

Challenging Traditional Perspectives on Pain Relief | Dr. Jacobs TEDx Talk