Joseph Jacobs, DPT, ASTRs, ACN

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Advanced Clinical Nutritionist

Inventor of ASTR


Doctor Joseph Jacobs is the creator of the Advanced Soft Tissue Release® (ASTR) specialty. He holds a doctorate of physical therapy degree 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 methods he had learned in school. From 2011 to 2014 he continued to develop the maneuvers, tools, and methodologies that ASTR is composed of, and he continues to refine the elements of ASTR through ongoing research. Advanced Soft Tissue Release (ASTR) has been registered by the US Patent and Trademark Office. 

Techniques and tools Doctor Jacobs has invented include: 

  • Advanced Soft Tissue Release (Patent Pending)
  • Tension Release TechniqueTM 
  • ASTR® Tools I, II, III, IV, V,  and VI (Patented)
  • Fascia ScaleTM
  • Fibrosis (Scar) ScaleTM
  • Trigger Point ScaleTM
  • Hypertonicity ScaleTM
  • Mind Body ReleaseTM

Dr. Jacobs’ life ambition is to continuously develop and research new tools, theories, and methodologies that revolutionize the medical industry in order to more quickly and effectively alleviate pain. Current clients already believe that his techniques give immediate, long-lasting relief, so he is well on his way!

Dr. Jacobs strongly believes in ongoing education and has taken classes in the following techniques: 

  • Nutrition
  • Functional Medicine
  • Myofascial Release
  • Strain-Counterstrain
  • Muscle Energy Technique (MET)
  • Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Joint Mobilization (Maitland)
  • Joint Mobilization (Mulligan Concept)
  • Trigger Point Release
  • Primal Reflex Release Technique (PRRT)
  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)
  • Connective Tissue Massage