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Advanced Soft Tissue Release® (abbreviated as ASTR®) is a revolutionary manual therapy specialty developed by Dr. Joseph Jacobs, DPT. This specialty is a holistic and multifaceted approach to treating the source of soft tissue restriction in a way that is virtually pain-free and highly effective.

Advanced Soft Tissue Release involves the use of the clinician’s hands, ASTR tools, customized exercises, and patient-specific protocols to address all elements of soft tissue dysfunction in a gentle way that has a beneficial effect on the body’s neuromuscular and musculoskeletal systems. 

How is ASTR Different from Traditional Medical Approaches?

Traditional medical approaches for treating soft tissue pain utilize heat/cold packs, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, massage, stretching, exercises, and pain medication. Temporary relief can be achieved with these methods, but more often than not, the pain returns because these techniques only treat the symptoms and not the true source of the pain. As pain returns, patients are required to see their practitioner on a regular basis for treatment. This continuous treatment can be quite costly!

With ASTR, the evaluation and treatment are focused on finding and addressing the source of the problem, rather than the symptoms alone. ASTR promotes healing in the body by releasing scar tissue, fascia restriction, and trigger points. Treatment is virtually pain-free and provides long-term relief!

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What Conditions Can ASTR Treat?

ASTR is capable of addressing the majority of soft tissue problems to includeTMJ/jaw pain, sciatica, arthritis, headaches, neck and back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, bursitis, and so much more!The following are evaluated and treated with ASTR:

Soft Tissue Fibrosis (Scar Tissue)

What is Scar Tissue? Scar tissue forms throughout the body in response to tissue damage in order to temporarily repair an injury site until stronger, more permanent tissue is made. During the normal healing process, most temporary scar tissue is reabsorbed into the body after the permanent tissue has been made. Occasionally, the healing process is disrupted and too much scar tissue is formed, placing excessive pressure on surrounding muscles, blood vessels, nerves, bones, and organs. This can cause pain and/or limit a joint’s range of motion.

How ASTR Can Help: With ASTR’s tools, these soft tissue adhesions are painlessly and efficiently released, relieving pain and restoring range of motion.

Fascia Restriction

What is Fascia Restriction? Similar to the way Spiderman’s suit hugs his body, fascia is strong, connective tissue that wraps our bodies from head to toe. Normally, fascia is elastic and able to stretch and shorten in response to the body’s movements. Accidents, traumas, surgeries, scar tissue, stress, poor posture, and poor body mechanics can decrease the fascia’s elasticity resulting in pain and a limited range of motion.

How ASTR Can Help: Based on clinical findings, symptoms of fascial restriction often mimic those of nerve impairments. Patients complain of roundish pain, numbness, tingling, soreness, and tightness yet the location of pain doesn’t correspond with normal nerve sites. Current imaging tests can prove unreliable as it cannot indicate fascial restriction. Dr. Jacobs created the Myofascial/Fascia ScaleTM so clinicians have an objective way to quantify fascial restriction. ASTR tools also provide an effective way of quickly releasing myofascial restrictions without pain. 

 

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Trigger Points, Muscle Spasms, & Golgi Tendon Organs:

What are Trigger Points, Muscle Spasms, & Golgi Tendon Organs? Trigger points are palpable knots in muscle tissue. Their presence can cause pain and muscle shortening, or muscle spasms. Muscle spasm is excessive muscle tone (in comparison to the feeling of normal muscle) detected by palpation of the muscle while in a resting position.

Golgi Tendon Organs (GTO’s) are a type of sensory receptor found in muscles. There are multiple GTO’s in each muscle of the body, located near the muscle-tendon junction, and their function is to inhibit muscle contraction when the muscle fibers are stretched past a certain point. In essence, GTO’s decrease muscle tension and promote muscle relaxation. In contrast, alpha motor neurons stimulate the muscle to increase tension by contracting. When a muscle gets too tense, GTO’s fire, turning off the alpha motor neurons and decreasing tension in the muscle, releasing trigger points, and encouraging relaxation.

A good analogy for this system is to imagine a muscle having two switches, one switch that turns the muscle on (alpha motor neuron) and a second switch that turns the muscle off (GTO’s). Imagine a person who sits hunched over his or her computer for many hours every day. The alpha motor neurons of the muscles associated with this posture are constantly switched on, and the improper posture becomes habitual for the nervous system. Continuous activation of these muscles over time causes myriad impairments including soft tissue pain, muscle strain, scar tissue formation, increased muscle tension, trigger points, fascia restriction, and limited range of motion.

How ASTR Can Help: The ASTR specialty involves neuromuscular re-education as it targets the Golgi Tendon Organs of muscles to relieve muscle hypertonicity, spasms, soft tissue pain, and trigger points. 

Joint Displacement

What is Joint Displacement: All of the joints in our bodies have a normal alignment, describing how two adjacent bones are positioned and move in relation to one another. Joint displacement refers to any deviation in that normal alignment. Restriction in soft tissue can often cause a joint to become displaced. This can be extremely painful and can place a lot of stress on the joint and surrounding structures.

How ASTR Can Help: ASTR evaluates the soft tissue dysfunction, which is often the cause of the displacement. With gentle maneuvers to release soft tissue restriction, ASTR indirectly facilitates the joint’s return to normal alignment, sometimes within the same treatment session. This result is long-term because the source of the displacement is treated instead of simply focusing on the symptoms. 

ASTR’s Holistic Approach

ASTR is not just the unique techniques and maneuvers used by ASTR clinicians during manual therapy. It is a holistic approach. Clinicians look at a patient's lifestyle, diet, and mindset in addition to their presenting issue. All of the following elements will be evaluated throughout ASTR treatment:

  • Scar Tissue
  • Trigger Points
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Fascia Restriction
  • Inflammation
  • Lifestyle Analysis
  • Posture Analysis
  • Gait Analysis
  • Basic Nutrition
  • Stress

This holistic approach is part of the reason why 87% of patients experience long-term pain relief!

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How ASTR is Performed:

1. ASTR Instruments: ASTR tools are cutting-edge instruments created by Dr. Jacobs to aid clinicians in releasing soft tissue adhesions, myofascial restrictions, and hypertonicity in a matter of seconds. Not only do these tools decrease stress on a clinicians’ hands, ASTR tools are actually faster and more effective for releasing myofascial restriction and scar tissue.

2. Clinician Hands: ASTR clinicians use more than 125 different maneuvers involving muscle contraction, passive range of motion, reciprocal inhibition, finger vibration, muscle/tendon gliding, and pressure point release to decrease muscle hypertonicity and trigger points. These maneuvers are arranged into specific protocols for each soft tissue dysfunction, and can relieve pain and release soft tissue dysfunctions in just a few seconds. 

3. Exercise Programs and Protocols: For each dysfunction, Dr. Jacobs has developed an exercise protocol with a special combination of stretches and exercises. When performed according the protocol, these exercises help return patients to full function. 

The following scales have been established to help clinicians make objective assessments of soft tissue impairments:

  • Fascia ScaleTM
  • Trigger Point ScaleTM
  • Hypertonicity ScaleTM
  • Fibrosis (Scar Tissue) ScaleTM

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Crazy Fast Shoulder Pain Relief Treatment!
Crazy Fast Shoulder Pain Relief Treatment!

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The Best Scar Tissue Release Technique!
The Best Scar Tissue Release Technique!

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The Best TMJ/ Jaw Pain Relief Treatment!
The Best TMJ/ Jaw Pain Relief Treatment!

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The Most Effective Shoulder Pain Relief Treatment!
The Most Effective Shoulder Pain Relief Treatment!

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The Best Hip Pain Relieve Treatment!
The Best Hip Pain Relieve Treatment!

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Chronic Dizziness Relieved in 2 ASTR Sessions! (6 Weeks Follow-Up)
Chronic Dizziness Relieved in 2 ASTR Sessions! (6 Weeks Follow-Up)

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Conquering Chronic Pain! Based On Research Studies
Conquering Chronic Pain! Based On Research Studies

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Effective Jaw/ TMJ Pain Relieve Treatment!
Effective Jaw/ TMJ Pain Relieve Treatment!

Watch Britteny's Treatment video! https://advancedsofttissuerelease.com/ 0:00 “Okay Brittney, tell me what is going on with your jaw.” “My right jaw is extremely tight. I’ve tried to open it. It does not open wide at all; it’s aching”. “How much pain do you feel there from 0 to 10? ...

2 Years of Headache Was Relieved In 1 ASTR Session!
2 Years of Headache Was Relieved In 1 ASTR Session!

Watch to find out how Melissa's headache was relieved in 1 treatment! https://advancedsofttissuerelease.com/ 0:00 “So Melissa what did you come in for?” “I came in for headaches, specifically tension headaches” “And what kind of symptoms were you experiencing?” “I had headaches off an...

Hamstring Pain & Tightness Released Before Your Eyes!
Hamstring Pain & Tightness Released Before Your Eyes!

Check out how ASTR can help muscle pain https://advancedsofttissuerelease.com/ Hamstring Pain & Tightness Released Before Your Eyes! 0:07 "Alright Miro, tell me whats going on with your knee?" -Dr. Jacobs "I had ACL surgery about a year ago, and they took the ligament away from my hamstring. ...

Wrist Pain Was Relieved Before Your Eyes!
Wrist Pain Was Relieved Before Your Eyes!

Check out how ASTR can help wrist pain https://advancedsofttissuerelease.com/ Wrist/ thumb pain was relieved with Advanced soft tissue release 0:00 “Tell me what’s going on with hand and thumb? “About 4 weeks ago I woke up and it hurt, kind of aching, like if you slept wrong. So I went for ...

7 Years of Knee Pain Relieved in 1 ASTR Session
7 Years of Knee Pain Relieved in 1 ASTR Session

Check out how ASTR help to relieve knee pain! https://advancedsofttissuerelease.com/ 0:00 “Alright so tell me whats going on with your knee?” “I have some pain today Dr. Jacobs fix it today and I feel much better.” “So tell your history, what happened to your knee, what kind of surgery yo...

Effective Elbow Pain Relief Treatment!
Effective Elbow Pain Relief Treatment!

Check out how ASTR relieves elbow pain! https://advancedsofttissuerelease.com/ 0:00 “Julie tell me what’s going on with your elbow?” “Uh well I did have an injury from some crossfire lifting that I attempted to do and I tried to get physical therapy after that for both my elbows. That was u...

8 Months of Lightheaded & Vertigo Relieved in 2 Sessions
8 Months of Lightheaded & Vertigo Relieved in 2 Sessions

Find out how ASTR can help dizziness: https://advancedsofttissuerelease.com/ 0:00 “Okay so tell me what’s going on with the vertigo and the headache.” “Well usually it starts with pressure in my ear during the day and by the afternoon I’m lightheaded.” “So around this time?” “Yeah...

Rotator Cuff Tear Pain Was Relieved Before Your Eyes!
Rotator Cuff Tear Pain Was Relieved Before Your Eyes!

Find out how ASTR can help relieve rotator cuff pain: https://advancedsofttissuerelease.com/ Rotator Cuff Tear Pain Was Relieved Before Your Eyes! Derar has had vexatious shoulder pain for about six months with limited range of motion. He proceeded to get a MRI scan and was diagnosed with a rota...

Effective Shoulder Treatment
Effective Shoulder Treatment

Find out how ASTR can help relieve shoulder pain: https://advancedsofttissuerelease.com/ This patient has had constant shoulder pain for about two years. His pain level, one to ten, has reached about a four while completely motionless, and a eight towards the diagonal direction of motion. The patie...

Thomas' Back Pain Relieved in Just Minutes!
Thomas' Back Pain Relieved in Just Minutes!

Find out how ASTR can help relieve back pain https://advancedsofttissuerelease.com/ Thomas has had lower and mid-back pain for about three years. He has been to a chiropractor for realignment but the results did not last very long. His pain level, one to ten, has reached four at most. In addition,...

Chronic Knee Pain Relieved in A Few Minutes!
Chronic Knee Pain Relieved in A Few Minutes!

Find out how ASTR can help relieve knee pain https://advancedsofttissuerelease.com/ Kate has had bilateral knee pain for about one year. She has had chiropractic treatment as well as some regenerative joint injections in both knees, neither helping with the pain long term. In addition to this, she...

Miracle, Back Pain Relieved in a Few Minutes!
Miracle, Back Pain Relieved in a Few Minutes!

Find out how ASTR can help relieve back pain https://advancedsofttissuerelease.com/ Helene feels pain in her back and right hip, specifically aches and some sharp pains. On a scale of one to ten, the pain goes up to a ten at times. This will be the first treatment for Helene as she has only done at...

Don't Live with Limited Shoulder Range of Motion! (Tutorial)
Don't Live with Limited Shoulder Range of Motion! (Tutorial)

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Don't Live with Fracture Pain (Tutorial)
Don't Live with Fracture Pain (Tutorial)

Find out how ASTR can help fracture pain (Tutorial) https://advancedsofttissuerelease.com/ Donna is a sports massage therapist. She came in 4 months after she was in a car accident and broke the head of her humerus. She has a constant pain that she rates at a 5 out of 10. She has tried many other ...

Effective Neck Pain Relief Treatment!
Effective Neck Pain Relief Treatment!

Check out how ASTR relieves neck pain! https://advancedsofttissuerelease.com/ Occupational therapist , Marci came in with a headache and pain in her neck and body aching due to her neck. In 2007 she had a bulging disc at C5-C6 for which she had a surgery, and another surgery at C4-C5. Since these s...

Don't Live with Hip Pain!
Don't Live with Hip Pain!

See what ASTR did for Sharon's hip pain! https://advancedsofttissuerelease.com/ Sharon fell down a flight of stairs 8 months ago and now experiences pain she rates at a 9 out of 10 in her left hip. She has had 6 treatments for her hip and now does not feel pain through her daily routine. She tried ...

Can Stomach Pain be Relieved in 1 Treatment? (1 month Follow up)
Can Stomach Pain be Relieved in 1 Treatment? (1 month Follow up)

Can Stomach Pain be Relieved in 1 Treatment? https://advancedsofttissuerelease.com/ Brandon has been experiencing stomach pain at about a 7 out of 10 on the pain scale. His describes this pain as excess gas, and shortness of breathe. He only feels relief when he burps. He has been having this probl...

Can Foot Pain be Relieved in 1 Treatment?
Can Foot Pain be Relieved in 1 Treatment?

Can Foot Pain be Relieved in 1 Treatment? https://advancedsofttissuerelease.com/ Sharron broke her big toe back in April. She was experiencing severe pain while she was walking. After 1 ASTR treatment her pain has completely gone away, she can walk with no pain, and has no problem bending her toe. ...

Crazy Fast Back Pain Relief Treatment!
Crazy Fast Back Pain Relief Treatment!

Find out how Ryan experienced Back pain relief! https://advancedsofttissuerelease.com/ Ryan came in with lower back pain that he has had for 3 weeks, but worse in the last 2 days. His pain increases when he runs or is lifting. His worst pain gets up to a 7 out of 10, and has a constant 2/3 out of 1...

Watch How ASTR Worked For Dr. Wodiske!
Watch How ASTR Worked For Dr. Wodiske!

Check out what Dr. Wodiske has to say about his hip and back pain! https://advancedsofttissuerelease.com/ Dr. Wodiske came in with some hip and back pain and referred pain down his leg with limited mobility. He has had this pain for about five years. He has took advil and tried stretching and icing...

ASTR Relieves TMJ and Neck Pain
ASTR Relieves TMJ and Neck Pain

Check out what ASTR can do for TMJ and neck pain! https://advancedsofttissuerelease.com/ When Linda first came in she could not even open her mouth due to her TMJ. Now her jaw has movement, and she can eat solid food without pain. Linda rated her pain a 10 out of 10 before ASTR, and she had to make...

Dr. Wesley Chronic Neck Limitation Was Relieved in 1 Treatment!
Dr. Wesley Chronic Neck Limitation Was Relieved in 1 Treatment!

Check out what ASTR can do to improve chronic neck limitation! https://advancedsofttissuerelease.com/ Dr. Kim Wesley has a herniated cervical disk and two disk removal and spinal fusions at c4-5 and c5-6 which caused a loss of motion in the neck. He also has other bulging disks above and below the ...

Can Back & Shoulder Tightness be Relieved in 1 Treatment?
Can Back & Shoulder Tightness be Relieved in 1 Treatment?

Check out how Dr. Brian Jones increases his range of motion in just one visit! https://advancedsofttissuerelease.com/ Dr. Brian Jones had a lumbar fusion surgery. Currently, he is extremely restricted in his back and shoulder and has had a decreased range of motion. He has been experiencing this le...

Can Hip Pain be Relieved in Minutes?
Can Hip Pain be Relieved in Minutes?

Find out how Mary's hip pain was relieved in just 1 session! https://advancedsofttissuerelease.com/ Mary came in today with aggravating hip pain. She explains that she injured it during training for a half- marathon. She says it is the most painful during weight-bearing exercise and things that inv...

Can Knee Pain be Relieved in Minutes?
Can Knee Pain be Relieved in Minutes?

See how Darrin's knee pain is decreased in minutes! https://advancedsofttissuerelease.com/ Darrin came in with excruciating pain in his left knee. It is aggravated by squatting, walking down stairs, twisting, and bending. There is no mechanism of injury, and he hasn’t received any treatment. When...

Chronic Back Pain for 20+ Years Was Relieved in 1 Session!
Chronic Back Pain for 20+ Years Was Relieved in 1 Session!

Check out what Janice has to say 4 months after her ASTR treatment for her chronic back pain! https://advancedsofttissuerelease.com/ Janice came in to see if Dr. Jacobs could relieve her chronic back pain. She has had severe back pain and has been unable to bend over or touch the floor for 20 years...

Can Knee Pain be Relieved in 1 Treatment?
Can Knee Pain be Relieved in 1 Treatment?

Find out how Janice's knee pain was alleviated with ASTR! https://advancedsofttissuerelease.com/ Janice came in with left knee pain which she rated a 5 out of 10 on the pain scale. This pain has gotten increasingly worse in the past two weeks. She described that it was hard to stand up and felt lik...

Jenena' Chronic Hip Pain Relieved in Minutes!
Jenena' Chronic Hip Pain Relieved in Minutes!

Other treatment aren't working? Check out ASTR! https://advancedsofttissuerelease.com/ Chronic Hip pain relieved before your eyes! Jenena was experiencing excruciating chronic hip pain. She has tried traditional physical therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, and chiropractor treatment in the past...

DeeAnn Migraine Headache Was Relieved in 1 ASTR Session! (1 year Follow Up)
DeeAnn Migraine Headache Was Relieved in 1 ASTR Session! (1 year Follow Up)

Check out what DeeAnn has to say 1 year after her migraine was relieved with ASTR! https://advancedsofttissuerelease.com/ DeeAnn had been an employee of Dr. Jacobs before undergoing ASTR treatments. As his receptionist she had seen firsthand all the amazing results that ASTR provided, although neve...

Chiropractor Reviews ASTR Treatment
Chiropractor Reviews ASTR Treatment

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Samina's Sciatica Pain Was Relieved In 2 ASTR Sessions!
Samina's Sciatica Pain Was Relieved In 2 ASTR Sessions!

Find out how Samina's sciatica pain was relieved in 2 sessions! https://advancedsofttissuerelease.com/ Samina began to experience severe numbness in her toes three months prior to beginning her ASTR treatment. She was experiencing an 8 out of 10 level of numbness and a sharp pain down her leg, this...

Dr. Hough Reviews ASTR Treatment
Dr. Hough Reviews ASTR Treatment

Check out why Dr. Hough now uses the ASTR methods! https://advancedsofttissuerelease.com/ Dr. Charles Hough is a chiropractor that has practiced for 32 years and wasn’t receiving the results he was hoping. “I have been looking for something like ASTR since then, for 32 years!” After coming to...

Bob Experienced Pain Relief in 1 ASTR Treatment!
Bob Experienced Pain Relief in 1 ASTR Treatment!

Watch how Bob's extreme pain was diminished in 1 treatment! https://advancedsofttissuerelease.com/ Bob Experienced Pain Relief in 1 ASTR Treatment! Bob came into our office with excruciating pain, so much he was hardly able to walk. After 1 ASTR session with Dr. Jacobs his pain decreased significa...

Jenni's Muscle Strain Pain Was Relieved After 1 ASTR Session!
Jenni's Muscle Strain Pain Was Relieved After 1 ASTR Session!

Find out how Jenni's leg pain is decreased with ASTR! https://advancedsofttissuerelease.com/ Jenni suffered a partial torn MCL, torn calf muscle, hamstring muscle, and other ligaments as well from a training session. She has trouble walking, cannot fully extend her leg and must wear a heel to walk....

Emily's Chronic Pain Was Relieved With ASTR!
Emily's Chronic Pain Was Relieved With ASTR!

Check out how ASTR is for long term pain relief! https://advancedsofttissuerelease.com/ Emily is 27 years old and was suffering from chronic pain in her neck and shoulder. She had been suffering from chronic pain for eight years. She had previously received treatment from six physical therapists, t...

 

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