Joseph Jacobs, DPT, ASTRs

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Advanced Soft Tissue Release Specialist (Inventor)


Doctor Jacobs is a cancer survival. He used to suffer from chronic migraine, headaches, fatigue and pain before he invented Advanced Soft Tissue Release (ASTR) speciality. In 2010, Joseph Jacobs, Doctor of Physical Therapy and founder of Advanced Soft Tissue Release Institute, earned his Physical Therapy degree from Dominican College in New York State and has been practicing as a physical therapist since 2011. Doctor Jacobs completed his undergraduate studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University, in New Jersey, where he studied Hotel & Restaurant Management.


In 2011, Dr. Jacobs developed a new manual therapy specialty called Advanced Soft Tissue Release. From 2011-2015, he committed his life to researching and developing ASTR's theories, methodologies of treatment, specialty tools and over 125 maneuvers to treat the full body. Dr. Jacobs registered ASTR and Advanced Soft Tissue Release with the US Patent and Trademark office and in 2015, received approval for 3 ASTR patents and is waiting approval for one additional patent. Dr. Jacobs recently completed his first retrospective cohort study for neck patients and is in the process of publishing this study. His long-term goal is to continue developing new tools and methodologies for ASTR and to begin teaching this specialty to other practitioners throughout the country.


Additionally, Doctor Jacobs is the inventor of the following techniques and tools:


  • Advanced Soft Tissue Release (patent pending)
  • Tension Release Technique 
  • ASTR Tools I, II, III, IV, V, VI   (patented)
  • Fascia Scale
  • Fibrosis (Scar) Scale
  • Trigger Point Scale
  • Hypertonicity Scale
  • Mind Body Release

Doctor Jacobs' life goal is to Revolutionize the Medical Industry by continually developing and researching new devices, tools, theories and methodologies to treat client's pain faster and more effectively.  His clients testify that his techniques are "effective" and the results are "immediate and long lasting."


In his spare time, Doctor Jacobs enjoys hiking with his wife, spending time with his twins Gabriel and Lily, playing the guitar and piano, and spending time with his dog, Luna. He is an active member of a local church in Mission Viejo.Additionally, Dr. Jacobs has studied and taken classes in the following manual therapy techniques:


  • Myofascial Release
  • Strain-Counterstrain
  • Muscle Engery 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


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