Welcome to Schroth-Barcelona Institute
To promote high-quality scoliosis education to professionals in order to improve the care of patients with scoliosis.
What We Do
We are focused on providing classes to train Physical Therapists in the Schroth Method. We provide scoliosis patients a central directory of Schroth trained therapists to facilitate connections for treatment. We are an education institute but not a governing body. Application of the theory and exercises may vary by individual.
What is BSPTS
BSPTS is the Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School founded by Dr. Manuel Rigo in 2009. The school teaches physical therapists the original Schroth principles and advanced concepts in scoliosis.
The BSPTS program teaches 3-D scoliosis treatment according to the principles of Katharina and Christa Lehnert Schroth that began in Germany in the 1920’s. Dr. Rigo was trained at the original Katharina Schroth Clinic in Germany in the 1980’s. Since then, he and his staff have practiced Schroth principles at his clinic, Institut Elena Salva, in Barcelona, Spain. In 1989, Dr. Rigo received approval to begin teaching Schroth certification courses for physical therapists. After a decade of teaching, he founded BSPTS to further develop scoliosis curriculum — teaching the original Schroth principles and adding advanced concepts learned during years of clinical experience and research.
Learn about who we are and what we do in the About section.
Hagit with first class of 2019 - C2 in New York. Congratulations!
"We have hosted SBI for both C1 and C2 at our practice, Scoliosis Specialty Center… PTs who have attended the courses at our site have always had high remarks and feedback for the course content and delivery of the important information to help them provide the highest quality of care to their patients. As a PT, a practice owner with ten certified therapists, and clinic providing scoliosis specific exercises for almost a decade, we have always utilized the courses provided by the SBI team and they continue to provide the highest quality of education. We highly recommend SBI to provide the most current and thorough education for scoliosis specific exercise/ Schroth." CLICK HERE for full quote
- Chintan A. Pancholi-Parekh, PT, DPT, Director, Physical Therapy
PRNY, PC- Scoliosis Specialty Center
"This (C1) class will give us referral partners for our patients to go to which we are lacking right now. Catching scoliosis early, treating them early and not letting anyone fall through the cracks is imperative for excellent patient care. Having additional Schroth providers in our community can help get the word out to primary care providers that early detection is key to giving a patient choices Thank you Amy (Sbihli) for all your hard work making this an interesting, informative and exciting (C1) class for our students."
- Wendy Welker, Director of Education and Research
Hey Clinic for Scoliosis and Sping Surgery, NC
"Having BSPTS trained physical therapists in our community has ushered in a new era of spine care. Patients consistently praise the expertise and insight that our Schroth-trained therapists, Ashley and Noelle, bring to their care. My spine section has been very keen to partner with our local group of Schroth therapists for a large population of adolescent patients eager to have expert conservative spine care."
- Nigel Price, MD Chief, Section of Spine Surgery
Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics UMKC
"I feel very fortunate to have such a range of expertise in our Center for Conservative Care for Scoliosis. Working with such a passionate and skilled group of physical therapists has taught me so much about the complexities in nonoperative treatment of children with scoliosis. Our weekly meetings are a think tank where we explore issues ranging from best in class, "smart-braces" which respect 3 dimensional anatomy, to ways to foster patients' compliance with scoliosis specific physical therapy. This collaboration has resulted in a robust research program, including efforts to develop a best practice guideline for conservative care of adolescent scoliosis. This is really how multidisciplinary, family centric care should be."
- Michael Vitale, MD MPH Director,
Center for Conservative Care for Scoliosis
Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital,
Columbia University Medical Center
"The ability to offer Schroth physical therapy for our patients with AIS through our BSPTS-trained therapists has been a true paradigm shift in our non-operative scoliosis management. The era of watching and waiting, or even bracing and waiting, has passed, with the patient able to assume a more active role in their care. The patients feel empowered, and their acceptance of this modality has been overwhelmingly positive."
- Craig P. Eberson, MD Chief,
Pediatric Orthopedics and Scoliosis Service
Brown University, Warren Alpert School of Medicine