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.
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.
"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