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 go to About section.
“Having professional Schroth-trained therapists available to our nonoperative, preoperative and postoperative spinal deformity patients at the Och Spine Hospital has proven to be extremely beneficial. Their ability to provide this unique and respected therapy has improved our patient's understanding of their spinal deformity, and provided a means to optimize their spinal alignment, truncal posture and core muscle strength which undoubtedly has improvesd their outcomes. We are proud to have this specialized area of expertise available to our patients.”
Lawrence G. Lenke, MD
The Daniel and Jane Och Spine Hospital at New York-Presbyterian/Allen
Professor and Chief of Spinal Surgery
Chief of Spinal Deformity Surgery
Co-Director, Adult and Pediatric Comprehensive Spine Surgery Fellowship
Columbia Univ. Dept. of Orthopedic Surgery
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New Education Program Coming soon!
We are pleased to announce that BSPTS will be launching a new educational program BSPTS Concept by Rigo beginning December of 2019 and continuing into 2020. The previous C1 and C2 structure will be replaced by a new educational program with 4 levels: Basic, Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3. Certification will be possible after completing the entire 4 level course. Detailed information will be available on the new BSPTS.NET website which will launch by the end of the year.