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.
“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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Give your patients and yourself the gift of more knowledge!
ATTEND the 14th Annual International
April 25-27, 2019 in San Francisco
Pre-conference Course April 24, 2019
My SOSORT Story - from a PT perspective
by Cindy Marti, PT, SBI/BSPTS Instructor
"On behalf of myself and my fellow SBI/BSPTS instructors, I want to encourage you to attend the SOSORT meeting in San Francisco this year....
No matter your position - whether it be practice owner, manager, program leader, or clinician - every physical therapist will benefit from attending at least one SOSORT meeting. As PT's, we are accustomed to attending continuing education that is hands-on treatment driven, taught by PTs. How often do we attend events where we are educated from other professionals about current research? This conference is dedicated to serving patients with a disease of undetermined diagnosis and cure that empowers us to improve the lives of underserved people. This is your chance. I hope you will take it." CLICK HERE to read Cindy's story.
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