Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School - Schroth Education for Physical Therapists

Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School (BSPTS)

Certification Course 1 (C1) - 

The 3-D Treatment of Scoliosis according to the Principles of Schroth 

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2014 Dates: 
Feb 17-25 and 
September 8-16
2015 Dates:
Feb 9-17
Aug 10-18 
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414-302-0770

Physical therapists can now become Schroth certified in the United States through Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School (BSPTS)  http://www.bspts.net – founded by Dr. Manuel Rigo in 2009.

BSPTS History
The BSPTS program teaches 3-D scoliosis treatment according to the principles of Katerina and Christa Lehnert Schroth that began in Germany in the 1920’s.  Dr. Rigo was trained at the original Katerina 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.

BSPTS Instructors
The first International Body of Instructors for BSPTS was formed in 2011 with a goal of making courses more available around the world.  Instructors currently include experienced physical therapists from Spain, Israel and the United States, who are offering certification courses in their respective countries.  In addition to certification courses for patient care, the school has developed a process for physical therapists to become BSPTS Certified Instructors.  This will allow continued growth in course offerings and ongoing improvements in conservative management standards for scoliosis.

BSPTS Courses
Course curriculum includes Schroth principles of 3-D exercises for sensory-motor and kinesthetic development. Goals of treatment are to facilitate corrections of the altered posture and teach the patient to maintain corrections in daily living in order to minimize progression of spinal deformity.

Courses provide in-depth explanation of anatomy, etiology, clinical examination, and treatment of scoliosis. Participants will learn to recognize, evaluate, and treat different scoliosis curve patterns. Bracing concepts will be covered.  DIERS formetric assessment will be demonstrated. Course format includes lectures, labs for evaluation and exercise, and live patient demonstration. On the final day participants will take a certification exam.

Courses for certification are open only to physical therapists.

BSPTS Course Levels

C1 – Certification Course 1

  • 9 day course for 1:1 (individual) treatment of patients with idiopathic scoliosis
  • Requires passing certification exam given at end of course
  • Requires taking C2 course within 1-3 years in order to maintain C1 certification

C2 – Certification Course 2

  • Pre-requisite:  C1 within 1-3 years prior
  • 6 day course for treating adults with painful scoliosis, degenerative scoliosis, treating in group therapy, and learning more details on bracing principles
  • Requires passing certification exam given at end of course
  • Following C2 certification, no further courses are required to maintain certification

Instructor Application Pre-requisites

  • C2 completion > 5 yrs ago with avg of 10 hrs/wk scoliosis care in last 3-5 yrs
  • Writing of one scoliosis case report annually (publication not required)
  • Completion of Scoliosis Patient Statistics Summary (under development)
  • Membership in SOSORT with attendance of at least 2 meetings in last 5 years
  • Presenter at one scientific (or like) scoliosis meeting
  • Observation hours at C1/C2 courses and at intensive patient training

Milwaukee C 1 Course Details  
February 17-25, 2014
September 8-16, 2014
February 9-17, 2015
August 10-18, 2015
Spinal Dynamics of Wisconsin, SC             
2300 North Mayfair Road Suite 555
Milwaukee, WI 53213
414 302 0770  

Milwaukee C 2 Course Details
March 31 - April 5, 2014
June 16-21, 2014
June 15-20, 2015
July 13-18, 2015
Spinal Dynamics of Wisconsin, SC
2300 N. Mayfair Road Suite 555
Milwaukee, WI  53226
414 302 0770

Contact the clinic directly for registration information. 

Milwaukee Course Instructors
Lead Instructor:  Cindy Marti, PT began the scoliosis clinic at Spinal Dynamics of Wisconsin following her Schroth Certification with Dr. Manuel Rigo in 2005.  She became a BSPTS instructor in 2011. She is a member of SOSORT (Society of Scoliosis Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Treatment) and a past SOSORT conference presenter. She treats adolescents and adults individually and in group.
Lab Assistant: Meg Gogin, MPT became Schroth certified by Dr. Manuel Rigo in Barcelona in 2007. She is a member of SOSORT and works at Spinal Dyanamics treating adults and adolescents individually and in group.

Cindy and Meg work collaboratively with an orthotist trained in Cheneau Type Bracing following Rigo Principles. This bracing supports the 3- dimensional corrections of Schroth exercises. The team at Spinal Dynamics is committed to ongoing education on conservative management of scoliosis.

Cindy Marti, PT

  • Founder and owner of Spinal Dynamics of Wisconsin, SC (est. 2003)
  • BS Physical Therapy 1986 – University of Wisconsin Madison
  • Certified in Schroth scoliosis physical therapy by Dr. Manuel Rigo in 2005; clinical mentoring at Elena Salva Institute,  2007
  • RSC ™ brace course attendee at Ortholutions, Rosenheim Germany, 2007
    SOSORT Presentor on adult case histories, Montreal, 2010
  • Member of International Body of Instructors through BSPTS, 2011
  • Member of Society of Scoliosis Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Treatment (SOSORT); Educational Committee
  • Presentor on Introduction to Schroth Therapy at SoPAC (APTA Section on Pediatrics), 2011
  • Intramuscular Manual Therapy Certification, Myopain Seminars, 2011

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