Level 1 Certification Course (C-1)

Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School (BSPTS)

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Level 2 Certification Course (C-2)

Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School (BSPTS)

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Program Purpose:

The BSPTS program teaches 3-D scoliosis treatment according to the principles of Katherina and Christa Lehnert Schroth that began in Germany in the 1920’s. The Institute Elena Salvá in Barcelona offered Schroth courses for physical therapists from 1989 to 2008. The principles have been further developed by Dr. Manuel Rigo and the staff of the Institute of Elena Salvá and are now offered in courses through BSPTS.

The treatment is based on sensory-motor and kinesthetic principles. Goals of treatment are to facilitate correction of the altered posture, and teach the patient to maintain the corrected posture in daily living activities in order to minimize scoliosis progression and further spinal deformity. In this course, therapists are trained to treat patients on a 1:1 basis. With experience and additional training, therapists may advance to treating in groups or intensive programs.

The C-1 course provides an in-depth explanation of anatomy, etiology, examination, and treatment of scoliosis. Participants will learn to recognize and treat different scoliosis curve patterns. Introduction to bracing techniques will be covered. Course includes: Lectures, evaluation and exercise labs, live patient treatment and demonstration. On the final day participants will take a certification exam.

Course Objectives:
  1. Understand history of Schroth method and relationship to BSPTS
  2. Understand multidisciplinary approach to conservative management of scoliosis
  3. Perform an individualized scoliosis patient clinical evaluation
  4. Understand radiological variables in scoliosis assessment and classification
  5. Identify scoliosis patients appropriate for conservative management
  6. Develop specific treatment plans and goals based on the patient presentation
  7. Treat patients with basic 3-D principles of correction according to BSPTS
  8. Treat in 5 basic starting positions (supine, prone, side-lying, sitting and standing)
  9. Teach joint protection and proper ADL principles for patients with scoliosis

General Course Content:
  1. Scoliosis definitions, etiology, and curve classification
  2. Clinical assessment of scoliosis including trunk shape and posture
  3. Radiology (Cobb angle, axial rotation, central sacral line, transitional point, Risser)
  4. Sagittal configuration (Scheurmann’s kyphosis, hyper-lordosis)
  5. Schroth principles of correction: Pelvic corrections, correction of the postural collapse, (auto-elongation), correction of the frontal component (deflection), correction of the rotational component (derotation), rotational breathing, facilitation and stabilization

BSPTS Educational Process:

Courses for certification are open only to physical therapists.

  1. C1 – Certification Course 1
  • 10 day certification course for treating individual patients with AIS
  • Requires passing a written certification exam given at end of course. Failure to pass the exam will require retaking of the course (no charge)
  • Requires C2 course within 1-3 years after C1 in order to maintain C1 certification
  1. C2 – Certification Course 2
  • 6 day certification course for refinement of hands-on skills, including discussion on treating adults with painful scoliosis, group therapy, and learning more on bracing principles
  • Requires passing practical certification exam given at end of course
  • Following C2 certification, no further courses are required to maintain certification status
  1. Application to become BSPTS Course Instructor. Requirements include:
  • C2 completion at least 5 yrs ago with avg. of 10 hrs/wk treating scoliosis in last 3-5 yrs
  • Writing of one scoliosis case report annually (publication not required)
  • Completion of Scoliosis Patient Statistics Summary
  • Membership in SOSORT with attendance of at least 2 meetings in 5 years
  • Presenter at one scientific (or like) scoliosis meeting
  • Observation with Dr. Rigo during C1/C2 courses, and Intensive patient training


All physical therapists trained are required to abide by BSPTS practice ethics and will be asked to sign an Ethics of Practice Agreement upon completion of the course. Key areas include:

  1. Physical therapy is intended to be part of a treatment team, including physician and orthotist
  2. Physical therapy is not intended to take the place of bracing or surgery when either is indicated, but is intended to be a compliment to a comprehensive treatment approach
  3. Indications for treatment will always be based upon medical criteria
  4. Clear expectations of the goals of physical therapy will be given to all patients treated.
  5. Websites used to promote physical therapy should contain proper information approved by BSPTS
  6. Training of other therapists is prohibited unless completing BSPTS instructor training.

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