Amy has 15 years experience since becoming a Schroth Certified physical therapist trained in the assessment and treatment of spinal deformity including scoliosis, kyphosis and related conditions. Her practice, Spine Academy Physical Therapy, offers free screenings to assess for scoliosis and kyphosis. When needed, evaluation and 3-dimensional scoliosis specific exercises are initiated. The goal of treatments are to reduce the risk of curvature progression, to improve spine stabilization, reduce pain, and to educate on best posture and body mechanics related to daily activities.
Additionally, when Amy is not in the clinic, she is teaching. She is a co-owner of the Schroth-Barcelona Institute (SBI), the USA branch of the Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School (BSPTS). These schools have a global aim to educate physical therapists about spinal deformities and physical therapy treatments. Since the initiation of the USA branch she and her co-teachers have trained over 500 therapists across the USA to serve the underserved population of people who have spinal deformities.
What is the Schroth Method? The Schroth Method began in Germany in the 1920’s. Dr. Rigo is a medical doctor in Barcelona Spine. He 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. After decades of research and teaching, he founded BSPTS, developed braces and bracing concepts, mentored orthotists and physical therapists to become teachers. The BSPTS-Concept by Rigo is an evidence-based curriculum created to spread the knowledge about scoliosis specific exercise and bracing across the globe.