Physiotherapist Monika Barth: It’s over after 42 years in Bad Herrenalb – Bad Wildbad and its surroundings

Monika and Rüdiger Barth retire at the table with a slingshot. Photo: Zoller


“Time has matured,” says Monika Barth, who worked as an independent physiotherapist in Bad Herrenalb for 42 years and is now looking forward to her (non) retirement.

Bad Herrenalb – Anyone who knows an eloquent businesswoman knows that she will certainly not be limited to the premises at home in the future. As a cheerful Nadrenianka, she was born with communication and a passion for travel, otherwise a trained specialist would not have come to the Bad Herrenalb spa.



Rüdiger Barth, who comes from nearby Calmbach, is delighted to confirm this. “We have been married for 45 years and I have learned the same profession with enthusiasm.”

From Cologne

But all slowly and sequentially. Monika Barth comes from Cologne and completed her training as a physiotherapist at the local university clinic at the age of 17. – Today you call it a physiotherapist, then it was two years of training plus one year of internship. Only then was there a diploma, says Barth, who, after graduating, looked for a job and found a suitable one in Freudenstadt. From the Rhine we drove straight to the Black Forest.

“I stayed in Freudenstadt for three years and then went straight to Bad Wildbad through my colleagues,” explains Monika Barth, who then worked for Werner Rommel for the next four years. “As the namesake of today’s Rommel Clinic, Rommel founded a specialist locomotor system hospital in 1972.

intense time

What followed was an intense time when Barth not only met her husband, but also the tissue therapy that her work focuses on to this day. Not surprisingly, the couple took a picture of what is probably the most important tool in their practice as a farewell greeting to all patients. Rüdiger Barth was so enthusiastic about the professional profile of physiotherapy that in 1977 he decided to complete his training as a physical therapist at the University Clinic in Homburg Saar. With the move to Homburg and the birth of their daughter Pamela, after ten years as an employee and her husband’s new diploma, the issue of self-employment by Monika Barth finally arose and she adds: “We opened our practice in January 1980 in Klosterstrasse and had a great start right from the start “She reports that she invited doctors to introduce various treatments.” Because we were the first physical therapists in town. “Attorneys already familiar with their work with Bad Wildbad brought many patients who were enthusiastic about their work.




Huge cuts

“Only those who were lucky could make an appointment by phone,” says Rüdiger Barth, who reports that “thanks to other staff, all patients, both locals and spa visitors, were able to receive treatment.” With the “open spa treatments” requested by patients, approved by insurance companies and prescribed by doctors, there was always enough to be done in practice. Huge cuts came in 1997 with the official end of open-air spa treatments. “This changed the image of spas throughout Germany,” says Monika Barth, who, in addition to working in the office, also looked after the Mayenberg sanatorium, the Grüner Wald sanatorium and thermal baths. Home visits to nursing homes have also been completed. “In the same year, we had the opportunity to establish our own headquarters on Ettlinger Strasse so that we could continue our profession as a duo, or a couple.”

In addition, Monika Barth has performed Asian treatments, such as Shiatsu and singing bowl massages in thermal baths, and until now works with her husband at the doctor’s office. But now there is a successor in physiotherapy practice.

Info: “Floating”

The subject of the slingshot table is as important to Monika Barth as the memorial stone in Bad Wildbad, which can be seen in the spa park in honor of the inventor of the slingshot table: the slingshot table is an aid that allows patients’ bodies or parts to be hung in slings. The loops relax the muscles and protect the affected joints. Because movements that would normally be restricted or painful can be made more easily and painlessly under these “floating” conditions.


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