He first became interested in providing exercise therapy for scoliosis patients in 2008 when a colleague, a physiotherapist visiting from Germany, introduced him to the Schroth Method. From the outset it was evident that the Schroth Method could not only help to improve posture and balance, but also prevent further curvature progression, and alleviate pain caused by the scoliosis.
“Three-Dimensional Treatment for Scoliosis – A Physiotherapeutic Method for Deformities of the Spine” by Christa Lehnert-Schroth, PT, became Malcolm’s most valuable scoliosis learning resource. The more he immersed himself in the Schroth Method, the more determined he was to visit the Asklepios Katharina-Schroth-Klinik in Bad Soberheim, Germany for Schroth Therapist training.
In October 2014, Malcolm together with 2 of his colleagues, Kit Laughlin and Olivia Alnutt, attended an intensive International Schroth Therapist training course at the Bad Sobernheim Klinik.
In May 2016 Malcolm returned to the Klinik in Germany for further studies and training in the Schroth Method. In July 2018, Malcolm was invited again to the Klinik by his mentor, Axel Hennes, to assist in the practical training of a new group of International Schroth Therapists.
In Australia, the Schroth Method is also passionately supported by Rebecca Harding, Scoliosis Physiotherapy, East Kew, Melbourne; and Dr Daniel Comerford, Osteopath, Mt Eliza, Victoria.
The Schroth Method is now widely recognized as a conservative treatment for idiopathic scoliosis in many countries throughout the world. The 2016 SOSORT Guidelines “Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment of Idiopathic Treatment during Growth” made several recommendations with regards to performing scoliosis specific exercise to prevent scoliosis progression during growth, and during bracing and surgical therapy.