He first became interested in providing exercise therapy for scoliosis clients in 2008 when a Pilates colleague, a physiotherapist visiting from Germany, introduced him to the Schroth Method. From the outset it was evident that the Schroth Method of scoliosis exercise therapy not only helped to improve posture and balance, it also alleviated pain caused by the scoliosis.
“Three-Dimensional Treatment for Scoliosis – A Physiotherapeutic Method for Deformities of the Spine” by Christa Lehnert-Schroth, P.T. became his most valuable learning resource regarding scoliosis. The more Malcolm immersed himself in the Schroth Method the more determined he was to visit the Asklepios Katharina-Schroth-Klinik in Bad Soberheim, Germany for training.
Thanks to the persistence and persuasiveness of his friend and colleague Kit Laughlin, Kit, his partner, Olivia, and Malcolm were permitted to attend a Schroth Therapist intensive training course at the Bad Sobernheim Klinik in October 2014.
Kit, Olivia and Malcolm passed their Schroth Therapy theory and practical exams. Working hands on with many of the 180 in-patients during their training was both a humbling and empowering experience. 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.
The launch of the ‘Scoliosis Therapy Centre’ and website, is intended to help promote the Schroth Method more within Australia. 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 widely recognised now as a form of 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.