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Bob Bramah

Bob Bramah BSc, MSMA, MSMM, MCSP is a chartered physiotherapist specialising in sports soft tissue therapy. He has worked in Premiership Rugby and Football and with the GB National teams for Basketball, Volleyball and Wheelchair Rugby and the England cricket team.

In addition to a private practice in Wigan, Bob is a lecturer in manual therapy at the University of Salford and is the editor of the Journal Watch section of sportEX.

He was a founder member of the Sports Massage Association and is Vice-chair of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy professional network for massage and Soft Tissue Therapy.

Recent content

  • Swedish massage in a sporting context: part 1

    In a previous article physiotherapist and sports massage therapist Bob Bramah looked at why the majority of massage research is flawed. Despite this, massage remains a popular treatment modality at all levels of sport and exercise especially within the elite and professional ranks. In this, the first of two further articles, the author looks at what research evidence is available to justify massage as part of a general conditioning programme and before, during or after activity. Part 2 reviews the use of massage following injury and travel. As discussed in the previous article there are over 100 types of massage described in the literature but the majority of techniques used are those described as ‘Swedish’ namely, effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, and frictions. This article examines the evidence for the use of these methods.

  • Why massage research is flawed

    Massage is used extensively in both sport and the wider occupational setting but a huge number of experimental studies reach the conclusion that it has little or no actual benefit. This is because virtually every study is methodologically flawed not for the usually stated reasons of a lack of randomisation or blinding but because of a lack of consensus about what massage actually is, a lack of understanding about what is being tested and on whom, and above all a complete disregard for the dose of application.

  • The Clinician's Guide to Managing Tennis Elbow [Article]

    Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is a common injury that is notoriously difficult to rehabilitate. This article provides a practical and progressive model for athletes to manage the condition and rehabilitate back to full function. This article is available free of charge until Weds 27th May - just Register to access it.

  • Physical Therapy Journal Watch - sportEX medicine Jan 2015

    Catch up on this quarter's essential physical therapy research. Our Physical Therapy Journal Watch brings you all the most important journal discoveries with our own unique Co-Kinetic take-home messages. This is one of our most popular sections of content aimed at saving you time and money not having to trawl the research journals!

  • Massage Therapy Journal Watch - sportEX dynamics Jan 2015

    Catch up on this quarter's essential massage therapy research. Our Massage Therapy Journal Watch brings you all the most important journal discoveries with our own unique sportEX take-home messages. This is one of our most popular sections of content aimed at saving you time and money not having to trawl the research journals!

  • Physical Therapy Journal Watch - sportEX medicine Oct 2014

    Catch up on this quarter's essential physical therapy research. Our Physical Therapy Journal Watch brings you all the most important journal discoveries with our own unique sportEX take-home messages. This is one of our most popular sections of content aimed at saving you time and money not having to trawl the research journals!

  • Massage Therapy Journal Watch - sportEX dynamics Oct 2014

    Catch up on this quarter's essential massage therapy research. Our Massage Therapy Journal Watch brings you all the most important journal discoveries with our own unique sportEX take-home messages. This is one of our most popular sections of content aimed at saving you time and money not having to trawl the research journals!

  • Physical Therapy Journal Watch - sportEX medicine Jul 2014

    Catch up on this quarter's essential physical therapy research. Our Physical Therapy Journal Watch brings you all the most important journal discoveries with our own unique sportEX take-home messages. This is one of our most popular sections of content aimed at saving you time and money not having to trawl the research journals!

  • Massage Therapy Journal Watch - sportEX dynamics Jul 2014

    Catch up on this quarter's essential massage therapy research. Our Massage Therapy Journal Watch brings you all the most important journal discoveries with our own unique sportEX take-home messages. This is one of our most popular sections of content aimed at saving you time and money not having to trawl the research journals!

  • Physical Therapy Journal Watch - sportEX medicine Apr 2014

    Catch up on this quarter's essential physical therapy research. Our Physical Therapy Journal Watch brings you all the most important journal discoveries with our own unique sportEX take-home messages. This is one of our most popular sections of content aimed at saving you time and money not having to trawl the research journals!