Skelian Chiropractic, Physiotherapy & Massage Therapy Cheltenham
Skelian Chiropractic, Physiotherapy & Massage Therapy Cheltenham
290 Google reviews
Zara Winters
Zara Winters
I walked in to the Skelian clinic at my wit's end - my neck and shoulders hurt from decades of poor posture due to computer work, my left forearm was tight and painful and I had been suffering with agonizing tennis elbow in my right arm which was waking me up every night. It felt like my entire upper body had seized up. From the moment I entered the clinic I felt a good vibe - Angela, the receptionist, made me feel relaxed and welcome and was just lovely to be around, she takes a genuine interest in every client and radiates warmth - and has a lovely singing voice to boot! Victoria, who I cannot thank enough, has worked miracles. After four treatments, using a combination of dry needle therapy, targeted deep tissue massage and spinal manipulation I feel like a different person. The pain has almost completely gone and I have a workable action plan on how to look after my joints. Victoria is empathic, exceptionally knowledgeable, witty and a great listener. She explains what she is doing in straightforward language and puts you at ease immediately. I can honestly say that I am blown away by the results, it is life changing to have that debilitating pain taken away. I wish I'd gone sooner. If you are suffering with neck, back or joint problems please just book an appointment online, you owe it to yourself.
Brian Evans
Brian Evans
I was not expecting the relief that I experienced, From the moment treatment started I was made relaxed, after my first treatment I could not believe the difference, All the staff were very professional, the treatment was exceptional, Actually looking foreward to my next appointment
I've been coming to Dani for regular Sports Massage appointments for nearly a year now, recently transitioning on to the Hot Stones massage. As someone who likes to regularly weight train these sessions have been invaluable to my recovery and have ensured that any aches, pains and knots are kept to their absolute minimum. I've recently moved over to the Hot Stones massage and highly recommend it, it's a great mixture of traditional sports massage techniques combined with the hot stones - this will be my go to massage moving forward. Dani is extremely welcoming, friendly and a pleasure to be around - I can't rate her highly enough!
Nicky Harris
Nicky Harris
Friendly, professional service. Tom has been fantastic at sorting out my neck and back issues, providing explanation before, during and after treatment as well as providing after care exercises I can do at home. I have been delighted with my treatment so far. Thank you!
craig pockett
craig pockett
Would highly recommend Skelian chiropractic & physiotherapy 👍🏼 sorted my aches & pains out for me😊
Anne Griffiths
Anne Griffiths
I receive an excellent service from all the staff at the Skelian Chiropractic Clinic in Cheltenham.
Emma Hopkins
Emma Hopkins
Vic has been amazing in helping me get back to my old self. I feel so much more positive since seeing her. The exercises have been a great help in my recovery also. Thank you
Tania Beardsley
Tania Beardsley
this is Tania’s husband Max, posting on how excellent the whole experience was and how i have the renewed confidence thanks to Tom that i can manage my dodgy old knee without causing further damage.
Ramune Vasiliauskaite
Ramune Vasiliauskaite
Very nice clinic and in my opinion affordable. I went there because I have office job and suffer from neck/back pain occasionally. Jamie Franchini was extra attentive, reassuring and informative all the way along my first app (since my partner mentioned that I feel a bit nervious about the procedure) and has a very friendly and welcoming personality. He explained everything and made me at ease. Created plan for my particular needs and even sent me additional info with recommended excercises to do for my issues. Had just few visits but deffinately will keep going for the maintenance and further support of overall health. Highly recommending :)
Alex Meaden
Alex Meaden
Jamie is an excellent chiropractor, like dean and stuart before him at skellian clinic. Hes been able to improve my neck and back just after a few visits, highly recomend
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Migraines are a very painful headache, that could have many different causes. In this article we look at symptoms, causes and treatment options. 

What are Migraines?

Migraine is a condition where a person may experience recurrent and severe headaches. Migraines are known to affect millions of people worldwide. Despite its prevalence, the precise cause and pathophysiology of migraines remain the subject of ongoing research.

Symptoms of Migraines

Migraines are typically classified into two main categories: migraine with aura and migraine without aura.

Aura refers to a range of sensory disturbances that may occur before or during a migraine attack, including visual, sensory, or language-related symptoms.

The most common symptom of migraines, regardless of aura presence, is a severe, throbbing headache, often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound (Goadsby et al., 2017). These symptoms can significantly impact an individual’s quality of life.

Causes of Migraines 

The exact causes of migraines are multifactorial and involve complex interactions between genetic, environmental, and neurovascular factors. Recent research suggests that migraines may result from a combination of genetic susceptibility and various triggers, such as hormonal changes, stress, sleep disturbances, and certain foods (Charles, 2018).

Neurovascular mechanisms play a significant role in the pathophysiology of migraines. Studies have shown that the activation of the trigeminovascular system, a network of nerves that innervate blood vessels in the brain, leads to the release of inflammatory neuropeptides, such as calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP). This process causes vasodilation, neurogenic inflammation, and sensitization of pain pathways, contributing to the characteristic headache associated with migraines (Edvinsson, 2019).

Treatment for Migraines

The management of migraines involves both acute treatments to relieve symptoms during an attack and preventive strategies aimed at helping to reduce the frequency and severity of future episodes.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, are commonly used as first-line acute treatments for migraines (Dodick, 2018). Additionally, antiemetics can help alleviate nausea and vomiting associated with migraines. 

Migraine prevention 

For individuals experiencing frequent migraines, preventive therapy may be recommended. Several medications have been proven effective in reducing migraine frequency and severity. Lifestyle modifications, such as regular exercise, stress management techniques, and identifying and avoiding trigger factors, can also contribute to the prevention of migraines. For patients who are looking for another way to help with their migraines, at Skelian, Chiropractic care offers a non-pharmacological approach to migraine management, focusing on areas of the musculoskeletal system that might be contributing to the migraine symptoms. Alongside addressing the mechanical or musculoskeletal issues that might be adding to migraine symptoms, at Skelian we can also offer other forms of help such as lifestyle, diet and exercise advice that may help manage your migraines. 

While the evidence supporting chiropractic care for migraines is promising, further research is needed to fully understand its mechanisms of action and establish its efficacy. Please find the links to research articles below for further information. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Our team

Alex Broomsgrove, Chiropractor Cheltenham Skelian

Alex Broomsgrove



“I always strive to get to the root of the issue and then work with my patients to find a solution to the problem”

Victoria West



“ Every patient’s health requirements are unique to them; my aim is to provide patients with care that is centred around their needs.”

Jonathan Wride

Specialist Physiotherapist

HCPC MCSP AACP PgC Injection Therapy, MSK Sonographer and Independent Prescriber:

“I’m passionate about giving patients instant access to high-level diagnostics and specialist treatments, helping to reduce the waiting times of patients and hopefully speeding up their recovery.”


Chiropractic Initial Consultation – £75 Book »

Chiropractic Follow up treatment – £48

Physiotherapy consultation – £75

Research links

Exercise and Migraine Prevention: a Review of the Literature

Migraine and Diet

Evidence-based guidelines for the chiropractic treatment of adults with headache

The Impact of Spinal Manipulation on Migraine Pain and Disability: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis


Opening Times

Monday8.30 – 7.00
Tuesday8.30 – 7.00
Wednesday8.30 – 7.00
Thursday8.30 – 7.00
Friday8.30 – 7.00
Saturday9:00 – 1:00

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Why Choose Skelian?

  • Exceptionally high standards of care
  • Professionalism and Expertise
  • Quality treatment
  • Quality practitioners
  • Great communication of your treatment
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