Skelian Chiropractic, Physiotherapy & Massage Therapy Cheltenham
Skelian Chiropractic, Physiotherapy & Massage Therapy Cheltenham
290 Google reviews
Steve MaxTheMaths
Steve MaxTheMaths
Huge thanks to Jamie and the team for getting me back on my feet! Fabulous service. Highly recommended.
Nickie Apperly
Nickie Apperly
Great service, Tom is very reassuring and encouraging. His confident yet, caring approach made me feel at ease and my recovery has definately benefitted from this.
Fred Warren
Fred Warren
Several months ago I was stricken with severe sciatica, strong pain killers were prescribed by my GP but they had unacceptable side effects. I contacted Skelian and Jamie quickly sorted out my problem, without further medication. During the course of my treatment, I found that Jamie's manipulations of my neck gave a certain amount of relief to the vertigo and muzziness “brain fog”, which I had been suffering from, for the past five years. I am thankful to Skelian and Jamie in particular for his caring approach to my ailments, he has an excellent bedside manner and he has given me beneficial advice to help with my long standing dizziness problems.
Kam Mistry
Kam Mistry
Very happy. Jamie was great - friendly and professional. I certainly felt that I was in good hands and could already feel the benefits after my first visit. After three sessions the pain has gone.
Monica Wragg
Monica Wragg
I highly recommend the Skelian Clinic. The lovely Aaron has cured my lower back pain in a matter of a few weeks so that I can now resume and enjoy my walks. Everyone at the clinic is very professional, kind and friendly. Thank you.
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😊
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Shoulder Pain

Pain in or around the shoulder can have many different causes, typically they are related to muscles, joints or nerve problems. Find out more information about symptoms, causes and treatment options for shoulder problems below.

Causes of Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is typically a musculoskeletal (involving joints and muscles) complaint that affects individuals across various age groups. Understanding the common causes of shoulder pain is crucial for accurate diagnosis and appropriate management. Here is a general overview of the most frequent causes of shoulder pain, including rotator cuff injuries, shoulder impingement syndrome, osteoarthritis, frozen shoulder, dislocation and referred pain.

Shoulder muscle injury (rotator cuff injury)

The rotator cuff is a group of tendons and muscles that stabilise the shoulder joint. Rotator cuff injuries are among the most common causes of shoulder pain. These injuries can occur due to acute trauma or repetitive activities. The most common rotator cuff injuries include tears and tendinitis. Rotator cuff tears involve a partial or complete tear of one or more of the tendons, while tendinitis refers to inflammation of the tendons. Risk factors for rotator cuff injuries include ageing, repetitive movements, and occupations or sports involving overhead motions. At Skelian, we believe it is vitally important to gain an accurate diagnosis of what is causing your shoulder pain. Muscle and tendon injuries around the shoulder are common but due to these muscles having their own roles to play with the shoulder, understanding the diagnosis will help us develop the best approach for your condition.

Shoulder impingement 

Shoulder impingement syndrome occurs when the tendons of the rotator cuff become compressed or irritated as they pass through the subacromial space. This can lead to pain, weakness, and restricted shoulder movement. The condition is commonly associated with repetitive overhead activities, such as throwing or lifting. Structural abnormalities, such as a hooked acromion or bone spurs, can also contribute to impingement. Other risk factors include poor posture, muscle imbalances, and age-related degenerative changes. Most commonly the infraspinatus and the supraspinatus are the muscles involved in impingement. At Skelian our Specialist physiotherapist can help accurately diagnose the cause of a shoulder impingement using ultrasound coupled with orthopaedic tests during your examination. 

Shoulder Arthritis 

Osteoarthritis, (a degenerative joint disease) can affect the shoulder joint and lead to shoulder pain. It is characterised by the breakdown of cartilage, resulting in joint inflammation, pain, stiffness, and reduced range of motion. Primarily osteoarthritis can occur due to ageing and “wear-and-tear”, while secondary osteoarthritis may result from previous trauma, repetitive use, or underlying conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. Risk factors for shoulder osteoarthritis include advancing age, obesity, joint overuse, and genetic predisposition. At Skelian we have treatment options to help manage arthritis in the shoulder alongside home exercises and possibly lifestyle advice. If you have not been formally diagnosed with arthritis, we have diagnostic options to confirm the cause of your shoulder pain such as MRI scan referrals or ultrasound. 

Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition identified by stiffness, pain, and limited shoulder movement. It typically progresses through three stages: freezing, frozen, and thawing. The exact cause of a frozen shoulder is unclear, but it can develop after a shoulder injury, prolonged immobilization, or certain medical conditions such as diabetes or thyroid disorders. The condition is more common in middle-aged individuals. A frozen shoulder can take a while to improve. More information can be found on our frozen shoulder page. (link to frozen shoulder page) 

Shoulder Dislocation

Shoulder dislocation occurs when the humeral head (top of your arm or ball) comes out of the glenoid socket (cup-shaped socket for the ball to sit in). It can cause intense pain, swelling, and instability of the shoulder joint. Anterior dislocation is the most common type, often resulting from trauma or excessive external rotation of the arm. Posterior dislocation is less common and may be associated with seizures or electric shock injuries. Recurrent dislocations can occur in individuals with loose shoulder ligaments or previous dislocations. If you have dislocated a shoulder from an injury, it is best that you seek immediate medical attention to relocate the shoulder joint as soon as possible. Once the shoulder has been relocated and you are starting the recovery process, we can help by giving you a rehabilitation plan to help strengthen the shoulder joint again to help prevent instability or laxity in the shoulder following a dislocation. 

Referred Shoulder Pain 

Shoulder pain can also occur from other areas of the body. Some are more serious than others. In most cases it is a referred nerve pain, typically coming from the neck.  
Referred pain from the neck can occur, when the nerve root that exit the neck (cervical spine) become irritated. This can be due to a number of reasons, such as cervical facet joints, discs irritation, damage or wear and tear.
In other cases the pain can come from other areas of the body.
– Heart issues can refer pain to the shoulder area.
– Lung conditions can refer pain to the shoulder. 
– Stomach and Abdominal issues can also refer pain to the shoulder. 
Bearing in mind that some shoulder pain symptoms can be related to underlying or urgent issues. It is important that if your symptoms are severe, unexpected, especially if the symptoms involve chest pain, that you seek expert healthcare advice as soon as possible.

Treatment for shoulder pain 

Overall shoulder pain can significantly impact an individual’s quality of life. Understanding the common causes of shoulder pain, such as rotator cuff injuries, shoulder impingement syndrome, osteoarthritis, frozen shoulder etc, is important for effective management or diagnosis of the condition. Our practitioner at Skelian can help by identifying and possibly addressing the underlying cause of shoulder pain, if it is a condition we can help. The main aims of treatment are to always help improve an individual’s pain, restore shoulder function, and improve their overall well-being.

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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”

Sports Therapist Cheltenham

Dani Cowley

Sports Therapist

“My goal is to help all  my patients return to their preferred activity whilst maintaining a pain-free and healthy lifestyle. I always aim to go one step further by minimising the risk of future injury through rehabilitation plans and hands-on therapy.”

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 – £65 Book »
Chiropractic Follow up treatment – £44
Physiotherapy consultation – £65
Sports Therapy Consultation – £60
Follow up Sports therapy appointment – £35
Massage (1 hour) – £54


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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