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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Stress & Tension

A commonly experienced problem where psychological or physical stress can lead to issues with your muscles and joints causing pain and discomfort. In this article we look at symptoms, causes and treatment options. 

Everyday Stress

Stress is an unavoidable part of our daily lives, affecting us mentally, emotionally, and even physically. One of the often overlooked consequences of chronic stress is the manifestation of muscle tension and pain. On this page, we will look into the intricate relationship between stress and its impact on our musculoskeletal system. By understanding the mechanisms through which stress leads to muscle tension and pain, we can develop effective strategies to manage and alleviate these symptoms, enhancing our overall well-being.

Stress and the body 

When we encounter a stressful situation, our bodies activate the “fight-or-flight” response, triggering a cascade of physiological changes. Stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline, flood our system, preparing us to respond to the perceived threat. While this response is crucial for survival, chronic activation can have adverse effects on our physical health.

Under chronic stress, our bodies continuously produce stress hormones, resulting in sustained muscle tension. This tension is primarily caused by the activation of the sympathetic nervous system, which regulates the body’s involuntary response to stress. Increased muscle tension can occur in various regions, such as the neck, shoulders, back, and jaw, leading to discomfort and pain.

The relationship between stress and muscle tension goes beyond the physical response. Stress triggers a complex interplay between the brain and the musculoskeletal system, involving both conscious and unconscious processes. The brain’s limbic system, particularly the amygdala, plays a crucial role in stress perception and emotional response. These emotional signals can subsequently activate motor neurons, causing muscle groups to contract involuntarily.

Persistent muscle tension resulting from chronic stress can lead to the development of muscle pain syndromes, such as tension headaches, fibromyalgia, and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ). Muscle pain can further exacerbate stress levels, creating a vicious cycle. The discomfort and reduced functionality associated with muscle pain can negatively impact an individual’s quality of life, perpetuating the stress response and perpetuating the cycle of pain.

How to help reduce symptoms from stress and tension

The correlation between long term stress, muscle tension, and pain is a commonly felt aspect of twenty first century life. Chronic stress can have far-reaching implications on our physical health, particularly in terms of musculoskeletal well-being. Understanding the mechanisms underlying stress-induced muscle tension and pain is crucial for developing effective strategies to manage and alleviate these symptoms. At Skelian, we believe in treating our patients as a whole entity of body and mind. The interconnection between the two is vital to the function of our everyday lives and also the enjoyment of life. Our trained and experienced healthcare professionals at Skelian can help you manage your stress and tension through advice on lifestyle, exercise and general health tips. We can also help with some of your physical symptoms that develop through stress such as tight muscles and tension. 

Incorporating stress management techniques, such as exercise, mindfulness, and relaxation techniques, can help break the cycle and promote overall well-being. By prioritising stress reduction and adopting a holistic approach to health, we can mitigate the negative impact of stress on our musculoskeletal system and help lead healthier, pain-free lives.

If you would like to know more about how we might be able to help you with stress and tension please contact the clinic on 01242 254000 to speak to one of our trusted expert practitioners. 

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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 – £75 Book »
Chiropractic Follow up treatment – £48
Physiotherapy consultation – £75
Sports Therapy Consultation – £60
Follow up Sports therapy appointment – £35
Massage (1 hour) – £60


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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