Advice from Dr Emma Chapman, Okehampton Medical Centre An allergy is a reaction the body has to a particular food or substance and they are very common, affecting more than one in four people in the UK at some point in their lives. Having an allergy more

6 Mar 2018 12:08 Health

This short introductory article about aromatherapy touches upon the ancient origins and history of aromatherapy, the complexity of essential oils, the art of aromatherapy, its spiritual and esoteric uses and the possible benefits of an aromatherapy t more

6 Mar 2018 11:54 Health

If you’ve booked your ski holiday you are probably already envious of the amazing snow conditions the early birds have had in the run up to Christmas. Powder snow on the pistes and virtually all the runs to themselves. But have you given any thought more

13 Feb 2018 14:03 Health

Dr Jo Coldron explains how PMS symptoms can affect some women and suggests ways of dealing with them. Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) is common with about half of women experiencing significant cyclical symptoms, and somewhere in the region of 10% of th more

13 Feb 2018 13:57 Health

Fiona Sundari Law, local teacher and owner of Viveka Gardens Yoga Farm gives the low down on this ancient form of exercise Often yoga is seen as just one more exercise option, either for very slim young women or alternatively a gentle option for peop more

9 Jan 2018 12:11 Health

Advice from Dr Emma Chapman Okehampton Medical Centre Wrap up warm this winter The winter months are linked to an increase in accidents and illness. It is important to know how to stay warm during the coming winter months. The cold can be associated more

9 Jan 2018 12:03 Health

Pat Cunnington of Okehampton Walk and Talk tells of the joy of sociable exercise…. Okehampton Walk and Talk Group is part of England’s largest network of health walk schemes, Walking for Health, which is funded by MacMillan and The Ramblers. Okeh more

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I came across a research trial recently and was delighted to see that it proved that there was a really good, completely risk-free way of easing the pain of osteoarthritis of the knee. This is the most common form of arthritis, which affects many peo more

5 Dec 2017 14:14 Health

The Dartmoor Skincare Company - inspired by nature Tara Leader has been working as a beauty therapist on Dartmoor since 2003. Three years ago she set up her own business, Tara’s Treatments, which has been fully booked for the last year. And now she more

5 Dec 2017 14:07 Health

Raised blood pressure or hypertension is a very common problem. Blood Pressure UK estimates that one in three adults in the UK has high blood pressure. Most people have no warning signs that the blood pressure is raised so it’s important to have regu more


As a mum of two, I know how difficult it can be to find the time, let alone the inclination, to exercise and enjoy the benefits that follow. We only have to listen to the media to hear how obesity in young people is on the rise and how sedentary ma more


We sat down to write something informative about how we treat our patients with a combination of physiotherapy and exercise-based rehabilitation. However we thought it would be much better, if one of our clients told you their story. This is Jenny’s more

Jane's Health Blog

Yoga, a practice of spiritual and careful discipline, is now further understood to be an integral part of improving wellbeing, and is widely practised for health and relaxation. It provides an opportunity to alter challenging thoughts, to open a spir more


Jo Ellis interviews Catherine, a local lady, about her inspirational story…. In her youth, Catherine was a keen swimmer and dancer and was very slim, but fast-forward 20 years and various factors had led to a large weight gain. Catherine was now a s more


A recent report following a long review of childrens development found that 19.8% of children in year 6 (aged 10-11) were obese and a further 14.3% were over weight. Of children in reception (aged 4-5), 9.3% were obese and another 12.8% were overweig more


Advice from Dr Emma Chapman from Okehampton Medical Centre Lyme disease Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread by ticks, which can be treated effectively if detected early on. But if treatment is delayed, there's a risk you could develop sever more


If you’re planning a long distance trip, Dr Harriet Doyle explains how pre health planning is essential for a good holiday… This tends to be the time of year, after the celebrations are over and whilst the dark wet weather continues, that we start t more


Learning the whys and hows will help you understand the requirements of exercise and healthy nutrition. At a young age I found a passion for sports of all kinds. Football, badminton, taekwondo, rollerblading and windsurfing took up most of my spare.. more

A new healthy-lifestyle service commissioned by Devon County Council aims to help the increasing number of adults at risk of developing long-term health conditions take small steps toward a healthier lifestyle. OneSmallStep, provided by leading heal more


Tavistock based Homeopathy expert Karen Leadbetter writes about how Homeopathy can help in key time s of change. Do you or does someone you know need help navigating a transition in life? Or addressing a health problem rooted in the stress from... more


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