As a foreigner in Korea, it can sometimes feel a little confusing or frustrating when visiting health care centers. Since I don’t speak Korean (yet), it is difficult for me to clearly communicate my needs. Being understood while trying to explain my health concerns is very important. So discovering Create Wellness Center in Itaewon has been a real gift for me.
I first heard about Create Wellness Center back in September when I was suffering from sciatica pain. A friend of mine had recommended it to me after having visited the chiropractor there previously. What I love about this clinic is their holistic approach to healing. Create Wellness Center has a bilingual staff consisting of a naturopath, osteopath, chiropractors, rehabilitation specialists, pilates instructor and massage therapists. You can check out their website to learn more about their philosophy and the services they offer.
As soon as you enter the clinic, you are greeted by friendly staff. I remember my first visit to the clinic to make an appointment and to ask a million questions about the holistic health care industry in Korea. I felt so appreciative of the office manager Claire for taking the time to chat with me and answer all of my questions. I got a sense that this center is really focused on supporting the foreigner community in Seoul.
My first appointment was with regards to my sciatic pain. My lower back pain had been ongoing for over a year. I had tried physiotherapy while I was living in Canada and the treatments were helping to alleviate the pain temporarily, but did not offer a lasting solution. I was curious about trying chiropractic care because I had never visited a chiropractor before. Also, I had heard that there are different causes of sciatica, so I was hopeful that my condition was temporary and could he alleviated.
I saw chiropractor Dr. David Lee in fall 2015 and noticed an immediate improvement after my first visit. The initial consultation consisted of an overall posture check and then he went to work to correct the imbalances that I had. After the adjustments, he showed me the specific exercises that I was to do at home to maintain and strengthen the muscles that supported the bones. After just two sessions and completing the exercises at home, I no longer have sciatic pain. It was a huge relief to me after having had that annoying pain for such a long time. I am truly grateful to David!
My second visit was for a very tight muscle in my neck that had been bothering me for about a week. Massage therapist James relieved the tension and made me feel so relaxed. The massage room was dimly lit so it gave a feeling of being in a spa. When the massage was finished I just wanted to stay in the room and have a nap 🙂
I recommend this center to anyone looking to not only receive excellent care, but to also have a feeling of community and support. Recently, Create Wellness had an open house event that I attended. It was a night to bring the community together and promote the services offered by the clinic. There was live jazz music, food and drinks, mini-sessions of massage and posture checks, portrait drawing and a raffle draw. They also have workshops from time to time for water color painting and eating healthy in Korea. This wellness center truly has a sense of community and made me feel comfortable and supported.