When I moved to Korea, I didn’t think I’d be doing so many things to help benefit myself. Truly. But I’ve gotten my teeth all fixed here, I’ve taken care of my skin in amazing ways, and I’ve now gone to the chiropractor!
Just outside Itaewon station is the Create Wellness Center, a charming lovely therapy place where you can get yourself feeling better. They’ve been around for years and are a trusted member of the international community. Their staff speaks English and can help you get consultations, figure out what exactly you need, and of course book appointments and provide care.
Create Wellness offers a multitude of treatments from massage therapy to pilates to rehabilitative exercises for your sports people.
I was torn about what to try out myself to be honest. I knew I needed to see a chiropractor. My back and shoulders hurt all the darn time, and I’d been experiencing a lot of numbness in my limbs. It was recommended over and over again to me, and while it’s what I ultimately went for (and definitely do not regret), I was strongly considering Naturopathy.
“What is that?” you ask with a cock of your head…
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct health care system that combines traditional and natural forms of medicine with modern, scientific knowledge. The naturopathic approach to health is based on the understanding that all living beings possess an innate ability to heal. This healing wisdom constantly works to restore harmony in the interconnected system of body, mind, and spirit. [x]
I’ve been thinking a lot about my personal wellness and trying to take better care of my body, so this was immediately attractive to me. And yes, it include homeopathy, but it also includes things such as acupuncture, hydrotherapy, and lifestyle modifications. I’d never tried acupuncture, though so many of my friends swear by it. Create Wellness is one of the few places that offers this treatment in an English speaking environment, which is especially great for people who may be trying it out for the first time.
Now that I’ve secured a new salaried job (yeah, remember that whole quitting my job thing?), I am definitely going to go in and see what this can do for me. Coincidentally, owner Dr. Sunjae Lee is also the Naturopathy doctor! So he definitely knows what he’s doing.
But like I said, in the end I ended up choosing the chiropractor. Enter Dr. David Lee and a chair that looks kinda like a torture device.
Dr. Lee was incredibly kind and thoughtful and did a wonderful job talking me through what he did and what he was going to do. There were a few parts to my visit. First, of course, was an examination to see how I was aligned (poorly btw). A few things were sideways and slantways (to quote Willy Wonka) and my hips and pelvis weren’t where they should have been. He asked me about my symptoms and my habits to get a clearer picture of what needed to be done, and did a few test on my reflexes and strength.
Then came time for the adjusting.
I have to admit, I was nervous. The only things I had heard about chiropractors were that they arranged you into pretzels and then made your spine crack. I mean, I did get most of my information from the Eddie Izzard sketch…
Though, to be honest. Not all that different! I fell into the category of no noise coming from my spine, which immediately made me think of this routine and start chuckling to myself. I half wondered if Dr. Lee was indeed going to grab a mallet out to force some noise, but instead he did the professional thing and simply said that sometimes there just is no noise.
I think we were both a little disappointed though.
After I was all adjusted and things put back where they should be, he talked me through various exercises I should do to keep up with the adjustment and make my life overall less painful. I listened, I noted… and then promptly didn’t do them as often as I should have and def need to go back in (I’m sorry Dr. Lee!!). BUT! I have to admit, I felt AMAZING afterwards. For weeks I had no pain issues. My legs weren’t falling asleep randomly anymore, nothing was painful. I knew things had slipped back up because I hadn’t done as I was told (always do what doctors tell you, kay?) because everything started coming back (and I felt a distinct pop in my hips. Whoops.).
But that was my bad.
I am definitely a chiropractic convert. Everything at Create Wellness looks amazing, and I can tell you from experience that the chiropractic portion of their services are bang on. So if you’re experiencing any pain or discomfort or just want to get yourself all nice and aligned, definitely swing up to Itaewon and check them out!
Location: Seoul Hannam Building 1st Floor, 737-37 Hannam 2 Dong, Yongsan-Gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 (02) 749-4849
Disclaimer: I was offered a free session in exchange for this blog post, but all thoughts, opinions, and bad jokes are my own.