Left unaddressed, chronic small complaints can snowball into more significant problems that can profoundly limit our daily lives and often lead to future difficulties. Old injuries, recent trauma, poor posture, driving or sitting a lot, even using smart phones makes us as modern humans susceptible to tightness, aches, stiff joints, even pain. And more recent injuries, even minor ones, can lead to future problems if not addressed.
What to do?
There is no cookie-cutter approach. Caressa Gullikson, DC, works with her patients to uncover the source of their pain or activity limitation, then designs an individually-tailored treatment plan to address and improve the complaint. Trained as a chiropractic physician, Dr. Gullikson puts special emphasis on optimizing the body’s ability to move freely, returning to function after injury, and preventing future injury via preventative care such as core conditioning, fall prevention, and proprioceptive exercises. She is practiced in low force and manual adjusting, soft tissue treatments, activity modification, and rehabilitation exercise instruction.
Dr. Gullikson was born and raised in Oregon. After traveling the world, earning a degree in Anthropology at Reed College, and raising her children while working in a corporate setting, she hungered for a career change. She followed her interests in health and fitness, uncovering a passion for chiropractic healing. Dr. Gullikson earned her Doctorate of Chiropractic Medicine at University of Western States in Portland, Oregon. She provides care to the whole family: adults, kids and their parents, and elders. Dr. Gullikson provides wellness care and also treats a wide number of ailments including:
- Injuries due to car or bicycle accidents, including whiplash
- Workplace accidents
- Neck and back pain, both acute and chronic
- Sprains and strains
Dr. Gullikson lives in northeast Portland. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, camping, cooking, bicycling, attending to her two kitties, reading, and foraging for wild edibles.