Welcome to Move Strong Physical Therapy

Locally owned and operated in Portland, OR.


As experts in movement, physical therapists serve as your first line of care when you experience pain, discomfort or injury, whether from training or everyday life. A thorough evaluation will determine what caused your injury, set a course for treatment, and reduce the risk of reoccurrence.

Injury Prevention

Physical therapists can evaluate your biomechanics and posture as well as find any strength or flexibility imbalances to prevent injuries before they happen. This is ideal for people of all ages and levels, as well as employers focused on employee safety.

Pre & Post Surgery Therapy

Heal safer, faster and healthier. Physical therapy before and after your surgery can be a crucial part of returning back to your normal activity at work and play. The journey toward recovery can begin before surgery is even scheduled.

The Move Strong Mission

Move Strong Physical Therapy is a Therapist owned outpatient clinic located in SW Portland, dedicated to providing the best physical therapy services to Portland and our surrounding communities. Our staff is patient-oriented and we are dedicated to treating all patients with respect and compassionate care.

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Move Strong Physical Therapy
Located inside Mittleman Jewish Community Center
6651 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219
Appointments: (503) 451-3750


Monday: 8:00am – 7:00pm
Tuesday: 8:30am – 6:30pm
Wednesday: 7:30am – 4:30pm
Thursday: 8:30am – 6:30pm
Friday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

We can help with...

Joint Replacement Therapy
Chronic Neck and Back Pain
Balance and Fall Prevention
Sprains and strains
Performance Training
Strength and Flexibility
Body Mechanics
And more >


-TM, Portland, OR

Ariel treated my back when it was so painful I thought I was going to need surgery. Not only was she calm and reassuring, she guided me through the recovery process, and gave me coping techniques to do throughout my day. Later, I needed an MRI, which confirmed exactly what Ariel said was causing my pain. I would recommend Ariel to anyone with back pain.

-KW, Portland, OR

Ariel guided me through a very challenging recovery period following complex rotator cuff surgery (two full thickness tears, rupture repair, bicep tendon repair, etc). If it were not for her skills and abilities, I would not have the mobility and active life I have now. My shoulder had frozen and the surgical team could not guarantee I would ever return to a full range of motion. Ariel’s thoughtful problem solving approach, extensive knowledge, and encouragement are the reasons I had the recovery I did. While it is up to the patient to commit to physical therapy and do the work, I honestly don’t think I could have done it right if it hadn’t been for her. I wholeheartedly recommend her as a dedicated professional.

-PC, Portland, OR

I was a patient of Ariel’s for over a year while rehabilitating from an serious elbow injury and the complex surgery to repair it.  During this time, Ariel constantly kept me challenged to push my limits. She actively advocated for me, personally getting in touch with doctors when there was any question of the recovery protocol as it related to my specific circumstances. In addition to her professionalism and knowledge in the wide variety of therapies I needed to recover (ASTYM, stretching, manipulation/massage/mobilization, exercises of all kinds). She helped me get strong and active again, and provided friendly, personal attention and great conversations at the same time.  Thanks to Ariel, I’m back to mountain biking, snowboarding, and ultimate frisbee!

Meet your physical therapist

Ariel Salzman, DPT, OCS, CMPT is board certified in Orthopedics and the founder of Move Strong Physical Therapy. In 2016, she was awarded a manual therapy certificate (CMPT) from the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy. She is also certified in ASTYM soft tissue mobilization and orthotics casting.

When not in the clinic, Ariel is an Instructional Assistant at Pacific University School of Physical Therapy. She is active in Search and Rescue, and is a certified K9 handler in a local volunteer group.

Take control of your pain symptoms. Contact us today for an evaluation.

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March 18th, 2020

Dear Patrons of Move Strong,

Our physical location continues to be closed as the MJCC, the community center in which Move Strong is located, will be closed at least until April 1st. There have been no COVID-19 cases linked to the community center, but they are doing their part in a nation-wide effort to help curb the spread of the disease by closing gathering places. Although it hurts our business and our patients, it was the right choice to make.

This morning, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has asked that all healthcare workers suspend non-essential medical visits in an attempt to preserve what personal protective equipment (PPE) we have left in the state. For this reason, beginning today, we will suspend offering home visits, and will only offer remote video visits (e-visits or telehealth) to our established patients. We can provide telehealth services to patients with Medicare, United Health Care, Cigna and Regence insurances. Call today to schedule an appointment!

During a remote visit, a therapist will use video chat to look at your movement, correct form if needed, progress exercises and self-help techniques, and provide patient education. Medicare will currently cover these visits, but private insurance coverage is not consistent and is changing daily. Remote visits are available for our usual self-pay rate if your insurance does not cover them. We will do our best to post at home strengthening activities often on our Facebook page to keep people active while at home. Please follow us at @movestrongpt

Please stay up to date with the developing situation by following the Oregon Health Authority locally or the CDC at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/pages/index.aspx and https://www.cdc.gov/ respectively.

Thank you for your patience during this stressful time. If you have questions for your therapist, feel free to email them directly. Please keep in mind we are all working remotely.

Be well,

Ariel Z Salzman, DPT, OCS, CMPT
Owner, Move Strong Physical Therapy