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.
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.
-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.