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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June 15th, 2020

Dear Patrons of Move Strong,

Move Strong Physical Therapy is excited to announce that, pending Multnomah County’s approval to move to Phase 1, we are planning on re-opening our clinic doors on June 19th. Please call if you would like to make an appointment at 503-451-3750.

You will see some changes when you return to Move Strong. Our customer service, high level of patient care, and commitment to making you better all remain the same.

How we are keeping you safe:

Our staff will wear face masks all of the time while in the building, and face shields when we are very close to patients.

Our staff’s temperatures will be checked prior to the start of each workday.

We may schedule appointments to be 45-50 minutes long to ensure enough time to thoroughly clean equipment and the room between visits.

For those patients who may be at higher risk for COVID-19, our telehealth services are still available, and we encourage you to utilize them.

How we ask you to keep us safe:

You will be asked to answer some screening questions when you schedule your appointment, as well as at check in. You will have your temperature taken via non-contact ways.

We ask that you do not attend therapy if you have any of the following symptoms in the 5 days prior to your appointment

-Cough, fever over 100 degrees difficulty breathing or new shortness of
breath, muscle cramping, sore throat, nausea or diarrhea.

-We ask that you are symptom free for 5 days without medications before
returning to therapy.

-If you have had exposure to a known person who has COVID or is
suspected of having COVID, we ask that you do not come to therapy for
14 days.

Please wear a mask while inside of our building, and only bring a guest if they are needed for assistance.

You will see plexiglass around our reception desk to help both you and our staff.

Please make payments via credit or debit card; we cannot accept cash at this time.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation during this uncertain and challenging time. We look forward to seeing you in our clinic or via telehealth soon, and are doing everything we can to keep you and our staff healthy. We may need to change these policies as we are in practice and appreciate your flexibility.