Physiotherapy is a recognized health-care profession, which in Germany does not require an education on university level such as medical studies. Physiotherapists have completed a three-year training including basic medical knowledge. They are not allowed to make a diagnosis, however, but apply different kinds of therapy on the basis of a doctor’s diagnosis or instructions. Physiotherapists mainly use so-called physical techniques such as therapeutic exercises, massage therapy, ultrasound or light therapy.

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