According to the WHO (WHO, Physiotherapists 2264), the profession of Physiotherapy is a non-paramedical profession since physiotherapy is not under the supervision of a physician. The APTA, Physical Therapy & Science Association and Indian Association of Physiotherapists describe physiotherapy as a noninvasive and drug-free therapy. They provide treatment with physical means and do not prescribe medication in most countries. The WHO states that these physical resources can be described as rehabilitation programs that plan and implement physical therapists that improve or restore human motor functions, maximize movement possibilities, alleviate pain syndromes and treat or prevent physical challenges associated with injuries, illnesses and other limitations.
They apply a wide range of physical therapies and techniques such as movement, mobilisations, ultrasound, heating, laser and other techniques. It is also possible to develop programs for screening and prevention of common physical ailments and disorders.
A physiotherapist does not offer paramedical assistance. One is a specialist in the field of movement and should only focus on treatments, and counseling in disorders related to the posture and movement.