Hand Therapy Week

Hand Therapy Week is an integrated national program established by ASHT. Throughout the week, members of the hand and upper extremity therapy community sponsor and organize events and celebrations in an effort to raise awareness among various audiences, highlight the benefits of the specialty and educate the public. Hand Therapy Week is held each year during the first full week of June (beginning on a Monday).

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Thank you to everyone who participated in Hand Therapy Week 2021! Please send photos, links and/or videos of your celebrations to ASHT@asht.org to be entered in our Celebrate and Win! contest. Full details are below.

To view all of the fun and informative initiatives from our members across the world, visit the ASHT Facebook page and search #HTW2021 on Twitter.

Want to get a headstart on next year? Here are some creative ideas for celebrating the specialty.


ASHT Photo Contest

Voting for the 2021 photo contest is closed. Thank you to all who participated and voted, and congratulations to our winners!

First place: Sally Hawkins (The strength of your blooming hand will help me rise)
Second place: Christina Woods (The LOVE of hands)
Third place: Haley Cantrell & Kendyl Hunter (Will work for cookies)

Our winners will receive ASHT prizes and a wine gift basket (white or red) from our sponsor, Naked Prosthetics.

Note: This contest is open to ASHT members only. Multiple images may be submitted. Limit one prize per person. Winner will be contacted to select gift basket of choice. (If the winner does not want wine, they will receive a gift basket of equal value.) Contest submissions become property of ASHT, and may be used in future marketing materials.

View 2021 submissions
View 2020 submissions
View 2019 submissions
View 2018 submissions


Hand Safety Videos

ASHT is excited to release a new video on telehealth as part of our hand and upper extremity safety and injury prevention series. 

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth has become more prevalent as a way to obtain treatment safely from your home. ASHT has created this video to address questions about telehealth and to highlight how telehealth can be an effective method to achieve hand and upper extremity rehabilitation goals.

We encourage you to share this video and the others in our series with your patients, colleagues and social media followers to promote the specialty.

ASHT Hand Safety and Injury Prevention Video Series


Daily Challenges

This year, we launched a new daily challenges to make it even easier for you to participate in Hand Therapy Week. Have an idea for next year? Let us know!


Celebrate and Win!

How did you celebrate Hand Therapy Week? Send a photo, video, link or description of your #ASHT2021 celebrations to ASHT@asht.org, and you'll be entered to win ASHT prizes, as well as a wine gift basket (white or red) from our sponsor, Naked Prosthetics. Contest submissions are due June 25, 2021.

Note: This contest is open to ASHT members only. Multiple entries may be submitted. Limit one prize per person. Winner will be contacted to select their gift basket of choice. (If the winner does not want wine, they will receive a gift basket of equal value.) Contest submissions may be used in future marketing materials.


Resources

Marketing Resources 

Choose from three flyers to use in your clinic as educational resources or distribute to your referral sources. The flyers for surgeons and primary care physicians provide space where you can add contact information for your practice via label, sticker, stamp, etc., and can be used all year round!

Flyer for Surgeons
Flyer for Primary Care Physicians
Generic Flyer

WATCH: ASHT Past President Heidi Hermann Wright discusses how you can use these flyers to promote hand therapy


Patient Education Resources

Utilize our vast library of Patient Education Resources, which provide information on common diagnoses and the role a hand therapist plays in treatment. Based on member requests, we've begun releasing Spanish translations of our most popular resources. Please check back for new resources and more translations soon!


Share Your Story

Hand therapy can change lives, and who better to share the importance and impact of hand therapy than our patients? 

During Hand Therapy Week -- and throughout the year -- encourage your outstanding patients to submit a testimonial about the impact hand therapy had on their lives. Visit our Patient Testimonials page, and access the patient and therapist webforms at the bottom of the page to submit your success stories!

Note: You will be asked to upload documentation of your patient’s consent using this form. Your story may be featured on our website or in upcoming campaigns.


Get the Word Out

Write a Press Release

Create effective Hand Therapy Week buzz in your local media by sharing your personal success, patient accomplishments and news with the public through targeted media outreach. ASHT's Marketing Toolbook will help you develop a press release and strategically contact media to announce your organization's plans to celebrate Hand Therapy Week, or use ASHT's press release below.

Learn more about contacting news outlets
Hand Therapy Week 2021 press release

Contact Your Local Government

Spread the word about hand therapy by writing a letter to your local Chamber of Commerce (sample) or requesting a state proclamation (sample).

Celebrate

Hand Therapy Week ideas


About Our Sponsor

Naked Prosthetics 
It’s all about function. We provide custom, high-quality prosthetic devices specifically for finger loss. Our solutions are engineered with strength and environmental resistance in mind. Designing and manufacturing products isn’t all we do; we get people back to work and back to doing the things they love.