Hand Therapy Week

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

Are you preparing for Hand Therapy Week 2020? We have a comprehensive list of ideas. Be sure to share your celebrations on the ASHT Facebook page and using #HTW2020 on Twitter.

ASHT Photo Contest

The submission period for the 2020 photo contest will open in May. Please check back for more details.

Congratulations to the winners of our 2019 contest!

First place: Christine Muhleman ("Rosy's Journey"')
Second place: Samantha Pritchett (digital amputation finger extenders for softball glove)
Third place: Shannon Tranmer (four generations of hands)

Visit the ASHT Facebook page to see all of this year's submissions.

Note: This contest is open to ASHT members only. Multiple images may be submitted. Limit one prize per person. Contest submissions become property of ASHT, and may be used in future marketing materials.

View 2019 submissions
View 2018 submissions
View 2017 submissions
View 2016 submissions
View 2015 submissions

Hand Safety Videos

In 2018, ASHT released the first of our video series highlighting hand safety and injury prevention tips, focused on hand safety while gardening, and since released videos on protecting your hands while using portable electronics, desk ergonomics and kitchen/cooking safety as part of this series. 

We hope you will share this video and the others in our series with your patients, colleagues and social media followers to promote the specialty. Be on the lookout for new videos this year!

Celebrate and Win!

How did you celebrate Hand Therapy Week? Send your photos, videos, links etc. of your Hand Therapy Week 2020 events/celebrations to ASHT@asht.org by June 19, 2020, and you'll be entered to win ASHT prizes.

Participants and their submissions will be acknowledged on the ASHT website and social media channels.

This contest is open to ASHT members only. Multiple entries may be submitted. Limit one prize per person. Contest submissions may be used in future marketing materials.


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 later this year!

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. We've also made available a Hand Therapy Week 2019 press release to further promote the event.

Learn more about contacting news outlets

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).


Hand Therapy Week ideas

About Our Sponsor

Naked Prosthetics designs and manufactures durable, custom prosthetic devices specifically for finger loss. Our mission is to assist people with finger amputation and to positively impact their lives by providing functional, high-quality prostheses. Each finger prosthesis is designed to within millimeters of a patient’s unique amputation and hand structure.