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.



Thank you to all who participated in Hand Therapy Week 2019! Check out how your peers celebrated this year by visiting the ASHT Facebook page and searching #HTW2019 on Twitter.

Can't wait to get ready for Hand Therapy Week 2020? We have a comprehensive list of ideas.

ASHT Photo Contest

Voting has closed for the 2019 ASHT Photo Contest. Congratulations to our winners!

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

New Hand Safety Videos

Last year, ASHT released the first of our video series highlighting hand safety and injury prevention tips, focused on hand safety while gardening, and since released another video on protecting your hands while using portable electronics. We are excited to announce a new video on desk ergonomics 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 our next video this fall!

Celebrate and Win!

How did you celebrate Hand Therapy Week? Send your photos, videos, links etc. of your Hand Therapy Week 2019 events/celebrations to ASHT@asht.org by June 21, 2019, and you'll be entered to win ASHT prizes and a Champagne and Chocolates for Two gift basket from our sponsor, Naked Prosthetics.

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. If specified gift basket is not available, a comparable basket will be sent. 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. In 2018, we listened to your requests, and created a Carpal Tunnel Syndrome resource in Spanish. Be on the lookout for new resources (and translations) in 2019!

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.