Hand Therapy Week

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


To catch up with Hand Therapy Week, visit the ASHT Facebook page and use #HTW2017 on Twitter to see this year's initiatives! 

Planning for Hand Therapy Week 2017? Here are a few easy ways to get involved.


ASHT Photo Contest

Submit your hand-related photos to ASHT@asht.org by May 31, 2017 for the chance to win ASHT prizes and bragging rights. Please include your name and brief description of the image.

Thanks to our 2017 Hand Therapy Week sponsor, North Coast Medical, all participants will receive a special giveaway!

Voting will take place on ASHT's Facebook page during Hand Therapy Week (June 5-11). Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place.

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

View 2016 submissions
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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.

Flyer for Surgeons
Flyer for Primary Care Physicians
Generic Flyer

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

Patient Education Resources

ASHT has developed Patient Education Resources for therapists to use as a convenient tool for patient care. These flyers provide information on common diagnoses (e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow), answer frequently asked questions and educate patients on the role a hand therapist plays in their treatment.

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.

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

For nearly four-decades, North Coast Medical has manufactured, supplied and distributed a broad range of industry-leading product lines across a continuum of rehabilitation medical care. A leader in occupational, physical and hand therapy medical markets, NCM services the needs of in-patient/out-patient hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, clinics, private practice, pharmacies, resellers and consumers.