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.


Planning for Hand Therapy Week 2018? Here are a few easy ways to get involved.

To catch up with Hand Therapy Week, visit the ASHT Facebook page and use #HTW2018 on Twitter to see this year's initiatives! 

ASHT Photo Contest

Send your hand-related photos to ASHT@asht.org by May 25, 2018 for the chance to win ASHT prizes and bragging rights. Please include your name and brief description of the image.

Voting will take place on ASHT's Facebook page during Hand Therapy Week (June 4-10). Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place.

Thanks to our 2018 Hand Therapy Week sponsor, North Coast Medical, all participants will receive a one giveaway of their choosing: Bullseye Wrist BandComfort Cool® Ulnar Booster™ or MuscleAidTape™ Single Roll.

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

View 2017 submission
View 2016 submissions
View 2015 submissions

New Hand Safety Videos

ASHT is excited to announce a new video series highlighting hand safety and injury prevention tips. In celebration of Hand Therapy Week, we're releasing the first video of the series, focused on protecting your hands while gardening.

The video will be live on our website and social media channels starting June 4, and we encourage you to share this video (and our other hand therapy awareness videos) with your patients, colleagues and social media followers to promote the specialty.

Celebrate and Win!


Do you have an event or project planned to promote the hand therapy specialty? Send a photo, video or link of your 2018 Hand Therapy Week celebrations to ASHT@asht.org, and you'll be entered to win ASHT prizes, and also receive a free giveaway from North Coast Medical.

Participants and their submissions will be acknowledged on the ASHT website and social media channels. Contest submissions are due June 25, 2018.

Don't have anything planned? There's still time, and we've got an extensive list of easy and effective ways to celebrate hand therapy.


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

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.

Each year, our library of popular Patient Education Resources grows, and this year is no exception. For Hand Therapy Week 2018, we are excited to release four new resources and -- by popular demand -- a new resource in Spanish!

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. A 2018 Hand Therapy Week press release will be available soon.

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.