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.



Getting ready for Hand Therapy Week 2019?.Here are some ideas to get you started. Don't forget to share your celebrations on the ASHT Facebook page and use #HTW2019 on Twitter.

ASHT Photo Contest

Send your hand-related photos to ASHT@asht.org by May 24, 2019 for the chance to win ASHT prizes and bragging rights. And thanks to this year's sponsor, Naked Prosthetics, the top-three images will also receive an Encore Gourmet Gift Basket full of premium confections and savory fare. 

Please include your name and brief description of the image. Voting will take place on ASHT's Facebook page during Hand Therapy Week (June 3-9). 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 prize per person. If specified gift basket is not available, a comparable basket will be sent. Contest submissions become property of ASHT, and may be used in future marketing materials.

Congratulations to the winners of our 2018 Photo Contest!

First place: Sally Hawkins ("18, 50 and 85 years old")
Second place: Lisa Owens (Barbie)
Third place: Julie DeMay (tie-dyed hands)

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. Be on the lookout for two new videos released in 2019, starting with Hand Therapy Week 2019!

Celebrate and Win!

How do you celebrate Hand Therapy Week? Be sure to capture your events, celebrations etc. during Hand Therapy Week, 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. Don't have anything planned? We've got an extensive list of easy and effective ways to celebrate hand therapy.

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 made available 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 2018 Hand Therapy Week press release for you to send to local media outlets.

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.