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.

Thank you to everyone who participated in Hand Therapy Week 2016, and to our generous sponsors! Visit the ASHT Facebook page and use #HTW2016  on Twitter to see this year's initiatives! 

Planning for next year? Here are a few easy ways to get involved.


Learn more about our 2016 sponsors

ASHT Photo Contest

Voting is now closed for the 2016 ASHT Photo Contest. Thank you to all who participated, and congratulations to this year's winners!

First: Mary Anne Dykstra -- "Delicate & Divine" (my daughter, Ava, with Stan, who has a new limb, which he received after an accident that took his arm at mid forearm level. His prosthetic has integrated phone apps in order to complete more coordinated movements)

Second: Christine Clements -- One of my mother and father's last few days together after 62 years

Third: Donna Goodson -- This is a four generation picture of Jean, Stephanie, Rachael, and Paul. I took it after Paul's baptism.

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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View 2012 submissions


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

Our Sponsors


Hand in hand with Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers, Athletico is proud to continue to provide quality physical and occupational therapy care in nine states. With recent integration, Athletico Occupational/Hand Therapy now employs 139 professionals at 100 of our total 330 locations. 37% of Athletico Physical Therapy OTs are certified hand professionals.

Graston Technique®

Graston Technique®, a unique evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, enables clinicians to effectively and efficiently address soft tissue lesions and fascial restrictions resulting in improved patient outcomes. GT helps increase or maintain range of motion while significantly reducing the stress on a clinician’s hands.