Hand Therapy Week

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

hand therapy week june 1-7, 2020


Get ready for Hand Therapy Week 2021! To view all of the fun and informative initiatives from our members across the world, visit the ASHT Facebook page and search #HTW2021 on Twitter.

Looking for ideas to get involved? We've got a few!

ASHT Photo Contest

Send your hand- and upper extremity-related photos to ASHT@asht.org by May 28, 2021 for the chance to win ASHT prizes and bragging rights. And thanks to this year's sponsor, Naked Prosthetics, the top-three images will receive a wine gift basket (red or white).

Please include your name and title/brief description of the image. 

Note: This contest is open to ASHT members only. Multiple images may be submitted. Limit one prize per person. Winner will be contacted to select gift basket of choice. (If the winner does not want wine, they will receive a gift basket of equal value.) Contest submissions become property of ASHT, and may be used in future marketing materials.

Congratulations to the winners of our 2020 Photo Contest!

First place: Alison Rose (grandma's beautiful hands)
Second place: Tracy Wilson (fabricating for thumb amputee)
Third place: Donna Goodson (granddaughter asleep in hand)

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Hand Safety Videos

ASHT recently released a new video on desk setup for virtual learning as part of our series highlighting hand safety and injury prevention tips. Be on the lookout for another new video to be released for Hand Therapy Week 2021!

We encourage you to share these videos with your patients, colleagues and social media followers to promote the specialty.

ASHT Hand Safety and Injury Prevention Video Series

Daily Challenges

In 2020, ASHT launched new daily challenges to make it even easier for you to participate in Hand Therapy Week. Have an idea for 2021? Let us know!


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. Based on member requests, we've begun releasing Spanish translations of our most popular resources. Please check back for new resources and more translations soon!

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. 

ASHT Hand Therapy Week 2020 presss release
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 
It’s all about function. We provide custom, high-quality prosthetic devices specifically for finger loss. Our solutions are engineered with strength and environmental resistance in mind. Designing and manufacturing products isn’t all we do; we get people back to work and back to doing the things they love.