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 2017! To see initiatives, celebrations and more, please visit the ASHT Facebook page and use #HTW2017 on Twitter

It's never too early to start planning for Hand Thearpy Week 2018 (June 4-10, 2018)! Here are a few easy ways to get involved.

Hand Therapy Awareness Videos

Who better to share the importance and impact of hand therapy than our patients? This year, ASHT proudly launched three new hand therapy awareness videos featuring compelling patient success stories, now located on our Patient Testimonials page and ASHT's YouTube channel. We hope you will share these videos with your colleagues and social media followers to promote the specialty!

ASHT Photo Contest

Voting for the 2017 ASHT is now closed. Congratulations to our winners!

First place: Sally Hawkins
Second place: Aimee Johnson
Third place: Lauren King

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 2017 submission
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View 2012 submissions

Celebrate and Win! Contest

How did you celebrate Hand Therapy Week 2017? Send a photo, video or link of your Hand Therapy Week celebrations to ASHT@asht.org, and you'll be entered to win ASHT prizes! 

Thanks to our 2017 Hand Therapy Week sponsor, North Coast Medical, all participants will receive an Ulnar Booster™! Designed specifically for people experiencing ulnar sided wrist pain and mid-carpal instability, the Ulnar Booster™ can help this problem by realigning and stabilizing the carpal (wrist bones) while depressing the ulnar syloid.

Participants and their submissions will be acknowledged on the ASHT website and social media channels. Contest submissions are due June 23, 2017


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: 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.

NEW: Check out our four newest resources: Volar Plate Ligament Injuries, TFCC Injuries, Total Elbow Arthroplasty and Traumatic Shoulder Dislocation.

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. You can also use ASHT's official Hand Therapy Week 2017 press 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

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.