Hand Therapy Awareness Week

Have you ever considered how much you use your hands? Everyday tasks such as typing, eating, holding your mobile phone and getting dressed involve using your hands. But what if injury or illness meant that you didn’t have the full function of your hands?

Hand Therapy Awareness Week is being held from 2nd June to 8th June 2014 and it offers a wide array of activities all aimed at promoting the benefits of the hand therapy profession and the services all related professionals provide. Activities include department gatherings in local communities, radio interviews of hand therapists, and in-clinic displays and parties. Click here for ideas for a Hand Therapy Awareness Week event.

The AHTA describes hand therapy as the art and science of rehabilitation of the upper limb – shoulder to hand. The therapy involves careful evaluation and assessment of the injured limb for the therapist to customize a treatment program designed for the patient’s individual needs.

Practitioners of hand therapy include registered occupational therapists and physiotherapists who have become proficient in dealing with the treatment of upper limb conditions resulting from injury, disease or deformity. With the AHTA as Australia’s only professional association representing practitioners of hand therapy, members and doctors have a central referral point when it comes to speaking conventions, community activities, and other events related to the field.

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