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Healthy Hands Week: June 8-12, 2009

Hand Therapy Awareness & Injury Prevention Week Gets New Name, Retains Same Important Message

CHICAGO, April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) is sponsoring Healthy Hands Week, June 8-12, an event designed to increase recognition of the benefits of hand therapy and the importance of hand injury prevention.

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Previously named Hand Therapy Awareness & Injury Prevention Week, this event is an opportunity for hand therapists and healthcare professionals to raise awareness of how hand therapy prevents and ameliorates disability due to hand injury or disease. The event is celebrated through community and local media outreach, promotional events at local clinics, partnerships with hand surgeons and hospitals, dissemination of information to patients and special recognition of hand therapists at clinics.

Physical or occupational therapists by trade, hand therapists achieve specialization through additional training and experience. Additionally, therapists can obtain Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) designation with a minimum of five years of clinical experience and by meeting necessary requirements.

"Hand health and injury prevention is crucial for individuals in all walks of life, especially in this digital age where many of us use hand operated electronic tools to perform so many tasks of work and daily life. The importance of work done by hand therapists cannot be understated," says ASHT President Joy MacDermid, BScPT, PhD. "As hand therapists we do more than treat injuries - we help people with hand problems resume health and meaningful activities. This new event name will help underscore the value of specialized care provided by this outstanding group of professionals and the importance of maximizing hand function to keep people healthy."

Hand therapists enhance the lives of patients by restoring functional activity through specialized skills in assessment and treatment. They also specialize in prevention of hand injuries, by providing guidelines and exercises suitable for use with everyday activities such as gardening, cooking and use of portable electronics. Visit for additional information.

For more information about Healthy Hands Week or to find a professional hand therapist in your area, visit

The American Society of Hand Therapists is a not-for-profit organization seeking to advance the specialty of hand therapy through communication, education, research and the establishment of clinical standards. ASHT's 3,300 members in the United States, Canada and around the world strive to be recognized leaders in the hand therapy profession.

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