How do I benefit from Hand Therapy Awareness Week? How can I win?
Hand Therapy is recognised internationally. Practitioners of hand therapy work in 43 countries. The International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy (IFSHT) states hand therapy has developed along with with the specialty of hand surgery, with practitioners working as part of a medical team. Treating practitioners in Hand Therapy in Australia are either Occupational Therapists or Physiotherapists. They have a very special interest and further education in the rehabilitation and care of your hand injuries and conditions, and also for prevention of hand problems.
Australia is very lucky country to have 373 Accredited Hand Therapists and 422 Associate Members as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA). There are 795 professionals working in Australia concerned about your hands! Access the Find a Therapist section of the AHTA website (www.ahta.com.au) to find your local AHTA member today. Your practitioner in hand therapy will be keen to help you reach your goals. In this respect, you have already won.
There is another way you can win! As part of Hand Therapy Awareness Week 2019, the AHTA has three prizes of pre paid visa cards for the best answer to the question “What is hand therapy?”. Prizes are 1st = $300, 2nd = $200 and 3rd = $100. Winners will be the entries that receive the most post Likes on social media. The competition closes at 9pm on Sunday 9th June and you can enter as many times as you like. For full terms and conditions click here
Hand Therapy Week is fast approaching, running from June 2nd - 8th 2019. The theme for Hand Therapy Awareness Week 2019 is “Lending a hand at every stage in life”. The AHTA states that no matter the stage in life, hand therapy can help improve quality of life, manage symptoms or optimise performance.
When you attend hand therapy, your therapist will chat with you about your concerns, provide an assessment, report the findings of your condition, and then discuss the ways they can help with management of your issue. Therapists welcome family interaction and support, and are keen to provide education.
Your therapist can contribute at the many stages in life, for example: our little ones with hand problems they are born with or develop along the way; children with handwriting concerns, fractures, and sporting injuries; adults with management of overuse issues, work related concerns, sprains and strains; and our older generation with arthritis management, improving flexibility, and increasing strength. Hand therapy can assist with improving your performance in relation to your fitness training goals, gardening ability, musical or work related pursuits, and can provide help with optimising your functional capacity at any age.
So whether your concern is with holding a bat, a flute, a mouse, secateurs, a walking stick or a hand, I warmly welcome you to contact your local practitioner of hand therapy today and ask them how they can help you improve your quality of life.