Welcome to website of the South African Society of Hand Therapists (SASHT) - an organisation which aims to encourage the development of skilled hand therapists in South Africa.

Members can include occupational therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapy assistants, physiotherapy assistants and students who are registered with the HPCSA.

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 Updated Education information. Visit SASHT Courses for the latest updates. [12 January 2023]

Hand Therapy



Hand therapy entails rehabilitation of the upper limb - from the shoulder to the hand. Hand therapy assists a person to regain maximum use of his or her upper limb after injury, surgery or the onset of disease.

Treatment is provided by a hand therapist, someone who is first trained as an occupational therapist or physiotherapist, with a special interest and experience in the rehabilitation of hand & upper limb conditions.

Emphasis is placed on reintegration into the work place, activities of daily living and leisure time pursuits.

Hand therapists treat with exercises and activities, apply modalities and create custom made splints to help the hand heal and protect it from additional injury.