Occupational therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapy assistants, physiotherapy assistants and students who are registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and who have an interest in the treatment of hand conditions may become members of SASHT.

Non-voting membership shall be open to other professions and companies with an interest in hand therapy.


Hand therapy is the art and science of 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.

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.

Although the physical treatment entails treatment of the upper limb, emphasis is placed on reintegration into the work place, activities of daily living and leisure time pursuits.