Just like Occupational Therapy the term Certified Hand Therapist can be slightly misleading and make people think we just specialize in hands. The hand is indeed one of the most complicated parts of the human body with each and every structure integrated together, it’s a fine tuned machine and when one thing goes awry the entire system is affected. But a CHT has advanced training in the entire upper body. According to our certification board: https://www.htcc.org/consumer-information/the-cht-credential/definition-of-hand-therapy
Hand therapy is the art and science of rehabilitation of the upper limb, which includes the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder girdle. It is a merging of occupational and physical therapy theory and practice that combines comprehensive knowledge of the structure of the upper limb with function and activity. Using specialized skills in assessment, planning and treatment, hand therapists provide therapeutic interventions to prevent dysfunction, restore function and/or reverse the progression of pathology of the upper limb in order to enhance an individual’s ability to execute tasks and to participate fully in life situations.