Canadian Society of Hand Therapists

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We are a group of occupational and physical therapists with a special interest in the rehabilitation of the upper extremity. We are dedicated to the enhancement of upper extremity rehabilitation within Canada through the promotion of quality of care, education and information sharing

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Membership fees for the Canadian Society of Hand Therapists (CSHT) are only $30.00 per year.

Our next registration year runs from March 31, 2013 to April 1, 2014.

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In Hand Newsletter Sneak Peek

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  • January 2014 In Hand Newsletter

    The following is a short snippet from the CSHT In Hand newsletter that is published online quarterly for CSHT members. The snippet is from the Clinical Corner in the latest newsletter. If you would like to access the full newsletters please consider becoming a member of CSHT for $30.00/year. All newsletters are available in the member's only section. Login is required. Once logged in, select 'Newsletter' from the Member menu on the left.

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    Clinical Corner

    Orthotic Considerations for Dense Connective Tissue and Articular Cartilage - The Need for Optimal Movement and Stress.

    There is no debate that prolonged immobilization promotes stiffness. A lack of stress causes dense connective tissue (DCT) to resorb, which in turn causes contractures, the severity of which is affected by joint position, duration of immobilization, injury and age.1 DCT structures include dermis, tendon, ligament and joint capsule. In contrast, appropriate levels of stress can place tension on the surrounding soft tissues, inducing tissue elongation.2-4 Low-load prolonged stress,2,3 a concept made popular by Dr. Paul Brand, is thought by some to be more effective than "intense stretching of short duration" 4,p345 to restore range of motion to shortened connective tissue.


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  • Conference Early Bird Deadline Extended

    The Canadian Society of Hand Therapists have extended the Early Bird Deadline to register for the Annual Conference!

    You now have until April 15th to take advantage of the Early Bird Rate to attend the 7th Annual Canadian Society of Hand Therapists Conference in beautiful Halifax, N.S. on May 2 and 3, 2014. There is limited registration for this conference, so register now to visit the East Coast and learn about exciting "Pearls in Hand Rehabilitation"! The program line-up promises to be an exceptional learning opportunity! You can see the full program line-up and registration details at

    Looking forward to seeing you in Halifax!

  • Conference Accommodations Update

    There are no longer rooms at the conference rate available at Delta Halifax, but there are rooms available at a higher cost. Or you can reserve a room at the Delta Barrington for the conference rate. The Delta Barrington is connected to the Delta Halifax by a indoor pedway.

  • CSHT Mission Statement Change

    Members of CSHT: There has been a change to the CSHT Mission Statement. You can find a letter from the executive in the Member's Only section explaining the reason for the change.

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  • CSHT 2014 Conference Presenter Bios

    Check out the biographies of the speakers presenting at the 7th Annual CSHT conference this spring!

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  • Pearls in Hand Rehabilitation

    Registration Open!

    7th Annual Canadian Society of Hand Therapists Conference
    - Pearls in Hand Rehabilitation

    May 2–3, 2014 at the Delta Halifax Hotel in Halifax, Nova Scotia

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  • New Question in the Member Q & A Section

    A new question has been posted in the Members Only Q & A section. Can you help?.

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  • CSHT 2014 Conference Brochure

    CSHT 2014 Conference Brochure is now available for viewing. Online registration for the conference is open!

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  • CSHT 2014 Conference Call For Papers

    CSHT conference committee is now taking submissions for paper and poster presentations for the CSHT conference in Halifax, NS, May 2-3 2014.

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  • Doctor transplants finger from one hand to the other!

    Check out the amazing story here. Thanks go out to Juliana Larocerie for sharing this link on Facebook.

  • CSHT Executive Request

    The current CSHT Executive will be ending their three year term May 2014. At this time we request that any expressions of interest for the next term be forwarded to any members of the executive by June 15, 2013. You can contact us here.

  • Conference Documents Available to Members

    If you like to view the 2013 conference presentation documents, they are now available in the Members section. Log in is required.

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  • 2013 AGM Minutes

    The minutes from the 2013 CSHT AGM are now available on the Documents page of the Members section. Log in is required.

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  • New Member Documents Available

    Please login to find the following documents: CSHT Annual Report 2012-2013, CSHT Cash Report.

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