Hand therapy is the art and science of rehabilitation of the upper limb, which includes the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder girdle. It combines comprehensive knowledge of the structure of the upper limb with function and activity. Using specialized skills in assessment, planning and treatment. Certified 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.
Specialty Certification in Hand Therapy (CHT) was established in 1991 to recognize Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists with advanced clinical knowledge, experience and skills in the practice of hand and upper extremity rehabilitation. Certified Hand Therapists meet rigorous standards including three years of practice experience with 4,000 hours or more in direct practice in hand therapy and successful completion of a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper extremity and hand rehabilitation.
Tina Comeau Doucet is an Occupational Therapist who has achieved CHT designation. With over 25 years in clinical practice Tina continues to provide comprehensive hand therapy services to individuals who have sustained injury, repetitive strain or disease to their hands or upper extremities.