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Welcome to The Hand Academy

The Hand Academy is a registered Dutch Foundation that teaches specialist knowledge and skills in the field of Hand Therapy by providing instructional courses and training. These include a complete Hand Therapy education, an Introduction to Hand Therapy course, and a dissection course.

The Hand Academy provides high quality training for physiotherapists and occupational therapists who want to improve their professional development as hand therapists, including the progression of specialist knowledge, clinical skills and their understanding of the profession. Besides that, The Hand Academy also welcomes (junior) doctors who want to improve their knowledge and skills regarding the upper limb.

Our approach

The upper limb, and more specific the hand and wrist have a complex anatomy. Thorough knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics and pathology is therefore essential to be able to differentiate between specific and a-specific symptoms and injuries. Clinical reasoning is therefore key during all of our courses. We truly believe all these aspects are a necessity to be able to make a therapeutic diagnosis and to develop a well substantiated treatment plan. It is also for this reason we teach together with different specialisms such as hand surgeons, psychologists, and rehab physicians.

Mattie, Victor and Mel are all practising hand therapists with each more than 20 years of experience in the field. They will use their clinical case load and experience during the education and the courses which will keep the content up-to-date and interesting.

All delegates receive lecture notes for each course. Aims and pre-course reading lists are provided.

A certificate is awarded to each participant on passing the exam process of the complete Hand Therapy education. A certificate of attendance will be provided to all delegates after each course.


The Hand Academy runs their education and courses in Amsterdam, the Netherlands but, on request, can also be hosted at your workplace or worldwide. Please contact us for more information regarding the latter.

Note: currently the courses provided in Amsterdam are Dutch-spoken, except the dissection course which is English spoken. Please contact us for information about other possibilities regarding English spoken courses.

Application form

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