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Rehabilitation at Gundersen St. Joseph's Hospital.


Gundersen St. Joseph's Hospital and Clinics offers several types of rehabilitation.

Cardiac Rehab

Cardiac Rehabilitation/ Rehab Phase II, a comprehensive, exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation program is available at Gundersen St. Joseph's. This program combines medically supervised exercise sessions with education and support to assure full recovery following a heart attack or heart surgery.

Please call (608) 489-8176 to contact Cardiac Rehabilitation.

Adult Fitness Exercise Program

Adult Fitness / Rehab Phase III is a medically supervised exercise program for any individual who wants to participate in improving his/her physical fitness/endurance.

Entrance Criteria

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be medically stable
  • Requires physician approval & determination of need for GXT (cardiac stress test) prior to beginning or renewal of the program

Reimbursement Coverage

The program is not covered by Medicare but check with your insurance or place of employment for any coverage, rebates, or reimbursed medical plans.

Adult Fitness Program

3 Times/Week Use

  • 12-month plan: $352 or $29.34/month
  • 6-month plan: $234.50 or $39.09/month
  • 3-month plan: $153 or $51.00/month

5 Times/Week Use

  • 12-month plan: $488.50 or $40.71/month
  • 6-month plan: $279.50 or $46.58/month
  • 3-month plan: $174.50 or $58.17/month


Monday through Friday
6:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Contact Rehab Services for more details or to sign up. (608) 489-8260.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy treatment is provided by a certified Occupational Therapist or Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant. The focus on:

  • Improving joint motion
  • Strength
  • Independence in daily living skills (self cares, work, and leisure) for those affected by disability

Occupational Therapy services include the following:

  • Adaptive self-care training
  • Wheelchair seating and positioning
  • Home safety evaluation
  • Work simplification and modification for the home, office, factory and farm
  • Hand therapy
  • Therapeutic evaluation and exercise
  • Therapeutic massage/myotherapy
  • Cranio-sacral therapy
  • Cognitive function testing
  • Lymphodema treatment/reduction
    • Post-mastectomy swelling
    • Long-term swelling of legs or arms
    • Swelling after stroke
    • Swelling from injury or surgery
  • School pediatric therapy


Monday - Friday
7 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Physical Therapy

Our full-time staff of Physical Therapists, Assistants, and Aides, provide services in all phases of body rehabilitation. Up-to-date equipment involving exercise, strength testing, manual therapy and physical agents (such as deep heat and electrical stimulation) are used to optimize the individual's body potential. Physical Therapy Services include the following:

  • Post-surgical Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation after falls 
  • Outpatient Sports Rehabilitation
  • Outpatient Physical Therapy 
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • Incontinence Care
  • Pediatric Therapy 
  • Home Health Care
  • Restorative Swing Bed Care
  • Acute Inpatient Care
  • Wound Care
  • Body Mechanics
  • Work Hardening Industrial Rehabilitation


Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday
7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Tuesday & Friday
7 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Please call (608) 489-8260 to reach Rehab Services.

Speech/Language Therapy

If you're having difficulty speaking or swallowing, our therapist may be able to help.

Speech/Language services include the following:

  • Articulation Delays/Speech Sounds
  • Language Delays
  • Voice Disorders
  • Fluency Disorders/Stuttering
  • Aphasia (after a stroke)
  • Swallowing Problems
  • Motor Speech Disorders

Available by appointment at (608) 489-8260.

Supervised Exercise Program


One-on-one individualized exercise program prescribed by therapist prior to discharge from Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy services performed at Gundersen St. Joseph's Hospital and Clinics.

Entrance Criteria

  • Must be a discharged therapy patient.
  • Must be medically stable.
  • Must require direct supervision or assistance of a PT/Rehab Aide to safely perform exercise routine.

Reimbursement Coverage

This program is not covered by Medicare or other third part payers. Payment in full is expected at initial registration.

Program Type

  • 12 visits, $118.75
  • 24 visits, $211.25
  • Visits must be used within 12 months of start date. No refunds available.
  • Registration prior to initial session.

Contact Rehab Services for more information. (608) 489-8260.

Water-based Group Wellness Class (WAVES)

Wellness And Vitality Exercise Sessions (WAVES) is an aquatic wellness program, for adults who suffer from chronic pain, arthritis, decreased strength, obesity, who have pain in weight bearing, or who just want to get moving toward feeling better. WAVES is not a water aerobics class.

WAVES is a six-week course that runs two times a week. Courses will be held four times per year. Each class lasts about an hour, which takes place in the pool at Hotel Hillsboro, Hillsboro WI. The class is sponsored by Gundersen St. Joseph's Rehab Department and is led by licensed staff. WAVES is a group wellness class with a focus on exercise and mobility. Class size is limited, and may be cancelled if not filled. Cost per six-week course is $85. It is not a prescription therapy and is not covered by health insurance.

For those willing to invest their time and make the commitment, the rewards are within reach. Ask your medical provider if they think you or someone you care about would benefit from this class. Call Carol Veldey at Gundersen St. Joseph's Rehab Department at (608) 489-8267 for more information.

Massage Therapy

Whether you are looking to manage pain and chronic body tension or are simply looking for greater relaxation, massage therapy can support your physical comfort and overall health and well-being.

Massage treatments available include:

  • Swedish massage: A relaxation massage that relieves tension and stress by increasing blood flow and circulation. The treatment is characterized by long, soothing strokes and circular motions, and is applied with light to medium pressure.
  • Deep tissue massage: A massage that targets deep tissue and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep strokes are often applied with increasing pressure to help relax knotted muscles and heal injuries.
  • Tui Na: A form of Chinese massage therapy utilizing kneading, rolling, pressing, rubbing, shaking and tapotement. Techniques may be gentle or firm. The name comes from two of the actions: tui means "to push" and na means "to pull/lift and squeeze." The practitioner can then use range of motion, traction, with the stimulation of acupressure points.
  • Pregnancy massage: A modified Swedish massage that helps reduce common symptoms of pregnancy, including but not limited to nausea, fatigue, leg cramps and back pain. Positioning techniques and body pillows ensure the massage is conducted safely and effectively for both mother and baby.
  • Chronic medical condition massage: A specialized massage for people with chronic medical conditions who may require additional consideration and gentler techniques.
  • Trigger point therapy: A targeted massage that addresses a source of pain. The technique involves deep breathing and is often used to manage chronic injuries, which may be causing pain to spread to other parts of the body: for example, a back injury that leads to neck pain.
  • Sport Massage: This special form of massage is typically used before, during, and after athletic events to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries. Depending on the needs of the athlete, a variety of techniques are used including classic Swedish strokes, cross-fiber friction, pressure-point work, and joint mobilization.


15 mins. | $25

30 mins. | $40

45 mins. | $55

60 mins. | $70

90 mins. | $95

Make your appointment

To schedule your appointment, call our rehabilitation department at (608) 489-8260).

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