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Rehabilitation at Gundersen St. Joseph's Hospital.


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

Key Features of the new David and Nancy Prechel Rehabilitation Department

  • 6 Private exam rooms including a dedicated massage therapy room.
  • Purpose-built occupational therapy space.
  • Physical, Occupational, Speech, Cardiac and Massage Therapies all in one department.
  • Cushioned floor area for low impact exercises.
  • Panoramic views of the lake from exercise equipment.
  • Overhead lift system for improved patient safety.

Cardiac Rehab

Cardiac Rehab/Rehab Phase II is a comprehensive, exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation program. This program combines medically supervised exercise sessions with education and support to assist in recovery after a heart attack or heart surgery.

Call (608) 489-8176 for more information or to make an appointment.

Physical Therapy

Our physical therapists, assistants and aides provide services in all phases of body rehabilitation using exercise, strength testing, manual therapy and physical agents (such as deep heat and electrical stimulation) to optimize body potential.

Physical therapy services include:


  • 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Friday

Call (608) 489-8260 to learn more or to make an appointment.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy is provided by a certified occupational therapist or certified occupational therapist assistant who focus on:

  • Improving joint motion
  • Improving strength
  • Gaining independence in daily living skills for those affected by disability

Occupational Therapy services include:

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


  • 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

Call (608) 489-8260 to learn more or to make an appointment

Speech/Language Therapy

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

  • Articulation delays and speech sounds
  • Language delays
  • Voice disorders
  • Fluency disorders and stuttering
  • Aphasia after a stroke
  • Swallowing problems
  • Motor speech disorders

Call (608) 489-8260 to make an appointment or learn more about speech and language therapy.

Supervised Exercise Program

One-on-one individualized exercise program prescribed by a therapist prior to discharge from Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy.

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

This program is not covered by Medicare or other third-party payers. Full payment is required at registration.


  • 12 visits for $118.75
  • 24 visits for $211.25

Visits must be used within 12 months of start date. Refunds are not available.

Call (608) 489-8260 to register or learn more.

Adult Fitness Exercise Program

Adult Fitness/Rehab Phase III is a medically supervised exercise program for anyone who wants to improve physical fitness and endurance.

Participants must be at least 18 years old and medically stable. The program also requires physician approval and determination of need for GXT (cardiac stress test) prior to beginning or renewal of the program.

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


Three days per week

  • 12-month plan: $352 ($29.34 per month)
  • 6-month plan: $234.50 ($39.09 per month)
  • 3-month plan: $153 ($51.00 per month)

Five days per week

  • 12-month plan: $488.50 ($40.71 per month)
  • 6-month plan: $279.50 ($46.58 per month)
  • 3-month plan: $174.50 ($58.17 per month)


  • 6:30 to 9 a.m. and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Call (608) 489-8260 for more details or to sign up.

Massage Therapy

Whether you are looking to manage pain and chronic body tension or are simply looking for 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

Call (608) 489-8260 to schedule your appointment.

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1900 South Ave.
La Crosse, WI 54601

(608) 782-7300

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