Posted by: Steve Aune | July 8, 2018

Day 2 – The Road to Recovery

Saturday, July 7th.  Started the day with journaling, prayer, affirmations and visualizations.  Wrote the blog update then got on with my day.

Everyday I have to do some core, foundation, glute work that helps  me activate my glutes, keep my core tight, strengthen my hips/core.  I do some low back decompression by hanging from my hips to help keep the low back mobile. I do this vs. an inversion table because I have learned that hanging from your ankles puts your hips at a different angle and does not help decompress the L4,L5,S1.  I do “Foundation Training” which has been a HUGE blessing in keeping my body balanced and strong.  Highly encourage you to check that out for sure.  Most of my lower body work is done on a Bosu ball or some other balance device to work the small twitch muscle fibers.

Then I do some back warm ups and work to open my chest as we feel that my chest is really tight causing multiple other problems in the front part of my neck and shoulder, thus causing compression to the spine.  I’ve been working on this stuff for about a month now and it is helping for sure.  Matt Safarik has been very instrumental in releasing my neck and chest.  his techniques are unlike any I have ever experienced working the front part of the neck and the sides.  Heather Stokes, a great P/T, has me doing some specific exercises to help open my chest and strengthen my back by the shoulder blades.

After all of that, if it is a workout day I will do my workout.  This particular day was an easy run day.  Hunter(our dog) and I did 2.8 miles.  Doesn’t sound like much until you’ve been through what I have been through.  Small victories.  The run went very well, everything felt great.


Throughout the day my neck felt really good, however the numbness and tingling in my left arm was worse than I would have expected.  Before the injection I would have bouts of sharp pain and the tingling & numbness would very from severe to very light.  Saturday it was constantly medium.  Makes it hard to grab things and frustrating for sure.

Did some decompression on my neck the Dave Nissenbaum has me doing.  Dave is a great P/T here in Madison, he has been very instrumental in my low back and neck rehab process.  Also did some “Posture Pump” to get the curve to come back to my neck area as mine is pretty straight.

Sleeping last night was a bear again.  The arm numbness is really bothersome while trying to sleep as the numbness and tingling is worse right now than it has been prior to the procedure.  They say that will gradually get better as the shock of the shot wears off.

So far this morning the arm is about the same.  Perhaps a little less tingling and numbness but it is still there.  No neck pain, so that is a BONUS!

Really want to thank everyone who commented yesterday on my post.  That really lifts my spirits and I cannot thank you all enough.  I have researched everyone’s recommendations and I am going to incorporate meditation into my daily routine.  I have done some meditation in the past, just never consistently enough to notice what it is doing for me. I do believe in it and I am committed to making it a part of my daily routine.  So please keep the recommendations coming!

So many things to be thankful for in my life, this little physical setback will not hold me back from doing what I love to do and striving to make as big a positive impact as I can in the lives of as many people as I can so that they are inspired to dream big, take action, do more and be more.  That is my personal mission in life.

Looking forward to sharing this journey, truly blessed.

To your health & abundance,

Steve Aune



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