I've been plagued by problems with my left shoulder for years now. I'm 37, and have been lifting as heavy for over 25 years. In the past few years I've been having episodes of numbness and tingling that runs from my front deltoid to the top of my forearm. In addition to this recent numbness, sleeping is a real issue sometimes because my hand falls asleep and I got a sensation of "pins and needles."
Has anyone used any techniques aside from the usual rest and anti-inflammatories to manage this? Could active release or deep tissue massage help? I've read that it could be brachial plexus injury and I believe it's due to pinched nerves in the cervical spine from years of heavy lifting. I believe my rotator cuff could have tears and scar tissue build up as well. I don't have insurance so seeing doctors isn't really an option unless it's life threatening.