The most abundant tissue in the body is muscle. More than 600 muscles contract and relax to move the skeletal framework. When muscle tissue is healthy, movement within full range is achieved without discomfort or pain. When muscle tissue is unhealthy or damaged, it may be painful. As the tissue works to heal itself, inflammation in the area becomes sensitive and irritable. The muscle fibers respond by contracting and twisting, making a hard lump or firmness that is tender to touch. This lump is called a trigger or pressure point. With correct therapy, these trigger points can be treated and pain greatly diminished thus aiding in a more complete recovery. But, if a persistent condition is left untreated, abnormalties can develop causing pain, tingling, numbness, and limited mobility. At the first sign of pain or discomfort, discontinue exercises to avoid overwork and stress of the affected muscles. If your muscles pain lasts more than 5 days then that is an indication that abnormal ties are developing. Recovery begins following evaluation and treatment by a health care professional specifically trained in trigger point treatment.