The repetitive physical movements of Muslim prayer rituals (Salat in Arabic) can reduce chances of lower back pain if performed properly, according to new research.
The study found that not only does quiet prayer eliminateSalat in Arabic clinical treatment.
Practicing Muslims worldwide bow, kneel and place their foreheads to the ground in the direction of Mecca at least five times a day.
“One way to think about the movements is that they are similar to those of yoga or physical therapy intervention exercises used to treat lower back pain,” said study co-author Mohammad Khasawneh from Penn State Behrend university in Pennsylvania.
The paper, entitled An ergonomic study of body motions during Muslim prayer using digital human modelling, was published in the latest issue of the International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering.
The research used computer-generated human models of healthy Indian, Asian, and American men and women to look at the effect on lower back pain.
The kneeling posture, known as sujud, increases the elasticity of joints.
“Physical health is influenced by socio-economic, lifestyle and religious factors,” added Mr Khasawneh.
“Prayer can eliminate physical stress and anxiety, while there is also research that indicates prayer rituals can be considered an effective clinical treatment of neuro-musculoskeletal dysfunction.”