Islamic prayer ritual reduces back pain: Study

 09 Mar 2017 - 16:53

Islamic prayer ritual reduces back pain: Study
(File Photo) Friday Prayer at Imam Muhammad bin Abdul Wahab Masjid. Photo by Kammutty VP


London: The repetitive physical movements of Muslim prayer rituals can reduce chances of lower back pain if performed properly, according to new research.

The study found that not only does quiet prayer eliminate physical anxiety, but that proper knee and back angles can be an effective clinical treatment, the Independent newspaper said.

"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," study co-author Mohammad Khasawneh said.

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, apparently increases the elasticity of joints.