It turns out the five-time-a-day obligatory Islamic prayer ritual might include more than a combination of offerings thanksgiving to Allah. The complexity of the movements performed in the ritual makes it an effective routine for preventing the development of a lower back pain if performed correctly, suggests a new research!
The study was published in the International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the paper was titled “An ergonomics study of body motions during Muslim prayer” was evaluated through human modelling. It suggested thatusing a proper knee and back angle can effectively treat physical anxiety and be used as an effective clinical treatment.
With over 1.6 billion Muslims bowing, kneeling, and placing their foreheads towards the direction of the holy city of Mecca up to five times day during the prayer, there’s a good chance they’re getting in a good stretch while they’re at it.
“One way to think about the movements is that they are similar to those of yoga or physical therapy intervention exercises used to treat low back pain,” said Professor and Systems Science and Industrial Engineering Department Chair and co-authors of the study Mohammad Khasawneh, who is also one of the authors of “An ergonomic study of body motions during Muslim prayer using digital human modelling.”
The research used computer-generated human models of Indian, Asian, and American men and women to analyse the impact the postures had on their lower back.
The kneeling posture called sajdah was shown to increase the elasticity of the joints. It is, therefore, recommended that people spend more time in the kneeling position.
They did not, however, look at how the prayer rituals can impact back pain on disabled. The models they studied were all healthy profiles.
“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.”