Do you suffer from back pain? Does your spine feel like a broken slinky? Would you rather be hit by a bus than spend another back-mangling minute hunched over a laptop? If yes, then we may have found a solution: prayer.
According to a new study, the repetitive movements of Muslim prayer, like kneeling and prostration, can reduce the chances of back pain if performed correctly. If you’re one of the 1.6 billion Muslims who pray in the direction of Mecca up to five times a day, then there’s a firm chance your back is feeling pretty loose right now.
The snappily titled study, An ergonomic study of body motions during Muslim prayer using digital human modelling, used computer generated human models to analyse the impact of prayer rituals on the lower back. The study found that the angles formed through quiet prayer can ‘eliminate physical anxiety’. The kneeling posture (sujud) can even increase the elasticity of joints.
‘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 Mohammad Khasawneh, who co-authored the study.
So there you go. Yet another reason to pray.