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Proven! This is the Benefits of Prayer for Health According to Science

Five times a day, more than 1.6 billion Muslims around the world, bow, and prostrate place their foreheads to the ground, towards the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, as part of one of the obligatory rituals, the prayer actually has health benefits and researchers prove that.

Researchers from Binghamton University, State University of New York, complex physical movements in prayer can reduce lower back pain, of course if the prayer is done regularly and correctly.

"The prayer movement is similar to yoga or physical therapy intervention exercises that are used to treat back pain," said Professor and Chair of the Binghamton University, New York University of New York Systems and Industrial Engineering, Mohammad Khasawneh.

In a study published in the International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering, it was mentioned that similar movements in prayer were also found in prayer rituals of Christians and Jews.

"Physical health is influenced by socio-economic factors, lifestyle and religion. In addition, research shows that there is a strong relationship between worship and awareness of maintaining a physically healthy lifestyle," Khasawneh said.

"Prayer and worship can eliminate physical stress and anxiety, while there are also studies that show prayer rituals can be considered as an effective clinical treatment of neuro-musculoskeletal dysfunction," he continued.

To arrive at the findings, researchers analyzed digital computer-generated movements from participants, namely healthy men and women from India, Asia, and America and those suffering from low back pain.

The findings show that bending is the movement that causes the most pressure on the lower back, but for individuals who experience lower back pain, movements involving the knee and the back can actually reduce pain. This condition is based on the body shape of each individual.

"This movement can (safely) be considered a clinical treatment for lower back pain, because it requires different movements regularly," Khasawneh said.

For those who experience back pain, maintaining a posture of movement in prayer may be a difficult thing. However, in Islam, if individuals cannot stand, they are permitted to pray in a sitting or lying condition.

Then, if they are able to stand up, they must maintain as much posture as they can.

"Positions involving the knees or prostrating increase joint elasticity, so it is recommended to spend more time in that position," Khasawneh said.

According to the research team, doing the wrong moves in prayer can actually increase pain. The team also suggested the need for further studies involving individuals who experience physical limitations.

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