At the month of Ramadan and soon to Hari Raya is a month of fasting, prayer, and reflection for Muslims. During this time, Muslims refrain from eating or drinking from sunrise to sunset, and strive to avoid thoughts and behaviours which are considered to be impure under the tenets of Islam.
Muslims believe that the spiritual rewards for this good behaviour are increased during Ramadan.
Fasting is what the general public commonly knows about Ramadan but prayers, for the Muslims are more important.
Muslim prayers require full swift movement from standing to bending down heads and knees onto the floor till rise and sit on the knees and repeat.
The repetitive of Muslim prayers rituals will impose force and pressures on the knees and joints in general thus leading to wear and tear of the joints. Wear and tear is a normal process as our body will promote the growth of cartilage and keeping the joints healthy.
This is a concern when people start to age, repair of joints is less than the wear and tear, and the synovial fluids that function as lubrication for the joints are getting lesser. This process when further exaggerated is called Osteoarthritis.
What can we do about it?
As one age, the wear and tear increases, meaning inflammation process increase leading to pain. Synovial fluids in between a joint that support and lubricate the joints are slowly drying up.
We categorize osteoarthritis (OA) as a progression with age usually from 50 years and above; into different stages from Stage 1 to Stage 3 as the most severe cases.
During prayers there are many repetitive movements that pressure the joints; some joints are already within the stage of OA thus giving rise to more inflammation leading to pain. It is wise to manage the inflammation so that the repair process of joints can take place.
Some might already be on Glucosamine to manage these conditions but its might not necessarily be working for them. The main reason for this is due to inflammation that causes pain.
Glucosamine only works on building blocks of the cartilage but does not deal with inflammation of the joints.
The latest innovation is to use Collagen Type II, specifically undenatured Collagen Type II to manage joints inflammation.
The idea is to inhibit or stop the inflammation by inhibiting autoimmune reaction that targets type II collagen in the articular cartilage. Inflammation happens when our body autoimmune systems targets the type II collagen present in the body (namely the cartilages) during the breakdown or wear and tear.
By stopping the autoimmune system that targets the collagen, inflammation can be reduced thus lesser pain, and forward growth of cartilage.
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