Do you live with chronic pain?

Lifestyle modification is an emerging approach for managing chronic pain. Several nutrition related factors impact chronic pain, including weight status and dietary choices.

We are seeking Adelaide participants, who experience musculoskeletal pain on most days of the week for at least 3 months to profile dietary intake and lifestyle behaviours.

Participating in the study would involve:

Two in-person visits to the University of South Australia City East Campus, conducted before and after a 2-week self-monitoring period.

  • Visit 1: Non-invasive physical measurements (including height, weight, grip strength & mobility), and questionnaires about your quality of life, pain, and mood (1.5 hours).
  • 2-week period where you will self-report your diet, sleep, mood, and pain on 4 days. You will also wear a wristwatch to monitor activity and sleep during this period.
  • Visit 2: Repeat physical measurements (grip strength & mobility), questionnaires, and a survey to report on your study experience (1 hour).

Upon successful completion of the study, volunteers will receive an honorarium of $40, and participants will receive a copy of their individual results as well as a summary of the study findings.

You may be eligible to participate if you are:

  • Aged 18-75 years.
  • Experiencing chronic musculoskeletal pain on most days of the week for at least 3 months (pain arising from conditions of the muscles, bone, joints, or related soft tissues such as forms of arthritis, osteoporosis, and neck and back problems)
  • Not have pain due to infection, fracture, or cancer
  • Not awaiting surgery for remediation of structural causes of pain
  • Not experiencing pain from headaches diagnosed as migraine, cluster, or tension type, or orofacial pain
  • Not experiencing pain diagnosed as fibromyalgia or neuropathic
  • Not receiving dietary consultations, undertaking a weight loss program, or having had bariatric surgery

If you are interested in participating or would like more information about the study, please contact us

email: or Ph: 8302 1365

This project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of South Australia, Application No. 204076.