Body Composition

We all know that obesity is associated with many chronic diseases, but is it simply the extra weight bearing through the joints that increases the likelihood of having back, hip or knee pain?

A new study has examined the relationship between total body mass and body composition (muscle mass, total body fat, upper limb, lower limb and trunk fat) and their relationship to back pain.

Participants of this study were required to fill in a questionnaire regarding their history of back pain and disability, then had their body compositions analysed. The results show that there is a correlation between back pain and; the total body fat, upper limb, lower limb and trunk fat. There was no correlation between the amount of muscle mass and back pain.

What does this mean?

This shows that it is not just how heavy the person is, rather the amount of body fat that increases the incidence of back pain.  These results suggest that the metabolic properties of the fat tissue are associated with pre-disposing or increasing the inflammatory process leading to joint pain.

How can the practitioners at AHS help?

Robbie Clark,  our Dietitian has the knowledge and skills to;

  • Assess individual nutrition needs
  • Develop personalised eating plans
  • Differentiate nutrition fact from fiction
  • Advise healthy ways to prepare and cook food
  • Recommend best food and brand selection both in the  supermarket and whilst eating out
  • Educate clients on correct eating and intake using evidence based nutritional guidelines and the most recent valid scientific literature

The Chiropractors at AHS can identify and correct underlying causes of the pain with gentle joint manipulation, adjustments and soft tissue work that will help reduce the pain and inflammation. We also give resources and advice regarding stretches and exercise that helps you take charge of your health and return your body to optimal health.

Please call your Chiropractor at AHS on 9948 2826 or visit our clinic at 9/470 Sydney Rd in Balgowlah servicing the surrounding suburbs of Allambie, Balgowlah Heights, Seaforth, Fairlight and Manly on the Northern Beaches.


Urquhart et al. 2011 Young Investigator Award Winner: Increasing Fat Mass Is Associated With High Levels of
Low Back Pain Intensity and Disability. SPINE 2011;36:1320-1325