Dr. Joe Papia Chiropractor in Downtown Tampa FL

Answers FAQ’s During Treatment

Should I Take Off From Work?

The answer is depend upon your condition.

You know what you do for your job better than I do, so we’ll discuss if you think you need to be off work because your job requires you to do things that might make thing worse, then we’ll certainly take you off your job.

If you don’t think it’s going to affect your particular condition, then we certainly want you to stay at work as much as possible.

Should I Stop Exercising?

If you think that the exercise you are doing is going to aggravate the condition then certainly we would like for you to stop exercising.

If your exercise routine won’t affect this condition, then I think it would be okay to continue to do what you are doing.

Should I Exercise?

If you think it’s not going to aggravate that condition.

If you think it’s going to aggravate your condition than obviously we don’t want you to exercise until we get you in a better state of health.

Should I Stop Taking My Prescription Medication?

My answer would be you need to follow your doctor’s orders if you have a question about any particular medication.

Make sure when you talk to that doctor you let them know all the different medications you are taking because as we know, we have some medications that interact with others and there is side effects.

So make sure you do what your doctor tells you to, however make sure you explain to them all the medications you are taking so they can determine if the medication they prescribed to you is the most beneficial for you for that particular condition.

What Mattress is Good for Your Back?

The basic idea according to clinical studies is if you have a low back problem you need much firmer mattress.

If you have a neck problem you can get away with a softer mattress.

So in general, low back conditions need a firmer, neck conditions a less firm mattress.

Would Losing Weight Help a Bad Back?

I see patients that are heavy that don’t have low back problems.

I see patients that are heavy that do.

I see patients that are very thin and have low back problems.

There’s no real definitive answer whether or not if you lost weight it would help your condition.

The main thing is finding out what the problems is and addressing it specifically.

Is it Common to be Sore After Treatment?

Typically only after the first treatment.

On each consecutive treatment you should continue to feel better.

What is the Popping Sound?

Massage Therapy

Downtown Tampa Chiropractor 33602

Manipulation of Soft Tissue for Therapeutic Purposes

Types of Massage our office offers:


  • Focuses on releasing improper muscle tension through specific trigger points and muscle striping.
  • Release muscle spasms and contraction.

Myofascial Release Therapy:

  • Used to release the adhesion’s from collagen or scar tissue formation.
  • Collagen or scar tissue is a very strong web like material that infuses and surrounds everything in the body, our organs, muscles, bones, etc.
  • Collagen or scar tissue forms after inflammation in the body as a result from major trauma like falls or car accidents.
  • Collagen or scare tissue formation also results after prolonged inflammation from minor repetitive trauma such as abnormal sitting, standing or lifting.
  • When collagen or scar tissue binding happens it can cause chronic pain and interfere with the proper function of an organ, a muscle, or pull the skeletal structure out of alignment.

Purpose of Massage:

Compliment the Natural Healing of your Chiropractic Treatment.

Benefits of Massage Therapy:

  • Enhances the function of joints and muscles.
  • Improves circulation and general body tone.
  • Relieves mental and physical fatigue.

Areas of Focus:

NECK & SHOULDERS – Relief from chronic tightness in the neck and shoulders that are caused by stress, poor posture and job related functions.

LOW BACK – Therapeutic massage applied to the lower back and spine brings relief from stiff, aching muscles attributed to weak tone of the abdominal muscles, muscle strains and muscle imbalances in the pelvic region.

FACE AND HEAD – The average person carries a large amount of tension in the muscles of the face. Headaches and migraines can be addressed with massage therapy.

LEGS AND FEET – Tired legs with muscle cramps and “nervous” twitching are aided by the increased circulation. Athletes in training experience shortened recovery time brought about by massage therapy. The feet respond to increased circulatory flow and flexibility of therapeutic massage.

CIRCULATORY SYSTEM – Massage increases the blood supply and nutrition to muscles. Massage can compensate, at least in part, for lack of exercise and muscular contraction in persons who because of injury, illness or age are forced to remain inactive. Massage helps return venous blood to the heart and so eases the strain on this vital organ.

Massage FAQ’s

Will My Insurance Cover Massage?

Most of the insurance companies are now understanding the benefits of massage and most of the policies cover massage.

We can verify that by getting some information off your insurance card.

Our office policy is to confirm that information, we give you a call and let you know even before you come in for your first visit. So you’ll know exactly what to expect when you get here.

When Can I Get a Massage?

After we verify benefits, and we know that you’re insurance covers the massage that typically becomes, a routine part of your treatment.

So when you would come in for your adjustment, you would typically have a scheduled time for your massage and you get it right before or right after you received your adjustment.

How Long Are the Massages?

We have 3 different times for a massage.

  • 15 minutes
  • 30 minutes
  • 1 hour.

So it just depends on what you schedule the massage for.

Do I Need to Disrobe for a Massage?

The basic answer is, you only take off as much as you are comfortable.

We do gown you so that you will never be without clothes or some sort of clothing on at any time.

Can I Get a Massage If I’m Sick?

The general answer is absolutely.

Often times getting a lot of that stuff flushed out of your system via a massage is very beneficial and helps you get over the sickness faster and with less severe symptoms.

However if you feel you’re too sick to get a massage, then it’s perfectly okay to miss it until you get over your sickness

How Will I Feel After the Massage?

There are two different statements we typically hear.

One, that you feel very loose and relaxed and almost sleepy. Generally it’s because your muscles so relaxed that you are just ready to take it easy for the day.

However, you can expect to be a little sore afterwords since it’s a lot of work on the muscles.

The other statement we hear is just the opposite of that is, wow after I get a massage I’m really, really energized and I just feel like all my stress is gone and I’m ready to go out and take on the world.

But either way is perfectly normal and quite frankly they’re both common.

Dr. Joe Papia Chiropractor Tampa FLĀ  33602

How to Stop Headaches

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There are two main types of headaches, tension and migraines headaches.

Watch Dr. Papia Show the Cause of Headaches


Most Headaches are Tension Related or from Old Injuries

Tension headaches involve abnormal pressure and stress in the upper neck or back of the head. Irritation of the spinal joints and nerves at the base of the skull cause pain in the back of the head.

Migraine headaches involve circulation from the vertebral artery which travels through the spinal vertebra into the base of the brain. The circulation can be affected by abnormal nerve stimulation by the autonomic nervous system. This part of the nervous systems controls the dilation or constriction of arteries.

Tension headaches are characterized by:

  • Pain at the base of the skull
  • Increased pain with movement of the head
  • Pain in the temporal or side regions of the head

Migraine headaches are characterized by:

  • Severe pain on one or both sides of the head
  • Upset stomach
  • Blurred vision

Dr. Papia has been practicing chiropractic in the Tampa, FL 33602 area for over 30 years. In that time he has treated thousands of patients with stress and migraine related headaches.

Headaches Respond to Chiropractic Care

Gentle chiropractic care produces 3 effects which can significantly reduce muscle tension or migraine headaches.

Watch Dr. Papia explain the Treatment for Headaches

How to Stop Headaches


Chiropractic treatment helps to:

  1. Release joint pressure
  2. Soothing effect on the nerves
  3. Increased joint motion


  • Muscle relaxation
  • Artery dilation
  • Increased neck movement

The same nerves are responsible for the constriction or dilation of the arteries and veins of the head and neck that cause muscle tension or migraine headaches.

Dr. Papia has been helping patients in the Tampa, FL 33602 area with headaches and migraines for over 30 years.

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How to Stop Neck Pain!

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Downtown Tampa FL 33602

Neck pain usually results from a major trauma or repetitive minor traumas that occur over time.

Major trauma include automobile accidents or significant blow to the neck. Minor trauma include constantly working overhead or looking down at your computer monitor all day.

Pinched nerves, Spinal Joint Pressure or Disc Pressure are the 3 Most Common Causes of Neck Pain.

Neck Pain from a Pinched Nerve


Are You Experiencing Neck Pain as a Result of Major or Minor Trauma?

Neck pain from major trauma is usually obvious, however neck pain from minor trauma is harder to associate. Small neck distortions over time tend to eventually lead to significant spinal degenerative changes and neck pain.

Dr. Joe Papia have been treating neck pain patients in the downtown Tampa, FL 33602 area for over 30 years.

In the following videos Dr. Papia describes the three main causes of neck pain. Neck pain from disc pressure, pinched nerves and spinal joint pressure.

Neck Pain from Disc Pressure


Neck Pain from Spinal Joint Pressure


Dr. Papia will find the cause of your neck pain through a series of diagnostic procedures. Included in the evaluation of neck pain are the consultation, complete orthopedic and neurological examination, range of motions study, nerve conduction tests if necessary, x-rays, blood work, MRI or CAT scan if required.

Whatever the cause of your neck pain Dr. Papia has successfully treated thousands of patients with neck pain from major and minor injuries.

How Chiropractic Treatment can Stop Neck Pain


Sometimes therapy’s are included in the treatment of neck pain. Depending on your condition, your history and examination findings these are some of the more common therapy’s that may help your neck pain.

How Traction can Help Neck Pain


How Ultrasound can Help Neck Pain


How Interferential Current can Help Neck Pain


Dr. Papia Patients Talk about their Response

to Chiropractic Treatment of Neck Pain:

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Dr. Joe Papia Describes the Causes and Treatments

for Low Back Pain

Dr. Papia is a Chiropractor in Downtown Tampa, FL 33602 Area

Are you suffering from low back pain?

Is it difficult to stand up or sit for long periods?

Is it painful to get out of bed in the morning or sleep all night?

“Low back pain is the number one reason patients seek chiropractic!”

If you’re suffering from low back pain chance’s are it’ from:

  1. Major trauma: Such as an automobile accident, slip and fall or blow to the body.
  2. Minor trauma: Such as bending, lifting or twisting one to many times.
  3. Genetic: Born with a spinal deformity.

A complete consultation and examination would determine the cause of your low back pain. Dr. Joe Papia a Chiropractor in the downtown Tampa, FL 33602 area performs complete examination procedures to determine the cause of your low back pain.

The diagnostic procedures include a complete consultation, orthopedic and neurological examination, range of motion study, x-rays, MRI, or a CAT scan if required.

Dr. Papia will get to the root of your low back pain! More importantly he’ll help to alleviate it.

Dr. Papia Explains the Causes and Treatment for Low Back Pain

Low back pain is frequently from:

  1. Disc bulge
  2. Pinched nerve
  3. Spinal joint pressure
  4. Sciatica

The body’s response to pain is muscle tightening or spasm. Usually the muscle spasm is secondary to the underlying problem.

The examination procedures would determine the exact cause of your low back pain, the severity, and if there is any permanent damage.

Dr. Papia has treated and relieved thousands of patients

with Low Back Pain for over 30 years

Direct nerve damage or inflammation can cause low back pain and muscle spasm. The primary focus in treating your low back pain would be to decrease your pain and inflammation. In addition to treating the pain we would decrease any associated muscle tension or spasm.

These are some of the treatments and therapy’s Dr. Papia uses to decrease your pain and inflammation.

Passive joint motion: Helps to decrease swelling and inflammation in the joints.

Chiropractic manipulation: Chiropractic manipulation for pain and inflammation has two direct effects.

  1. Acts as a mechanical joint pump. Moving the fluid out of the joints and tissues.
  2. Nerve impulse reset: Gentle chiropractic manipulation can reset the painful nerve impulses which cause your pain.

Electric muscle stimulation: The pulsed mode can aid in reducing the swelling and inflammation in the tissue. The tetanize mode will suppress the nerve signal thereby decreasing your pain.

Ultrasound: The pulsed mode of ultrasound acts as a mechanical sound massage to reduce your tissue swelling.

Interferrential current: Acts as an electric nerve block to stop your pain.

Ice pack: Used to constrict the vessels to decrease your swelling. Ice also acts to temporarily to reduce the nerve conduction signal which causes your pain. However, if used improperly ice can have a reverse effect and increase your pain.

Nutritional counseling: Specifically anti-inflammatory herbs, vitamins, and natural supplements.

Dr. Papia utilizes one or all of these methods as necessary to treat your specific low back condition.

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