Iris City Chiropractic Center, P.C.

Robert A. Hayden, D.C., PhD, F.I.C.C. (770) 412-0005

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Clinic Hours:  Monday--Friday  08:30--5:00 Eastern Time
Drug screens:  If results are needed as soon as possible, we need specimens by 3:30 pm to make it to the Fed Ex courier.  Specimens collected after that time will go out the next day.
Physicals:  We do physicals (DOT, pre-employment) during the same hours the clinic is open, but call to be sure Dr. Hayden is in clinic when you need your exam done.

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Bob Hayden_2office exterior_2The Iris City Chiropractic Center was founded on 23 October 95 by Robert A. Hayden, DC, PhD. While primarily a chiropractic clinic, the center also offers massage therapy, custom orthotics, and bone density testing. The occupational health portion of the practice serves many employers with DOT and pre-employment physicals, a full range of drug and alcohol testing, and random drug testing to facilitate compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace initiative of the Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Hayden began work in health care as a Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist, but also was an Executive Director of a state association, continuing education consultant, and registered lobbyist while in professional nursing. He earned a PhD from the University of Mississippi while enrolled at Life University, from which he graduated in 1995. He specializes in Cox Flexion Distraction/Disc Decompression technique.

Dr. Hayden is an active member of the American Chiropractic Association. He serves as a member of the Media Team, through which he is a spokesman for the Association to television, radio, and printed media.

Dr. Hayden is the immediate past president of the Georgia Chiropractic Association. He is a current member of the Executive Committee and was recognized as the 2006-2007 Chiropractor of the Year. He was inducted in 2009 as a Fellow of the International College of Chiropractic, which is the highest international honor the chiropractic profession has to offer.

In February, 2012, he was honored with a Presidential Leadership Award by Dr. Keith Overland, President of the American Chiropractic Association, for his work as the ACA Delegate from Georgia.

Educational News Blog

We recommend educating yourself as much as possible about your health and wellness. Here are a few articles written by Robert A. Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC. But by all means continue your education beyond what you find here.

What’s on Shaq’s Back?

Question: I saw an old basketball player put something on his back on television, and he claims that it cured his back pain. What is it? Does it work?

There seems to be a new trend in advertising when it comes to healthcare. New drugs are approved by the FDA and then find themselves in commercials directly marketed to you, bypassing the traditional route that includes a prescribing physician. For example, how many times a day do you hear a commercial about a purple pill, or an ad about a pill to make you stop smoking, or that nauseating geriatric musical group that plays in the background while you hear about erectile dysfunction?

A recent addition to the commercial bombardment features the aging athlete (a basketball player, I think, but I just don't keep up with sports that use round balls) with an instrument he claims will cure your back pain. He places it on his supposedly aching back and says it is as good as what you will get in your doctor's office. What exactly is he peddling?

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Anniversary of an Apocalypse

"Or last message is to the Americans. Soon we will be in direct confrontation, and the Sons of Islam have prepared for such a day. So watch, for we are with you." —Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, self-proclaimed Caliph of ISIS

It was a beautiful, clear 11th day of September 2001 when it all started. I still remember the patient I was seeing that morning and the appearance of her lumbar films. As the day progressed, people told us more about what they'd seen on the news.

The recollection of the beautiful clear day reminds me of the reminiscence of survivors of Pearl Harbor. It was beautiful that day, too. It is as though the beauty of the day nature's God intended stands in stark contrast to the impending ugliness of black smoke raping a blue sky.

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Lumbar Pain and sciatica, Complicated by shingles Outbreak

By Robert Hayden, dC, Phd, FICC


Mac first presented for care in August 2012 with a chief com- plaint of lumbar pain, radiating down the left lateral leg to the ankle. It was worse with weight- bearing, described as approximately 5/10 in intensity, without numbness or tingling. His pain was made worse with long periods of sitting (more than 30 minutes), and ameliorated some by walking, more by lying down. He worked in a place that sold auto parts, so lifting, bending, twisting, and walking on concrete floors for long hours were part of his daily expectation.

He is a 67-year-old Caucasian male who lives with his wife of 35 years. He had a pleasant disposition and appeared in no acute distress at the time of his first exam. He denied vices (smoking, alcohol abuse, recreational drug history). At 5’11” tall and 238 pounds, he was moderately heavy.

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A Back Ache for Two

I have had several questions about back pain in pregnancy recently. Studies suggest that about half of expectant mothers have back pain issues by late second trimester, though that seems low to me from the number of ladies I see with it. Accordingly, I, who have not been pregnant ever, will share some common questions and some answers.

Bodies are designed with balance in mind. When you sit, stand, or walk, your muscles and skeleton work in concert, efficiently managing your body mass as it moves or holds its position against gravity. Your sense of equilibrium is the result of an amazing and complex series of command and control impulses in your nervous system going into the brain from the periphery and to the extremities from the brain. As King David put it, we are "fearfully and wonderfully made."

In the course of pregnancy, 35-40 pound weight gain is common, and some moms gain considerably more. As pregnancy progresses, much of this weight concentrates itself around that marvelous bundle that will need a name, 2 o'clock feedings, and clothes. The result is an increase in the curve in the lumbar spine—at the base of the back—that puts pressure on that part of the spine, especially the facet joints of the vertebrae.

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Literacy Lette

Dear Editor,

A quote attributed to Thomas Jefferson, but which may have been edited, nevertheless expressed his views on learning. "An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people," he might have said. Regardless of the historical source, I can think of no angle from which the assertion might be assailed. I could not agree more with the statement, so it gives me reason for concern as a citizen, taxpayer, and small business owner in Griffin.

My personal observation is that significant numbers of Griffin-Spalding County youth appear to have serious knowledge deficits ranging from functional illiteracy to perhaps something worse. Nationally, half of adults in the U.S. cannot read a book on eight grade reading level, and 45 million of those read below fifth grade level.

To be clear, however, there are two issues raised in the paragraph above. One is adult literacy, and this is being addressed by the Griffin-Spalding Literacy Commission with the heroic work of Terry Huddleston and others whose results are inspirational. The other is illiteracy in the product of our Georgia schools.

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A Patient with a Patient

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

Sometimes a patient and their physical, emotional, and spiritual struggles will bring you to tears. Though emotionally taxing, the work we do is uniquely rewarding when we can help.

Ron is a small guy, about 5’6” and 130 pounds. He has tried to gain weight without success, making him the envy of many who gain weight despite their best efforts. He came to the clinic with lumbar pain that radiated down his right leg into the back of his calf. Provocative orthopedic and neurological testing led to the conclusion that the problem was between his L5 vertebra and the sacrum on the right side, as something was hitting the first sacral nerve root that serves the back of the calf and the bottom of the foot. This could be disc material, a bone spur, or (likely) a combination of the two.

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