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.

Taking the Pressure Off

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

Jenny called the clinic about three weeks ago and asked what we could do for disc herniations.  She was collecting information on behalf of her husband, Eric, who has a disc bulging in his neck.  Although Eric did not complain much, Jenny noticed that he was not using his right arm unless he was forced to do so, and his facial expression betrayed him. Eric was the primary breadwinner for a large family, so Jenny was motivated by some very practical issues as well as, I am sure, love for her spouse.

First, there is a lot of confusing terminology about disc herniations and disc bulges. We are talking about the same entity. A disc is a piece of cartilage between two vertebrae that acts as a spacer and a shock absorber. In the center of it is a liquid nucleus, surrounded by cartilage arranged in layers like onion skins. If the cartilage tears, the liquid in the nucleus will follow the tear so that the outer layers of the disc will “bulge,” or “herniate.”  If that bulge happens to hit a spinal nerve that exits the spine at that level, you may feel pain, tingling, or numbness in whatever part of the body is served by that nerve. If the nerve is squeezed hard enough, it may become damaged to the extent that muscle weakness occurs in whatever muscle is served by that nerve. In any of these cases, it is more serious than a pain in the “tush,” as one of our recent patients calls it.

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7 Things a Chiropractor Knows About You the Minute You Walk Into the Room

BY AMANDA KELLY FOR PREVENTION.COM July 4, 2016

It’s no surprise that your chiropractor might suspect you have back pain just by watching you move. But he can also identify the way you sleep, and maybe even what you do for a living.

No, he’s not a psychic—it’s just that your posture can reveal a lot more about your overall health and lifestyle than you might realize.

Here are seven things your chiropractor knows about you before your appointment even begins.

1. You’re Addicted to Your iPhone

One of the most common things chiropractors notice in their patients is a rounding of the spine along the neck and down toward the shoulder blades.

“There’s a new diagnosis for this—it’s called ‘text neck,’” says Adam Nachmias, D.C., a chiropractor in New York City.

Technically it’s called “loss of cervical lordis,” which describes the flattening out, or even reversing, of the upper spine’s natural c-shaped curve that happens when you’re hunched over looking at your phone or working on your computer, explains Karen Erickson, D.C., an NYC-based chiropractor.

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What’s next? Health Care Re-Reform What Hillary Wants

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

We’re still talking about what health care will look like in the future. It has been a tumultuous few years since the Democrat party alone forced Obama care on America. Now citizens are legally forced to buy expensive insurance policies that they cannot use and that do not cover what they need.

The American Socialist Party, now called the Progressive Caucus, includes two members of the Georgia congressional delegation. I spoke a “Progressive” Congressman in his office in Washington on a recent lobbying trip. I pointed out that people in Spalding County cannot afford Obama care policies, but even if they could, they would be useless because no one can afford the deductible that is required upfront. His health-care aide quickly chimed in: “If people can’t afford high deductibles, all they have to do is buy in to the platinum level where the deductible is lower.” I do not remember ever being in the presence of people so out of touch with what is going on.

Obama said when he ran for office the first time that his goal was a single payer system like that of Canada, England, for Germany, all bankrupt.  He stated that he wanted to put the private health care industry out of business in favor of universal coverage. Obama care was a compromise, a step toward the goal of full socialism in healthcare.

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When You’re on the Back Nine

When You’re on the Back Nine

Robert A. Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

“Golf is played by 20 million mature American men whose wives think they are out having fun.”—Jim Bishop

Healthcare is a serious topic, particularly nowadays when it is dissolving before our eyes. Because it is so serious, I have decided to depart from the morose and share something almost frivolous.  Almost.

When I was new in practice about 20 years ago, a senior golfer came to me with the shoulder problem. I worked on him that afternoon and called later that evening to see how he was doing. His wife answered the phone and told me he was doing quite well and was in the backyard talking over the fence with the neighbors. Then she lowered her voice, as though he might hear, and said, “You have to get him back on the golf course. I can’t live with him like this!

Yes, I discovered quickly that golf, like heroin, nicotine, and pecan pie, is quite addictive among susceptible people. To a football fan like myself, it seems almost silly to walk around in a pasture and knock a white ball into a whole. To the golf addict, however, it can be quite serious.  

I was told that a foursome teed off one beautiful afternoon and returned to the clubhouse with only three of them. A club employee asked where their fourth player was. After exchanging some glances, one of them said quietly, “He passed away on the fourth hole.”

“That’s awful,” observed the employee. “That must have been a shock.”

“It was worse than that. From then on, it was ‘Hit-the-ball-and-drag-George.’  We are all exhausted.”

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Skin in the Game

Robert A. Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

Have you noticed your skin bruising easily, or even tearing like tissue paper? This is certainly an aesthetic issue, but it may also be frightening. We need to understand what is happening to our skin as it ages to better care for ourselves.

Our skin is our largest and most obvious organ. It is exposed to the environment every day with ultraviolet light, abrasion, sharp objects, biohazards, and the drying effect of wind. It has a marvelous ability to heal and repair itself throughout our lives. 

Underneath our skin is a layer of fat tissue. Fat does a number of things for us. It stores energy. It acts as connective tissue that anchors your skin to the subcutaneous layers below. It insulates the body from radical changes in temperature in the environment.  It gives shape to our bodies that is genetically determined and heavily influenced by hormones. It even acts as a cushion when you fall or bump a piece of furniture.

As we “mature,” this fat layer gets thinner and may virtually disappear.  This results in the skin even looking almost transparent sometimes and losing its resilience and resistance to stretching. It gets fragile and subject to tearing with shearing force.  It will bruise easily because the loss of the fat layer exposes blood vessels to stretching and tearing as well. The slightest incidental trauma may produce many shades of red, blue, and purple under the skin.  Many of my senior patients react in horror as they walk across the room and brush of forearm accidentally against a door facing or the edge of a sofa. Senior skin tears like wet toilet tissue in a jagged, frightening wound.

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What’s next? Health Care Re-Reform What Donald Wants

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

March 2010 marks the beginning of Obama care in America.  It is imploding on its own weight as, to use a favorite word of its authors, it is not “sustainable.” It has pulled business and personal income in a negative direction for as long as it has existed. It is not surprising that the first step of any Republican plan is the repeal of this failed Democrat-only scheme.

The stated goal of healthcare reform in a Trump regime would be to broaden access to health care, make it affordable, and improve the quality of care delivered to all Americans. We have heard these words before, with the possible exception of the last three, so we are justifiably skeptical to hear them again. After all, remember Obama’s lie, “If you like your Doctor, you can keep your Doctor?”

A President Trump would look to Congress to repeal the individual mandate on his first day in office, even before someone has swept up the confetti from the inauguration. Trump believes that no American should be forced to buy something he or she does not want or cannot use.

Almost every Republican plan involves modification of existing law to allow sale of insurance policies across state lines. The design is to open competition across those state lines to drive cost down and choices up.

As good as that sounds, there is a problem with it. The last time I checked, there were 26 states, Georgia included, whose state legislatures had passed bipartisan bills (unlike Obama care) which include safeguards for citizens who buy health insurance. The safeguards are called state-mandated benefits. These benefits represent many hard-fought legislative battles and compromises to include certain basic coverage for items deemed important by the people of those states.

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