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: 8:30 AM until the needs of our last patient for the day have been met. We take lunch from about 12:30 till 2 o'clock.
Drug screens: 9:00-3:00pm Monday - Thursday and 9:00-2:00pm on Friday for drug screen collections.
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.

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.

Christmas Past

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

In Charles Dickens novel about Ebenezer Scrooge, the Ghost of Christmas Past was the first of three spirits sent to haunt the miserable old man by reminding him of his lifetime of greed and lost (squandered) opportunity for happiness. 

Personally, I have not seen apparitions, but it seems that my perception of Christmas has evolved over the years.  Maybe the bright silver star atop my mental Christmas tree has tarnished.

At the risk of dating myself, when I was five or six years old, I recall staring at the aluminum tree in the living room in rapt attention as the color wheel revolved, illuminating it beautifully in succession: red, blue, green, and yellow. Sometimes I would snap out of my trance and reverse the wheel just for something different. I would contemplate life, Christmas, and what my future would be.  There was a great sense of wonder about it all.

The joy of giving manifest itself at some point when I discovered that it was really fun to make someone else happy by choices I had made for them. I put a lot of thought into making gifts personal and specific. That takes more energy, but that was part of the gift.  Shopping became an adventure. It was particularly adventurous with the small budget I had back then.

When I was young we always had to travel at Christmas. That required putting toys aside to defer the joy and wonder of those shiny new distractions until we got back from a trip to my parents’ ancestral homes.

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Tears May Linger at Nightfall

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

King David wrote these words about 3000 years ago. He was a shepherd back then, so we had time at night to admire the heavens and reflect upon their Creator. This particular poem, recorded in our Bible as Psalm 30, says “… Tears may linger at nightfall, but there will be joy in the morning.”

For many of us, particularly seniors, the tears linger without the apparent promise of daybreak. When we lose a spouse, a sibling, a parent, a child, or a pet, there is a period of grief that may be far-reaching. It may affect every aspect of health.

I have seen studies that link our personalities as reflected on psychological tests that measure aggression to the efficiency of our immune systems. You may have heard the expression, “Bill is to mean to die.” There may be something to that. People that score high on the aggression scales also tend to possess very aggressive immune systems. Conversely, we may surmise that people experiencing grief and depression are more susceptible to diseases – even the common cold – because the immune system is also “depressed.

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If You Think You Have Heard It All…

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

I have recently been re-sensitized to a new/old issue.  Many of these thoughts and experiences find their way into GRIP articles when I think they are important, and this one is.

We humans are designed with five senses: sight, sensation, taste, smell, and hearing. The senses tell us about our environment and allow us to interact with the world around us. They allow us to learn, to relate to each other, to be human. Sometimes conditions occur that diminish our senses slowly enough that we do not even realize that something is not working.  In other words, even if you think everything is fine, you may not know that is not.

I decided recently to have my hearing checked by a skilled audiologist.  I had no hint of any hearing loss, just the tinnitus that I hear all the time. I had also no idea that I was in for such a steep learning curve this week.  

What I know from our patients is that people who have significant hearing loss are socially isolated. If they cannot hear what is going on around them, they are far less likely to interact with other people. Watching television, listening to music, enjoying the laughter of children or grandchildren, and other things we take for granted are no longer part of their world. My observation is that depression follows shortly thereafter.

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Will Wonders Never Cease?

Robert A. Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

First, to answer my question, I hope not. They have not yet.  

I see “wonders” almost every day in my practice. A “wonder” for me is when someone gets well, or perhaps better, against the odds. Seeing this firsthand in a healthcare environment is like having a toy for which the “new” never wears off. Maybe it is like going to a concert in which every piece tugs at your soul in new and exciting ways.  I can think of lots of good metaphors. Anyway, the wonders never cease for me at work.

I want to introduce you to Roger. He works hard for long hours every day doing construction.  He has a very strong work ethic that will not allow him to slow down, much less stop, with a health problem that is not directly life-threatening. Part of that due to probably some strong parenting when he was younger, but there is also a family to feed. He simply cannot stop working, particularly in a right-to-work state.

Roger presented to the clinic one day with pain in his left shoulder. A careful history of the problem revealed a gradual onset of this pain that worsened with driving or other use of his left arm.  After a directed physical exam ruling out some very serious potential causes of left shoulder and arm pain, it became apparent that the source of his arm pain was in his neck.

When pain radiates from the neck into the arm, something is hitting a nerve somewhere. Arthritis will not do that, nor will muscle strain. This was probably emanating from a cervical nerve root where it exits the spine. The things that can cause that include disc bulges and bone spurs, both of which can be troublesome.

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Concussion: More Than a Thump on the Head

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

I was watching my team, the Alabama Crimson Tide, thrashing our good friends from Texas A&M University Saturday with great pride. Our defense smothered the Aggies while our offense racked up a lot of points. This description is common for a lot of Alabama football games, of course.

Part of the game (and any other contact sport) is injuries. In fact, Alabama lost an All-American safety, Eddie Jackson, with a broken leg. It is a shame to see great athletes on either side with these kinds of injuries.

One of the things that makes me cringe, however, is to see high-speed collisions involving helmets. Football helmets do not prevent all head injuries by any stretch of the imagination. There were several collisions that gave me concern for the players.

Concussions result from traumatic injury to the brain that changes mental status and causes other symptoms. You may not lose consciousness with a concussion, but there may be other symptoms, some of which may not manifest themselves immediately. 

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Trimming (Some of the) Fat

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

Recently I decided I had had enough. I realized I was too heavy, and it was time to just stop. I got back on my Take Shape for Life regimen and dropped 16 pounds over about three weeks.  I feel better, but have plans for more corporal renovation yet to come.

And here come the holidays.

Just when I was getting some progress, here comes a string of social events centered around food. And it is not just food, but food that I LOVE, but should limit or avoid altogether. It seems grossly unfair.  What is a person to do? Well, I think this time I will “follow my gut.”

First, when facing an onslaught of holidays like this, maintaining your desired weight or size without gaining might be considered a victory. We have to be patient with ourselves, assuming we can force ourselves to use good sense. If we can’t, then we should be very angry and depressed (kidding, sort of).

Don’t skip meals or go more than three hours without eating a very small “something” that is sensible. In the Take Shape for Life program, we coach people to have a “lean and green meal” sometime during the day with five meal replacements that have measured amounts of low-glycemic carbohydrates and high-quality proteins. This keeps something in the system at all times so you don’t get hungry. When you get hungry, you tend to crave high calorie foods. That is not a sin or something about which to be ashamed – it is biology.  We can use it to our advantage to get/stay healthy.

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