Iris City Chiropractic Center, P.C.

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

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Office Hours

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.

Going Green: Transition from Captivity to Cash

 Robert A. Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

I went into chiropractic serve my patients with direct accountability to them in a personal therapeutic relationship, not to serve a third party administrator or become an employee of managed-care. My paradigm of healthcare did not include interference with patient care. Dealing with insurance companies reminded of Ginsberg's Theorem: (1) you can't win; (2) you can't break even; (3) you can't even quit the game. My personal frustration drove me to defy number three. Becoming a cash practice is not for everybody, and the decision should be individually based. For doctors who choose to convert, here are some tips.

 

My soul-searching and literature search about becoming a cash practice uncovered two fears that I believe are common to most of my colleagues. First, we are afraid that if we are not in a managed-care list, no one will come to see us. This fear is closely related to the second, perhaps the greater of the two: we are afraid that our patients will not value the service we provide enough to write a check.

 

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A New Option for Chronic Pain

 Robert A. Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

For a long time I have looked for a modality to treat chronic pain such as fibromyalgia, rheumatoid disease, and osteoarthritis. Last week we installed a far-infrared sauna in the clinic for this purpose.

Most of the time when you think of a sauna, you're thinking about steam. Steam is water at 212°. That's pretty hot. It may be too much heat for some people in chronic pain or with cardiac conditions. We can produce a sauna effect with much less heat and more comfort by using infrared light.

"Far-infrared" refers to a wavelength of light. Four infrared heaters do the work while you sit in what looks like a phone booth made of Western Canadian cedar. The infrared light penetrates deeply through skin, muscle, ligaments and tendons. The effect is comfort and relief without the extreme heat of a steam sauna. Besides comfort, there are other benefits:

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The He-Said-She-Said about NSAIDs

The He-Said-She-Said about NSAIDs

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

Question: I have heard a lot said about over-the-counter pain medication and how it might not be safe to take under certain circumstances. What are your thoughts?

A couple of years ago, I was treating a patient that I have known for a long time. She had a friend with her who had a small child. My patient asked me if I would take a look at her friend, Shelley, who was feeling a little woozy. Shelley was sitting in the floor leaning against the wall. I helped her to a standing position just as she lost consciousness and fell into my arms.

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When You Just Hurt Everywhere: Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is not fully understood, but it is common. It is described as an "all over pain" that lasts longer than three months, which defines it as a chronic pain. Most often the patients who suffer from FMS have tried multiple treatments and medications, and most of these interventions only decrease the symptoms to a hopefully tolerable range.

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Poisons You May Have Lying around the Home

Question: A lady's husband was very ill, so she eliminated or removed every toxic product in their household - bleach, harsh cleaners, tin cans of food, anything perfumed, etc. What are the things in our homes that might be harmful or toxic?

There is a list of things that maybe your home, car, workplace, or anyplace else you may want to visit. Most of these things we assume are harmless because they are, in fact, things we encounter everyday. If they do not emit fumes, flames, or radiation, we may not perceive them as harmful. Let's look at some of the things you encounter every day that can bite you.

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Yard Work Does Not Have To Hurt You

Question: Now that summer is here, my husband is working a lot outside on the yard, where he hurts himself every year. Can you give us some tips so that I can keep him out of a doctor's office?

Sometimes when business is slow at the clinic, we look toward warm weather hopefully because we know that someone like your husband is going to need us. Seriously, our business at the clinic is somewhat seasonal for that reason.

The equipment available today for lawn and leaf management may turn the average homeowner into a lawn specialist overnight, but the use of weed trimmers, leaf blowers and hedge clippers can also send aspiring landscapers to their local chiropractor. I think this is especially true early in the season when so many who are working in our yard have been on the sofa sense the beginning of football season last fall.

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