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.

A Dream Made Real

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

It seems a very short time ago I was practicing as a clinical nurse specialist at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon. The critical care environment with low lights, high stress, hissing ventilators, beeping alarms, and little bouncing green balls on monitor screens was exciting to say the least. My profession was challenging and fulfilling, but somehow, there was a piece missing that I had yet to identify.

My friends, Nancy and Ancil Baird, were hosting a Bible study in their living room on a cool evening in 1990. I got there early and found a seat facing the front door. Kenneth came into that front door, dragging a leg in obvious pain as I watched sympathetically. While the rest of us sat on comfortable furniture, he stretched out on the floor with his knees bent to take the pressure off his aching back.

There was a chiropractor in our midst. I had no idea what they did, but I watched in rapt attention after our study concluded as that doctor got on the floor with Kenneth  (a patient in the doctor’s clinic) and adjusted a couple of lumbar bones and a sacrum. That was interesting by itself because I had never seen it. But what happened next was life-changing: Kenneth stood mostly straight and without the majority of his pain. I was stunned.

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Do Black Lives Matter?

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD) recently tried in vain to address an unruly mob at a Black Lives Matter rally.  His comment, “Black lives matter, white lives matter, all lives matter,” probably seemed a reasonable and safe statement that all could find agreeable, but it got him booed and heckled by that assembly to the point he could not continue.   In a stunning act of political cowardice, he later apologized for adding the latter two parts.  Not all lives mattered to that audience.

Do Black lives matter?

The story I am about to tell is shocking, but it happened and is still happening in America.  You may have heard this story before, but it bears repeating in case someone has not heard it yet. It is part of history.  Numerous attempts are being made to rewrite or whitewash history, but you can’t really change it.

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Obamacare in the ICU

Imagine for a moment a scenario in which a wealthy person is critically ill. The situation could improve, but it does not look good. Relatives appear like vultures looking for carrion, each with an agenda and ideas for what to do after the patient passes away. This may be a fairly good analogy for what may happen soon with Barack Obama’s only “accomplishment,” his socialized, expensive, government sponsored health care plan.

In late June, the Supreme Court will render a decision with the very life of Obamacare hanging in the balance. Early guesses based upon the questions the Supreme Court justices asked during oral arguments suggest that the court is divided, with Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy as the deciding votes.

The Affordable Care Act, which passed with only Democrat votes, was designed around some fragile principles. First, insurance companies could not turn anyone away because they had pre-existing problems. This is a little bit like forcing a mechanic to fix a car for a flat $100 whether it’s a flat tire or a transmission.

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Picking up the Kids

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

One of the very frequent reasons for the onset of low back pain in adults is lifting children. I see it over and over again, particularly among new grandparents. The adorable tiny people who look vaguely like their own children or themselves are irresistible. They make the cutest noises (well, sometimes)!  The urge to lean over and pick them up for cuddling is overwhelming.

There are multiple scenarios for injury. The mechanism is simple: leaning forward at the waist, and adoring grandparent extends arms and forearms to pick up a bundle that may weigh anywhere from 6 to 25 pounds. The low back muscles that are used to lean backward are abused to lift both the grandchild and the grandparent at an awkward angle.

Think about how this looks from the side. Imagine a grandparent’s body bent at the waist at maybe a 45° angle. Imagine this body being a lever with the fulcrum at the hips. The length of the lever goes from the hips to the outstretched hands. The load being lifted is a child. All of the power and leverage for lifting comes from low back muscles.

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Sun Bunnies: Beware of Skin Cancer

by Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

When I was younger, I enjoyed being in the sun. The warmth on my skin felt good, and I liked having a tan.  In fact, I once had a friendly competition with a fraternity brother who had a mixed racial genetic makeup to see if I could get as dark as he was by the end of the summer.  I came close several times, and we’d laugh about it.

The price for that friendly competition is that about every two years now I go to my dermatologist to have something cut off and sent to a lab for analysis. The damaging ultraviolet rays that I absorbed caused some chromosomal damage, particularly on my head, even when I had hair.  Since summer is upon us, this seems like a timely topic.

Each year, about a million Americans learn that they have skin cancer—the most common type of cancer in the United States. Approximately 40-50% of Americans who live to age 65 will have skin cancer at least once in their lifetimes. The risk is greatest for people who have fair skin that freckles easily—often those with red or blond hair and blue or light-colored eyes—although everyone can develop skin cancer.

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Falling: the Gravity of the Situation

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

It has been my privilege and honor to take care of Brenda in my clinic for quite some time. She has a number of physical ailments, including an old ankle fracture that was repaired with titanium rods, spinal stenosis, some balance problems, and a congenital hearing deficit.  Unfortunately, she returned to the clinic this week after falling on her back and sliding down some slick stairs.

I see it virtually every week now in my practice.  Seniors like Brenda slip, fall, and injure themselves doing things they have done all their lives, but they find themselves now high-risk due to physical infirmities, the aging process, medication effects, etc.

Any fall we can prevent is a tragic injury avoided. This senior is someone’s grandparent, aunt, spouse, or friend. They are all precious and have their stories to tell. My goal as a chiropractor is to help them live life to the fullest possible extent and continue to be sources of joy and wisdom for the rest of us.

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