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.

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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.

riskDr. 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.

The Heart of the Matter

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

As I write this, February is upon us. It is designated as “Heart Month,” but I have never been sure whether the American Heart Association or candy vendors for Valentine’s Day are the primary drivers of that promotion.  This is a good time to think for a few minutes about how to recognize when a heart might be in trouble.

A heart is a simply muscular pump that is controlled by the nervous and endocrine systems.  The ancients believed that the heart was the seat of the soul, endowed with courage, generosity, love, etc., but research has told us much about this organ that is far more mundane. It is simply designed to pump blood to the body and to itself. Modern medicine has learned to speed it up, slow it down, pace it, make it beat harder, make it beat softer, replace its valves, or even replace the heart entirely.  Not so romantic, is it?

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Numb and Number: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

Technology is a marvelous part of our everyday lives. Very few people on the street today can remember times when you could not pick out a device from your purse or off your belt and make a quick phone call to a friend in Tokyo, or ask a knowledgeable, but impersonable voice for information from the unlimited Internet. There are some costs involved, however, and we see them every day at the clinic.

There is a tight space on the inside of your wrist where several tendons are organized in a sheath by a ligament that runs across the wrist parallel to where your watchband would be.  Inside this sheath of ligaments is the median nerve. That is the nerve that feeds information to and from your thumb, index finger, middle finger, and the palm of your hand.  The narrow space through which these structures pass is known as the carpal tunnel.

Think for a minute about all of the sensory information that comes through your hand and all of the manual dexterity upon which you depend everyday.  One of the things that separates humans from the other members of the animal kingdom is the presence of an opposable thumb. Loss of sensation or coordination of the thumb can be very disruptive.

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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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Can Lumbar Support Devices Relieve Lower Back Pain?

By Ruben Castaneda | Staff Writer
Jan. 5, 2017, at 9:39 a.m.
On a scale of 1 to 10, lower back pain can register somewhere between "I need an aspirin" to “please jack me up with morphine.”

Research suggests the back brace can provide short-term relief.

Those suffering from such discomfort might feel moderate to mild pain that is not debilitating. In severe cases, they could feel like a giant electrified claw has claimed the lower part of their back, tearing into each nerve in that part of the body. The smallest of movements – getting up from a chair, walking or even coughing – can feel torturous. Maybe the lower back is as stiff as hardened concrete and as sensitive as an exposed nerve.

A simple lumbar support device, or back brace, can provide short-term relief, research shows, according to an analysis of 28 studies published in the September 2016 issue of the Annals of Physical Rehabilitation Medicine journal. While these devices won’t cure the underlying condition, they're simple and relatively inexpensive. In the 2016 meta-analysis, researchers concluded that lumbar support devices are useful for improving function and reducing pain among those suffering from subacute back pain, which means it's past the acute stage – which is sudden and short in duration – but not long-lasting enough to be chronic.

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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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When We Bite Off More Than We Can Chew

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

Not long ago a young lady came to see me with left jaw pain. That immediately gets my attention because frequently women present with jaw pain that is actually cardiac in origin.  In this case, however, the jaw was actually sore to touch, and that will not happen if it is cardiac in origin. This could be just what appeared to be, maybe. It could be simply jaw pain. Of course, nothing is that simple.

Put your fingers at the angle of your jaw and then clench your teeth. The muscle you feel tightening is the masseter, a primary muscle for chewing. Sometimes when it is sore, someone has been chewing gum (or, gag, tobacco) excessively. That was not the case here. So I pressed on for more information.

Drawing from my own experience with jaw pain, I asked a few pointed questions. Yes, she did awaken in the mornings with her mouth feeling sore and swollen.  Yes, it did hurt to fully open and extend the jaw. Yes, it was getting worse. The only positive aspect she saw was that her jaw pain was a mild deterrent to eating during the holiday.

So many times this story unfolds with a consistent pattern. Someone is stressed. That stress interferes with sleep and rest. Muscles stay active when they should be asleep, including those that operate the jaw.  Grinding your teeth at night is called bruxism, and it is fairly common.

This particular young lady was not aware that she was grinding her teeth. Whatever happens in that twilight between sleep and wakefulness is not necessarily recorded in our conscious mind. For this reason, I believe most people who have bruxism at night are really unaware of it.  

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