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.

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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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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No Butts About It

No Butts About It

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

I am about to give an opinion about something I know nothing about and have never experienced. Certainly in a political year, this is commonplace in the media, but I try not to make a habit of it.  I definitely will not make a habit of smoking, and this is about smoking, among other things.

It might seem a stretch to consider a severe allergy as a blessing, but being allergic to cigarette smoke was probably a blessing to me. Historically, if someone around me lit something for consumption, I always had to leave or suffer coughing, laryngitis, stuffy nose, runny eyes, and an angry disposition. I never had a temptation to smoke cigarettes or anything else that people inhale.

So when I found an article in the news about cigarettes, I was intrigued at a brand-new issue surrounding this awful addiction.  Parenthetically, it is even a little difficult to believe that in the year 2016, given what we know about cigarettes, their detrimental effects, and the addictive nature of nicotine, we are still talking about people smoking cigarettes. Even so, it is still a legal product and can be legally obtained and used by consumers of legal age.

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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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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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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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