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.

What’s next? Health Care Re-Reform What Donald Wants

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

March 2010 marks the beginning of Obama care in America.  It is imploding on its own weight as, to use a favorite word of its authors, it is not “sustainable.” It has pulled business and personal income in a negative direction for as long as it has existed. It is not surprising that the first step of any Republican plan is the repeal of this failed Democrat-only scheme.

The stated goal of healthcare reform in a Trump regime would be to broaden access to health care, make it affordable, and improve the quality of care delivered to all Americans. We have heard these words before, with the possible exception of the last three, so we are justifiably skeptical to hear them again. After all, remember Obama’s lie, “If you like your Doctor, you can keep your Doctor?”

A President Trump would look to Congress to repeal the individual mandate on his first day in office, even before someone has swept up the confetti from the inauguration. Trump believes that no American should be forced to buy something he or she does not want or cannot use.

Almost every Republican plan involves modification of existing law to allow sale of insurance policies across state lines. The design is to open competition across those state lines to drive cost down and choices up.

As good as that sounds, there is a problem with it. The last time I checked, there were 26 states, Georgia included, whose state legislatures had passed bipartisan bills (unlike Obama care) which include safeguards for citizens who buy health insurance. The safeguards are called state-mandated benefits. These benefits represent many hard-fought legislative battles and compromises to include certain basic coverage for items deemed important by the people of those states.

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What’s next? Health Care Re-Reform What Hillary Wants

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

We’re still talking about what health care will look like in the future. It has been a tumultuous few years since the Democrat party alone forced Obama care on America. Now citizens are legally forced to buy expensive insurance policies that they cannot use and that do not cover what they need.

The American Socialist Party, now called the Progressive Caucus, includes two members of the Georgia congressional delegation. I spoke a “Progressive” Congressman in his office in Washington on a recent lobbying trip. I pointed out that people in Spalding County cannot afford Obama care policies, but even if they could, they would be useless because no one can afford the deductible that is required upfront. His health-care aide quickly chimed in: “If people can’t afford high deductibles, all they have to do is buy in to the platinum level where the deductible is lower.” I do not remember ever being in the presence of people so out of touch with what is going on.

Obama said when he ran for office the first time that his goal was a single payer system like that of Canada, England, for Germany, all bankrupt.  He stated that he wanted to put the private health care industry out of business in favor of universal coverage. Obama care was a compromise, a step toward the goal of full socialism in healthcare.

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Breathe Easier for Knowing This: Sleep Apnea

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

I look for topics in current events, and sleep apnea is a recurring theme in the news nowadays. It is blamed for a long list of personal and societal problems.  As research accumulates, it is being taken more seriously.

Sleep apnea is the term for a condition in which one either ceases breathing transiently or has very shallow breathing while asleep. These pauses may last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes and may occur up to 30 times in an hour. It is frequently associated with loud snoring or choking sounds, so anyone trying to sleep around this person will also have sleep disturbances. Imagine for a moment how rested one would feel after wrestling all night just to breathe.

This condition often goes unrecognized because it does not have a blood test or x-ray that identifies it.  Many times a patient does not realize they have the condition. The only know that their chronically fatigued and are falling asleep in the middle of the day. If a patient calls this to the attention of a healthcare provider who is listening, there will be some probing questions to establish a history that contains the fingerprints of sleep apnea.

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Skin in the Game

Robert A. Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

Have you noticed your skin bruising easily, or even tearing like tissue paper? This is certainly an aesthetic issue, but it may also be frightening. We need to understand what is happening to our skin as it ages to better care for ourselves.

Our skin is our largest and most obvious organ. It is exposed to the environment every day with ultraviolet light, abrasion, sharp objects, biohazards, and the drying effect of wind. It has a marvelous ability to heal and repair itself throughout our lives. 

Underneath our skin is a layer of fat tissue. Fat does a number of things for us. It stores energy. It acts as connective tissue that anchors your skin to the subcutaneous layers below. It insulates the body from radical changes in temperature in the environment.  It gives shape to our bodies that is genetically determined and heavily influenced by hormones. It even acts as a cushion when you fall or bump a piece of furniture.

As we “mature,” this fat layer gets thinner and may virtually disappear.  This results in the skin even looking almost transparent sometimes and losing its resilience and resistance to stretching. It gets fragile and subject to tearing with shearing force.  It will bruise easily because the loss of the fat layer exposes blood vessels to stretching and tearing as well. The slightest incidental trauma may produce many shades of red, blue, and purple under the skin.  Many of my senior patients react in horror as they walk across the room and brush of forearm accidentally against a door facing or the edge of a sofa. Senior skin tears like wet toilet tissue in a jagged, frightening wound.

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Take Care of Your Bones

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

We are not the hardy species we were when pioneers crossed this continent on foot or on horseback without roads, compass, or Holiday Inn Express.  Perhaps it is related to our diet, our nice cars and SUVs that keep us from walking, or the climate controlled environment in which we live. Whatever the cause, we are getting soft as a race. Even our bones are getting soft.

Ten million Americans have osteoporosis. 80% of these are women who suffer debilitating and life-threatening fractures. Even worse, the proportion of people with this condition continues to expand. Another 34 million have low bone mass and are headed to osteoporosis unless something changes. By 2025, the cost of osteoporosis – related fractures is estimated to be around $25.3 billion.

Reasons for the trend are still being researched. Instead of playing outside, many children today are sitting in front of televisions, computers, or other electronic toys, exercising only their fingers. Not too long ago I saw a three-year-old exhibiting blinding eye to hand coordination on an iPad. While this was a stunning display of accelerated development, I wondered if this child will ever go out and play soccer or ride a bicycle.  Isn’t that old-fashioned of me?

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Best Back Exercises For People With Back Pain

By: Hristina Byrnes
From: The Active Times

As much as 80 percent of people in the U.S. will experience a back problem at some time in their lives, according to the American Chiropractic Association.

It is one of the most common reasons for missed work and the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office.

“While there are numerous causes for back pain, one of the most common in my experience is muscle strain,” Robert A. Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC, from the Iris City Chiropractic Center, says. “Sometimes this is related to lifting things that are too heavy or lifting at the wrong angle, lifting too quickly, or lifting with poor body mechanics.”

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