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.

It’s Heart Month: Pamper Your Pump

Robert A. Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

Yes, it’s February, so it’s “Heart Month.” You may be thinking that this designation is linked to the fact that Valentine’s Day is embedded squarely in the center of it.   This is actually a happy coincidence.

Valentine’s day has a somewhat nebulous origin, with some people tracing it to dark and foreboding stories of ancient Rome or to the Catholic church in the third century A.D. The modern feeding frenzy on chocolate is very different, indeed, from sagas of martyrdom and murder.

The “Heart Month” idea was literally an act of Congress dating back to February, 1964, when Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed the first one. It was a health promotion in a day when more than half of all deaths were due to cardiovascular disease if they were not in Viet Nam. Today, cardiovascular disease claims about 18 million lives worldwide annually, though you can bet the farm that is under-reported in countries that lack functional governments.

According to the American Heart Association, 2,300 Americans die daily of cardiovascular disease, or one every 38 seconds. That means that while I type this, we will lose several families. I’ll hurry.

So, for Heart Month, let’s talk a bit about how to take care of yours. Here are a few ideas that might help.

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Coping with Cancer: Chiropractic Care

Robert A. Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

I just realized how alliterative that title is. I assure you that was accidental, but notice that I left it as is.

Early this morning, a potential patient approached me for a consultation. This lady has a form of cancer with which she has been coping for several months. A more recent development has been hip pain that radiated down to the knee.  

If you have cancer, any new pain can be very frightening for the implications alone.   This particular pain was worse at night, and anything that awakens you with pain in the middle of the night can be imagined to be something awful. It is easy to see why she was worried.

I am often asked whether chiropractors treat people with cancer. There was a time when cancer was considered a contraindication for chiropractic care. That is a false notion.

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No One’s Talking About This Hidden Danger At The Hair Salon

Patricia Shannon

We've heard about gross items on restaurant tables and germs on planes, but apparently there’s one more danger lurking where you'd least expect it.

According to Dr. Robert Hayden, Georgia spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association, injuries sustained while at the hair salon are rare, but can be serious if not life threatening. It seems the culprit is the design of shampoo bowls, which could be to blame for more than just a few minutes of discomfort.

From Southern Living 

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Is the Weather Worsening Your Back Pain?

Chiropractor Robert Hayden demystifies the subject and provides 6 ways to help keep weather-related back pain at bay.

Written by Kelly Rehan

Grandma could predict an approaching storm when her joints ached, and she might have been onto something. Similarly, people with chronic back pain may notice a change in how they feel as the seasons change or weather shifts. But the connection between weather and spine pain isn’t well defined, and several reasons play into why a person might feel pain based on where they live or the season.

“I don’t see a lot of research about how weather affects specific spinal conditions because it is so multi-factorial,” said Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC, a spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and chiropractor in Griffin, GA. “But I’ve advised patients semi-jokingly after they’ve broken an ankle that they will be able to predict weather and amaze friends.”

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Balancing Bent Twigs

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

Someone said, “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.” Well, I think someone said that.   If no one said it, consider it said now because it’s clever. It also has much to do with human bodies.

You’d be surprised how many folks I see have tilts in the pelvis. This causes curves in the spine and increases the work required to move around and walk. Eventually there is wear and tear on the spine and other structures that cause pain and problems.  

I’d like to intervene before that cascade of events if possible, but people do not always know they have the issue. I have seen adults who have no idea they have scoliosis, and are surprised to know how much it impacts health.

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Take Care of Those Knees

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

Your knees are marvelous living instruments for motion. They are designed to last you a lifetime, and they probably will with a little care.

This comes up now because we have seen a number of knee injuries recently. They are sometimes easy to treat and recover quickly. Others need more intervention. Here are some typical issues.

Believe it or not, falling arches in the foot affect the knees profoundly. If you don’t see that immediately, try this: stand up and shift your weight to the insides of your feet. Stand like that for a few moments. Note the fact that your knees are bowed inward. Do you feel the burning on the inside of the knees yet?

This is called pronation, and it is typical of falling arches. Walking day in and day out with the foot in pronation causes significant wear and tear for some of the cartilage that cushions the knee. If this has been happening for a while, it shows up on x-ray as the cartilage on the inside of the knee thins. Many times we can improve this by addressing the arches with custom orthotics.

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