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:

Monday - Thursday
8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Monday-Thursday 08:00 AM to 5:30 PM for all chiropractic visits, DOT physicals, drug testing, and alcohol screens

We work until the needs of our last patient for the day have been met. We sometimes go to lunch from about 12:30 till 2 o'clock. We do physicals (DOT, pre-employment) during the same hours the clinic is open Monday-Thursday, 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.

The Answer, My Friend, Is Blowin’ in the Wind

Robert A. Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

That title is not original with me. You may recognize it from Bob Dylan’s song of 1962. Originally penned as a war protest piece, it asks searching questions about why things happen.

Events of the past few days will provoke many of us to ask the questions again. Irma wrecked many of our homes, neighborhoods, and businesses. This phenomenon of weather has cost us time, money, and irreplaceable “stuff” that we treasured. I could not help feeling like our beautiful town was wrecked as I walked or drove in Third Ward, on College Street, Maple Street, Hill Street, and others. It was more than sad. This is our town.

One estimate suggested that Irma will cost between $62-$94 billion, and that coupled with Harvey, her older brother, the cost should hit $150-$200 billion. That is as bad as Katrina, a recent horror whose effects linger still that set the economy back $160 billion.

We feel the anxiety building when we see the weather forecast, and then the news reports of what is happening in Florida. We know it’s coming our way. We who were here remember Opal here in Griffin in 1995.

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10 Surprising Things Muscle Spasms Reveal About Your Health

Though the occasional spasm—an involuntary contraction of the muscle—is totally normal and nothing to get bent out of shape about, a persistent one can hint at an underlying condition. Here's what's going on, and when to seek a doctor's help.

From Reader's Digest

You worked yourself too hard

Your muscles can only do so much before they say, nope, you've gone too far. Though there are often good DIY remedies for muscle pain relief, sometimes you need something more. Muscle spasms, whether in your back, leg, or neck, can be from a muscle that's overworked while doing strenuous or repetitive movements like gardening, cleaning, or holding a baby. "Muscles get fatigued and sore and you'll experience a spasm," says Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, founder of Iris City Chiropractic Center in Griffin, Georgia. He often uses a treatment called electrotherapy in his office to "break the cycle of spasms" in a 15- to 20-minute session.

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Sweet Nothings: False Hope from Artificial Sweeteners

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

Alright, now I’m confused. I thought that if I dropped the sugar out of my life, I’d get lighter, happier, have a nice car, and maybe grow my hair back. Now science is telling me otherwise. You can’t imagine the turmoil of emotions now effervescing in my head like a hot Coke®.

Artificial sweeteners are usually chemicals that look like sugar enough that they have a sweet taste, but cannot be digested in the human gastrointestinal tract. Aspartame, sucralose (Splenda), and Stevia have found their way into diet drinks, muffins, diet foods, and even toothpaste and medications.

I have bad news for us today.   First, a new study in the Canadian Medical Journal tells us that artificial sweeteners may not help us lose weight at all. An analysis of more than 11,000 studies on artificial sweeteners looked at the effects of these chemicals on body mass index (BMI).   Lead author Mechan Azad of the University of Manitoba said, “There’s no clear evidence for benefit from the artificial sweeteners, and there is a potential that they have a negative impact, but we need more research to figure it out for sure.”

That sounds fairly benign, but the long-term studies in this paper suggest that people who use low-calorie sweeteners regularly are more likely to be obese, have diabetes, and suffer from cardiovascular disease, such as hypertension and stroke.   That’s enough to make me put my muffin down.

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Gray Hair in Medicine: Declining Doctors

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

You may have heard the expression, “Choose your doctors young, and your lawyers older.” I think that means that medical knowledge was (hopefully) continuously advancing, so doctors less distant from graduation would be more in tune with the latest thinking. Law, on the other hand, would (hopefully) be more stable, so a wizened and wily barrister would be just fine, and maybe preferable if you are a defendant.

That may still be good advice, but now more difficult to achieve. The Journal of the American Medical Association Surgery (JAMA-Surgery) this week reports that the number of physicians practicing in the United States since 1975 who are over 65 years of age has risen 374%.   That may sound like there are more physicians than there were in 1975, but what it really means is that the ones still here are much older. In fact, this study tells us that 23% of practicing physicians now are over 65 years of age.  

Many folks assume that age 65 is the beginning of the golden age of retirement. Baron von Bismark established the age of 70 for the Social Security System in Germany in 1881 as a way to woo the working class away from the rising socialist party and Karl Marx. However, our Social Security administration says that the retirement age here in the States was not based on the German model, but on actuarial studies indicating that by using age 65 as the starting point, a manageable, self-sustaining system could be built with “modest” taxation.   However you look at it, the age 65 seems arbitrary for retirement.

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16 Easy, Small Changes You Can Make Today That Have a MAJOR Impact on Your Health


Big changes like cutting out all carbs or training for a marathon are great—but you don't have to remake yourself to have a dramatic impact on your health. Try a few of these baby steps to get you started in the right direction.

Add a fruit or veggie to every meal

Not ready to give up a bad habit yet? Start by creating an easy good-for-you habit instead. "Less than one in three individuals gets even two servings of fruits and vegetables per day," says Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE, LDN, CPT, author of 2 Day Diabetes Diet. "By adding one serving to each meal, you can get in at least three servings per day and be ahead of the curve. A half of a banana on your breakfast cereal, a small side salad with your sandwich at lunch, and adding 1/2 cup of cooked veggies into your pasta can pack in more fiber, antioxidants, and nutrients—all which have been found to reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even certain cancers." Do yourself one better by choosing from 10 of the healthiest vegetables you can eat.

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Stroke of Luck: Prevention of a Vertebrobasilar Vascular Event

By Robert A. Hayden, D.C., Ph.D., FICC

There has been much written about vertebral artery stroke risk and chiropractic manipulative therapy (CMT). VAS has a mortality exceeding 85 percent, and the survivors typi- cally experience dysfunction in multiple body systems due to involvement of the brainstem and cerebellum, so hemi- or quadriplegia, ataxia, dysphagia, dysarthria, visual distur- bances, and cranial neuropathies are possible(1). Making the diagnosis based on clinical presentation may be challenging due to the variability of manifestations.

The Cassidy study was the largest and most comprehen- sive on the issue of VAS. The focus was on 818 VAS events that appeared in over 100 million person-years. The authors found that people who experienced VAS were no more likely to have seen a chiropractor than they were to have seen their primary care provider (PCP). They concluded that VAS is
a rare event, and that CMT offered no excess risk. Further, the Cassidy study suggests that risk of VAS associated with CMT and PCP visits are most likely because many VAS patients present with neck pain and headaches(2).

The physical presentation is variable, but complicating the early recognition of VAS is the lack of any de nitive or reliable orthopedic or vascular physical exam procedure to herald its presence(3). Signs and symptoms must be interpret- ed in the context of a patient’s total medical history, after which appropriate imaging may be considered(4).

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