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.

Doctors and Doctrine: Political Influence in the Exam Room

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

Long ago I read a clever quotation attributed by Paul Dixon to the late Sen. Everett Dirksen, labeled “Dirksen’s law,” that said simply “Where you stand depends on where you sit.”  That seems puzzling at first, but Dixon went on to explain that the position you may hold on an issue depends on which side of the aisle you happen to sit, meaning whether you are a Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal.

In Dirksen’s day, the tone was more civil.  Senators may sit on their side of the aisle and disagree on issues, but after hours you might well find them (over)imbibing in the same bar. We had less abject hatred in those days and fewer liberals shooting conservatives.

Today we are in a completely different environment. Somehow many people began to define those who did not agree with them as “evil.” While this infection festers in the larger society in which we live and the flames are fanned with fake news from committed news media, the effects cannot help but spill out into other facets of life.

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Opiate Overdose Deaths Coming Home to Georgia

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

As of the latest information I can find, four people are dead here in Georgia over the last 48 hours, and dozens more are at risk with overdoses across the state. The cases have cropped up in Macon, Warner Robins, Centerville, Perry, and Augusta.  By the time this gets to press, it could easily be in Griffin.

The overdoses are attributed to a pill that is being sold on the streets as “Percocet.”  Actual Percocet is a blend of acetaminophen with oxycodone, but it is likely from the descriptions that this may not be actual Percocet, but a street version that is far more deadly.

Ms. Nancy Nydam of the Georgia Department of Public Health said that the drug being sold as Percocet is a “dangerous, potentially lethal substance contained in street drugs.”  Literally dozens of overdoses have happened in the last few days. This particularly potent street drug requires massive amounts of an antidote used to reverse opioid poisoning, but it is quite possible or probable that the death count will go higher in the next few days if anyone uses these drugs while alone.

Some of these overdose patients have been triaged at Navicent Health Medical Center where I once worked as a clinical nurse specialist.  The chief medical officer there says they have never seen this many overdoses all at once. Each time a history is obtained from one of the patients, the story is consistent: it is a yellow pill that was sold to them on the streets as Percocet.

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How to Conquer Lower Back Pain Forever

Nearly everyone gets it. Here's how to treat it—and extinguish it—forever.


It all starts with a pang at the base of your spine. Maybe you were squatting too much weight at the gym. Maybe you were moving your sofa. Or maybe it was something that grew out two decades of hunching over your desk at work. Whatever the case, you’ve got it: the dreaded lower back pain.

You certainly wouldn’t be alone. Today, in fact, some form of back pain is the number two reason that drives Americans to seek health care—right behind the common cold. According to Dr. Samuel K. Cho, MD, associate professor of orthopedics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, up to 80 percent of patients suffer from some form of back pain during their lifetime. Likewise, the NIH reported that “one-quarter of adults have at least one day of lower back pain in a three month period.” And it’s not just old fogies throwing out their backs, either. According to data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the number of emergency room admittances for back pain is similar for both the 18–44-year-old age group and the 45–64-year-old one.

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3 Times a Chiropractor Can Make You Feel Better—and 9 Things He Should Never Even Attempt

​If he claims to cure cancer, you know you should run. But when else should you look elsewhere?

BY CINDY KUZMA April 10, 2017

Chiropractors have the rep as the doctors who crack your back—but is that all they do?

Spinal manipulation, also called chiropractic adjustment, is indeed one of the primary treatments chiropractic doctors use, says Robert Hayden, D.C., Ph.D., a chiropractor in Griffin, Georgia, and a spokesman for the American Chiropractic Association.

With this technique, the pros use their hands or a small instrument to apply a rapid, controlled force to a joint or your back. That results in the audible “pop” you may hear, though nothing’s actually breaking—it’s just the release of a bubble of gas from between your joints. The manipulation might feel like anything from a gentle stretch to a more intense pressure on a joint or your back.

But their domain is actually broader and more complex than you may think. Chiropractors deal with the neuromuscular system—which encompasses your muscles and the nerves that control them. Conditions that affect that system, from back pain to sports injuries to headaches, fall within their scope.

The goal of a chiropractor’s treatment is to correct your body’s structural alignment and improve how it functions. If something’s off with your alignment, they believe it can damage tissue and contribute to a wide range of health problems. So increasing your range of motion in your spine and joints is key to restoring your wellbeing, says Lanay M. Mudd, Ph.D., of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

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As opioid crisis flares, naturopaths and chiropractors lobby for bigger roles in treating pain

MEGAN THIELKING @meggophone APRIL 4, 2017

Seizing on the opioid epidemic as a chance to expand their reach, naturopaths and chiropractors are aggressively lobbying Congress and state governments to elevate the role of alternative therapies in treating chronic pain. They’ve scored several victories in recent months, and hope the Trump administration will give them a further boost.

Their most powerful argument: We don’t prescribe addictive pain pills.

Shunning pharmaceuticals, they treat pain with everything from acupuncture to massage to castor oil ointments. They offer herbal supplements and homeopathic pills.

There’s little rigorous scientific research to back up such treatments. Yet patients often say they feel relief. And providers say their alternative approaches are vitally needed at a time when more than 30,000 people a year die of opioid overdose in the US alone — and half of those deaths involve a prescription painkiller, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Spinal Manipulation Can Ease Your Aching Back

By Teresa Carr
April 11, 2017

When you wrench your back, your first impulse may be to rummage through the medicine cabinet for an over-the-counter pain drug or even ask your doctor to prescribe a strong opioid painkiller such as Percocet or Vicodin.

But an analysis published April 11 in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that spinal manipulation can ease your backache and get you moving again without the risk of medication side effects.

A new Consumer Reports survey of more than 3,500 back-pain sufferers reached similar conclusions: Nearly 90 percent of people who tried spinal manipulation found it helpful.

Spinal manipulation involves a healthcare provider applying controlled forces to the spine to improve alignment and allow the muscles and joints to move more easily. While it’s usually done by a chiropractor, some doctors of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) and physical therapists also use the technique.

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