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.

7 Reasons Why Your Joints Are Aching—And How To Deal

by Christina Heiser

Fact: Joint pain is incredibly frustrating—especially when your aching hip, knee, or shoulder makes even the smallest of movements excruciating or uncomfortable. There’s a long list of possible reasons for achy joints, ranging from the easily-fixed to the more complicated. Below are some of the most common, along with tips for reducing the level of pain you’re in.

You Like To Run—A LOT

Training for another race and noticing a nagging knee? You may be pounding your way to pain. “As a practitioner, I see a lot of people who exercise for fun—particularly runners—with knee pain,” says Robert Hayden, D.C., Ph.D., a chiropractor in Griffin, Georgia.

Hitting the pavement hard can put a whole lot of stress on your knee joints. Running on hard concrete surfaces can be especially damaging to cartilage over time, says Carol Michaels, fitness expert and owner of Recovery Fitness in West, Orange New Jersey. (Cartilage is the flexible tissue in your joints that helps prevent friction between the bones when you move.)

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Watch Your Step: Ankle Sprains

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC 

Sometimes my GRIP articles spring forth from questions people ask or issues brought up during conversation. Yesterday, my last two patients hobbled in with foot injuries. As soon as I got through taping up the second one, I had my inspiration. 

We are experiencing global warming – the real one that we call “spring.”  Many people are getting outside to do yard work and exercise, maybe releasing all that pent-up energy from the cold weather months. Athletic injuries are on the way.

It is very easy to turn an ankle to the inside when walking, jogging, or turning. The bony architecture of the foot is such that the inside of the ankle (where the arch is) is more stable than the outside. Consequently, 85% of ankle sprains happen on the outside aspect of the ankle. These are called “inversion sprains” because in this position, the ankle is said to be inverted as it turns inward. This is the most common injury among joggers.

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Can Lumbar Support Devices Relieve Lower Back Pain?

By Ruben Castaneda | Staff Writer
Jan. 5, 2017, at 9:39 a.m.
On a scale of 1 to 10, lower back pain can register somewhere between "I need an aspirin" to “please jack me up with morphine.”

Research suggests the back brace can provide short-term relief.

Those suffering from such discomfort might feel moderate to mild pain that is not debilitating. In severe cases, they could feel like a giant electrified claw has claimed the lower part of their back, tearing into each nerve in that part of the body. The smallest of movements – getting up from a chair, walking or even coughing – can feel torturous. Maybe the lower back is as stiff as hardened concrete and as sensitive as an exposed nerve.

A simple lumbar support device, or back brace, can provide short-term relief, research shows, according to an analysis of 28 studies published in the September 2016 issue of the Annals of Physical Rehabilitation Medicine journal. While these devices won’t cure the underlying condition, they're simple and relatively inexpensive. In the 2016 meta-analysis, researchers concluded that lumbar support devices are useful for improving function and reducing pain among those suffering from subacute back pain, which means it's past the acute stage – which is sudden and short in duration – but not long-lasting enough to be chronic.

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The Heart of the Matter

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

As I write this, February is upon us. It is designated as “Heart Month,” but I have never been sure whether the American Heart Association or candy vendors for Valentine’s Day are the primary drivers of that promotion.  This is a good time to think for a few minutes about how to recognize when a heart might be in trouble.

A heart is a simply muscular pump that is controlled by the nervous and endocrine systems.  The ancients believed that the heart was the seat of the soul, endowed with courage, generosity, love, etc., but research has told us much about this organ that is far more mundane. It is simply designed to pump blood to the body and to itself. Modern medicine has learned to speed it up, slow it down, pace it, make it beat harder, make it beat softer, replace its valves, or even replace the heart entirely.  Not so romantic, is it?

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When We Bite Off More Than We Can Chew

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

Not long ago a young lady came to see me with left jaw pain. That immediately gets my attention because frequently women present with jaw pain that is actually cardiac in origin.  In this case, however, the jaw was actually sore to touch, and that will not happen if it is cardiac in origin. This could be just what appeared to be, maybe. It could be simply jaw pain. Of course, nothing is that simple.

Put your fingers at the angle of your jaw and then clench your teeth. The muscle you feel tightening is the masseter, a primary muscle for chewing. Sometimes when it is sore, someone has been chewing gum (or, gag, tobacco) excessively. That was not the case here. So I pressed on for more information.

Drawing from my own experience with jaw pain, I asked a few pointed questions. Yes, she did awaken in the mornings with her mouth feeling sore and swollen.  Yes, it did hurt to fully open and extend the jaw. Yes, it was getting worse. The only positive aspect she saw was that her jaw pain was a mild deterrent to eating during the holiday.

So many times this story unfolds with a consistent pattern. Someone is stressed. That stress interferes with sleep and rest. Muscles stay active when they should be asleep, including those that operate the jaw.  Grinding your teeth at night is called bruxism, and it is fairly common.

This particular young lady was not aware that she was grinding her teeth. Whatever happens in that twilight between sleep and wakefulness is not necessarily recorded in our conscious mind. For this reason, I believe most people who have bruxism at night are really unaware of it.  

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Numb and Number: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

Technology is a marvelous part of our everyday lives. Very few people on the street today can remember times when you could not pick out a device from your purse or off your belt and make a quick phone call to a friend in Tokyo, or ask a knowledgeable, but impersonable voice for information from the unlimited Internet. There are some costs involved, however, and we see them every day at the clinic.

There is a tight space on the inside of your wrist where several tendons are organized in a sheath by a ligament that runs across the wrist parallel to where your watchband would be.  Inside this sheath of ligaments is the median nerve. That is the nerve that feeds information to and from your thumb, index finger, middle finger, and the palm of your hand.  The narrow space through which these structures pass is known as the carpal tunnel.

Think for a minute about all of the sensory information that comes through your hand and all of the manual dexterity upon which you depend everyday.  One of the things that separates humans from the other members of the animal kingdom is the presence of an opposable thumb. Loss of sensation or coordination of the thumb can be very disruptive.

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