Iris City Chiropractic Center, P.C.

Robert A. Hayden, D.C., PhD, F.I.C.C. (770) 412-0005

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Office Hours

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.

What the Kids Are Doing Nowadays: An Update on the Drug Problem

The drug screening aspect of my practice is a little smaller during the Obama economy because pre-employment screens are significantly decreased in number. Interestingly, we seem to have fewer positive screens because the applicants we see are desperate for work, so they are either not using recreational drugs as much, or they are cleaning themselves up before going to work in one of the few jobs available.

Among the drugs we see, marijuana is always the most frequent. It is common, easy to get, and inexpensive. Some of our supply is homegrown, but much of it comes from Mexico, literally on the backs of illegal aliens who cross the border as mules. Because it is fat soluble, it stays in the system for a minimum of 30 days. A heavy user may be positive for as long as 120 days. This makes it a very inconvenient drug for people to use if they want to enter the job market.

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Bearing the Burden of Education: School Backpacks

Schools are back in session. Students are groaning and parents are rejoicing as schools reopen for another year of helpful instruction. Education is the single most important thing a young person must accomplish, for the lack of it leads to economic slavery.

Aspects of my practice are seasonal and predictable. One of the things I look for at this time of year is for a young person to be brought to the clinic with thoracic spine and shoulder pain within the first two months of classes. These are not athletes as a rule, and we did not see these injuries in such numbers until the last few years. What's happening?

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A New Option for Chronic Pain

 Robert A. Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

For a long time I have looked for a modality to treat chronic pain such as fibromyalgia, rheumatoid disease, and osteoarthritis. Last week we installed a far-infrared sauna in the clinic for this purpose.

Most of the time when you think of a sauna, you're thinking about steam. Steam is water at 212°. That's pretty hot. It may be too much heat for some people in chronic pain or with cardiac conditions. We can produce a sauna effect with much less heat and more comfort by using infrared light.

"Far-infrared" refers to a wavelength of light. Four infrared heaters do the work while you sit in what looks like a phone booth made of Western Canadian cedar. The infrared light penetrates deeply through skin, muscle, ligaments and tendons. The effect is comfort and relief without the extreme heat of a steam sauna. Besides comfort, there are other benefits:

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What’s in that Hot Dog Bun?

About this time in 1995, I was preparing to open my clinic in the space behind Wynn’s Pharmacy on Eighth Street. The long hot summer was followed by a late hurricane, Opal, that blew through Griffin and toppled some of our beautiful oak trees on Maple Street. Meanwhile, I was painting, spackling, and spiffing the area that was to become the first Iris City Chiropractic Center.

I worked all day into the evening and the wee hours of the morning. I did not want to stop for meals, so I went to what was then Bruno’s for groceries so that I could munch as I worked. Nothing was simpler than just microwaving hotdogs.

Several months later I was doing some deep cleaning that prompted me to move the microwave oven. Behind it was a plastic bag that contained three hot dog buns from months before. With the exception of being dry, they still looked just fine. I reflected on that since then, wondering what was put into those hot dog buns that rendered them so indestructible – so that even mold would not eat them.

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When You Just Hurt Everywhere: Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is not fully understood, but it is common. It is described as an "all over pain" that lasts longer than three months, which defines it as a chronic pain. Most often the patients who suffer from FMS have tried multiple treatments and medications, and most of these interventions only decrease the symptoms to a hopefully tolerable range.

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Going Green: Transition from Captivity to Cash

 Robert A. Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

I went into chiropractic serve my patients with direct accountability to them in a personal therapeutic relationship, not to serve a third party administrator or become an employee of managed-care. My paradigm of healthcare did not include interference with patient care. Dealing with insurance companies reminded of Ginsberg's Theorem: (1) you can't win; (2) you can't break even; (3) you can't even quit the game. My personal frustration drove me to defy number three. Becoming a cash practice is not for everybody, and the decision should be individually based. For doctors who choose to convert, here are some tips.


My soul-searching and literature search about becoming a cash practice uncovered two fears that I believe are common to most of my colleagues. First, we are afraid that if we are not in a managed-care list, no one will come to see us. This fear is closely related to the second, perhaps the greater of the two: we are afraid that our patients will not value the service we provide enough to write a check.


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