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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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