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.

If You Think You Have Heard It All…

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

I have recently been re-sensitized to a new/old issue.  Many of these thoughts and experiences find their way into GRIP articles when I think they are important, and this one is.

We humans are designed with five senses: sight, sensation, taste, smell, and hearing. The senses tell us about our environment and allow us to interact with the world around us. They allow us to learn, to relate to each other, to be human. Sometimes conditions occur that diminish our senses slowly enough that we do not even realize that something is not working.  In other words, even if you think everything is fine, you may not know that is not.

I decided recently to have my hearing checked by a skilled audiologist.  I had no hint of any hearing loss, just the tinnitus that I hear all the time. I had also no idea that I was in for such a steep learning curve this week.  

What I know from our patients is that people who have significant hearing loss are socially isolated. If they cannot hear what is going on around them, they are far less likely to interact with other people. Watching television, listening to music, enjoying the laughter of children or grandchildren, and other things we take for granted are no longer part of their world. My observation is that depression follows shortly thereafter.

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Concussion: More Than a Thump on the Head

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

I was watching my team, the Alabama Crimson Tide, thrashing our good friends from Texas A&M University Saturday with great pride. Our defense smothered the Aggies while our offense racked up a lot of points. This description is common for a lot of Alabama football games, of course.

Part of the game (and any other contact sport) is injuries. In fact, Alabama lost an All-American safety, Eddie Jackson, with a broken leg. It is a shame to see great athletes on either side with these kinds of injuries.

One of the things that makes me cringe, however, is to see high-speed collisions involving helmets. Football helmets do not prevent all head injuries by any stretch of the imagination. There were several collisions that gave me concern for the players.

Concussions result from traumatic injury to the brain that changes mental status and causes other symptoms. You may not lose consciousness with a concussion, but there may be other symptoms, some of which may not manifest themselves immediately. 

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7 Things a Chiropractor Knows About You the Minute You Walk Into the Room


It’s no surprise that your chiropractor might suspect you have back pain just by watching you move. But he can also identify the way you sleep, and maybe even what you do for a living.

No, he’s not a psychic—it’s just that your posture can reveal a lot more about your overall health and lifestyle than you might realize.

Here are seven things your chiropractor knows about you before your appointment even begins.

1. You’re Addicted to Your iPhone

One of the most common things chiropractors notice in their patients is a rounding of the spine along the neck and down toward the shoulder blades.

“There’s a new diagnosis for this—it’s called ‘text neck,’” says Adam Nachmias, D.C., a chiropractor in New York City.

Technically it’s called “loss of cervical lordis,” which describes the flattening out, or even reversing, of the upper spine’s natural c-shaped curve that happens when you’re hunched over looking at your phone or working on your computer, explains Karen Erickson, D.C., an NYC-based chiropractor.

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No Butts About It

No Butts About It

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

I am about to give an opinion about something I know nothing about and have never experienced. Certainly in a political year, this is commonplace in the media, but I try not to make a habit of it.  I definitely will not make a habit of smoking, and this is about smoking, among other things.

It might seem a stretch to consider a severe allergy as a blessing, but being allergic to cigarette smoke was probably a blessing to me. Historically, if someone around me lit something for consumption, I always had to leave or suffer coughing, laryngitis, stuffy nose, runny eyes, and an angry disposition. I never had a temptation to smoke cigarettes or anything else that people inhale.

So when I found an article in the news about cigarettes, I was intrigued at a brand-new issue surrounding this awful addiction.  Parenthetically, it is even a little difficult to believe that in the year 2016, given what we know about cigarettes, their detrimental effects, and the addictive nature of nicotine, we are still talking about people smoking cigarettes. Even so, it is still a legal product and can be legally obtained and used by consumers of legal age.

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When You’re on the Back Nine

When You’re on the Back Nine

Robert A. Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

“Golf is played by 20 million mature American men whose wives think they are out having fun.”—Jim Bishop

Healthcare is a serious topic, particularly nowadays when it is dissolving before our eyes. Because it is so serious, I have decided to depart from the morose and share something almost frivolous.  Almost.

When I was new in practice about 20 years ago, a senior golfer came to me with the shoulder problem. I worked on him that afternoon and called later that evening to see how he was doing. His wife answered the phone and told me he was doing quite well and was in the backyard talking over the fence with the neighbors. Then she lowered her voice, as though he might hear, and said, “You have to get him back on the golf course. I can’t live with him like this!

Yes, I discovered quickly that golf, like heroin, nicotine, and pecan pie, is quite addictive among susceptible people. To a football fan like myself, it seems almost silly to walk around in a pasture and knock a white ball into a whole. To the golf addict, however, it can be quite serious.  

I was told that a foursome teed off one beautiful afternoon and returned to the clubhouse with only three of them. A club employee asked where their fourth player was. After exchanging some glances, one of them said quietly, “He passed away on the fourth hole.”

“That’s awful,” observed the employee. “That must have been a shock.”

“It was worse than that. From then on, it was ‘Hit-the-ball-and-drag-George.’  We are all exhausted.”

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Taking the Pressure Off

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

Jenny called the clinic about three weeks ago and asked what we could do for disc herniations.  She was collecting information on behalf of her husband, Eric, who has a disc bulging in his neck.  Although Eric did not complain much, Jenny noticed that he was not using his right arm unless he was forced to do so, and his facial expression betrayed him. Eric was the primary breadwinner for a large family, so Jenny was motivated by some very practical issues as well as, I am sure, love for her spouse.

First, there is a lot of confusing terminology about disc herniations and disc bulges. We are talking about the same entity. A disc is a piece of cartilage between two vertebrae that acts as a spacer and a shock absorber. In the center of it is a liquid nucleus, surrounded by cartilage arranged in layers like onion skins. If the cartilage tears, the liquid in the nucleus will follow the tear so that the outer layers of the disc will “bulge,” or “herniate.”  If that bulge happens to hit a spinal nerve that exits the spine at that level, you may feel pain, tingling, or numbness in whatever part of the body is served by that nerve. If the nerve is squeezed hard enough, it may become damaged to the extent that muscle weakness occurs in whatever muscle is served by that nerve. In any of these cases, it is more serious than a pain in the “tush,” as one of our recent patients calls it.

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