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.

Christmas Thoughts

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

I cannot quite understand how Christmas became controversial. In the land of freedom, where the First Amendment codified free speech and freedom of religion as gifts from our Creator that no mere man or government may infringe, how can anyone justify impinging on the right to enjoy Christmas?

The first week of December was not over before the Chancellor of the University of Tennessee issued "Best Practices for Inclusive Holiday Celebrations in the Workplace.”  This memorandum was an admonition against having Christmas parties.  It stated: “Holiday parties and celebrations should celebrate and build upon workplace relationships and team morale with no emphasis on religion or culture.”  His edict continues, “Ensure your holiday party is not a Christmas party in disguise,” lest anyone attempt to have an incognito Christmas.

The University of Tennessee website posted this document like the King’s latest proclamation. I was not surprised to find an unforgivable dangling participle in the first paragraph. After all, such deep concentration and emphasis on diversity is bound to distract from good grammar.

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Prevent Neck and Back Pain by Sleeping in This Position

These few adjustments will help you wake up pain-free.

By Mallory Creveling

Your muscles take on enough stress sitting hunched over a smartphone or computer all day, so you don't want to add more tension during the night too. That's when your body needs to rejuvenate. If you're getting out of bed with neck or back pain—or even experiencing aches later in the day—it's time to revamp your sleeping style. Here's how to position yourself.

The best posture for sidestepping soreness and waking up refreshed: lying on your side, says Robert Hayden, a chiropractor and spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association. "Sleeping on your side is better than on your back, which can cause your tongue to block your airway," he explains. Catching zzz's while on your stomach is the worst choice, because turning your head to the side and twisting your neck can lead to long-term injuries.

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A Dream Made Real

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

It seems a very short time ago I was practicing as a clinical nurse specialist at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon. The critical care environment with low lights, high stress, hissing ventilators, beeping alarms, and little bouncing green balls on monitor screens was exciting to say the least. My profession was challenging and fulfilling, but somehow, there was a piece missing that I had yet to identify.

My friends, Nancy and Ancil Baird, were hosting a Bible study in their living room on a cool evening in 1990. I got there early and found a seat facing the front door. Kenneth came into that front door, dragging a leg in obvious pain as I watched sympathetically. While the rest of us sat on comfortable furniture, he stretched out on the floor with his knees bent to take the pressure off his aching back.

There was a chiropractor in our midst. I had no idea what they did, but I watched in rapt attention after our study concluded as that doctor got on the floor with Kenneth  (a patient in the doctor’s clinic) and adjusted a couple of lumbar bones and a sacrum. That was interesting by itself because I had never seen it. But what happened next was life-changing: Kenneth stood mostly straight and without the majority of his pain. I was stunned.

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How Do You like It Now?

Robert A. Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

In case you haven’t noticed, an important election is coming. The economy was a driving issue up until a recent rash of mass murders by Islamic militants, which put national security back on the front burner. Lost somewhere in all of this is the discussion of healthcare either as a standalone issue or a subset of the discussion on the economy.

The Affordable Care Act is now a demonstrable disaster.  It has had a huge impact on hospitals, particularly rural hospitals, and particularly those in the south. Medicaid funding reductions and cuts in reimbursement for uninsured people have hit hospitals hard, causing 48 hospital closures by the early part of 2015, with 283 more at risk.

About two thirds of Americans have insurance coverage through their employers. Thus, compliance with the Affordable Care Act falls squarely on the backs of businesses.

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Do Black Lives Matter?

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD) recently tried in vain to address an unruly mob at a Black Lives Matter rally.  His comment, “Black lives matter, white lives matter, all lives matter,” probably seemed a reasonable and safe statement that all could find agreeable, but it got him booed and heckled by that assembly to the point he could not continue.   In a stunning act of political cowardice, he later apologized for adding the latter two parts.  Not all lives mattered to that audience.

Do Black lives matter?

The story I am about to tell is shocking, but it happened and is still happening in America.  You may have heard this story before, but it bears repeating in case someone has not heard it yet. It is part of history.  Numerous attempts are being made to rewrite or whitewash history, but you can’t really change it.

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A Fight for the Most Vulnerable Among Us

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

It may be apparent from my articles, my blog, or my rants that I tend to be conservative on a lot of issues. Simply put, I think if you teach a man to fish (rather than giving him a fish), you are a lot closer to conquering hunger. We uplift our fellow man when we encourage and foster independence.

When I first encountered the Griffin Area Resource Center (GARC), I saw an institution dedicated to teaching people to fish.  I saw people with physical, mental, and perhaps emotional disabilities being assisted in a journey toward independence. People who once would have been considered wards of the state, hopeless, and trapped in bodies or minds that did not function well were learning job skills and going to work.  I saw dependence and helplessness turned to self care, dignity, respect, and self-worth as people learned to fish.

I also saw families better able to function. While an afflicted family member may become the major focus of concern and disproportionate recipient of the family’s resources, GARC helped make those family members functional participants within their families instead.

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