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 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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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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Picking up the Kids

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

One of the very frequent reasons for the onset of low back pain in adults is lifting children. I see it over and over again, particularly among new grandparents. The adorable tiny people who look vaguely like their own children or themselves are irresistible. They make the cutest noises (well, sometimes)!  The urge to lean over and pick them up for cuddling is overwhelming.

There are multiple scenarios for injury. The mechanism is simple: leaning forward at the waist, and adoring grandparent extends arms and forearms to pick up a bundle that may weigh anywhere from 6 to 25 pounds. The low back muscles that are used to lean backward are abused to lift both the grandchild and the grandparent at an awkward angle.

Think about how this looks from the side. Imagine a grandparent’s body bent at the waist at maybe a 45° angle. Imagine this body being a lever with the fulcrum at the hips. The length of the lever goes from the hips to the outstretched hands. The load being lifted is a child. All of the power and leverage for lifting comes from low back muscles.

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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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Falling: the Gravity of the Situation

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

It has been my privilege and honor to take care of Brenda in my clinic for quite some time. She has a number of physical ailments, including an old ankle fracture that was repaired with titanium rods, spinal stenosis, some balance problems, and a congenital hearing deficit.  Unfortunately, she returned to the clinic this week after falling on her back and sliding down some slick stairs.

I see it virtually every week now in my practice.  Seniors like Brenda slip, fall, and injure themselves doing things they have done all their lives, but they find themselves now high-risk due to physical infirmities, the aging process, medication effects, etc.

Any fall we can prevent is a tragic injury avoided. This senior is someone’s grandparent, aunt, spouse, or friend. They are all precious and have their stories to tell. My goal as a chiropractor is to help them live life to the fullest possible extent and continue to be sources of joy and wisdom for the rest of us.

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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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