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Welcome to Z Chiropractic

Dr. Zandra Rolón Amato established Z Chiropractic in 1990 to serve the Santa Cruz County community. Frequently referred to as “Dr. Z” by her patients, Dr. Amato Dr. Zandra Amato is a fully accredited Doctor of Chiropractic, a Qualified Medical Examiner (QME) certified by the California Division of Workers’ Compensation, and a holistic wellness consultant. Additionally, Dr. Z is a university-level lecturer on the human anatomy.

Dr. Z is an expert in structural and spinal analysis and diagnosis. She specializes in The Activator Method, a gentle, non-force alignment rehabilitation for sports- and work-related injuries. Dr. Z empowers her patients to obtain and maintain optimal health by teaching them how their bodies work. “Education is power! The more patients know about how their bodies work, the better their bodies will work!”

She is committed to providing quality health care by educating each patient and assisting you in establishing and restoring a healthy way of being through the use of complementary holistic medicine.

In her mission to empower the individual to obtain and maintain optimal health, she founded and is a co-owner of the Pacific Wellness Center, a group of holistic practitioner associates expert in The Activator Method, acupuncture, herbal medicine, hypnotherapy, CranioSacral Therapy, massage, body and energy work, and nutrition counseling.

Dr. Z loves to teach and offers on-going classes including

  • Back-xercise
  • TRX Suspension Training
  • Know Your Body:
       Simple Anatomy.
  • Walk for Wellness
  • Your Body Can Hear
       What You're Thinking
  • The Miracle Ball Method

Dr. Z's Notebook

Ice or Heat for Pain?

I get asked this question ten times a day. I tell my patients “if you use the word pain to describe what you feel, use ice. When in doubt, ice it out.” Why? Because it is inflammation (swelling) of the tissue or joint that hurts.

Inflammation is the body's reaction to tissue trauma … plain and simple. It can be the result of blows, sprains/strains, fractures, foreign bodies, chemical, electricity, heat and cold (thermic causes) microorganisms, surgery (traumatic causes), or ionizing radiation.

Classic symptoms: pain, heat, redness and swelling.

Pathological Changes: Vascular dilation within 30 minutes of injury and greatly increased blood flow.

Pain = Inflammation ICE =
Decreased Inflammation = Decreased Pain

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a light-touch approach that can create dramatic improvements in your life …
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