What Does Proper Spinal Molding Look Like?


The Pettibon System offers a variety of Fulcrums to meet your spinal molding needs. Spinal molding is a passive process of laying on fulcrums uninterrupted for up to 20 minutes. Spinal molding works through the idea of creep, or the ability of tissue and fascia to lengthen when subjected to a constant load, which causes a progressive change in structure over time.  The foam under the neck and low back act as the fulcrums encouraging the optimum spinal form, and the weight of your relaxed body are the force over time.

To start your spinal molding process, warm up with a combination of the Cervical Traction Device, the Wobble Chair, or if the fulcrums are your first taste of The Pettibon System’s rehabilitative products, warm up your spine with a series of stretches. Once warmed up, simply position and lay on the fulcrums. The process of the muscles cooling down while forming to the shape and support that the fulcrums provide ensures the effectiveness of the spinal molding.

Positioning the fulcrums:

Laying on your back with your chin to the ceiling, place your neck in the notch of the Cervical Dorsal Fulcrum. The flat edge should be against your shoulders and the sloped side should be under your head. 

Choose which version of the low back support fits your needs. There are two options to choose from; the Low Back (Lumbar) Support and The Advanced Low Back Support. Mini versions of the Cervical Dorsal and the Low Back Fulcrums are available as well.  For those that want a more advanced stretch in the spinal molding process can use the 1” and 2” Lifters.  Need something in between the Low Back Support and Advanced Low Back Support? Try a lifter with the Low Back Support. 

Place the Low Back Support under your back. The center of the mounded part should be under your last rib in your rib cage. Your hands can either be by your sides, on your stomach or you can cross your arms to increase the spinal molding. 

While Spinal Molding, remember to relax and allow the muscles to form to the fulcrums, keep your chin up and pointed towards the ceiling. Setting a timer may help ensure you fulfill the suggested time frame and that you don’t fall asleep if performing the molding before bed. If you are uncomfortable, start with a shorter time frame like 3 minutes and work your way up to the suggested 20 minutes twice daily.