What is the origin of the splenius capitis?

The splenius capitis is a deep muscle of the neck. It originates from the lower half of the nuchal ligament and the spinous processes of the 7th cervical vertebra and the superior 3 thoracic vertebrae. It inserts onto the mastoid process of the temporal bone.

Where does the splenius capitis originate and insert?

Splenius capitis muscle
Origin Nuchal ligament and spinous process of C7-T3
Insertion Mastoid process of temporal and occipital bone
Artery Muscular branches of the aorta
Nerve Posterior ramus of spinal nerves C3 and C4

What is the origin of the Spinalis?

The spinalis is the body’s most medial, or closest to the midline of the body, deep back muscle and originates at the spinous processes (bony projections at the back of each vertebra) of the lower spinal vertebrae.

What muscle group does the splenius capitis belong to?

The superficial muscles are also known as the spinotransversales. There are two muscles in this group – splenius capitis and splenius cervicis. They are both associated with movements of the head and neck. They are located on the posterolateral aspect of the neck, covering the deeper neck muscles.

Is splenius cervicis deep to Splenius capitis?

Like the other deep neck muscles, splenius cervicis is invested in the deep layer of deep cervical fascia. It is found superficial to semispinalis capitis and longissimus capitis, and deep to sternocleidomastoid and trapezius muscles.

How do you strengthen Splenius capitis?

Lateral Splenius Capitis Stretch

  1. Standing or seated.
  2. Gently drop your right ear to your right shoulder.
  3. Gently bring the right hand to the left side of the head.
  4. Gently apply pressure downwards towards the floor.
  5. Repeat on the other side.

Is Splenius Cervicis deep to Splenius capitis?

What is the origin of Semispinalis thoracis?

Semispinalis thoracis muscle

Origin Transverse processes of vertebrae T6-T10
Insertion Spinous processes of vertebrae C6-T4

What are the 3 Spinalis muscles?

The spinalis is a portion of the erector spinae, a bundle of muscles and tendons, located nearest to the spine. It is divided into three parts: Spinalis dorsi, spinalis cervicis, and spinalis capitis.

How do you get rid of Splenius capitis?

Massage For Splenius Capitis Release

  1. Drop your shoulders so they’re not hunched up by your ears.
  2. Tuck your chin to your chest to stretch your neck.
  3. Place two or three fingertips on the back of your neck where your neck and shoulders meet.
  4. Press firmly and hold, releasing when the muscle feels more relaxed.

Why does my Splenius capitis hurt?

The onset of pain is often caused by motor vehicular trauma, blunt trauma, falls, and, in particular, postural situations where superior and inferior lateral oblique movements of the head on the neck occur.

What causes pain in the Splenius capitis?

What kind of muscle is the splenius capitis?

Musculus splenius capitis is one of the deep (or intrinsic) muscles of the back. It is a broad strap-like muscle in the back of the neck. Deep to Sternocleidomastoid at the mastoid process.

What to do about trigger points in splenius capitis?

A Thera Cane Massager can be used to treat splenius muscle trigger points. The main symptom of trigger points in the splenius capitis is referred pain at the top of the head, close to the crown or vertex. See figure 2 below for trigger point locations and referred pain pattern.

What causes a TRP in the splenius capitis?

TrP’s in the splenius capitis and cervicis muscles can be caused by sudden direct trauma, often as a result of whiplash injury. Any postural stress that holds the head in an extended and rotated position for a long period of time can also lead to trigger points in these muscles.

Which is worse levator scapulae or splenius capitis?

Splenius involvement alone will cause less stiffness then levator scapulae involvement alone, which is the main “stiff neck” muscle. When both muscles are involved, rotation of the head may be completely restricted due to pain.