Occipitalis is part of a larger structure called the epicranius or occipitofrontalis muscle. The epicranius consists of the frontalis muscle and the occipitalis muscle which are joined by a fascial structure called the galea aponeurotica.
The Occipitalis located on the posterolateral cranium. It has notable variations in area and thickness from person to person.
Inferiorly, it originates on the superior nuchal line. Superiorly, it inserts on the fibers of the epicranius.
The occipitalis retracts the epicanius, which pulls the hairline back and raises the eyebrows without wrinkling the forehead, It also stabilizes the epicranius so that the frontalis can raise the eyebrows.
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Tony Preston has a practice in Atlanta, Georgia where he sees clients. He has written and taught about anatomy, trigger points, and cranial therapies since the mid-90s.
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