Splenius Capitis – Functional Anatomy

Origin – midline fascia over the ligamentum nuchae from C3 – C7 and the spinous processes of T1-T3

Insertion – underneath the SCM on the superior nuchal line of the temporal and occipital bone

Function – Contracts during extension and ipsilateral rotation of the head on the neck.

Wikipedia entry for Splenius Capitis


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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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