Splenius Cervicis – Functional Anatomy

Origin – spinous processes of T3-T6 Insertion – anterior aspect of the transverse processes of C1-C3 Function – unilaterally this is involved in rotation and side-bending of the neck. Bilaterally, these muscles extend the neck. “Splenius” comes from the Greek word “splenion” meaning “bandage.” This muscle acts as a wrap around the muscles of the …

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Self Care – Headache on the Top of Your Head

Avoid sustained postures with your chin jutting forward, especially while twisting it from side to side, as when you are watching birds or leaning forward watching tennis. Common versions of this today is leaning forward and turning your head between two monitors or looking up at a high screen for long periods. Here’s a post …

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Therapist Notes – Splenius Capitis

Splenius capitis originates from the lower cervicals and upper thoracics and inserts on the occipital and temporal bones so that it is in a perfect position to counter sternocleidomastoid to pull the head around. It also serves as a wrap to hold the lateral neck muscles against the neck during movement. The splenii muscle trigger point …

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