M. Llevator Scapulae

Origin

  • Transverse process C1-C4

Attachment

  • Angulus superior scapulae

Innervation

  • C3-C5 N. Dorsalis Scapulae

Plexa

  • Pl. Cervicalis

Function

  • Elevation of the scapulae
  • Inward rotation of the scapulae
  • Lateral flexion of cervical spine and head (fixed attachment)
  • Ipsilateral rotation of cervical spine and head (fixed bracket)
  • Extension of cervical spine and head (bilateral function)

Artery

  • Dorsal scapular artery

Antagonist

Joints involved

  • art. Thoracoscapularis
  • art. Acromioclavicularis
  • art. Sternoclavicularis
  • All invertebral joints in the cervical spine

Descriptive text

Levator scapulae is a flat and two fingers wide muscle. It is located below the M. trapezius and runs downward-laterally to the superior angulus on the scapulae.

Exercise & levator scapulae

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Therapist comment

  • The muscle is often the basis for neck lock.
  • Due to its “twist”, the muscle is extra elastic
  • Stress and static work usually lead to the muscles tensing up and eventually causing pain.

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