M. Splenius capitis

Origin

  • Processus spinosus C3-Th3 via lig. nuchae

Attachment

  • Mastoideus process
  • Nuchae superior line

Innervation

  • C1-C5 Rr. Dorsal

Plexa

Function

Unilateral function

  • Ipsilateral rotation of the cervical spine
  • Lateral flexion of cervical spine

Bilateral function

  • Extension of the cervical spine

Artery

Antagonist

Joints involved

Descriptive text

The muscle lies below the M. Trapezius. It is thin and flat.

Exercise

Training tips

Therapist tips

  • Often involved in “gamnacke” as it is abbreviated.
  • May cause trigger points and pain in the scalp.

Treatment recommendations r

  • Massage
  • Acupressure
  • Dry needling
  • Ledmanipulation
  • Stretch (home stretch and by therapist)
  • TENS
  • NMES
  • Cervical traction
  • Heating / Cooling

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