Neck Muscles - continued

Main POSTERIOR NECK muscles (ie. cervical region):

–  Splenius Capitis

–  Splenius Cervicis

[Primary cervical extensors] The FOUR suboccipitals assisting:

–  Rectus Capitis Posterior Major and Minor

–  Qbliquus Capitis Superior and Inferior

Unilateral tension in all these = lateral flexion OR ipsilateral rotation

Main LATERAL NECK muscles (ie. cervical region):

–   Sternocleidomastoid (SCM)

–   Levator Scapulae

–   Scalenus Anterior, Posterior, Medius

[Bilateral SCM tension = neck flexion OR head extension

Unilateral SCM tension = ipsilateral lateral flexion OR contralateral rotation

Scalenes (all three) assist with neck flexion & lateral flexion]

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