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Orbicularis Oculi Anatomy: Origin, Insertion, Action, Innervation

Orbicularis Oculi Anatomy Study

Orbicularis Oculi Anatomy
Palpebral part: to the medial palpebral ligament and adjacent bone on the medial side of the orbit.
Orbital part: to a slip of bone adjacent to the orbit on the orbital process of the frontal bone, to the frontal process of the maxilla, and to the medial palpebral ligament between the two bony areas.
Palpebral part: into the skin of the eyelids, blending with levator palpebrae superioris and continuing on to the lateral palpebral raphe.
Orbital part: into the skin surrounding the orbit and blending with adjacent facial muscles
Action: Closes the eyelids
Innervation: Temporal and zygomatic branches of the facial nerve (cranial nerve VII)
Blood Supply: Branches from the ophthalmic artery



Primary Actions:

1. Closes the eyelids

For pain and symptom information see: Orbicularis Oculi: Eye Pain and Twitching

The Anatomy Coloring Book is one of the best study and reference books for beginning anatomy students. The diagrams are clearly labeled and allow you to see the relationship and placement of the various structures of the body. You will also be surprised how the act of coloring will help with recall. But this is not just a beginners book, it is also great for practitioners and therapists to have on hand to use with clients and patients to use as a visual reference.


Out of the scores of books in my office Basic Clinical Massage Therapy is by far the most referenced book in my library. The musculoskeletal system is overlaid on human models allowing you to learn the precise location, origin and insertions of each muscle. The models are pictured in various poses throughout the book which also helps you visualize muscles in motion and their actions relationship with the skeletal structure and other muscles. Though it is written for massage therapists, it is an excellent book for anyone who wants to learn about the muscular system. MT’s will benefit from recommended treatments for each muscle.






The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook – Claire Davies, Amber Davies, and David G. Simons

Basic Clinical Massage Therapy: Integrating Anatomy and Treatment – James H. Clay and David M. Pounds

Trigger Point Therapy for Myofascial Pain – Donna Finando and Steven Finando

Massage Therapy Principles and Practice – Susan Salvo

Theory & Practice of Therapeutic Massage – Mark Beck


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