Where is the frontalis muscle located?
The frontalis is a facial muscle found in the forehead. It attaches to the epicranial aponeurosis and connects to the skin over the eyebrow and the orbicularis oculi muscle.
What Movements Does It Control?
- Wrinkles the skin of the forehead
- Elevates the eyebrows
Interesting Facts About The Frontalis
- Exaggerated facial expressions such as frowning, opening the eyes wide, and raising the eyebrows frequently can stress the muscle.
- Contributes to the deep wrinkles across the forehead.
- The frontalis can cause eye strain, but does not contribute to aching or pain in or around the area of the eyes.
What pain and symptoms are associated with the frontalis muscle?
What Causes Trigger Points In the Frontalis?
Frontalis Trigger Point Treatment
Frontalis trigger points are easily treated. Place your fingertips at the top of the eyebrows using medium pressure rub up into the hairline. If you feel a small knot or tight band of muscle, stop and apply pressure for 10 seconds, then continue massaging upward. Do not apply pressure for more than 10 seconds, as this can do more harm than good. Instead, do several treatments throughout the day until the knot can no longer be felt and the pain and tenderness around the area are gone.
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Clinical diagnoses to which the frontalis muscle symptoms may contribute:
- Tension headaches
- Migraine headaches
- Persistent eye strain
- Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
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Other muscles that should be considered and examined in conjunction with the frontalis:
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