Occipitalis Anatomy: Origin, Insertion, Action, Innervation

Muscle Anatomy of the Occipitalis Muscle

Origin: The lateral portion of the superior nuchal line of the occipital bone

Insertion: Galea aponeurotica

Pulls the scalp posteriorly Innervation: Posterior auricular branch of the facial nerve (cranial nerve VII)

Blood Supply:
 Branches from the occipital artery Occipitalis muscle

For pain and symptom information see:

Occipitalis Muscle: Headaches, Head, Eye, Teeth Pain

Occipitalis Muscle Actions

Primary Actions of the Occipitalis Muscle

1. Pulls the scalp posteriorly

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Recommended Beginner Anatomy Books

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.

The Trail Guide To The Body is another excellent book to help you learn the musculature of the human body. Though the book is geared toward massage therapists and physical therapist assistants, the book with its illustrations and text helps anyone gain a thorough understanding of the human musculoskeletal system and movement. I highly recommend this book for anyone studying anatomy.


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