I love writing my Friday facts and love these group of muscles, but this Friday fact has been a challenge, keeping it short and trying not to go too far down the rabbit hole. This subject will lead to a longer article.
Today’s Friday fact is on a beautiful group of four paired muscles at the base of your skull, called the Sub Occipitals.
These muscles are small but important; they initiate and control fine movements.
They contain a high density of muscle spindles making proprioception an important function of these muscles, monitoring the position of the head and upper cervical vertebrae. Letting you know where your head is in space. They also help with head, and eye coordination, dysfunction and shortness in these muscles can affect balance as well as linked to tension headaches. When you are staring at your computer screen and go to lift your head, these are the muscles that get overworked.
The four muscles starting from the midline of the skull are:
– Rectus Capitis Posterior Minor
– Rectus Capitis Posterior Major
– Obliquus Capitis Superior
– Obliquus Capitis Inferior.