Levator Scapulae Muscle

Levator Scapulae Muscle

DEFINITION – What does Levator Scapulae mean?

Originating from each of the superior four cervical vertebrae, and from deep within the sternocleidomastoideus, this small muscle is covered by the scalenus medius and scalenus cervicis, and is situated within the neck’s posterior triangle.

FUNCTION – Levator Scapulae Muscle

Innervated by spinal nerves C3-C4 and C5, the Levator Scapulae elevates and rotates the scapula. Working together with other muscles such as the pectoralis minor and rhomboids, the Levator Scapulae acts to rotate the scapula downwards. With a fixed shoulder, the muscle laterally flexes the cervical spine.

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