Superficial Skeletal Muscles


Superficial Skeletal Muscles

Superficial Skeletal Muscles

Superficial Skeletal Muscles

Most of the muscles shown move the skeleton for locomotion, but some muscles—especially those of the head—move other structures (e.g., the eyeballs, scalp, eyelids, skin of face, and tongue). The sheath of the left rectus abdominis, formed by aponeuroses of the flat abdominal muscles, has been removed to reveal the muscle. Retinacula are deep fascial thickenings that tether tendons to underlying bones as they cross joints.

When referring to the length of a muscle, both the belly and the tendons are included. In other words, a muscle’s length is the distance between its attachments. Most skeletal muscles are attached directly or indirectly to bones, cartilages, ligaments, or fascias or to some combination of these structures. Some muscles are attached to organs (e.g., the eyeball), skin (such as facial muscles), and mucous membranes (intrinsic tongue muscles). Muscles are organs of locomotion (movement), but they also provide static support, give form to the body, and provide heat. This picture identifies the skeletal muscles that lie most superficially. The deep muscles are identified when each region is studied.


Source: Clinically Oriented Anatomy

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