Upper Trapezius
Upper Trapezius

Upper Trapezius

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TCM Element
Muscle Physical

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Origin: External occipital protuberance, medial superior nuchal line, ligamentum nuchae, and spinous process of seventh cervical vertebrae.

Insertion: Lateral one third of clavicle and acromion process of scapula.

Action: Laterally rotates scapula, and elevates the acromial end of the clavicle and scapula with the other trapezius portions and an accessory muscle for respiration.


Position: Sitting, elevate the shoulder, and bring the head towards the elevated shoulder.

Rotation: Turn head to point the ear toward the front of the shoulder

Stabilise: Same side shoulder.

Monitor: Apply pressure to depress the shoulder, and against the head to straighten it up.



Nerve Supply: Spinal portion of cranial nerve XI, the accessory and ventral ramus of the spinal nerves - C2, C3 & C4

Visceral Nerves:

Sympathetic: L1, L2, L3

Parasympathetic: Vagus X, S2

Neuro-Lymphatic Reflex:

Anterior: Bilateral anterolateral from hip to knee

Posterior: Bilateral region between L1, L4 & PSIS.

Neuro-Vascular Reflex: Bilateral parietal eminences-posterior aspect.

Yuan point: LI4

Nutrition: Bifidobacterium bifidum, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Vit. D, iron.