Section of the neck at about the level of the sixth cervical vertebra. Showing the arrangement of the fascia coli.
Deep muscles of the back.
Origintransverse process
Insertionspinous process
NervePosterior ramus of spinal nerve
ActionsExtend vertebral column (bilateral contraction); rotate vertebral column (unilateral contraction) Antagonist =
Latinmusculi transversospinales
Anatomical terms of muscle

The transversospinales are a group of muscles of the human back. Their combined action is rotation and extension of the vertebral column. These muscles are small and have a poor mechanical advantage for contributing to motion. They include:

  • the three semispinalis muscles, spanning 4-6 vertebral segments
    • semispinalis thoracis
    • semispinalis cervicis
    • semispinalis capitis
  • multifidus, spanning 2-4 vertebral segments
  • rotatores, spanning 1-2 vertebral segments
    • rotatores cervicis
    • rotatores thoracis
    • rotatores lumborum

External links

  • Musculoskeletal Interventions: Techniques for Therapeutic exercise. Authors: Michael L. Voight, Barabara J. Hoogenboom, William E. Prentice.

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