Epicranial Aponeurosis

Interactive diagram of the muscles of the head, face and neck

The epicranial aponeurosis, also known as 'epicranius', is the muscle of the scalp.

The frontal portion of the epicranial aponeurosis lies across the forehead and raises the eyebrows and wrinkles the forehead.

The occipital portion of the epicranial aponeurosis is located at the base of the skull and draws the scalp backwards.

The epicranial aponeurosis is one of the muscles of the head, neck, and face taught as part of many courses in Indian Head Massage. As this is a popular therapy we have included several pages that may be of interest to students of Indian Head Massage. See, for example, the page about skeletal structures of the head and neck.

See the page about Facial Muscles to view the location of the epicranial aponeurosis muscle. (This page consists of an interactive, rather than just a labelled, diagram, so you'll have to test yourself by guessing which muscle is the epicranial aponeurosis until you find the correct label.)

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