Rhomboid Minor

Diagram of Posterior Muscles of the Human Body

The rhomboid minor muscles are deep muscles located in the upper-back (posterior torso) of the human body.

The rhomboid minor muscles are immediately above (superior to) the rhomboid major muscles. Both of these are pairs of muscles located on each side of the upper-spine, between the shoulder blades.

Origin, Insertion and Actions of the Rhomboid Minor muscles:

Points of Origin:
  • Nuchal ligaments, at the back of the neck
  • Spinous processes of vertebrae C7 to T1
Point of Insertion:
  • Medial border of the scapula (shoulder bone), above the insertion (attachments) of the rhomboid major muscle fibres
Actions:
  • Retracts and rotates the scapula (shoulder bone)
  • Pulls the scapula (shoulder bone) towards the spine.

The rhomboid minor muscles are labelled on the diagram of human posterior muscles.

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