Sternohyoid

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

The sternohyoid is a muscle located in the centre of the anterior neck.


The points of origin and insertion, and the action of the sternohyoid muscle:

Origin: The sternum ('breastbone')
Insertion: The hyoid bone, which is located in the neck
Actions: Depresses the hyoid bone

The sternohyoid 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 sternohyoid 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 sternohyoid until you find the correct label.)

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