Posterior Muscles of the Human Body
Posterior muscles of the human body are included in first-level courses in human anatomy.
The topic muscles of the human body is important for students of nursing, physiotherapy, sports science and other health science subjects. The following labelled diagram of human posterior muscles includes some muscles required by the ITEC Diploma in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology (Sept 2009).
Not all of the skeletal muscles of the human body can be seen from any one view. This is partly because they are located in different areas of the body e.g. anterior, posterior, medial, lateral etc., and partly because there are layers of muscles, i.e. 'deep' muscles are closest to bones whereas 'superficial' muscles just beneath the skin.
Posterior Muscles in the Body
This muscle diagram is interactive: Click on the name of a muscle for a page about that muscle (works for most labels).
The muscles (and associated muscle tissues) labelled in the posterior muscles diagram shown above are listed in bold the following table by part of the body:
The muscles listed with a line through their names (above) are often included in first level courses but are not shown in the diagram above.
See the page muscle names and locations for more about all of the muscles in this table - including links to other pages where these muscles are labelled on muscle diagrams.