Posterior Muscles of the Human Body
It isn't possible to label the locations of all the skeletal muscles of the human body on one diagram because:
- They are in and visible from views of different areas of the body e.g. anterior, posterior, medial, lateral etc., and
- There are layers of muscles: 'Deep' muscles are closest to bones.'Superficial' muscles are just beneath the skin.
Posterior Muscles in the Body
Above: Diagram of the Posterior Muscles of the Human Body
In this diagram superficial muscles are labelled in black and the locations of deep muscles are labelled in green and indicated with orange lines and/or highlighted areas.
This muscle diagram is interactive: Click on the name of a muscle for a page about that muscle (works for most).
The muscles and associated muscle tissues labelled in the above posterior muscles diagram are listed in bold in the following sections re. Trunk / Torso, Arm / Hand, Leg / Foot and Head / Neck / Face.
See the page muscle names and locations for more about all of the muscles in this table including links to other pages where they are labelled on muscle diagrams.
See also anterior muscles and facial muscles.
- Anterior Muscles
- Facial Muscles
- Muscle Terminology (Definitions)
- 1. Structure of Muscle
- 2. Structure of Muscle Cells
- 3. Muscle Filaments
- 4. Sliding Filament Theory
- 5. Neuromuscular Junction
- 6. Actions at Neuromuscular Junction
- Types of Muscle Contractions
- Muscular Disorders
- Effects of exercise on muscles