What is Occipitofrontalis?
It refers to a large muscle upon the skull of humans that extends to the back of the head from the brow.
It comprises of two bellies or sections:
- Frontal belly – It is located close to the frontal bone.
- Occipital belly – As the name suggests, it is situated close to the occipital bone.
The muscle is also known by the names
- Musculus Occipitofrontalis
- Musculus Occipito-frontal
In Latin, it is known by the names Venter frontalis and Venter occipitalis.
The muscle originates in the frontal belly region. It arises from the fascia over the ridges of the brow.
It is located on either side of the vertex of the skull.
It is composed of the occipitalis muscle in the back and the frontalis muscle in the front, with the galea aponeurotica situated in between.
It helps the frontal and the occipital belly to draw back the scalp which aids in raising the eyebrows and forming a wrinkle over the forehead.
In human beings, it is only needed for facial expressions. In apes, this strong muscle is required to pull back on the skull.
The conditions that can affect this muscle include:
- Pain in head
- Infectious myositis
- Lacerations Migraine
- Neuromuscular diseases
Take a look at these useful images to know how this muscle looks like.
Picture 1 - Occipitofrontalis
Picture 2 - Occipitofrontalis Image