Rectus Capitis Posterior Major

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The rectus capitis posterior major (or rectus capitis posticus major, both being Latin for larger posterior straight muscle of the head ) arises by a pointed tendon from the spinous process of the axis , and, becoming broader as it ascends, is inserted into the lateral part of the inferior nuchal line of the occipital bone and the surface of the bone immediately below the line.

The rectus capitis posterior minor (or rectus capitis posticus minor , both being Latin for lesser posterior straight muscle of the head ) arises by a narrow pointed tendon from the tubercle on the posterior arch of the atlas , and, widening as it ascends, is inserted into the medial part of the inferior nuchal line of the occipital bone and the surface between it and the foramen magnum , and also takes some attachment to the spinal dura mater .

Rectus capitis posterior minor muscles are found on the back of the head and neck, central to the spine. The rectus capitis posterior major lies directly next to the muscle, but the major muscle sits more to the side of the neck.