Spinalis Cervicis

Original Editor Oyemi Sillo

Lead Editors - Oyemi Sillo and Kim Jackson  


Spinalis Cervicis belongs to the medial column of the Sacrospinalis group of muscles.[1] 


Lower part of ligamentum nuchae (C4 to C6) and spinous process of C7 to T2.[2][3]   


Spinous processes of C2 and sometimes the 3rd and 4th cervical spinous process.[3]   

Nerve Supply

Dorsal rami of cervical and thoracic spinal nerves (C4 to T1).[2]   

Blood Supply

Dorsal branches of the posterior intercostal arteries from the thoracic aorta.[2] 


Bilaterally they extend the spine; unilaterally they laterally flex and rotate the spine tp same side.[3]



  1. Gray, Henry. Anatomy of the Human Body. Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger, 1918; Bartleby.com, 2000. www.bartleby.com/107/.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 http://www.anatomyexpert.com/structure_detail/5219/
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 http://www.wheelessonline.com/ortho/spinalis_cervicis_1