Levator scapulae

Origin

Transverse processes of cervical vertebrae (C1–C4)

Insertion

Medial border of scapula, between superior angle and root of the spine of the scapula

Joint crossed

Shoulder girdle

Joint actions

Elevates the scapula (origin fixed)

Assists in downwards rotation of scapula

Laterally flexes the neck (insertion fixed)

Exercise example(s)

Shoulder Shrugs