NCBI Bookshelf. Katherine E. Westbrook ; Matthew Varacallo. Authors Katherine E. Westbrook ; Matthew Varacallo 1.
Muscles of the Head and Neck
SEER Training: Muscles of the Head and Neck
Our facial expressions mirror our emotions and they often do so without us even knowing it. While this helps us communicate, it also means that our face tends to carry the signs and stress of our inner emotional life. Luckily, there are many ways to help relax these important muscles, ranging from whole-body approaches to minimize systemic stress to specific facial exercises that will help you release tension. To relax your facial muscles, give yourself a massage by making small, gentle, circular motions in each area of your face with your fingers. For added relaxation, apply a warm washcloth to your skin or take a hot shower before your self-massage. For example, position your tongue on the roof of your mouth and let your bottom jaw hang open to avoid clenching your jaw and tensing your face. To learn how to stretch the muscles in your face to allow them to relax, keep reading!
The muscles of the face
A knowledge of facial anatomy is vital to be able to reconstruct a face from a skull. This information is also available as a download at the bottom of this step and we will be watching a video showing each of these muscles as they are reconstructed in the next step, so you may find it useful to have this article as a reference. The large muscle of the forehead. Some experts omit this muscle when reconstructing the face as it is thin and they feel that it does not contribute significantly to the overall contours of the face. A thick-fan shaped muscle that closes the mouth and assists the jaw to move side-to-side to grind up food.
License Image. Skip to primary navigation Skip to content. The muscles that control facial expression, also called mimetic muscles. These muscles are controlled by the facial nerve , which has 5 main divisions described below.