The muscles of the neck and throat include the Sternohyoideus, Sternothyroideus, and the Sternomastoideus.
|Sternohyoideus Close up|
The Sternohyoideus is the most ventral. To isolate this muscle:
-Remove any connective tissue to reveal the underlying muscle.
-Locate the edges of the Sternohyoid and use blunt probe to gently separate from the muscles located under it.
-There is one band of the Sternohyoid muscle on either side of the Sternothyroideus.
The Sternothyroideus is located under the Sternohyoid. To isolate this muscle:
-Cut and reflect the sternohyoid and use blunt probe to separate the muscle from the connective tissue surrounding it.
-Find the flaps of the Sternothyroid and use blunt probe to gently separate from the connective tissue a little.
The Sternomastoideus is the large “U” shaped muscle located in the ventral and lateral surfaces of the neck. To isolate this muscle:
-Use blunt probe to move any remaining connective tissue.
-Insert blunt probe into the neck, in between the Sternohyoideus and Sternothyroideus and the side of the head.
-Look for the “U” shaped muscle.