Muscle Review: Corrugator Supercilii

What is a Corrugator Supercilii?

Corrugator Supercilii: Photo Credit: Wikimedia

Corrugator Supercilii: Photo Credit: Wikimedia

I have had great success using manual therapy to treat this muscle as part of a treatment protocol for headaches. The Corrugator Supercilii is a difficult name to remember, so I will keep the take home points for this blog post simple:

  • Corrugator Supercilii is a muscle that may be strained by habitual frowning.

  • This frowning action can compress the supratrochlear nerve (branch of the trigeminal nerve.)

  • This can contribute to deep aching frontal headaches.

  • This muscle is sometimes surgically severed or injected with Botox as a preventive treatment for some types of migraines.

More to Explore

Janis, J.E., Barker, J.C., Palettas, M. (2017). Targeted Peripheral Nerve-directed Onabotulinumtoxin A Injection for Effective Long-term Therapy for Migraine Headache. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. (OPEN ACCESS)

Janis, J.E., Hatef, D.A., ... Kurkjian, T.J. (2013). Anatomy of the supratrochlear nerve: implications for the surgical treatment of migraine headaches. Plast Reconstr Surg. 

Lee, H.J., Choi, K.S., Won, S.Y., ... Kim, H.J. (2015). Topographic Relationship between the Supratrochlear Nerve and Corrugator Supercilii Muscle--Can This Anatomical Knowledge Improve the Response to Botulinum Toxin Injections in Chronic Migraine? Toxins (Basel). (OPEN ACCESS).