Facial expression muscles contracting create lines on the face, such as smiling, frowning, and squinting and so on. These lines will disappear when the muscles are relaxed. If these muscles are constantly contracting, the wrinkles will stay. With age, skin cells change as well to contribute to the wrinkle formation. For example, with age the skin loses its ability to hold on moisture, makes less oil and has less ability to repair any damage. This all contributes to the wrinkle formation in some stages. Exposure to the sun too much damages the skin. This leads to wrinkles. Acupuncture can relax facial expression muscles and get rid of the wrinkles. Acupuncture can improve circulation on the face and help skin repairing.
To get rid of wrinkles on the forehead, acupuncture can help
The frontalis muscle (frontal belly) is the muscle on the forehead. It is a thin, quadrilateral form. There is a pair of them. There are no bony attachments. The medial fibers are going downwards and connected with the muscle fibers below which includes the Procerus; the corrugator and the orbicularis oculi. They attach to the skin of eyebrow. Its lateral fibers also mix with the latter muscle over the zygomatic process of the frontal bone. The muscle fibers move up and join the galea aponeurotica (tough fiber layer on the head).
The frontalis muscles lift eyebrows when looking up and wrinkle the forehead by pulling the scalp back. The antagonist muscle is orbicularis oculi muscle.
Acupuncture relaxes this muscle to get rid of the wrinkles on the forehead.
To get rid of crow feet wrinkles, acupuncture can help
The orbicularis oculi muscle is the ring like muscle surrounding the eye. It originates from the nasal part of the bone and goes all the way laterally surrounding the border of the orbit forming a broad and thin layer. It spread over the eyelids, temple and down to the cheek. The orbital orbicularis is the orbital portion of the muscle. It forms a complete circle without interruption. The upper part blends in with the frontalis and corrugators muscles. Palpebral orbicularis is the palpebral portion of the muscles responsible for the involuntary eye blink. Contraction of this muscle causes the eye to close or blink. The orbital portion can be consciously controlled. The antagonist of this muscle is the levator palpebrae superioris muscle. It raises the upper eyelid and exposes the front of the bulb of the eye. Contraction of the muscle also causes the wrinkles at the out corner of the eye which are called crow feet. For example, as under the sun, the skin of the forehead, temple, and cheek is drawn toward the medial angle of the orbit, and the eyelids are firmly closed. The skin is folded especially radiating from the lateral angle of the eyelids.
Acupuncture relaxes this muscle to get rid of the crow feet wrinkle.
In addition, the orbital and palpebral portions can work independent of each other, as in the furrowing of the brows by contraction of the orbital to reduce glare while keeping the eyes open by virtue of the relaxation of the palpebral.
Muscles on the cheek and wrinkles on the face
There are four muscles on the cheek: They are lying in the cheek from middle to lateral, from cheek bone to the upper lip: They are the levator labii superioris alaeque nasi, the levator labii superioris muscle, the zygomaticus minor, the zygomaticus major. They form the nasolabial groove, from the side of the nose to the upper lip. This line is deepened in expressions of sadness. These muscles draw the angle of the mouth upward and backward in smiling. These muscles’s contraction creates tension on the cheek, deep nasolabial groove, and gummy smile. Acupuncture relaxes these muscles and release the tension of the face and soften the nasolabial groove and gummy smile.
Muscles surrounding the mouth and wrinkles and sagging skin
There are a few groups of muscles around the mouth.
The orbicularis oris muscle is the muscle encircling the mouth and it lies between the skin and the mucous membranes of the lips. Contraction of this muscle closes and wrinkles the lips.
The risorius muscle draws the angle of the mouth outward when laughing.
A few muscles below the mouth draw the corner of the mouth down.
The depressor anguli oris is a muscle that originates from the mandible and inserts on angles of the mouth to depress the angle of the mouth.
The depressor labii inferioris muscle is a muscle of the face that draws the lower lip down and slightly laterally
The mentalis muscle elevates and protrudes the lower lip and wrinkles the skin of the chin.
The platysma muscle is a broad sheet of muscle originated from the the fascia covering the upper parts of the pectoralis major and deltoid going upwards to lower cheek and blend in with the muscle around the mouth. It draws the lower lip and corner of the mouth outward and downward.
Muscles lift up the upper lip. Muscles in the cheek involves in lifting upper lip. These muscles include the levator labii superioris alaeque nasi, the levator labii superioris muscle, the zygomaticus minor, the zygomaticus major. They all end in upper lip. .
The tension and contraction of these muscles wrinkle the lips, chin, create lines around the mouth and chin.
Acupuncture can release the tension of the muscles and get rid of the wrinkles.
Procerus muscles and corrugators and wrinkles on the face
The procerus muscle arises from the nasal bone and inserts into the skin over the lower part of the forehead between the two eyebrows. Its fibers blend in with those of the frontalis muscles. Its contraction pulls the skin between the eyebrows downwards creating horizontal wrinkle between the eyes.
The corrugators supercilli muscle is a small muscle at the medial end of the eyebrow. It originates from the medial end of the superciliary arch and its fibers pass upward and laterally and end at the deep surface of the skin above the middle of the orbital arch. It is beneath the frontalis muscle and above the orbicularis oculi muscle. Contraction of this muscle draws the eyebrow downward and medially producing the deep vertical wrinkles between the eyebrows. It is known as frowning muscle.
Acupuncture can relax these muscles and reduce the related wrinkles.
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Thursday, 22 February 2018
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