How Many Human Muscles?



How many human muscles are there?

There are three types of muscle:

  • Skeletal
  • Smooth
  • Cardiac

There are nearly 650 skeletal muscles in the human body attaching to a bone and connecting a joint to enable us to move our limbs. There are also muscles that connect muscle to tissue and muscle to muscle.


The neck muscles and massive triangular muscles of the back stabilise the head and shoulders and permit a range of complex movements.

The most powerful muscles in the body are those that run along the spine. They maintain posture and provide the strength for lifting and pushing.

The face muscles control a wide range of movements and are especially complex around the mouth and eyes.

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