The levator scapulae is a skeletal muscle located at the back and side of the neck. It originates on the side (transverse process) of the top cervical vertebrae and inserts on the superior border of the scapula.
It is a deep muscle laying underneath the trapezius muscle and, secondarily, to the spenius capitis muscle.
The function of the levator scapulae is to elevate the scapula (shoulder blade) and to rotate the inferior angle of the scapula toward the spine. It is needed to help with arm movement and acts when the shoulder blades are squeezed together.
It is a postural muscle.