Is craniosacral therapy effective for migraine? Tested with HIT-6 Questionnaire

Complement Ther Clin Pract


OBJECTIVE: To determine whether or not craniosacral therapy alleviates migraine symptoms. METHODS: A cross-over experimental design was used with twenty participants, aged between 20 and 50 years, who suffered from at least two migraine attacks per month. Participants were randomly assigned to two equal-sized groups, A and B. All received six craniosacral treatments over four weeks and the groups answered the “HIT-6” Questionnaire four times; every four weeks (Times 1, 2, 3 and 4). Group A, received treatment after answering the questionnaire the first time, but Group B, answered the questionnaire twice before receiving treatment. RESULTS: Immediately after treatments and one month afterwards there was significant lowering in HIT-6 scorings compared with prior to treatment. There was also significant difference in HIT-6 scorings between Times 1 and 4 (p = 0.004). The effect size was 0.43-0.55. CONCLUSION: The results indicate that craniosacral treatment can alleviate migraine symptoms. Further research is suggested.

Arnadottir, Thuridur Solveig Sigurdardottir, Arun K eng Randomized Controlled Trial England Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2013 Feb;19(1):11-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2012.09.003. Epub 2012 Nov 9.