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Lee, Park, Park, Ko, and Cho: A Case Report of Craniosacral Therapy and Acupuncture for Chronic Migraine



This case report aims to describe the effects of craniosacral therapy and acupuncture in a patient with chronic migraine.


A 33-year-old man with chronic migraine was treated with 20 sessions of craniosacral therapy and acupuncture for 8 weeks. The number of migraine and headache days were monitored every month. The pain intensity of headache was measured on the visual analog scale (VAS). Korean Headache Impact Test-6 (HIT-6) and Migraine Specific Quality of Life (MSQoL) were also used.


The number of headache days per month reduced from 28 to 7 after 8 weeks of treatment and to 3 after 3 months of treatment. The pain intensity of headache based on VAS reduced from 7.5 to 3 after 8 weeks and further to < 1 after 3 months of treatment. Furthermore, the patient’s HIT-6 and MSQoL scores improved during the treatment period, which was maintained or further improved at the 3 month follow-up. No side effects were observed during or after the treatment.


This case indicates that craniosacral therapy and acupuncture could be effective treatments for chronic migraine. Further studies are required to validate the efficacy of craniosacral therapy for chronic migraine.

Fig. 1
Craniosacral therapy
Fig. 2
Changes in the number of migraine days and headache days per month
Fig. 3
Changes in pain intensity of headache measured on visual analog scale (VAS)
Fig. 4
Changes in Korean headache impact Test-6 (HIT-6) Journal of Korean Medicine 2023;44(3)
Fig. 5
Changes in migraine specific quality of life (MSQoL)


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