This simple trick promises to relieve stress and anxiety in SECONDS – but does it really work?
- ‘Spiritualist’ Bradley Littlefair shared a simple trick for relieving anxiety
- He claims we have a nerve in our middle finger called the ‘panic reset button’
- Mr Littlefair says the point is located just below the third knuckle
- He recommends pressing your thumb in on the ‘fleshy part’ to reduce stress
A ‘spiritual health’ expert has shared a simple trick that he claims will relieve anxiety in seconds – but not everyone is convinced.
Bradley Littlefair, from Sydney, says we have a nerve in our middle finger called the ‘panic reset button’ which ‘connects to the heart’ and reduces feelings of stress when stimulated.
He says pressing your thumb in on the ‘fleshy part’ reduces anxiety ‘almost instantly’.
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Australian ‘spiritual health’ expert Bradley Littlefair says we have a nerve in our middle finger called the ‘panic reset button’ which ‘connects to the heart’ and reduces feelings of stress when stimulated
‘It’s normal to feel a little tingle when you first do it,’ Mr Littlefair said in the clip.
He says the trick can be used to calm yourself during panic attacks, ahead of public speaking or any other time to relieve stress.
The video, which racked up 324,400 views since it was uploaded online less than 24 hours ago, sparked grateful responses from viewers stuck in lockdown.
‘Thank you. With being locked up now for five weeks and another four ahead of living alone, the panic attacks have been overwhelming,’ one woman replied.
A second added: ‘Crazy – I felt my shoulders instantly drop down. Need to remember this!’
But others insisted there is no acupuncture or pressure point in that part of the finger, accusing Mr Littlefair of spreading misinformation without any justification.
So is there scientific evidence to support his viral claim?
Limited research exists on the benefits of hand reflexology, a massage technique that puts pressure on various reflex points around your hands to relieve health complaints in other parts of the body.
According to Healthline, a 2017 study showed hand reflexology reduced anxiety in patients who were about to undergo coronary angiography, a routine procedure that helps to diagnose heart conditions.
People who had hand reflexology or a simple hand massage before the operation experienced less anxiety, the study found.
But that study was based on applying one minute of pressure to the Heart 7 (HT7) point, just below the crease of your wrist on your outer hand – not the third knuckle of the middle finger as Mr Littlefair advises.
A blog post from Australian wellness website Body and Soul also promises that massaging the tendons in the crease of your wrist will cause anxious tension to ‘melt away’.
Mr Littlefair (pictured) claims pressing your thumb in on the ‘fleshy part’ of the third knuckle on the middle finger reduces anxiety ‘almost instantly’
But an excerpt from business psychologist Sharon Melnick’s book, Success Under Stress, echoes Mr Littlefair’s advice.
Ms Melnick, who uses Eastern medicine techniques such as stretching and meditation to reground herself, writes that you can ‘reset’ yourself during an anxiety attack by applying pressure to a point between your second and third knuckles.
The author says if you move your thumb down your middle finger toward your palm, you will be able to feel a soft, slightly indented spot on the inside of your finger if your palm is facing up.
She claims applying pressure to this point will ‘activate a nerve that loosens the area around the heart’, ridding you of the jittery butterflies that take over your body when you’re feeling stressed.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Bradley Littlefair for comment.