This Simple Trick Promises To Relieve Stress And Anxiety In SECONDS – But Does It Really Work?
- ‘Spiritualist’ Bradley Littlefair Shared A Simple Trick To Relieve Anxiety
- He claims we have a nerve in our middle finger called the ‘panic reset button’
- Mr Littlefair says the point is just below the third knuckle
- He recommends pressing your thumb 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.
In a recent video uploaded to TikTok, Mr. Littlefair claims that this point is just below the third knuckle.
He says pressing your thumb on the “fleshy part” reduces anxiety “almost immediately.”
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Australian ‘spiritual health’ expert Bradley Littlefair says we have a nerve in our middle finger called the ‘panic reset button’ that ‘connects to the heart’ and reduces feelings of stress when stimulated
“It’s normal to feel a little tingling when you do it for the first time,” Mr Littlefair said in the clip.
He says the trick can be used to calm yourself during panic attacks, prior to public speaking, or at any other time to relieve stress.
The video, which has racked up 324,400 views since it was uploaded online less than 24 hours ago, sparked appreciative responses from viewers stuck in lockdown.
‘Thank you. Now that we’ve been locked up for five weeks and another four before moving in alone, the panic attacks were overwhelming,” one woman replied.
A second added: ‘Crazy – I felt my shoulders drop right away. You must 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 any scientific evidence to support its viral claim?
There has been limited research on the benefits of hand reflexology, a massage technique that applies pressure to various reflex points around your hands to relieve health complaints in other parts of the body.
According to health line, a 2017 study showed that hand reflexology reduced anxiety in patients about to undergo coronary angiography, a routine procedure that helps diagnose heart disease.
People who had undergone hand reflexology or a simple hand massage before surgery experienced less anxiety, the study found.
But that study was based on applying pressure for one minute 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 the Australian wellness website Body and soul also promises that massaging the tendons in the crease of your wrist will ‘melt away’ anxious tension.
Mr Littlefair (pictured) claims that pressing your thumb on the ‘fleshy part’ of the third knuckle of the middle finger reduces anxiety ‘almost immediately’
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 get herself back on her feet, writes that during an anxiety attack, you can “reset” yourself by applying pressure to a point between your second and third knuckles.
The author says that if you move your thumb down your middle finger toward your palm, you can feel a soft, slightly dimpled spot on the inside of your finger when your palm is facing up.
She claims that applying pressure to this point “activates a nerve that loosens the area around the heart,” freeing you from the jittery butterflies that take over your body when you’re feeling stressed.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Bradley Littlefair for comment.