Crossing your fingers might reduce pain, says study

A study has found that crossing the fingers can confuse the way the brain processes feelings of hot, cold and pain – in some cases reducing painful sensations. Scientists believe the phenomenon could ultimately be harnessed to help treat chronic pain patients, who suffer from painful sensations, often long after a physical injury has healed. Professor Patrick Haggard, the study’s senior author at University College London, said: “Interactions like these may contribute to the astonishing variability of pain. Our research … raises the interesting possibility that pain levels could be manipulated by moving one part of the body relative to others.”

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