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I need a martial arts MD...

I'm just getting back into martial arts and I have a question about shin conditioning. Shin conditioning basically involves deadening the nerves in the shins to reduce pain when sparring/fighting. Whether this happens by increasing bone density or by increasing calcium deposits in the shins is beyond my medical understanding.

I have heard that tapping using a rolling pin up and down your shins is an effective method. But when you hit your shins with anything that's harder than the bone you run the risk of causing tiny stress fractures and developing arthritis later on in life.

I would specifically like to know if I roll a large wax candle (softer than my shins) over my shins do I run the same risks? I would appreciate any help you could provide.

Regards,
Jim
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