Graduating from the University of Nottingham in 1984 with an honours degree in Physics, Martin then worked in the wine trade and music industry before attending the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic. He graduated in 1996, as best academic student.
Martin has taught biophysics, biomechanics, neurology, clinical medicine and general diagnosis at undergraduate level and lectured to postgraduate groups on research dissemination, temporomandibular dysfunction and medicolegal expertise. He has published over fifty articles in professional biomedical journals and was Editor of the international peer reviewed journal Clinical Chiropractic and its predecessor The British Journal of Chiropractor from 1996-2013. He has written two medical textbooks: Essential Physics for Manual Medicine (2010) and Essential Musculoskeletal MRI (2011).
In 1999, he was elected as an inaugural Fellow of the Royal College of Chiropractors and became a double fellow in 2016, being elected as an inaugural Fellow of its Faculty of Pain, whom he serves as honorary secretary. He was the first chiropractor to be elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and as a Member of the Expert Witness Institute. He still regularly gives expert opinions in cases of alleged chiropractic negligence.
He has also received fellowships from the British Chiropractic Association and the European Academy of Chiropractic and has twice been awarded the Royal College of Chiropractors President’s Award for outstanding services to the profession.