(PETERBOROUGH) Behind an unassuming door just down the hall from the Fleming College athletic department lies one of Peterborough’s best-kept secrets.
Over the last seven years Josh Martin has not only been building an impressive rehabilitation practice in the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre, but a reputation as an outstanding therapist who is gaining the attention of more than just the local community.
Starting early in his career with the Fleming Knights varsity teams, Martin includes on his impressive resume the Pagans Rugby club, the Lakers senior lacrosse team, multiple national sport championships and Rugby Canada’s Senior Men’s team. His experience has even gained the attention of the big leagues. Earlier this year Martin received a message from a colleague telling him that he would be receiving a call he couldn’t afford not to take.
“I listened to the message and it was the Toronto Blue Jays,” laughed Martin.
“I had to listen to it again.”
Unfortunately for the Jays, it didn’t work out. But Toronto’s loss is Peterborough’s, and his family’s, gain. In October Martin and his wife celebrated the arrival of their fourth child.
A graduate of the Fleming Massage Therapy program, Martin did not immediately burst onto the sport injury treatment scene. After graduation he found it difficult to get his footing as a new therapist in Peterborough. The clinic that had hired Martin closed and he was forced to serve a short stint in retail. It was during that time that he made the realization that if he didn’t put his education to use it would go to waste.
“It got to a point where I said to myself that something wasn’t right,” recalls the 29-year-old.
“I had taken the courses, written the exams, got the certification and I wasn’t using it.”
With a new purpose he soon found a position in a multidiscipline clinic in Ajax. It was there while working with a number of different health practitioners that he gained the invaluable experience and inspiration for the clinic he would eventually be putting in place here in Peterborough. The rest, as they say, is history. It’s been a long road and even longer hours committing to his craft. He has traveled the world and worked alongside some of the best in his field to elevate his level of experience to where it currently resides. This practical experience is what Martin feels is the biggest asset he brings to the people he treats.
“In my mind you can be as book smart as you want, but when it comes right down to it, your hands on (experience) is what’s most important,” says Martin.
This mind set has obviously served him well. Martin’s practice, Return to Function, takes an integrated approach to therapy by implementing a multitude of therapeutic treatments for everyone, not just the high level athlete. The philosophy of returning each individual to his or her peak performance is at the base of the clinics services and at the root of Martin’s attitude toward each client.
“Regardless of what your occupation is you have to work at that peak level to be productive in your everyday life,” states Martin.
Whether it’s a stay-at-home mom who represents on the home front or those athletes who represent the homeland, Martin’s focus is on returning everyone he treats to optimal health. The treatments that Martin provides to get his clients to their peak include medical acupuncture, soft tissue release, therapeutic ultrasound and custom bracing. Martin is also Peterborough’s only certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner, a rehabilitative and therapeutic taping technique using a highly specific designed tape that relaxes and supports injured muscles. Now, with his clinic established, Martin’s future vision is of further expansion and professional development. Currently a member of the faculty in the Massage Therapy program, Martin thinks that some day he might return to study himself and increase his own education, but that sits along side a number of other goals this young professional has set aside. When he actually takes some time to reflect, he is taken aback by how far he’s come in such a short amount of time. With so many options before him, he is really only sure of one thing.
“You’re never sure of where you’re going to end up.”
For more information on Martin, the Return to Function clinic and the services he provides go to www.returntofunction.net