Dr Sophie Hardy B.Sc., D.C.
I am Dr. Sophie Hardy. I personally designed these exercise programmes and wrote all the books. I am here to help and support you in any way I can.
I have a B.Sc. degree in Chiropractic and I was a UK registered chiropractor and worked with International and Premiership football (soccer) players. I was also a member of the medical team for the British Masters Athletic team, as well as running my own general practice clinic. At the bottom of this page and on the testimonials page you can see what some of my patients (both past and current) thought of me and I hope that soon you will think as highly of me as I have always taken pride in my standard of patient care.
More than that though- I know what you are going through as I suffer from osteoarthritis too. I was first diagnosed at the grand old age of 28. The difference is I know how to control mine so I can lead my life to the full. That is why I am able to design you a programme and give you expert advice on what is suitable for you to do. I want you to lead your life to the full as I do. I suppose you could say I am on a bit of a crusade to help my fellow sufferers!
I graduated from the Anglo European College of Chiropractic in Bournemouth in 1995. Upon graduation I moved to Derby to be with and to marry husband, Phil. I joined a thriving practice as an associate. In 1996 I treated my first professional athlete who was referred by Derby County Football Club. That was the start of a long relationship with the Club and began my special interest of Chiropractic in sports and exercise.
In 2001 I branched out on my own and set up my own Clinic.
This was a remarkable success and we had to move to larger premises in2006 to accommodate the number of therapists who were working from under the umbrella of “Mickleover ChiroHealth Clinic”. By the time I sold up there were 3 chiropractors, 4 physiotherapists and a masseur, along with the Clinic manager and 3 other reception staff, not to mention the thousands of patients on the books. So you can imagine that life was hectic!
All through these years I consulted to the players at Derby County and several other clubs sent players to me as well from all over England and Scotland. Players included International players, players from the Premiership as well as local non league players. The highlight for me was probably when the Derby County players requested that Zoe (the part time masseur) and I accompany them to the hotel the night before the Wembley Championship Playoff final in 2006 /07 season just in case they needed us! Against the odds they won and were promoted back into the Premiership and Matt Oakley (the captain) gave my son his signed Wembley pass! During my last full season working I worked 2 days per week at Derby County and 3 days a week in general practice seeing ‘normal’ people as I always thought of them!
Also I was a Member of the College of Chiropractors and was Secretary of the College of Chiropractors Sports and Exercise Faculty for several years and usually I lectured a couple of times a year at seminars on their behalf. Add to that working track side at events for the British Masters Athletic Medical team and I think my husband must be the most patient and long suffering man on the planet!
However this did take its toll, both on family life (Phil and I have 2 children, Joe born in 1996 and Kate born in 2000) and on my physical health. I had been diagnosed with mild osteoarthritis of the spine during my first year at Chiropractic College (aged just 28) and after 12 years of hectic practice it is also beginning in my hands at the grand old age of 45! After long discussions with my family and a lot of soul searching the decision was made that I should retire. We decided to immigrate to New Zealand as we thought (and have been proved right!) that we would have a better quality of family life over there. The clinic was sold to one of the associate chiropractors and the Hardy family arrived in their new country in February 2008.
After years in practice the osteoarthritis in my spine had deteriated a fair bit and suddenly I was without my colleagues regular treatment. So I devised a self help programme and surprised myself with its effectiveness!
Then my step mother asked for my help. She had been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in her hip and had been advised she needed a hip replacement. This was something she didn’t want. So I developed her a programme and you can read Jean’s story on the testimonial page.
My condition is currently controllable for everyday activities by using my self help physical therapy programme 3 times per week. These activities include riding my horse, Breeze. Anyone with osteoarthritis in the hands/fingers and back just think of the buckles and bending with that hobby and for good measure my daughter has her own pony too! I also body board (no pictures of that I don’t want to scare you!), walk my dogs and help look after our 2 hectares of kiwifruit on our 7 hectare small holding. I even do my own house work (well, except the vacuuming which I hate and then my back becomes very bad!).
Living with osteoarthritis myself gives me an excellent understanding how this condition can affect your life. There are probably very few physical therapists in the world who have worked so closely with therapists from other disciplines, giving me an enviably broad knowledge base. Put these two factors together and I have a unique formula to develop programmes from both a professional and personal viewpoint.
The result is that I develop effective programmes that aren’t too time-consuming for the busy person. I hope you will find my new style of clinic work as good as my old patients found my old work.
And apparently some do!
“You have definitely helped me and I am sure you are missed by everyone back here for your professional and personal support.”- Janet from Guildford
“Thank you Sophie you were a delight and so helpful when I contacted you and I would highly recommend anyone to your programme” – Molly from Humberside
THIS IS WHAT MY ‘OLD’ PATIENTS THOUGHT OF ME.
The cards I received from my general practice patients when I left.
It is nearly 6 inches high from a personal patient list of just under
2000 ever seen at Mickleover ChiroHealth Clinic.
HERE’S WHAT SOME OF THEM SAID!
“I know you will just have to throw this away amid all your packing but we couldn’t let you go without saying thank you for looking after us with your talent and skill and sense of humour that we love you for. We felt you to be a real friend and wish you A VERY HAPPY NEW LIFE. Much love and thanks for everything.”
Gill, Brendon and Rosie
“Thanks so much Sophie, you will be greatly missed.”
“Thank you so much for all your help and advice. Words cannot express how grateful I am. I will miss you and hope that you and your family have a wonderful time in New Zealand.”
“I am so sorry that you are going so far away. The confidence you gave me when I eventually plucked up courage cannot be measured. You put me really back on my feet following my prolonged back problem and I cannot thank you enough. If you ever decide to pick up where you left off please put me first on the list!”
A couple of simple ones:
“Thank you for all you have done for me. Will miss you.”
“Thank you (for everything)”
Anne and Martin
“Thank you for looking after us all. I appreciated your partnership approach”
“Do you have any idea how hard it is to find a card that says everything you want it to say? I’ll tell you now, it’s impossible! You have been so many things to me Sophie over the years. You have been a ‘healer’, a very good listener, you’ve made me laugh when at times I’ve felt like crying, you have even watched my family grow up. I think of you not just as ‘the chiropractor I go to’ but as a friend as well. For all of these reasons I’m really going to miss you when you go. That said, I can’t let you go until I have thanked you sincerely for all you have done for my family and in particular myself. I will enquire every time I go to the clinic ‘What’s Sophie up to’?
Wishing you every happiness and good wishes for the future to you and your family.
Take care & lots of love ”
Two of her children wrote really nice messages on the card too!
and a few from ‘The Lads!’
Michael Johnson, Premiership footballer with both Birmingham and Derby County. He played in the League Cup Final in 2001 and had 12 caps for his country said:
“You will be sorely missed. Thanks for everything. Without you I don’t know how I would of managed and you’ve been a friend to me as well. Wishing you good luck and keep in touch. Jonno xxx”
Lee Camp, Championship player and who made 5 appearances as England U21 goal keeper:
“Wishing you lots of luck and best wishes for your new life in New Zealand! Thank you for everything over the years Soph!!! Love from Lee
Paul Boertien who made 114 appearances for Derby County and is still playing in spite of several ‘career ending’ injuries:
“Thank you so much for everything you have done for me over the past eight years. I really appreciate it and without you who knows what I would have done. Good luck to you all in your new life I hope it all goes well. Take care, keep in touch and let me know when you’re back!! Best wishes Paul