ME, Fibromyalgia and Hypermobility - Nicola


Living with Myalgic Encephalopathy (ME), Fibromyalgia and Hypermobility


Nicola has suffered with ME and Fibromyalgia for seven years and was finally diagnosed five years ago. She came to H2O Physio, finding it difficult to exercise, unfit and struggling to manage her symptoms.


  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Water Temperature: 31˚C
  • Speed: 3.5kph
  • Depth: 1100mm
  • Resistance Jets: Not activated
  • Direction: Forwards, 
  • Number of Sessions: 7


Severe fatigue, aching joints, muscle weakness, stiffness and widespread pain, has meant day-to-day life has been difficult for Nicola. Coming home from her office job, Nicola would collapse from exhaustion and feel unable to do anything else.

Previously fit, she was determined to find a suitable way to exercise and weekly sessions in the underwater treadmill have provided a pain-free, low-impact solution.

Nicola's H2O Physio programme has enabled her to build strength, get fitter and increase her energy levels. This, in turn, has given her confidence a boost and she now feels more encouraged to do other things. She's started going to the gym and is doing a lot more around the house.

Nicola commented that "it never feels like a chore" and "the staff really seem to understand what she's going through".