Sciatica pain is a real pain in the bum, literally. It is caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve. 

It can be totally debilitating and hard to manage. It can come and go and has no rhyme nor reason why it seems to stay longer than normal on some occasions.

I’ve had sciatica problems for a number of years and have regular injections into the gluteus maximus muscle about three times a year which seems to help keep it at bay.


Some people can end up having lumber surgery if it does not settle down as it can start to cause other problems like pins and needles down your leg and into your foot.

The gluteus maximus is the strongest and biggest muscle in the body. The gluteus maximus is not only a hip extensor but also plays an important role in pelvic and spinal stabilisation.

Mine has flared up at the moment but my injections are not due for another couple of weeks and apart from taking the usual medications I find heat is my greatest healer.

I have a small electric heat pad made by Dreamland which is available on their website or on Amazon for £29.99.


I’ve had mine for a number of years and is extremely portable. I take it whenever I go away as a change of bed can soon trigger back pain. I can use it anywhere in the world and is light so easy to pop into your hand luggage.

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