Moving injuries can be serious. It can be anything from your feet to your back and even your shoulders or hands. Since going to the emergency room is probably the last thing on your list of things to do, you may want to read the following ways to avoid moving injuries.
KNOW WHAT YOU CAN OR CANNOT DO
You know when something is too heavy when you have to hold your breath to pick it up. You also know when you have to put all of your effort into it.
Do not pick up anything that is too heavy for you. As much as you just want to get the moving process done and over with, hurting yourself will only worsen the situation.
Ask friends or family members to help you lift heavy items. It will make things much lighter.
LIFT WITH YOUR LEGS
When you lift, use your legs. They are much stronger than your back. Your back also doesn’t usually move in the way you need it to lift heavy boxes, which is why it is susceptible to becoming hurt.
KEEP HEAVY ITEMS CLOSE TO YOU
When you have to reach for a box, you’re going to use your back. Bring a box right in front of you, squat and lift with your arms and legs.
When you pick up boxes and carry them a distance, don’t rush. You’ll be more likely to trip and fall if you are trying to walk quickly with them.
If you have to walk fast because the boxes are too heavy, you should be carrying them. Put any boxes down that you can’t comfortably carry at a normal pace.
Take good care of yourself while you are moving. If you can’t do it on your own and you don’t have anyone near you to help, call a moving company. Professional movers know how to lift heavy items and usually have people with them to help. It’s better to have someone else move the boxes and furniture than risk hurting yourself. Stay safe!