Moving can be a pain, literally and figuratively, especially if you are not careful. Almost everyone of us have had to move heavy or large objects, and it can be an extremely taxing process. With all the heavy lifting and hauling, moving can be very stressful and some of us are not built to carry out such difficult work. When we do not use the proper body mechanics, we may suffer mild to serious injuries.
Here are the top three common moving injuries:
- Back Injuries – Back injury is one of the most common and debilitating form of injuries that can result from moving heavy and tall objects.This kind of effort exposes the spine and its surrounding muscle and tissue to stress and pressure. The risk of back injury is heightened when we fail to take proper precautions.
- Knee Injury – The knee joints are the most worked part of the body during a moving process. When we lift heavy objects, we use our knees for strength and support. While it is never advisable to lift with your back, your legs and knees can eventually grow weary. Improper positioning of the legs and knees can increase the risk of knee injury.
- Twisted or Sprained Ankles – When lifting or moving, one wrong step can result in a twisted or sprained ankle. This common foot problem is often caused when by excessive force exerted on a poorly positioned foot joint. Take your time moving boxes and other heavy objects.
Moving Tips to Help Prevent Injury
When it comes to moving heavy objects, it is important to use your energy and strength properly not only to avoid potential injuries, but also prevent premature exhaustion and stress.
- Pack Boxes Properly – We all know that moving boxes can sometimes be costly. That is why a lot of people fill their boxes up to the brim. While this might help save money, it makes the process of moving more taxing because these boxes can be too heavy to lift or move. Make sure that each box does not exceed 50 pounds so that it will be easier to haul to the self storage while moving, or to your final destination.
- Lift Boxes Properly – When lifting moving boxes, carry them close to your body (your centre of gravity). Do not lift boxes on your shoulders or overhead. Bend your knees in a proper position and lift with your legs, not with your back.
- Wear Comfortable Clothing and Use Protective Gear – Just like most events, moving day requires a proper dress code. Make sure to choose comfortable and snug clothing that will allow you to move easily and freely. You can also use gloves, wrist pads, and knee braces/pads to reduce risk of injury when moving heavy boxes and other objects.
- Use the Right Tools – Having the appropriate tools in hand can make the whole process of moving a little less overwhelming and tiring. You can rent these tools from a moving supply retailer: furniture and appliance dolly, moving straps, sliders, and stair rollers.