- Moving a home or an office can be a nightmare if you don’t plan the things in a right manner. It can even be a painful experience if you don’t take enough precautions and end up injuring yourself.
Here we are offering suggestions on how to avoid moving injuries that will come in handy for you if you plan to move any time soon.
Don’t hesitate to follow them all as they are a result of our on-the-job exposure and have not failed us yet.
§ Abide by Your Limits
Every human being has some body limits and you would be smart to remember yours. When you decide to save a few bucks by doing lifting of items yourself, you should stick to only those items that you can carry and move easily.
If an item seems too heavy or bulky, you must not hesitate to call a friend, a neighbour or hire some professionals to lend a hand.
Some of the items for which you will definitely need help are large appliances, hefty bookcases, etc. If you try to lift them on your own, you might end up breaking a bone.
§ Close Proximity of Moving Boxes
An easy way to avoid unnecessary injuries is to keep all the moving boxes you need close to you. When you are lifting an object yourself and the moving box where it needs to go is close, the amount of time you do the lifting would reduce.
Your muscles would be strained for a short period of time and your chances of sustaining an injury would also reduce. If you wish to get close to the box, you should use the diagonal method in which you put one foot to the box’s side and put your other foot behind the box.
By adopting this method, the box will stay close to your body and the stress on your neck as well as back would be minimal.
§ Use Your Abdominals
If you wish to avoid a back injury while moving your stuff from one place to the other, you should make use of your abdominal muscles rather than the back muscles. It will ease the pressure on your back and your spinal cord would not be under too much strain.
§ Use the Legs
Apart from using your abdominal muscles, you should also use your leg muscles especially if you are lifting something too heavy.
You can use the legs by bending your knees,getting centred and then going upward. When you need to turn, use your feet rather than your hips.
§ Plan Properly
When you are lifting something heavy, plan where you are going to put it exactly so that you don’t roam around carrying all that weight and end up injuring yourself. You should also plan what clothes you will wear on a moving day.
They should not be too loose as they might get stuck somewhere and make you fall unnecessarily, Wearing simple jeans and t-shirt is suggested.