Avoiding Moving-Related Injuries
There are many great reasons you should choose to hire a Colorado moving company to help you with your move. It’s much less of a hassle when you don’t have to wrangle up all of your friends with trucks, or drive the rental moving van you aren’t entirely comfortable being behind the wheel of. Some people would just rather not worry about the logistics involved with getting their belongings from point A to point B. Others rely on the moving company to deal with every aspect of the move, including packing of the boxes, in order to wash their hands of the moving chores everyone detests.
If money is tight, you might be tempted to do it all on your own. It might be a pain, but it’s doable. However, it’s not about what vehicle you’re moving those boxes and furniture in, but more a question about how you’re lifting them. Even the most in-shape person can tweak a muscle just right, knocking them out of commission for weeks.
Here’s a list of tips for those not relying on Denver movers, doing all of the heavy lifting yourself, so that you don’t end up sidelined with a move-related injury.
- Lift with your legs. You’ve probably heard this a few times in your lifetime, and for good reason – your spine and the muscles that help them do the lifting really shouldn’t be bearing the brunt of the weight. In order to keep your back happy and as pain-free as possible, bend your knees deeply and use your leg muscles when you are lifting heavy objects, keeping your spine as straight as you can.
- Engage your abs. So the only six-pack you have is waiting in the fridge for when you are done moving, but that doesn’t mean your abs aren’t important! No matter what your midsection looks like, you should be engaging those all-important core muscles whenever you are lifting something, heavy or not. Just like lifting with your legs, engaging the most muscles as you can will help lighten the load for your back muscles and spine.
- Hold them close. Your body is an effective machine for moving, but only when used properly. When you lift a box or heavy item, holding the item as closely as possible to your body is the best way to ensure you avoid injury. Keep your feet apart, spread in a wide stance. This will help your spine and neck.
- Don’t push it. You probably have a pretty good idea of your capabilities in terms of lifting things. However, for some reason, certain people get it in their heads they are Superman/Superwoman, and can all of a sudden heft heavy items like a champ despite not normally being capable of such feats. When you try to move objects that you know full well you shouldn’t be lifting on your own, you increase the chances of injuring yourself dramatically. Get help – whether from family members, friends, neighbors, or even full service moving companies. Better safe than sorry! And just because you can lift heavy boxes on your own doesn’t mean you should be moving furniture on your own. No matter how strong you are, the size of certain items dictates you acquire help, or leave it to the experts.
- Comprise a game plan. Once your stuff is all moved in to your new home, it’s time to start placing furniture and unpacking those heavy boxes. If you need to relocate certain items to different areas of the house, be sure to think about where exactly the item is going to end up before you lift. The less time you are lugging these heavy items, the less your chances for being injured.