Moving can be backbreaking work! Constant lifting of heavy boxes can take its toll on your muscles. If you aren’t used to lifting heavy, awkwardly shaped objects, you are at high risk of hurting yourself. Don’t worry- you don’t have to break out the Ibuprofen and heat pack just yet. The best people to give advice are those professionals that lift boxes all day long. Bekins Moving Solutions is happy to provide you with our best tips for you on how to protect your back during a move.
Before you start moving anything, take a proper inventory of your belongings. What are the heaviest items? Are there any pieces or boxes that you will need assistance with lifting? Don’t pack boxes full of super heavy items, like books. Try to space out heavier items across different boxes. After you have separated your items appropriately, it is time to start moving.
Use Moving Tools
There are many different moving tools you can utilize to make your move easier on your back. This includes straps, dollies, and rollers. You will find that these useful tools not only make your move easier on your back, but can also speed up the moving process. While purchasing these tools can be expensive, many moving companies offer them for a small daily rental fee.
Proper Lifting Technique
Protecting your back during a move is all in your lifting technique. Don’t just try and lift the box with your arms. Instead, try this method of proper lifting:
- Visualize the best way to lift the item
- Crouch down, keeping your feet flat on the ground
- Tighten your abdominals and grip the object tightly
- As you lift, tighten your legs and propel yourself up, keeping your back straight
- Keep the object as close to your body as possible
If you are lifting with another person, make sure to communicate your movements, so you don’t catch them off-guard.
Squat, Don’t Bend
It is important that you always squat down rather than bend over. Bending puts your back in a vulnerable position that can make you prone to strain. Squatting allows you to use the muscles in your legs and backside rather than your back. Try to be aware of your body when you bend to pick anything up.
Ask for Help
If you feel as though a box or piece of furniture is too heavy for you to handle on your own, it is perfectly acceptable to ask for help. You should not attempt an object that you don’t feel comfortable moving. Employ family, friends, or call a professional mover to help. No move is worth the pain of a back injury.
The best way for you to protect your back during a move is to leave the lifting to the experts. If you need help moving, call Bekins Moving Solutions at (877) 594-1187 today for a free moving estimate.