How To Prevent Pain When Moving House
Everyone knows that moving house is a hectic, stressful experience. But it’s also potentially dangerous. Back injuries, muscle strains, harm to fingers and toes, and even hernias are all common but avoidable afflictions when moving. Stay safe and avoid pain when you move by following these simple rules:
1. Give Yourself Plenty of Time
A rushed move is far more likely to result in avoidable accidents as you scramble to get everything done. Similarly, trying to do too much on one day is far more likely to cause a muscle fatigue that could be leading to an injury. Pace yourself – try packing a little each day, rather than attempting to do everything at once.
2. Plan Ahead
Try to arrange it so your move is as easy as possible. For example, moving during the winter is more dangerous, as the risk of slipping is greater. Asking for help from friends and family in advance will help you avoid becoming over-stretched and rushed. And keeping pets and children out of the way will reduce the chances of them or you having an accident.
3. Pack Sensibly
It’s tempting when moving to fill every box to the brim and maximize packing efficiency, but consider your own lifting capacity before doing this. A full box may be too heavy for you to carry without causing a back injury. A general rule for box weight should restricted around 10-15% of your body weight. It’s also important to use proper packing materials to wrap dangerous or sharp objects, such as kitchen knives, so you don’t inadvertently hurt yourself.
4. Use Proper Equipment and Clothing
The equipment you use during your move can help reduce the risk of pain and injury. Wherever possible, take advantage of moving dollies, furniture pads and straps. Closed-toe, flat shoes, thick gloves, and comfortable fitted clothing all also help to keep your body safe by preventing trips and protecting your extremities.
5. Tidy the Clutter
It’s normal for a house to be in disarray as you prepare for your move, but tripping – especially when carrying boxes or furniture – can cause real harm. Keep pathways clear at all times, both inside and outside, and always watch where you’re going.
6. Take Care of Yourself
It’s important to take care of yourself throughout the moving process. This includes getting plenty of sleep, hydrating, eating, taking breaks, warming-up before any heavy lifting to keep muscles warm, and using proper lifting techniques. When carrying anything heavy, bend your knees and lift with your legs. Move slowly and steadily, putting the object down the moment you feel tired to avoid back strain. Know your own body’s limits, and stop if you have to.