Relocation is often an unpredictable process where common sense and safety measures are your best way to keep from getting an injury. Due to a large number of tasks that have to be completed before moving day comes around, you might often feel like you have fallen behind schedule, and because of this, you might try to compensate for the time you lost by hurrying through your moving calendar. The unpleasant feeling of being rushed through your relocation is probably going to lead to you to feel even more stressed and frustrated, but it is your rush to speed things up that could lead to incorrect safety precautions, which in turn could result in unneeded moving-related injuries.
Do not risk your health. Relocation injuries are more common than you might think. Instead, learn about the common moving injuries involved in residential moving, and, more importantly, how to avoid these injuries while moving to a new home.
Back muscle injuries
In your everyday activities, you tend to pick up light and moderately heavy things by straining your arm muscles only. What you might not realize is that, when lifting heavy objects, a considerable amount of stress is placed on your back muscles as well. And when that weight is more than these muscles can handle safely, then the chance of a back injury is increased exceptionally.
The different types of back injuries
The most frequent back injuries are strains, pinched nerves, and herniated disks. Other more serious spinal injuries, such as fractured vertebrae, are also a possibility. All these types of back injuries will cause a lot of pain, limit your movements and will need corresponding treatment like icing, rest, medicines, physical therapy, and sometimes even surgery.
Preventing back injuries
Know your limits when it comes to lifting and carrying heavy items. Use the proper lifting techniques when lifting furniture and other heavier things. Yes, you have heard this many times, and you are going to hear it again. Pick up heavy items with your legs, not your back. Keep your back as straight as you can and use the strength of your lower limbs to support the weight. Make sure you use the correct moving tools as well, such as a furniture dolly and furniture sliders. Ask your friends and family to help you with the heavy lifting and moving the really heavy items such as household appliances, large furniture pieces, and the like.
Your moving day will involve all kinds of unusual movements that your body probably isn’t accustomed to, such as repetitive pulling, pushing, bending, twisting, lifting, etc. Such strenuous activities will take their toll on your body, and your body will become more prone to moving injuries, particularly your muscles.
The types of muscle injuries
Your muscles and ligaments will be facing a lot of risks if you try to move your home without professional help. When you strain your muscles under normal activities, that is, when you pick up regular bulky items that are in your comfort zone, this causes microscopic tears to occur in your muscles and tendons. And that is fine, as these newly-formed muscle tissues will only make your muscles stronger. But strain your muscles beyond their limits, and you may get muscle strains and cramps. The strenuous physical activity you will go through on your moving day can lead to muscle cramps that can be extremely painful. The muscles that cramp the most are calves, thighs and foot arches.
Avoiding muscle injuries
Try and do some dynamic stretching and warming up exercises to warm up your muscles and prepare them for your physically demanding moving day. This way, blood flows to all active areas of the body and will keep all your muscle groups warm and elastic. Remember to stay hydrated and take frequent rest breaks. Whenever necessary, use the correct moving equipment or ask friends to give you a hand. Hiring professional movers will most likely be cheaper than paying to take care of all your moving-day injuries.
Hernias result when a combination of muscles strain. Unsurprisingly, picking up heavy items is one of the main causes of hernias. An inguinal hernia happens when the intestines push through a weakened spot in your lower abdominal wall. The severity of such ruptures or tears depends on the abdominal cavity, and sometimes surgery may be needed to fix this condition.
A good way to avoid getting hernias is to avoid picking up and carrying super heavy items. Don’t try to pick up household items that are out of your comfort zone. You can choose to wear a belt as a precaution just like the ones that weightlifters use, that will provide added support and will lessen the pressure on the lower part of your abdominal cavity. Use the correct moving equipment, for example, a furniture dolly and get your friends to help you with the heavy lifting.
Injuries occurring to hands, fingers, and toes
Some relocation related injuries occur as a direct result of exhaustion. You will become more and more tired as your relocation continues, and then you will be more likely to trip, take a wrong step on the stairs, lose the grip on a heavy piece of furniture, bump into a wall, and so much more.
How to avoid injuries while relocating
Wear the correct footwear to protect your feet. It is best to use a pair of closed sports shoes that have soles with excellent traction which will help prevent accidental slip-ups or trips. Wear appropriate clothes for the occasion. Avoid baggy clothes or accessories that could snag against something and cause trouble. Wear thick protective gloves to help keep your fingers safe and to improve your grip. Make sure to clear any obstacles on the way out of your home.
Do not rush through your move and always coordinate every step with the people helping you.
And if you feel like a task is too much for you to handle alone, do not hesitate to ask the professionals for help. Remember that a serious relocation injury can potentially stay with you for the rest of your life. Contact My International Movers for professional moving services.