Your moving day will likely involve repetitive pushing, pulling, bending, and lifting. Such activities can take a toll on your body, potentially injuring you. The team at Affordable Quality Moving & Storage have listed some of the most common injuries that are caused by moving, as well as the best ways to avoid them. If you are moving soon, be sure to have the right tools to prevent injuries.
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#1: Strained Back
Back pain is one of the most common injuries to occur (or get worse) during a move. If you don’t correctly lift heavy objects, you can strain your back or even herniate a disc. Back injuries can have lasting repercussions, so it is vital to take extra precautions when lifting heavy objects.
Preventing Back Injuries
Know your limits when lifting and carrying heavy objects. When you lift heavy items, you should lift with your legs and not your back. Keep your back straight and use your lower limbs to support your weight. Also, get the right equipment for moving furniture: using a dolly, furniture sliders, and other moving tools will reduce the possibility of suffering an injury.
#2: Broken Hands, Fingers & Toes
Broken bones are not uncommon when moving, particularly in your hands and feet. It is vital to take extra precaution when carrying heavy items because dropping a heavy item could break your foot and bring your move to a screeching halt.
Preventing Broken Bones
Prevention is all about the right clothes. Use heavy-duty gloves when lifting items to have an extra layer of protection. Closed-toe shoes are also a must on moving day, but you get bonus points for wearing shoes with a reinforced toe box. As an extra precaution, reinforce the bottom of boxes to prevent items from falling through.
#3: Cuts & Scrapes
Packing and moving sharp objects like glass tables and heavy furniture can cause cuts and scrapes. You should also be cautious when packing sharp items in your kitchen, such as knives and glassware.
Preventing Cuts & Scrapes
We recommend wearing pants and long-sleeved shirts to avoid cut and scrape injuries. You should also wear gloves as often as possible, especially when you’re handling glass or mirrors.
#4: Knee Injuries
It is common for knee injuries to occur because of all the heavy box lifting. The knees get worked up while lifting heavy objects, which may result in serious injuries.
Preventing Knee Injuries
The same precautions that protect your back from injuries also protect your knees. On top of that, wear knee braces and pads so that you have extra support and cushion.
#5: Muscle Injuries
Muscle injuries often occur when moving large objects and performing movements you're not used to. When you strain your muscles, it causes painful tears. Muscle injuries often occur on calves, thighs, and foot arches.
Preventing Muscle Injuries
Do some dynamic stretching and warming up to prepare for a physically demanding day. Treat moving like a workout: warm-up, cool down, take breaks, and work your way up to the heaviest items.
Prevent serious injuries on your moving day and let the professional movers at Affordable Quality Moving & Storage take care of it. We have the knowledge and tools needed to pack and transport your items safely. Contact us today at (661) 622-2636 for a free estimate!