You may have heard the phrase, “lift with your knees.” When you’re trying to protect your back on moving day, this is key. You should never “lift with your back.”
It’s important to take precautions to protect your back from injury and keep your body healthy while moving. Many moving day injuries can be caused by improperly lifting items. Here are a few tips to make sure you’re doing it right.
Think About Your Movements
The Mayo Clinic suggests that before you lift a heavy object, think through your task. First, decide where you’re going to place the object and how you’ll get it there. Therefore, if an object is too heavy to lift safely, protect your back first. Above all, you can always ask someone to help you or make several trips carrying lighter weight.
When you’re ready to move from Point A to Point B, don’t twist your back when you turn. Most importantly, make sure to keep your chest forward and your shoulders in line with the hips. After that, change position with your feet. Sometimes we don’t realize the little things we can do to protect our backs from unnecessary pain.
Assume the Position
Don’t: Lift from a standing position with your waist bent or your knees locked.
Do: When you’re ready to lift, bend at the knees and keep your back straight. Then lift with your legs, not your back. By lifting with your legs, you’ll be less likely to strain your muscles. When lifting an object from the floor, stand as close to the object as possible. Then kneel, resting one knee on the floor. And as you stand up, bring your items into your chest. That’s where your center of gravity is located.
What Goes Up…
… Must come down. Make sure to use your legs when putting items down, too. To protect your back, first, bend your knees. Then, the rest of your body will use that support as you put your items on the ground.
Above all, protect your back and make sure not to over-do it. If something doesn’t feel right, stop and evaluate how you feel. Pay attention to your body, it will tell you if something is wrong. Get help to lift and carry items that are large or unwieldy, even if you don’t think they’re heavy. Another way to protect your back is by using a back brace.
But, if all that work still feels daunting, you can always leave the heavy lifting to the professionals and hire a Moving Help® Provider. Moving Help® is a U-Haul service that connects you with affordable movers in your area. You can customize the service for your move from by selecting the hours, services and crew size you’ll need.