Although the moving men will handle most of the heavy lifting, you will probably have to lift at least a few boxes when moving to a new home. Use these safe lifting techniques to prevent injury during your relocation:
- Bend at the Hips
Keep your chest forward in order to pick up a box or other heavy objects without injury. Bend at the hips instead of the low back. When you move toward the ground with your hips and bend your knees, keep your back straight. This will dramatically lower the risk for muscle strain or joint injury. Good posture will help you safely get your home ready for the movers to transport your belongings to the new house.
- Do Not Twist
Twisting your body while lifting something heavy will lead to an injury. Instead of twisting, keep your shoulders and hips in line at all times. Bend straight down with your hips and stand up the same way. If your shoulders follow the lead of your hips, you can safely and efficiently move what you need to before the moving company arrives.
- Use Your Legs
It is very important to remember to lift with your legs rather than your back. When you lift with your legs, you are working with the natural curvature of your spine. Lifting with your leg and core muscles helps you avoid putting too much strain on your back.
The best way to avoid injury when moving is to let Men On The Move handle the lifting for you. As one of the best moving and self-storage companies on the east coast, we can handle every aspect of your move. Call (888) 617-8645 to learn more.