Moving is an exciting time, and one filled with opportunities and hope about what’s next to come. But moving can also be a bit grueling, both physically and emotionally. Indeed, planning for a move can be stressful, and actually executing the move (and doing all of the heavy lifting) can take a toll on a person’s body.
In fact, heavy lifting is one of the most common causes of muscle soreness, back strains, and back pain. What’s more, sitting for long periods of time while driving can also lead to back pain. As such, if you’re planning to move and know there are a few heavy things to be lifted or/and that you’ll be in the driver’s seat for hours at a time, you should familiarize yourself with how to protect your back.
The first rule of heavy lifting: don’t lift objects that are too heavy for you! Know your limits, and don’t be afraid to ask for assistance, use a dolly or pallet jack, or hire a moving company if need be.
That being said, if you do plan on lifting something that’s heavy, make sure you do it with good form. WebMD recommends keeping your back straight up and down when you lift (rather than rounding at the lumbar spine), keeping your head up, squatting down to reach your object rather than bending at the waist, and then thinking about lifting with your legs, not your arms or back.
Heavy lifting may be one of the most common causes of back strain injuries, but it’s not the only thing that can lead to back pain – driving and sitting for long periods of time can cause discomfort, too. A few tips to prevent back pain while driving include:
If you’re planning a move in Illinois, our team can help. While we can’t totally prevent back pain, we do have a few tools that can help, including pallet jacks, liftgates, and appliance dollies.
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