It’s never easy to move out of your home, no matter how long you’ve been there. Whether it’s an apartment or a house, there’s a lot that goes into a move, physically, mentally and emotionally. Saying goodbye, letting go of items you’ve had for years, and then loading and unloading what’s going with you – it can bring tears to your eyes and pain to your lower back.
With it being such a transitional period in a person’s life, the last thing someone needs is an injury. With the hope of preventing future injuries, here is a breakdown of what to look out for the next time you’re making the big move.
Back muscles are crucial when lifting heavy objects, and even the most in-shape people can throw out their back if they lift something incorrectly. The best way to avoid such injuries is by using the proper lifting techniques. Here are some tips to save yourself from a strained back:
These are some of the most common injuries that happen to someone when moving. Sometimes, it feels like you have a decent grip, but all it takes is a tiny slip, and fingers and toes take the damage. Here are some tips that can help you avoid injuring your fingers and toes:
Handling glassware and other sharp, breakable objects will inevitably lead to some nasty cuts, some that could be pretty painful and messy. There’s really only one way to best avoid this type of injury: wear the right clothing. Though this is a general rule for the moving process, we at Callbox emphasize this the most to avoid potential cuts and scrapes.
It’s smart to keep as much of your skin covered as possible and wear tough material, like denim. Again, wear those closed-toed shoes; never wear anything like sandals or flip-flops when handling sharp and/or heavy objects. Not only do sandals and flip-flops leave your feet exposed to harm, but they can make you clumsy, increasing the likelihood of tripping or falling. As for your hands, which undergo most of the wear and tear, durable gloves are highly recommended.
Knees are some of the most used (and most injured) body parts during a move. After so much heavy and repetitive lifting, knees often get tired and give out. Sometimes, if overworked, the joints can experience permanent damage, even if it’s minor. It’s imperative to take caution and not overdo it, so that even smaller injuries don’t turn into big ones later. If you’re trekking up and down the stairs or squeezing through a narrow doorway, be especially careful, as it’s easy to ram the knees into a wall while carrying heavy items.
Here are some tips and gear that can save your knees from pain and injury:
Ankle injuries happen all too easily when moving. Ankles are generally the weakest part of the body, as they’re narrow and carry a full body’s weight. Imagine loading them down even more with a couch or chair. Rolling one’s ankle can happen in a split second and could lead to other injuries, not to mention broken belongings if something goes wrong.
Here are some ways to avoid those dreaded ankle injuries: