5 Common Moving Injuries and How to Avoid Them

by Dusty Rhodes on Jan 31, 2017  in 
  • Moving

There are many ins and outs that you will encounter while moving. Many details have to be taken into consideration during this important time. Due to the amount of preparation that must go into the relocation process, people often feel like there is just not enough time in the day to get things accomplished. The thought of feeling rushed can often lead to becoming stressed or frustrated. When this happens, many people will often make an attempt to speed up the moving process; therefore, causing them to forget to take the proper precautions while moving. Doing so tends to result in unnecessary injuries. Yes, moving injuries are more common than you might think. So, in order to assist you during your transition to a new home, we have put together a list of five common moving injuries and how to avoid them.  

Back Injuries- Your back is one of the most important parts of your body. Naturally, your back is used for a variety of everyday activities. With the amount of heavy lifting that is often involved in the moving process, back injuries can occur rather easily if the proper precautions are not taken. It is very important to pick things up with correct form. Squat low to the ground using your knees and legs as much as possible. Too much bending at the waist can place a tremendous amount of strain on your back muscles. Most importantly, use common sense. If you know it is too heavy for you to lift, do not attempt to do so. Ask for help.

Broken Hands, Fingers, or Toes- Broken hands, fingers, and toes are a very common occurrence during the moving process. People often drop heavy objects on these parts of the body, which can cause long-term pain and overall inconvenience. Thick gloves and closed toe shoes are a must have on moving days. Make sure there is a clear walking path on the day of your move so that you can avoid tripping over items while transporting heavy objects. Also, remember to always communicate with other people around you. Following these steps will help prevent injuries to your hands, fingers, and toes during your move.

Common Cuts and Scrapes- Sharp objects can cause cuts or scrapes during the moving process. Wearing multilayered clothing is a good idea during a relocation. Try to cover up as much of your skin as possible. Wearing jeans is great idea to keep in mind.

Sprained Ankles- With the hustle and bustle that can be involved with moving day, all it takes is one wrong step, twist, or misplacement of a foot to cause problems. Wearing heavy duty work boots or tennis shoes with proper support can help limit these types of injuries. One of the most important things to remember during your move is to take your time. Slow and steady wins the race.

Knee Pain or Injury- Along with your back, your knees are very important to the overall function and health of your body. Proper heavy lifting is made possible with the use of your knees. A good set of knee braces or knee pads is a great asset to have while you are moving. Also, purchasing a sliding apparatus that will allow you to maneuver heavier objects across the floor without causing damage will help greatly. This will help keep stress and pressure off not only your knees, but your back as well.

Hiring a team of movers is also worth considering if you can afford to do so. Many companies have cost-effective options that allow their employees to do much of the heavy lifting for you. SMARTBOX strives to put our customers at the forefront of everything we do. We are always here to offer our advice and we hope that these tips will help you stay safe and healthy during your relocation time.

Dusty Rhodes