Often you can be mid-move when you regret not calling your local professional movers to help with the heavy lifting. That sprained ankle, painful knees, broken toe and excruciating back pain could all have been avoided by getting in the experts. Having an injury when you have just moved into a new home can be a nightmare scenario, so we have outlined the most common injuries and how best to avoid them.
It doesn’t matter if you are a weight lifter, even the best of us fall foul to a back injury when moving house. From muscle soreness to slipped discs, no matter how much care you take when lifting something heavy, it just takes a small wobble to throw your back out of kilter.
How to Avoid Back Injuries
You are probably sick of hearing ‘lift with your knees not your back’, but it really is the only way to safely avoid injuring your back. What this means is to bend down into a squat position to pick anything up, keeping your back straight. Many people hurt their backs by bending at the waist.
It’s important to know your limits when it comes to carrying heavier items. Why struggle and risk injury trying to move something when you could get the help or a friend or dolly to take some of the strain for you?
With all the hustle and bustle going on during a move, fingers can become trapped and toes can be stubbed or crushed. Fracturing a finger or toe can be incredibly painful and may see you spending your moving day in A&E as opposed to your brand-new home.
How to Avoid Broken Digits
Overfilling boxes can be a big toe breaker, as the weight of the items inside cause the bottom of the box to split open. Traditional moving boxes should not weigh more than three stone and the bottoms should be reinforced with heavy-duty tape. Also remember to wear closed-toe shoes.
Heavy-duty gloves are ideal to protect the fingers as they add an extra layer of protection. Fingers are most at risk when carrying something with a partner, as they can get trapped. When carrying an object with someone else, discuss your path and remain vocal throughout the lifting and shifting.
Uneven flooring, trips and falls can all cause a sprained ankle on moving day. Not being able to see where you are going and inappropriate footwear can be a real hazard and cause this mishap.
How to Avoid Sprained Ankles
Shorting of hiring a moving company, having appropriate shoes on is a great first step to ensure you spend moving day injury free. Anything with straps or heels are a big no-no. A pair of sturdy trainers or workmen’s boots are ideal for keeping your ankle supported.
Even if you have the correct shoes on, bad weather can cause surfaces to become slippery underfoot. Laying down sheets for grip or keeping mops and towels nearby to keep flooring dry can prevent any slips or trips.
The constant up and down flights of stairs and squatting to pick up boxes means the knees take the brunt of the force when moving house. The knee joints are extremely vulnerable to damage as they take the fall weight of the body and any extra force.
How to Avoid Painful Knees
Knee braces and pads can be very helpful for those worried about their knees on moving day, particularly for those who have had previous injury. If you do feel pain in your knees, simply move from doing activities that put extra force through the joints. Focus on lifting very light objects or lead the way logistically.
Alternatively, purchase some furniture sliders beforehand. This will allow you to move large objects across floors easily without having to carry them and potentially hurt yourself.