How to Keep Your Back Injury Free on Moving Day
Depending on your outlook, moving to a new home can be an exciting time, a sad time or a little bit of both. Regardless of your emotions, one thing that can cause a serious damper on moving day is getting injured, particularly in your back. Anyone who has dealt with a back injury before knows you’re very limited in the movements you can do, and most of the time you can’t even bend down to pick up light boxes. Here are some tips for protecting your back on moving day and avoiding persistent lower back pain in the future.
When you wait until the last minute to pack everything up, you’ll be in a rush and overlook the importance of lifting techniques. The result could be overusing your back and putting unnecessary strain on it. Instead, when you know you’re going to be moving in a few weeks, do a little bit of packing every day. Start with the items you don’t use on a daily basis and slowly work your way to the more important things as you get closer to the actual moving day.
Doing lower back stretches isn’t only reserved for athletes before they begin a competition. In fact, even athletes or people who exercise frequently should do some lower back stretches before they begin moving. The twisting and turning from loading boxes can easily tweak your back muscles, so stretching will help loosen them up so they are more flexible and less likely to strain.
Use Proper Lifting Techniques
Always be conscious of how you lift anything. Bending over at the waist will surely lead to a back injury, or soreness at the very least. Try to bend your knees when lifting any items, since your legs can handle the load better than your back. And when lifting items up higher than your chest to put on the truck, get assistance if the box is heavy so you won’t have to twist or torque your back muscles.
Know Your Limits
The final thing to remember is to know your limits as far as what you can lift. There’s never any harm in asking a friend, family member or neighbor for help if there’s a heavy or bulky item you can’t handle on your own. Trying to do too much will give you a better chance of experiencing an injury, no matter how many lower back stretches you do beforehand.
DBC Active Spine Care® helps people who have experienced sudden back injuries, as well as people who deal with persistent lower back pain. Our revolutionary spine adaptive functional restoration program is designed to help you not only lessen your back pain, but also prevent future back pain from occurring. To learn more about our program or to get other tips on how to protect your back, feel free to contact us at any time.