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Moving can be stressful on its own, but don't let your body take the brunt of the stress. Whether using the help of hired professionals or your friends, learn how to manage pain and stay safe on moving day to avoid aggravating any pre-existing conditions or reinjuring yourself.

Stretching

  • At least five to 10 minutes of stretching prior to any lifting or moving is helpful to get the body warmed up.
  • Stretching increases range of motion, blood flow and oxygen flow.
  • Once moving day is over, another round of stretching should be completed to prevent soreness the next day.

Know your limits

  • Properly packed boxes shouldn't weigh more than 50 pounds. If you cannot lift the box without straining yourself, then it is too heavy. It is important to remember you'll be carrying boxes for distances, up and down stairs and in and out of trucks.
  • If a box is too heavy, ask for assistance, use the help of equipment and do not attempt to move the item.
  • If you have specific areas of the body that are more likely to cause a problem, let your movers know! For example, if you've had a knee injury, suggest a role where you won't have to climb stairs often. Do not lift things overhead if you already have shoulder, neck or back pain.

Lifting properly

  • Remember to lift properly! Never bend at the waist to pick up an item – squat down and lift the item with your entire lower half.
  • Whatever item you're carrying, be sure to hold it close to your body for more support.
  • Avoid jerking, overreaching and twisting your body when lifting objects.

Using the proper equipment

  • Many home improvement stores will rent out moving equipment for larger items. A dolly or hand truck will be useful for heavier items. They will also save you a trip or two carrying boxes too far.
  • Straps are also important when moving to secure boxes and larger pieces to trucks and cars.

Be aware of your surroundings

  • A hard fall can aggravate a previous injury. Take note of any walkways that may cause an issue or be unsafe and avoid them if possible.

Rest

  • Take breaks when needed.
  • Do not overexert yourself and risk further injury.
  • Be sure to stay hydrated to prevent muscle fatigue.

Pain relief

  • After moving day, make sure to rest your body.
  • Take a pain reliever for any soreness.
  • If muscles are tight and strained, make use of a heating pad to help relax your muscles.
  • Staying hydrated before, during and after strenuous activity is important.
  • Ice any chronic issues or acute injuries immediately for 15 to 20 minutes to decrease swelling and initiate healing.

It is important to remember to listen to your body. It will let you know when something is wrong. If you feel that you reinjured yourself it is important to contact your doctor as soon as you can.

If you don't want to run the risk of injuring yourself or aggravating an old injury, then hiring a moving company to do the work for you is always an option. Movers.com is a great place to start looking for a moving company to help you relocate you and your family safely. We offer free quotes from up to seven different companies in your area.

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Ana M. Ferrer  Posted by Ana M. Ferrer on March 28, 2014

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