Preparing for a move can be back breaking work. That expression is figurative, but if you have back issues, it may be literal. To protect your back, there are a number of strategies you may want to consider during your move. Take a look at these back-saving tips.
1. Let Removalists Handle as Much as Possible
Professional help can be amazing, especially if you have back issues. Removalists can handle the heavy lifting, but if you like, they can also handle the bending and twisting associated with packing. Contact a company for a list of their services and prices. You may also want to hire a cleaning company — some companies focus on cleaning for moves in particular, and if you're a renter, some companies even guarantee that you'll get your cleaning deposit back.
2. Warm Up Muscles Before Working
If you decide to handle some of the removals work on your own, you may want to warm up your muscles before you start lifting. Do a little jog or a fast paced walk around the house a couple times. Then, do some gentle stretching. Warming up your muscles before packing, cleaning or other physical activity associated with moving can help to avoid injuries and strains.
3. Wear a Belt to Keep Your Form
Whether you're cleaning, organising a closet or moving boxes to the moving truck, you need to keep your back in proper form. A lifting belt can help remind you to keep your back straight. Alternatively, you may want to do a few yoga moves as part of your warm up. That can also remind your body to keep proper form as you prepare for the move.
4. Pack on a Table or on the Floor
Stooping whilst packing can lead to aches and pains, and to prevent that, you may want to place boxes on a table. That way, you don't have to bend to pack them. If you're cleaning out and packing a bottom drawer or cupboard, just plop a pillow on the floor and sit.
5. Invest in a Dolly
You may also want to purchase a hand truck or a sack barrow. These can be helpful on the day of the move to transport large stacks of boxes, but they can also be useful as you are packing for the move. With a hand truck, you can easily move boxes around your home without putting any pressure on your back.