6 Moving Tips From the Chiropractor
By Brandi Goodman
Moving can be tough on the body. All of the packing, bending, lifting, and carrying heavy boxes from one room to the next and getting it onto the moving truck takes a major toll on the back and shoulders in particular. With some tips from the chiropractor, you can make moving easier and avoid the pain typically associated with the process.
Keep Light Items in Large Boxes
Just because you have a large box doesn't mean you should fill it with whatever can fit. You don't want to pack it full of incredibly heavy items that will be extremely difficult to carry. Large boxes should be used for light items instead. Think sheets, quilts, towels, and cushions. These items are bulky and take up space if left out, but won't hurt your back to carry in a big box.
Break Up the Tasks Over Time
It's never a good idea to wait until the night before to pack up all of your stuff. Rushing through the process in the last day or two will leave you feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. It's better to break up the tasks over time, such as starting to pack weeks or even months before the anticipated move. This gives you plenty of time to get everything done and won't leave you feeling sore and tired when the day arrives.
Wear Comfortable Sneakers
High heels, sandals, and big boots are not going to be your friend during a move. They are more likely to impede your movement and even cause you to trip more often. For your safety, stick with a pair of comfortable sneakers that allow you to move safely throughout the process.
Use the Proper Lifting Technique
Never bend down at the waist and lift a box of any weight. All that bending and lifting will quickly put a strain on your lower back. The proper lifting technique is to bend at the knees, keeping the back straight. Grab the box you need and stand back up without ever leaning over, twisting, or bending your back. This will prevent severe pain from developing.
Make It a Team Effort
One person should never handle a full move on their own. It should be team effort between everyone in the household so the workload is divided evenly. Ask a few friends to help if you need, or hire a team of movers to get the job done.
Drink Lots of Water
Most people are in a hurry to get their moving done. They think they'll rush through it and stop for a break once the job is finished. You need to stay hydrated if you want your joints to be flexible and capable of handling the tasks at hand. Always drink lots of water before you start and while you're moving. These water breaks will give your body time to rest and recuperate before you begin again.
You might want to check in at The Joint Chiropractic before you start the moving process so any joint restrictions or subluxations are removed. A flexible and capable body is necessary for a pain-free moving experience. Combined with these tips, your move should go much more smoothly.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Phoenix, Ariz.