Moving and Packing Tips From Chiropractors
By Lana Bandoim
There are 10 shelves of books to pack and dozens of file folders to sort through. After packing two small boxes of toys and nothing else, the kids announce they are finished. No one has even looked at what to pack in the attic or basement. Moving and packing can be tedious and exhausting. In addition, it can hurt your back, so chiropractors have specific recommendations to prevent injuries.
Instead of throwing things into random boxes, consider labeling each box and keeping a separate list of what goes inside. Chiropractors often see people after they have injured their backs because of carrying heavy boxes. It is important to pack correctly and put heavier items into smaller boxes. This makes it easier to carry them and reduces stress on the back.
Lift the Right Way
Another frequent reason to see a chiropractor is after lifting heavy objects the wrong way. Chiropractors recommend not bending at the waist. Instead, bend at the knees to lift a box or other heavy item. This reduces the risk of back strains and injuries.
Pay Attention to Posture
Whether you are throwing away junk from the garage or packing dishes in the kitchen, do not neglect your posture. Try to keep the back straight or in neutral positions. Avoid twisting or turning in unnatural ways that can lead to sprains and strains.
Sometimes the best way to avoid injuries is to hire professionals to move and pack. Make sure to do research on the company you select and verify their license. Also, check their reviews online and try to get recommendations from friends. Professional movers can save your back.
Get Help From Friends
If professional movers are not in the budget, reach out to friends for help. You may not be able to lift and carry some of the heavy furniture without them. Many people consider moving the ultimate test for friendships. Consider bribing your friends with food or other things they enjoy to convince them to help. Delegating tasks can help prevent injuries that occur from stress. Do not try to do everything on your own.
If moving and packing create back pain, consider going to The Joint Chiropractic for help. The doctors there can handle a variety of medical problems and can answer questions. The Joint is open on evenings and weekends, so you can finish packing and still have room in the schedule for a chiropractic visit.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.