Moving House Moving house is said to be one of the most stressful things you’ll do in your lifetime. Trumped only by bereavement and marriage. For most people, moving house is not an everyday task, our bodies are neither prepared nor practiced for what is essentially a strenuous and demanding couple of days.
Throw into the mix the added responsibility of coordinating children and pets, moving becomes an occasion that would give any seasoned event coordinator nightmares!
The good news is that there are a few actions you can take to minimise the physical impact moving has on your body, ensuring you’ll have plenty of time for unpacking boxes instead of searching for the painkillers.
Here are a few things to be mindful of during both the lead up to the move, as well as the big day.
- Without a doubt moving house is physically demanding. If you have any physical niggles, no matter how small, it’s a good idea to have them seen to before the move. Failing to do so may mean aggravating any minor problems and turning them into big ones.
- Less is more when packing boxes. Try to avoid overfilling your boxes and making them too heavy. Instead of filling a box to the brim with books, fill the box half way and then top it up with something lighter like towels and sheets.
- Straight back and bend at the knees. I know we all get sick of hearing this, but it really is important. Your legs are the most powerful part of your body and this why it is best to adopt a safe lifting technique that utilises this when we pick up boxes.
- If you have existing back or neck complaints, trying to help with boxes on the day is a big no-no. These niggles will affect your lifting technique and you run the risk of agitating an old injury or damaging yourself further. In this case the best option is to help with the logistics and move smaller items to lessen your risk.
If you do find yourself with back pain after your move, Physiotherapy can be successful in your treatment. Hastings Sports Injury and Physiotherapy Centre are up to date with current research in the area of back pain.
You will be empowered in knowing how to improve your back pain. With our help, you will be able to get back to your old self again and enjoy your new home!