6 Essentials to Help You Avoid and Address Back Pain During a Move

Planning to move? Want to avoid injuries in the process? Then you should look into these essentials. They can help protect your back and your body from injuries or give you comfort after a strain.

1. Lifting Belt

A lifting belt is commonly used by weightlifters and people who deal with heavy boxes. It provides a guiding hand against the small of your back, and that encourages you to keep that part of your back straight. That, in turn, engages your core, helping you to lift with your legs and your abdominal muscles.

2. Hand Truck

A hand truck allows you to move boxes easily without carrying them. You simply create a stack of boxes on the trolley, and then, you move them using the power of leverage. Other options include forklift straps which allow you to dissipate the weight of an item over your shoulders and into your legs.

3. Ramp

Ideally, the removals truck should have a ramp. Then, you don't have to jump in and out of the truck to load it. Instead, you can just wheel your cart up the ramp or walk up it. Then, you can set your box down. Most trucks and removal trailers have this feature, but you may want to ask the hire company to be on the safe side.

4. Help

For loads that are simply too large for you to handle safely on your own, you may want to get help. Friends and family are a great option for some people. Alternatively, you may want to hire a day worker, or you may just want to outsource the whole job to a removals company. They can handle everything from packing up your current house to setting down the boxes in your new house and all the steps in between.

5. Restorative Yoga Class

If possible, you may want to schedule a restorative yoga class for a few days after the move. Some yoga studios even offer classes that focus on addressing back pain in particular. Even if you haven't done yoga in the past, a beginners level restorative class can help provide your back with much-needed relief.

6. Heating Pad

In a lot of cases, if you suffer from aches or strains from lifting moving boxes or even just spending a long day packing, the muscles of your back are tight. Heat can help loosen them up. Try using a heating pad or a pain relieving cream that combines hot and cold.

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