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Five Common Injuries When Moving (And How to Avoid Them)

Prevent injuries when moving by hiring professional Kelowna movers to do the heavy lifting for you.

Prevent injuries when moving by hiring professional Kelowna movers to do the heavy lifting for you.

Moving is no joke! It’s hard, physical labour and requires a strong back and the coordination of an athlete. That’s why it’s always a good idea to hire a professional Kelowna moving company to do the heavy lifting for you. But every once in a while, a buddy asks for a favour—offering free beer and pizza. The next thing you know, you’re wrangling a sofa bed (that’s suddenly popped open) down a narrow stairwell. Here are five typical moving injuries and how to avoid them:


1. Strained Back

It only takes a strange twist or an awkward lift to cause severe back pain—from sore muscles to herniated discs. Technique is the key to avoiding back injuries. Squat down to pick up boxes and furniture—use your strong leg muscles to get vertical. Never lift anything too heavy (over 50 lbs). Make a second trip or get more helpers for bulky items (like the sofa bed mentioned above). Wear a back brace for extra support. Always use special equipment such as hoists and lifts for heavy items such as furniture and appliances, or better yet, contact a moving company in Kelowna with the equipment to handle heavy loads.


2. Broken Toes and Fingers

Your digits can suffer when climbing stairs, maneuvering tricky hallways, or while carrying heavy weights. Make sure your fingers and toes are protected from awkward twists, and always wear work gloves and steel-capped boots to avoid damage from dropped items, lacerations and scrapes.


3. Sprained Ankles

Twisting an ankle during a move is very common. To avoid this, make sure you walk slowly down clear, wide paths. Take a quick tour of the home and identify potential danger areas like half-steps, loose rugs or icy sidewalks. Wear supportive boots that protect your ankles.


4. Cuts and Scrapes

There are plenty of sharp corners and rough surfaces in the average home. It doesn’t take much to damage exposed skin.

Consider wearing a long-sleeve shirt and denim jeans. Keeping your skin covered will go a long way in keeping your skin safe. Better to rip an old pair of jeans than open up a gash in your thigh.


5. Knee Injuries

Besides the back, the knee joint is the part of the body that is most prone to injury when moving. Navigating sloping driveways while carrying heavy items puts added strain on your knees.

Wearing a knee brace or knee pads can help prevent many knee injuries. The added support makes you aware of your knees and adds an extra level of protection from awkward twists.


The Best Practice

Protect yourself and your friends from the above injuries by hiring Bekins moving company in Kelowna.  Avoid injuries and unexpected hospital visits by hiring a professional. Your friends will thank you—they might even take you out for pizza a beer!

For more information, read What Makes Moving Stressful and How to Avoid It.

As professionals in local and long-distance moving, Bekins Kelowna moving company has the insurance, experience, expertise, and equipment to handle any moving situation. Contact us for a free moving quote.

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