Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work days and general disability. It is often caused by attempting to lift, pull, or otherwise maneuver heavy loads. When you move to a new home, you have to transfer many things that can easily strain your back: heavy moving boxes, awkward and heavy furniture, rolled-up area rugs, and more. If you’re planning a move, here are a few reasons why you should consider hiring professional movers.
Proper Lifting Can Only Do So Much
You have likely heard that you're less likely to strain your back if you lift from the knees, but this is only part of the equation. In reality, there is a limit to how much you can safely pick up – no matter how you do it. If you aren't a weightlifter or heavy industrial worker, your back likely has a fairly low capacity for heavy lifting. Strenuous, short-term projects like moving are very likely to leave you in pain. This is especially true for moving furniture, which is awkward as well as heavy.
You May Not Feel a Strain Until the Next Day or Two
While this can let you get a big job done, it also means that you keep accumulating damage long after you should have stopped working. The added injury makes your back strain or sprain last longer and hurt more. Back pain of this sort takes an average of six to eight weeks to heal, and if you have a job that doesn't cover that much time off, being laid up will cost you more money than a moving company would have charged.
How to Truly Prevent Moving-Related Injuries
The only way to guarantee that you won't suffer moving-related injuries is to get someone else to do the work. Professional movers are the people you need to pass the job to. They have all of the equipment needed to move furniture and other heavy loads without hurting themselves. Pro movers are also in great physical shape.
● Back injuries typically result from overexertion.
● Moving creates sudden, strenuous work. It's very easy to overexert yourself in this situation.
● Work loss during the recovery time costs more than a DIY move would have saved.
● Hiring professional movers protects your back and prevents other types of problems as well.
Contact Professional Movers You Can Trust
If you're moving to or from the Tacoma, Washington area, call us at Ed's Moving & Storage. We're professional movers and packers, and we'll ensure that your move is pain-free – both for your belongings and your back!