Although it is much more convenient to hire a professional mover to move you from one Michigan home to another, some still prefer to do all of the physical labor their self. If you are planning on moving yourself during your upcoming Michigan move, there are few important lifting techniques you will want to pay attention to to avoid the risk of injury.
Before picking up a box or piece of furniture, know where you will be going with it. Are you putting it in a truck? Or, have you already reached your destination and need to put the item in your new home? Knowing where you will be moving and object eliminates the need to have to lift it twice.
2. Prepare to lift
Prepare yourself to lift the object on the floor by standing as close to it as possible. Kneel down onto the floor with one knee. It is crucial that you do not bend over at the waist to lift an object that is on the floor, as this is how most back problems originate. If it is easier for you, you may also squat down rather than kneeling. If you choose to squat, you will not rest the item on your knee.
With one knee still resting on the floor, tighten your core muscles. Your core muscles include your abdomen, back, and pelvis muscles. While keeping the natural curvature of you back, lean forward and lift the item between your legs. Rest the item on the knee that is us as you get ready to stand.
4. Stand Up
This is the most important part of lifting an object. Use your leg muscles, not your back! While keeping the same curve as you had in step 3, use you legs to push your body up into the standing position. From here you can walk your item to its destination.
Ensuring that you properly lift is very important. Whether you are moving, weightlifting, or picking up a child, proper technique is important. Lifting heavy items is the main cause for lower back problems. Improper lifting may cause serious problems, whether now, or later down the line.
To completely eliminate any possibility of injuring you back during your move, Same Day Movers of Michigan is ready to head your way and do all of the lifting for you! Contact us today and don’t risk your back!