Moving Items Safely: Protecting Your Back and Belongings

Moving Items Safely: Protecting Your Back and Belongings

Moving items from your home or office to a self storage unit, requires careful planning and execution to ensure both the safety of your belongings and your physical well-being. Back injuries are a common concern during moving, often resulting from improper lifting techniques or overestimation of one’s physical capabilities.

In this article, Boylin’s Self Store share our essential tips on how to move items safely, with a focus on back care and proper lifting techniques to prevent injuries.

Understanding the Risks

The spine is designed to support the body’s weight and distribute the loads encountered during movement. However, when lifting incorrectly, the spine can be forced into awkward positions, resulting in strain or more severe injuries. Recognising the risks associated with moving can help in preparing to avoid them.

Preparing to Move

  • Dress Appropriately: Wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes with a good grip to help prevent slips and falls.
  • Use Proper Equipment: Utilise tools like dollies/hand trucks and lifting straps to move heavier items. This equipment can help distribute the weight more evenly and reduce strain on your back.
  • Warm Up: Before starting to move items, do a quick warm-up to prepare your muscles. Simple stretches targeting the back, legs, and arms can increase flexibility and reduce the risk of injuries.

Safe Lifting Techniques

WARNING: If you experience any issues with your hips, knees, or back, it is imperative that you consult with your doctor PRIOR to engaging in any lifting activities. It is strongly recommended to consider delegating lifting tasks to others for your safety.

  • Plan Your Route: Ensure there is a clear path to where you’re moving the item. Remove any obstacles to help avoid trips and falls.
  • Lift with Your Legs: Bend at the hips and knees, not the back, when lifting an item. This technique allows your legs to bear the brunt of the weight, which is safer for your back.
  • Keep It Close: Hold the item close to your body as you lift it. The further the item is from your body, the more strain it puts on your back.
  • Avoid Twisting: Move your feet to turn direction instead of twisting at the waist while holding heavy items. Twisting while carrying weight puts significant pressure on the spine.
  • Use a Wide Stance: Keep your feet shoulder-width apart to maintain balance. A stable base helps manage the weight more effectively.
  • Lift Slowly and Steadily: Avoid jerky movements which can strain muscles. Lift and move items in smooth, controlled motions.

When to Seek Help

  • Assess the Weight: If an item feels too heavy or awkward, don’t try to move it by yourself. Seek assistance from friends, family, or professionals.
  • Listen to Your Body: Pay attention to the signals your body sends you. If you feel strain or pain, stop, and reassess your technique or ask for help.

After the Move

  • Rest and Recover: Moving is physically demanding. Allow your body time to rest and recover after the move. Hydrate and consider gentle stretching or a warm bath to relax your muscles.

Moving items safely is crucial to avoid injuries and ensure the protection of your belongings. By preparing adequately, using the right equipment, and employing proper lifting techniques, you can significantly reduce the risk of back injuries.

Remember, it’s better to take a little extra time to move safely than to rush and risk injury; your health and safety should always come first.  With a Boylin’s Self Store unit you can drive directly to your container to upload or offload, removing the need to transport items over distance.

Call Boylin’s today on 01226 321800 to discuss your perfect storage solution.