Moving? Watch your back!

Feature post by Dr. Paul Grim, D.C

Is moving STRESSFUL? Of course! Not only is moving emotionally stressful, but it is also physically demanding too. From packing up boxes of memorable items to moving precious furniture, your move will impact the structure of your body. Young or old, there are positive stratagies to reduce potential injuries.
First, make sure your boxes weigh less than 50 lbs. The box should be easy to lift with out strain especially in your lower back. To prevent spinal injuries, work on a countertop that is at waist height instead of placing boxes on the floor when possible. Avoid bending and twisting of your spine since those movements increase the probability of slipping a disc.
Second, use a dolly to move heavy apliances or multiple heavy boxes. Make sure that you use a strap to secure items. The dolly will save you from carrying boxes too far.
Third, always lift properly! Bend your knees and not your back. Your leg muscles may be sore the next day, but it is better than a herniated disc. Bring the item as close as possible to your pelvis. Keep your back straight and look up to the ceiling.
Finally, if you have low back pain that lasts longer than 3 days, contact your local neighborhood Chiropractor. We can help!

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