How to avoid back pain on moving day

Spring is a busy time for real estate, and a lot of people will be moving into new houses. This is a really common way for back injuries to occur.

If you're one of the many Americans moving this season, you'll need to heed the following advice to avoid that pain:

Start packing early
If you wait until the last minute to pack your belongings, the rush can make you careless and give you too much to do at once, leading to injury. Instead, start as soon as possible so you only need to handle a little bit at a time and take breaks.

Lift properly
If you're moving heavy pieces of furniture and boxes, use proper lifting techniques. This means bending at your knees, not your waist, and carrying the weight close to your body to lessen the strain. While moving these objects, avoid twisting or jerking motions with your body. Don't overdo it either – if something feels too heavy, enlist help from family, friends or professional movers.

Take frequent breaks
To avoid the aches and pains of moving, your body will need time to recover. Throughout moving day, take breaks to stretch and hydrate. Otherwise, your muscles will be more likely to tense up and cause discomfort.

Use moving tools
You shouldn't have to do everything with your bare hands. Before your move, rent moving tools like dollies, furniture sliders and hand trucks to help you handle some of the load.

Wear the right footwear
You can easily cause back pain while moving if you're not wearing supportive shoes. A good pair of sneakers, according to Apartment Guide, is the ideal footwear for moving day.

If you're experiencing back pain after a move, schedule an appointment with a professional chiropractor today.