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to Have a Back-friendly Moving Experience
(ARA) - Moving is widely viewed as one of the most
stressful things you can do. Add back strain from
improperly lifting heavy boxes and furniture, and
moving can become downright agonizing.
"Back pain is one of the most common ailments in
America," says Tom Dent, a veteran appliance mover
and inventor. "About 80 percent of us will
experience back pain at some point in our adult
lives. Most often, it will be because we lifted
something that was too heavy, or we lifted a
manageable load in an improper way."
In 2004, the last year for which statistics are
available, the country's largest moving companies
moved more than 2.7 million tons of cargo, with a
total value in excess of $744 million, according to
the American Moving and Storage Association. Still,
companies that rent vans, trucks and equipment for
self-movers continue to do a brisk business, and
even those who can pay for a professional move don't
always pay for professional packers.
"That's a lot of opportunity for back injuries,"
Dent notes. While moving stress may be inevitable,
you can avoid compounding the misery with back pain.
Follow these suggestions for a back-safe move:
* Pack wisely. "As much as possible, avoid packing
boxes that are too heavy for you to lift without
assistance," Dent says. "When you have to load a
heavy box, be sure the contents are secure so that
the load doesn't shift dangerously while you are
lifting or transporting it."
* Clear a path. When you're up to your elbows in
boxes, it's easy to find every available inch of
floor space covered. But before you lift that load,
make sure you've got a clear path to your
destination. You won't be able to see well or move
obstacles out of your way once the load is in your
* When lifting a load, keep your back straight and
bend your knees. Keep your head up and look straight
ahead to ensure your back remains perpendicular to
the ground. Hold the object securely and use the
large, powerful leg muscles to lift the weight.
Avoid twisting or turning at the waist when lifting.
Turn your entire body by moving your hips first,
which will force your shoulders to stay in line.
* Use the right tools for the job. Hand trucks
should be used to transport multiple boxes at once
or smaller items of furniture. They work great on
level ground or even gentle inclines, but hand
trucks aren't good for moving items up or down
stairs. Hand trucks can also damage floors and are
difficult to maneuver around tight turns.
After years of professionally moving furniture and
large appliances, Dent set out to invent a better
way to manage large pieces of furniture and
appliances. He created the Shoulder Dolly, a
patented harness system that allows users to lift
with their legs and safely lift very heavy, large
loads - from big screen TVs to entertainment
centers, dressers, mattress, sofas, appliances and
virtually any heavy or bulky item in the home.
Working in two-person teams, users strap into the
Shoulder Dolly, slip the carrying strap under the
item to be lifted, and then use their leg muscles to
lift the weight. The Shoulder Dolly helps users keep
their spines aligned, which in turn encourages
lifting with the legs, rather than with the back.
To learn more about the Shoulder Dolly, or to find a
retailer near you, go to www.shoulderdolly.com or
call (800) 217-1114.
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