Proper Lifting Techniques when Moving Heavy Objects
Moving day is a busy and exciting time. Don’t put a damper on the experience by getting injured during the process, especially when it is so easily avoidable. The way you approach lifting heavy boxes and other household items can cause unwanted pain in areas like the neck, back and shoulders. Don’t risk the possibility of long term damage to your body or having to use up all your sick days because you hurt yourself.
If you decide to move your self, prior to lifting any boxes, ensure you ask yourself these questions:
1. Do you know what’s in the box?
It is very important to know the contents of a box prior to picking it up. The fact is, a sealed brown box of exercise weights can look just like a sealed brown box of pillows. While packing, ensure all boxes are properly labelled. This will also help a lot after the move with unpacking.
2. Can you make two trips? Or Three…Or Four…
Don’t carry more than you can handle. Everyone wants the moving process to go quickly but the risk of straining your back or neck is not worth it. If possible, break up heavy boxes and take your time. Having the proper equipment also helps. Using a dolly will allow you to move multiple boxes at a time with limited risk to yourself.
3. Am I physically capable of doing this?
To avoid unwarranted injury make sure you know and listen to your body. If you are alone and unable to lift a box – do not lift it. Consider asking family or friends to help you or hire a moving company. Matco’s professional movers in Calgary can safely move all items in a home including appliances, bedroom sets, dining room furniture and more.
Proper Lifting Techniques
If you must lift a heavy object, ensure you take care and follow these steps to avoid compressing your spinal discs and straining your body:
Stretch prior to lifting – If you are unsure how to properly stretch, check out online resources like Healthy Living to find great information on the best stretches to do prior to lifting heavy objects.
Use Karate Stance – Keep your feet shoulder width apart with one foot slightly in front of the other.
Squat – Bend at the knees and hips only.
Posture is Key – Good moving posture is:
Slowly Lift – Lift from your legs, not your back. Slowly straighten your legs and knees, ensuring you keep your back straight.
Object Positioning – Hold the object close to your body at the level of your belly button.
Use Your Feet – Change direction and take small steps with your feet, not by twisting and stretching your upper body.
Lead with your Hips – Keep your shoulders in line with your hips when you move and change direction.
Set Object Down – The same way you picked up the box, squatting with your knees and hips only, place the box back down.
Remember to ask yourself the right questions and keep in mind the proper lifting techniques when moving heavy objects, there is a great chance you’re likely to have a positive and successful moving experience.
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17:50 10 Oct 19
Gary was very helpful as was the person who made our delivery; thanks very much!
22:56 15 Apr 20
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19:22 05 Jul 16
We have used Matco twice in the past year and both times have been very impressed by the level of service and the quality of care. Our items and our home were always respected. Great job!
20:41 31 Jul 19
Absolutely amazing! Wonderful and helpful people
03:47 25 Sep 20
Matco personnel were very efficient, on-time, and completed the job without a hitch. We would use them again.
00:17 09 Jun 18
I don’t normally have time to put Google reviews in but I think this is an exception. I contacted Matco to get an estimate for my upcoming move back in March. The estimator Steve came by and was very professional and knowledgeable. We contacted a lot of movers during that time but decided to go with Matco. I must say, I was not disappointed. On moving day, the crew was on time and very courteous. They took great care in covering floors and wrapping up our furniture in blankets.The crew of four moved us out of our old house and into the new one without a single furniture or wall casualty.I can go on and on... Overall, I would recommend Matco for short or long distance move. These guys are real professional movers. They care about what they do and it shows. I would not hesitate to use them again!
23:35 18 Oct 19
Moved with them twice and excellent services in both events.
Mary Lou S.
23:26 02 Jun 16
We have moved 14 times in 27 years. I have had a lot of experience with crews. Thank you Matco Edmonton and Calgary for making three of these moves enjoyable and efficient. The staff were friendly and more than willing to go beyond their duties. (They even had some great ideas about furniture placement! and never complained about moving things twice).To Edmonton crew, Hailey, Stephanie, Dusan, Calvin, Pinara, Shania, Sheena, Mel, Shayla, Tyrell, Beau and Kelly (I think I got you all) thank you for packing me up so well, the goods in LTS arrived safely in Calgary 2 years later, the goods that went to Houston arrived safely there. To the Calgary crew, Mike the driver, Mike the weight lifter, Patrick the silent one, and Russ the story teller, thanks for your hard work and unpacking 23,000lbs in two days! To the office staff, Leon and Stevie, well done you.I hope I don't need you again...but.... likely see you in two years..