Whether you are moving across country or across town, moving can be a physically and emotionally taxing process. Have you thought about hiring help? Under normal circumstances you and your friends and family could load a truck, lift furniture, and handle the move all on your own, but not when you are injured or feeling under the weather. Below are several medical conditions that should have you skip a DIY move and hire a moving company:
If you have any broken appendages or fractured ribs, you should not move heavy boxes. Straining to lift heavy boxes will definitely hurt and may even interfere with the healing process, or worse—lead to an injury because you aren’t able to use proper lifting form—so make sure to take it easy and leave the lifting to the pros.
Lifting heavy items while pregnant, especially later in the pregnancy, can be risky for several reasons:
- Your center of gravity has shifted, which can throw you off balance
- Ligaments, tendons, joints, and connective tissue start to loosen, increasing the risk of injury if you lift heavy objects
- In some cases, especially high-risk pregnancies, it can lead to premature labor
Not to mention you’re already tired, uncomfortable, and moving around on its own can be a lot of effort.
3. Knee injuries
Whether it’s a torn ligament from a sports injury or a bad knee from old age, you should steer clear of putting your bad knees under unnecessary stress.
4. Back problems
The last thing you want is to be flat on your back, unable to unpack your belongings and get your new house feeling homey. If you have a history of back problems or chronic back pain, don’t subject yourself to more suffering.
5. High Blood Pressure
If you have a history of high blood pressure, moving could easily increase your blood pressure due to the high level of stress. Try to delegate wherever and whenever possible and speak to your doctor if you notice any changes in your symptoms.
6. Heart Condition
Heart conditions can be exacerbated by intense physical activity, so always make sure to check with your doctor before undertaking a move . Can your heart handle the move or should you let someone else do it for you?
Even if you don’t have an existing medical condition, hiring professional movers is a great way to avoid to injuries from using improper form and lifting heavy or cumbersome objects. A moving company helps you lift all of your heavy furniture and boxes, reducing a lot of stress. You can relax and tell the movers what to lift, tell them where everything goes and follow them around until it is right where you want it.