Aches, Breaks and Moving House – why risk it?

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Moving house, to most of us, has become an experience akin to going to the dentist or paying taxes. It takes a lot of time, it is stressful and the chance of injuring yourself is sky high. Hiring a Removalist to do your short distance move will not only lessen the risk you have to take but also save on time that you could be using to prepare for your new life. Even when faced with a simple solution many people would still consider moving themselves. But have you considered the list of potential injuries involved in moving? Warning – it isn’t pretty!
Minor Scrapes
We’ve all had them. Scraping elbows and knees while doing a physical activity is one of the most common injuries. We usually dismiss them as a nuisance and leave them alone to dry. What we don’t think about is the risk of infection if we leave a wound untreated on its own.

falling-box-300x285What are the signs and symptoms of a wound infection?

  •  Fever
  •  Blood or Pus
  • Swelling
  •  Vertigo
  •  Foul/Rancid odour from the wound

You should seek medical attention for any of the symptoms above as antibiotics may be necessary.


Pulled or Bruised Muscles
Doing heavy lifting, especially when using muscles that we haven’t used for anything more than opening the occasional tricky lid of vegemite, may become the cause of a pulled muscle.

Muscle Strain is graded by severity:
• 1st Grade: Mild Discomfort, No permanent disability or immobility
• 2nd Grade: Moderate Discomfort, limited ability to perform high level or complicated activities. May have moderate swelling and bruising associated.
• 3rd Grade: Severe Injury that can cause excruciating pain. Muscle spasms, swelling and significant bruising.

Unlike scrapes, a pulled muscle requires inactivity and rest in order for the damaged to the muscle to recover. Immobilization may cause muscle stiffness therefore gentle stretching of the affected area may be necessary. If you have any concerns, you should see a doctor.


Back Pain and Broken Bones
One of the most common injuries to happen during a move, especially when lifting heavy objects, is lower back pain. Overuse or twisting at a wrong angle can sometimes cause a slipped disc, which means the actual spine has been damaged, rather than just sore muscles.

Back Pain Treatments:
• Rest and apply either cold or warm compress on the affected area
lifting-box• After the swelling has gone down, certain stretching exercises can be done for minor back pain that will help the healing process to become faster.
• Medication prescribed by a physician may also be used to relieve pain from the affected area
• Surgery is seen as a last resort for recurring back pain and for cases where damage to the spine has occurred

When lifting heavy objects, cases of slipping and dropping the object on your toes, feet or even arm are a real possibility. Therefore having the proper tools and knowing the right way of lifting heavy objects must always be followed. Lift with your legs as much as possible and refrain from twisting or using your back for leverage. By doing this, not only will you be able to handle heavier loads but you are also lessening the chances of spinal damage.


Why take the risk?
moving-fridgeIn hiring a removalist company like MiniMovers to do your move for you, they not only guarantee a fast move but also a safe one. Every MiniMovers operator is trained in the proper way of lifting, moving and loading of furniture and boxes. We provide physically fit men who have an array of tools such as straps, trollies, dollies and furniture pads, that not only make the moving process easier but minimize the chance of a moving related injury.

MiniMovers also has a written no damage guarantee which states that if they damage anything during the course of the move they will fix it.

If you still choose to move on your own, make sure to follow the proper way of lifting items and avoid getting any scrapes or bruises during the move. Saving a few bucks by hiring a ute may seem like a good deal right now but as soon as the medical bills come in for your ‘minor’ moving accident, you’d wish you invested in hiring a removalist.

You can find other helpful tips to prepare for your move here – Help You Move

All information in this article is general. You should always seek medical attention if you are concerned.



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