We all have been trough the pain of moving heavy objects from one floor to another, whether it was in our own homes, at grandma's or just doing a favor to a friend. Usually, this is made under precarious conditions, through small and narrow corridors and flights of stars or, even worse, through balconies or windows. Not only is this dangerous, as there is always a high risk of accident present, but this kind of activity can also cause some serious injuries in the long term.
Back injuries are quite often, specially in the lumbar area (the bottom part of our back). This kind of pain usually results from incorrect lifting methods and posture, which severity is obviously affected by repetitive lifting, bending, and twisting motions of the torso. In order to avoid this kind of lesions, three "lifting golden rules" should be followed:
- 1. Keep the chest forward.
- 2. Lead with the heaps, not with the shoulders.
- 3. Keep the weight close to the body.
It is estimated that low-back pain affects from 50 to 70 percent of the general population in the United States.
As with most things in our time, technology has also figured out ways to ease us from this kind of hard work: home cargo lifts. Even though they are quite common in the US, seen with a special incidence in the coastal areas (houses near the beach), this kind of tools is not so widespread across the world (fun fact: in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, most houses have hooks on the front, to facilitate the lifting of objects).
These lifts are useful for moving but also for many everyday activities - it is really great not having to carry all your luggage after returning from vacations, or even your groceries. With many companies providing these services, such as Legacy Lifts, this is a growing and pretty nice business, since the lifts are built according to each house architecture and its owners' needs.
With these tools, not only it is easier to "live" in a two or more floors house, but they also make activities like moving and switching furniture from one floor to another much more safe and light, protecting your health in the process.