The function of rigid sports taping physiotherapy is both to
What rigid tape does is that it limits abnormal and/or
excessive movement of a sprained joint whilst supporting the muscles
that are compromised by the sprain.
To add to the benefits of having rigid taping, having these supportive sports tape structures helps enhance the proprioceptive feedback to the sprained joint during performance
An example is the common injuries of ankle sprain and back pain. Once our senior physiotherapists tape the ankle, the sports tape will prompt the patient before reaching/pushing ankle maximum instability.
Likewise for the back pain with sports tape - the tape will prompt patient to not overstrain it.
You see, the rigid sports tape behaves as an external protective proprioceptive feedback tool that helps patients and athlete to actively or
subconsiously contract the muscles that limits instability, and this prevents injuries and/or aggravation of injuries.
Frankly, rigid taping is more appropriate and effectiveby providing early proprioceptive feedback rather than their
original function to limit the excessive motion, but both functions work synergistically together.