Some of the goals with taping are to restrict the movement of injured joints, soft tissue compression to reduce swelling. support anatomical structures, and as protection from re-injury. Taping is used as one of the means of rehabilitation or prophylaxis in instances where support and stability are needed, as a first-aid tool, for the prevention of injury and protection of an injured anatomical structure while healing is taking place.

Taping commonly used to:

Stabilize or support an injury

Relieve pain by de-loading vulnerable or painful structures

Facilitate normal movement, muscle action, or postural patterns.