The physical treatment of lymphedema includes the use of techniques of manual drainage and multi-component bandage. Currently, the technique of choice is the multi-component bandage because it can drain large quantities of fluids. In areas where the bandage cannot be applied, manual drainage is used. (International Consensus – Best practice for the management of lymphedema – ILF) Once the edema has been reduced as much as possible, containment braces are used (e.g. socks and armband) for maintenance.