(Hawaii News Now) - Manakai O Malama Integrative Healthcare Group and Rehabilitation a well-established, multi-disciplinary facility with a longstanding commitment of service to the community has recently created the Niolopua Sleep Wellness Center at that offers diagnostics and treatment of sleep apnea employing a whole-person, patient-centered approach. The facility features a state-of-the-art sleep lab with comforts of home. Once a diagnosis is made, Niolopua health professionals work with clients to identify and manage the source of the problem. In keeping with modern sleep lab standards, recommendations may be made on specific breathing equipment for nighttime use.
The first sleep center of its kind in Hawaii, Niolopua offers comprehensive services to achieve optimal sleep wellness. Upon request by referring providers, the integrative team will assist clients with insomnia, weight management and provide education on lifestyle, diet and physical activity. Medical providers are available to engage in management of associated conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Niolopua psychologists are able to provide education and insights on healthy sleep behaviors, relaxation techniques and dream therapy.
Consistent with the mission at Manakai, O Malama Niolopua strives to bring together the best of modern medicine and traditional healing arts with sensitivity to social, cultural and spiritual aspects of wellness. In addition to sleep trained physician specialists and psychological services, Manakai also offers physical therapy, acupuncture, manual therapy and nutritional counseling.
In conjunction with rapidly growing epidemics in obesity and insulin resistant diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is also very much on the rise. The American Sleep Apnea Association reports that OSA affects 1 in 4 men and 1 in 9 women in the United States. 80% to 90% of moderate and severe OSA cases remain undiagnosed. Left untreated, OSA is associated with an increased incidence of hypertension, stroke, heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiac arrhythmia, GERD, and memory loss. Individuals with OSA are also 10 times more likely to die from a motor vehicle accident because of impaired driving performance. OSA affects not only individuals and their families but also impacts productivity and jeopardizes workplace safety.