Dr. William Foley, DO

Dr. William Foley, DO

Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine | Male | 43 years old

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Whether you are facing a health crisis or simply want to maximize health and longevity, Boston Osteopathic Health is here to meet your needs. At Boston Osteopathic Health, we combine traditional osteopathic manipulation with both conventional and alternative medicine to provide a more comprehensive approach to health. We see our patients as whole human beings taking into consideration body, mind, and spirit. Each person is unique and requires individualized analysis and treatment. Here at Boston Osteopathic Health we work with the innate healing forces in the body and look for the root cause of disease so our patients can achieve their highest potential.Read more

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Dr. William Foley is an Osteopathic family physician board certified in Family Medicine, Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine, and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. With...Read more

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Dr. Foley says...

Dr. William Foley is an Osteopathic family physician board certified in Family Medicine, Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine, and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. With these credentials, he combines his knowledge of conventional and alternative medicine with traditional osteopathic manipulation to offer his patients the most comprehensive care possible.

Dr. Foley is a Clinical Instructor of Family Medicine for both Tufts School of Medicine and the University of Massachusetts Medical School and has also served as an Assistant Professor of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at the University of New England. Additionally, he has been the Director of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at St. Vincent's Hospital, the University of Massachusetts, and the Great Brook Valley Health Center.

Dr. Foley has lectured at local, national, and international medical conferences for such groups as Harvard Medical School, the American Academy of Osteopathy, Melbourne Studies in Biodynamic Osteopathy, the Swiss Osteopathic Center for Kids, and the Massachusetts Academy of Family Medicine. He has also conducted research in using osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) for carpal tunnel syndrome and TMJ syndrome.

Dr. Foley's Care Philosophy

Whether you are facing a health crisis or simply want to maximize health and longevity, Boston Osteopathic Health is here to meet your needs. At Boston Osteopathic Health, we combine traditional osteopathic manipulation with both conventional and alternative medicine to provide a more comprehensive approach to health. We see our patients as whole human beings taking into consideration body, mind, and spirit. Each person is unique and requires individualized analysis and treatment. Here at Boston Osteopathic Health we work with the innate healing forces in the body and look for the root cause of disease so our patients can achieve their highest potential.

Dr. Foley says...

After a thorough history and an osteopathic physical exam, the patient, preferably dressed in loose comfortable clothing, lies down on the treatment table. Typically, your osteopath will place his or her hands underneath or over some part of the body to evaluate tissue function and structural dynamics.

A thorough diagnosis connects the patient's history and physical exam to the structural evaluation. Treatment involves a gentle hands-on approach to free the areas of the body in which motion has become restricted. By cradling the head, the sacrum (tailbone), or other areas of the body, gentle pressures and repositioning movements are applied to free the bones, tissues, and fluids that have become restricted. During treatments, some patients only sense a gentle touch while others feel their body change immediately. Some simply feel a deep sense of relaxation, and others feel nothing at all.

On occasion, different techniques or modalities may be used, based on what the osteopath feels is most appropriate for you at that time. These may include gentle soft tissue techniques, such as counterstrain or myofascial release, or thrusting techniques, which DO's call "high velocity-low amplitude" technique. All of these modalities are performed with very little force. Whatever techniques are used, the principles upon which the treatment is based do not change. We are still looking for the health within our patients and are working to support the innate capacity for healing within them. Therefore, we will always discuss what we are going to do with you before we apply any new modality of treatment and we will apply it with respect for your comfort and for the needs of your system. There are rarely, if ever, contraindications to the use of Osteopathic treatment, even though there may be a particular technique that might not be appropriate for an individual patient based upon their condition or their preferences.

An initial osteopathic consultation is 60 minutes with follow up visits scheduled for 30 minutes. The osteopathic manipulative treatment itself is usually 20 minutes in duration.

Dr. Foley says...

Consider the results of a study published in a 2003 issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Researchers observed the effects of OMT as an added treatment for children suffering from frequent ear infections. Patients were divided into two groups. One group received routine care for the infections while the other received routine care plus OMT. The results found a potential benefit of using OMT as an added treatment by possibly preventing or decreasing the need for surgical interventions or the overuse of antibiotics. TOP

In addition, The New England Journal of Medicine published a study in November 1999. In the study, researchers looked at how well OMT works to treat low-back pain. Patients were divided into two groups. One group got standard treatments, such as hot and cold packs, physical therapy, and drugs. The other group received standard care plus OMT. Twelve weeks later, patients in both groups felt better. But those in the OMT group used less medication and less physical therapy. That meant they had fewer side effects and lower health care costs. TOP

Dr. Foley's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

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  •  Specializes in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine
  •  Board certified in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Conditions Treated

  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Bedwetting
  • Chronic Ear Infections
  • Chronic Tonsillitis
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Dizziness
  • Down Syndrome
  • Headache
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome Characterized by Constipation
  • Kyphosis
  • Lordosis
  • Migraine
  • Nausea
  • Orthodontic Disorders
  • Pediatric Diseases
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Pregnancy-Related Disorders
  • Prostatitis
  • Scoliosis
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Stress Incontinence
  • Vertigo
  • Whiplash

Education

  • Medical School
    Philadelphia College Of Osteopathic Medicine
    University Of New England College Of Osteopathic Medicine

    Graduated in 2001

  • Internship Hospital
    Unecom/Mercy Hospital
  • Residency Hospital
    Umass Fitchburg Family Medicine Residency
  • Fellowship Hospital
    Philadelphia College Of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Undergraduate School
    College Of The Holy Cross

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine
  • Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
  • Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy

Procedures Performed

  • Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT)

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