The Nijmegen Questionnaire (NQ) gives a broad view of symptoms associated with dysfunctional breathing patterns.
A score of over 23 out of 64 suggests a positive diagnosis of hyperventilation syndrome. If you score below 23 but have three or more in the Often and/or Very Often column, this can indicate a breathing pattern disorder rather than Chronic Hyperventilation.
- 0 = Never (Never)
- 1 = Rare (Monthly)
- 2 = Sometimes (Weekly)
- 3 = Often (Every other day)
- 4 = Very Often (Daily)
NB – the scoring and attached assessment sheet have been abbreviated with permission from the author by BradCliff - for ease of scoring and clarity around symptoms.
|Symptom||Never||Rare – 1||Sometimes – 2||Often – 3||Very Often – 4|
|Short of Breath||0||1||2||3||4|
|Tight Feelings in Chest||0||1||2||3||4|
|Bloated Feeling in Stomach||0||1||2||3||4|
|Unable to Breath Deeply||0||1||2||3||4|
|Stiff Fingers or Arms||0||1||2||3||4|
|Tight Feelings around Mouth||0||1||2||3||4|
|Cold Hands or Feet||0||1||2||3||4|
|Feelings of Anxiety||0||1||2||3||4|
Breath holding and i-hunch postures affect your breathing.
It only takes 24 hours to change a pattern for it then to potentially become habitual.
- Emails, Twitter, Facebook, iPhones
- Average office worker 120+ emails a day. Screen apnoea is real.
- Disembodiment / withdrawal / 'eat stress'
- Eyesight deterioration / postural changes
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