Nijmegen Questionnaire

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.

Scoring:

  • 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
Chest Pain 0 1 2 3 4
Feeling Tense 0 1 2 3 4
Blurred Vision 0 1 2 3 4
Dizzy Spells 0 1 2 3 4
Feeling Confused 0 1 2 3 4
Faster/Deeper Breathing 0 1 2 3 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
Tingling Fingers 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
Palpitations 0 1 2 3 4
Feelings of Anxiety 0 1 2 3 4

Download a printable copy of the Nijmegen Questionnaire

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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.
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.

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