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How can you tell if you have dysfunctional breathing?

Posted by Lisa Bowen on Saturday, January 31, 2015 Under: Breathing Retraining

If you want to explore how you can improve your breathing pattern -- for wellness, sports performance, music or other reasons -- the first step is to figure out what you're doing poorly. That's not so easy without help since most of our breaths are taken without our conscious attention. 

When you visit a doctor, you will most likely be given one of the following questionnaires, and receive a manual exam.

Here is one of my favorite breathing self-tests, aptly named the Self-Evaluation of Breathing Questionnaire.


For each statement, pick a numerical value as follows:

0=never, 1=occasionally, 2=frequently, 3=very frequently

Then add them up.



Clinicians put this together from several sources and started using it about five or six years ago. As of early 2014,  Recognizing and Treating Breathing Disorders 2nd Edition reported that no research had been undertaken yet to confirm what scores reflect normal vs. dysfunctional breathing. However until then  the best estimate is that 11 or more points reflects significant breathing difficulty. 

(Courtney, R., Greenwood, K., Cohen, M., 2011a. Relationships between measures of dysfunctional breathing in a population with concerns about their breathing. Journal of Bodywork Therapies.)

Other well-known and respected breathing self-assessments include:
The Nijmegen Questionnaire and the UC San Diego Shortness of Breath Questionnaire. All these questionnaires offer feedback on overall condition. 

Our new Breathing Audit focuses on observing your unique breathing pattern.

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