PhilPaso Therapy

Controlled movement, strenth and complex movement patterns

Excellent training for the whole body with adaptive motion control: Self-powered or with the use of an electric motor powertrain.

The PhilPaso Training Maschine was developed by Dr. Klaus and Sabine Berndsen and is based on the patent number 196030315. The patent contains a hinged pedal system for training the rolling movement of the feet for walking and running.

Areas of Application

  • Competitive and hobby sport
  • Rehabilitation after illness, injury and surgery
  • Anatomical malalignment and/or incorrect use of feet, limbs and pelvis
  • Disruptions of balance and/or coordination
  • Congenital and acquired impairments
PhilPaso - Excellent training for young and old

Excellent training for young and old

Characteristics of PhilPaso Trainings

  • Controlled motion for the development of brain-coordinated and automatic whole body movements
  • Gentle flow of motion without jerking or jolting stress of the joints
  • Guided rolling movement for the feet
  • Cross movement training: Legs-arms/shoulders-hips
  • Adaptable to varying leg lengths, knee heigths of supporting leg, inseams, arm lenths and angles and variable positioning allowing for gentle ellipsoidal movements of joints
  • Variable sitting and standing training
  • Swivel seat for easy access and safety belt
  • Self-powered or motored-controlled use
  • Stabile and adaptible device for professional use: One device for large and small


pb-01-wThe name PhilPaso is a neologism and means the way of Philipp.  Philipp is the son of Klaus and Sabine Berndsen.  He was born with Cerebral Palsy in 1991 and would never (from expert opinions) learn to walk.  The boy took part in countless, extensive and unsuccessful treatments in Germany and other countries over a period of many years.  Instead of resigning to the fate that their son would never be able to walk, Dr. and Mrs. Berndsen began the development of a special training devices to create complex walking motions and patented their mechanisms.  After intensive training with the devices, Philipp was able to take his first independent steps when he was nine years old.  Using their experience as a basis and the patents of their devices, the Berndsen’s gradually created their best training device.  They called it PhilPaso because the device helped their son Philipp learn how to walk.

Meantime countless other patients were able to profit from this method.  Due to the prior high costs of development, it has only now been achieved to create a durable device for professional use which does not need constant technical adjustment.

Special qualities of PhilPaso training

PhilPaso Training enhances the guide of motion of the lower extremities through coordinated and interactive upper body movement: Pelvis, shoulders, arms, hands, and head.  Through repetitive simultaneously guided and coordinated motions, optimized habitual motion patterns can be trained.

Neurophysiological Basis

Dr. Berndsen/Berndsen define their trainings methods, which are important for the principles of brain-coordinated body functioning (neurophysiological principles):

  • The brain does not know single muscles.  However, it directs complex movement patterns.  These can be acquired or acquired again if the training (therapy) considers the extensive interactive complexity of movement: Movement coordination from head to foot (i.e. walking).
  • Isolated exercises of partial movement disturb the creation of a neurophysiological movement pattern and lead to secondary damages/impairments (lesions).
  • Movements are to be controlled, so that they are guided closely as possible to the correct movement pattern. (Controlled Movement): Wrong movements and overload are not allowed to occur.
  • Neurophysiological movement patterns develop through the precision of the implementation of identical highly repetitive exercises.  Manually, this is not possible and requires the use of specialized training equipement: PhilPaso
    Lesions require compensation of movement.  They must be cancelled quickly as possible (depending on the regeneration process).
  • Necessity of a developmently-oriented Training: If highly developed cortical functions have been formed and a complex neurophysiological pattern can be realized, exercises for the rehabilitation of preliminary development should stop.  The exercises would disturb the coordination pattern and cause movement disorders.
  • Orientation of neurophysiological movement patterns.  Deviations thereof disturb the necessary coordinated interactions of movement. Dyskinesia of the muscles and muscle groups would develop.
  • Necessity of individual customization of movement: i.e. leg and arm length adjustments, pelvic-stress angles, joint-socket lengths, seat and standing heigths and foot angles.