Dr. Ashlea Lytle



VP Mountain Region | Physical Therapist

  • Physical Therapist (PT)
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Pelvic Health Certified
  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment certified (SFMA)
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling certified (TPDN)
  • Redcord® Provider

Ashlea Lytle is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) who has been practicing for over a decade in the Denver area. She specializes in sports, general orthopedics, and pelvic health for adults and kids. She splits her time at Activcore in Castle Rock, CO (located inside Optimal Health Chiropractic) and at Activcore in Greenwood Village, CO (located inside Pilates Denver).

Ashlea graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelors in Sport Science, and from the University of Kansas Medical Center with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy — ranked among the top 30 physical therapy schools in the country. While in college, she was on the Kansas Women's Rowing Team where she fell in love with the idea of becoming a physical therapist.

Not only does Ashlea have a background in treating orthopedic and adult pelvic floor issues, but she also provides exceptional evidenced-based treatments for pediatric pelvic floor dysfunctions. Common dysfunctions include urinary incontinence, constipation, and abdominal pain. Ashlea believes most children who have pelvic floor dysfunctions can have their symptoms abolished or greatly improved with pediatric physical therapy. Treating pediatric clients has been near and dear to Ashlea’s heart as there are not very many physical therapists who specialize in pediatric pelvic floor.

Besides working at Activcore, Ashlea lives an active lifestyle and enjoys hiking, running, playing volleyball, snowboarding, weight training, yoga and most of all spending time with her husband and sons.

How Can Physical Therapy Help My Child with Bedwetting and Daytime Incontinence

Are your kids still having accidents at night? Are they peeing their pants at school? Do they feel embarrassed? Are they missing out on social activities? Urinary incontinence could be normal for their age but there does come a time when children should be dry during both the day and night.


How Can Physical Therapy Help With My Abdominal Pain?

There can be many reasons why someone has abdominal pain. Internal organs, such as your small intestine, colon, stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, uterus or ovaries, could be causing your symptoms.


Mechanics For Vaginal Delivery: Is There A Right Way To Push?

I recently gave birth to my 1st child and was blown away that no one actually prepared me for the 2nd stage of labor, aka pushing phase, 10 cm dilation to birth. My husband and I went to several classes to prepare us for our newborn. During these classes they discussed the stages of labor, what tools they could use during labor, reasons for a c-section, joys and challenges of pregnancy, and how to breathe during the first stage of labor to make it through contractions. When I actually went through my 2nd stage of labor, I realized no one ever discussed how to push and breathe during this phase.


How Can A Belly Massage Help My Constipated Child? Learn the "I Love You" Technique.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March, I have had more time to practice and critique my I Love You (ILU) massage technique on my 16-month old son, who has been dealing with constipation since he started eating solid foods. I have found there are a few things you really need to do when doing the ILU massage. But before we dive deep into the mechanics, how does the ILU massage technique work?


How Does Squatting on the Toilet Help with Constipation?

Have you ever heard of the Squatty Potty? Advertised as the Original Bathroom Toilet Stool, the Squatty Potty was invented in 2010 by the Edwards family. After dealing with constipation themselves, they were told to try squatting to pass their bowels. This gave them the idea of the Squatty Potty. Now you are probably wondering: why would squatting help with passing stools? Let’s get an understanding of how digestion and bowel mechanics work.


Why Do I Have Troubles Holding in My Stool? I Had No Idea PT Can Help With This!

Do you leak stool with walking, running, or other physical activities? Do you have urgency of your stool and can’t make it to the toilet in time? Do you have to wear disposable underwear because you leak fecal matter?‍ As a pelvic health physical therapist, I see this quite a bit in my practice and everyone always asks the single question: “Why?!!!”


How Can Fiber Help With Constipation?

I’m sure there are a lot of people who can relate to the feeling of constipation. Tummy distended and full; pain in the stomach; a sensation you cannot completely empty your rectum; back pain –– all are symptoms of constipation. We probably have been told to increase our fiber intake and doing so will help loosen our stools. While this is true, there are several things you should know about what type of fiber and how much you should be consuming if you’re trying to improve constipation. 


Treating Constipation with Laxatives: Dependency & Safety in Adults & Children

Ever since I have been treating constipation and bowel dysfunction as a pelvic health physical therapist, I’ve had many clients ask if the laxative they are taking is safe and if they should continue using it, or if they can start their child on a laxative such as Miralax. Many of my clients are afraid they might become dependent and will always have to be on it for their bowels to function. Or they have been told to stop taking it because it is not safe. To have a better understanding of the risk of dependency on a laxative and its safety, let’s first discuss what it actually is, how it works, its side effects, precautions, why you would use it, and the current research on kids taking it.


My Reviews

If you're in the Denver metro area and dealing with pain or want to improve your fitness, I highly recommend Activcore Physical Therapy & Performance! Ashlea Lytle, PT, DPT, TPDN and her team are doing some next-level things with their approach to relieving (and preventing) pain and boosting physical performance. And if you're unfamiliar with Redcord suspension training like I was, you should really give it a shot. Two minutes of it will quickly show you where you're physically weak or imbalanced.

Seth D.

I’m a lifelong active outdoorsman in my mid-60’s with the goal to stay that way as long as I can. My introduction to Dr. Ashlea Lytle at Activcore came following emergency bowel surgery and reattachment that left an incision site susceptible to herniating – which it did. Prior to surgery to repair the abdominal hernia, Dr. Scott Golembeski recommended Ashlea to begin prehab before the operation followed by rehab. Ashlea and I discussed my goals of a full return to golfing, hunting, canoeing and other strenuous outdoor activities. She designed and paced my physical therapy program as to not risk reinjury while pursuing full recovery. Specifically, we worked on core strength, flexibility, balance and stretching. I can honestly say the Redcord suspension system tested new limits in my physical therapy history. End result, I’m hitting the golf ball better than ever, walking multiple miles hunting without pain, and canoeing in the wilderness - all with a flexible stronger core and better balance. Thank you Dr. Ashlea Lytle!

Jeff H.

I was so pleased with my experience with Activcore PT and Dr. Ashlea Lytle. She was very professional and patient with me. The treatment was for some sensitive and somewhat embarrassing issues, and Dr. Ashlea made me feel comfortable and at ease. Her expertise and different treatment suggestions were helpful and corrected my problems. Thank you!

Mimi K.

I don’t know what I would do if this wonderful place did not exist! Everyone is very friendly and welcoming. I am a bikini competitor and the rigorous workouts take a toll on my body. I can always count on Dr. Ashlea Lytle to put me back together again and leave me feeling like new. I highly recommend this place!

Dalila S.

I’m seeing Ashlea at Activcore! They have been absolutely amazing with my scoliosis and back pain. I can always tell a huge difference after I leave. Highly recommend Activcore and thankful for everything they have helped me with for my pain.

Nichole B.

After daily abdominal pain and discomfort for over a year my doctor sent me to Ashlea at Activcore, a pelvic floor specialist. After 5 appointments I have been pain free for 3 weeks. She has always been professional and caring and I can’t recommend her enough.

Julia S.

Dr. Ashlea Lytle is very personable and great at her job! She never made me feel uncomfortable and was able to target my pain areas and provide recommendations for outside of the sessions. She understands that the goal is to help her clients feel better so that they can continue to strengthen on their own and have fewer sessions. I have never done PT before and she helped me get rid of my pain and identify areas to work on.

Amelia S.

I have been suffering from right and left flank pain for over three years! After trying multiple specialists and remedies to help relieve my pain, I still had no relief. My GI recommended I give Activcore a try for not only my flank pain, but also for my GERD from which I had been suffering from a pretty intense flare up.
I began my physical therapy with Ashlea Lytle at Activcore in April of 2019. The appointments went well. The front desk was especially friendly and Ashlea was very informative and easy to talk to. Ashlea was determined to figure out what the heck was causing my flank pain. She was extremely thorough. After multiple dry needling sessions, exercises, diet changes, performance therapy, stretches, and pelvic work, I finally started to feel some relief in with both my flank pain and my GERD flare up. I went from pain all day EVERY SINGLE DAY, to pain once a month for only a few days.
When I started with Ashlea, I was also currently training for three triathlons. I had multiple goals, not only for my health, but for my races as well. I was able to meet my goals, plus some. I was finally able to train without pain, both during and after my workouts. That was huge for me. We worked on strengthening during the performance therapy sessions to help with both my health goals and triathlon goals. My second triathlon on August 3rd, 2019, was especially important, as I was racing to bring awareness and end breast and ovarian cancer. During the race, I felt fantastic and reached my goal by making top 10, which is considered elite and was also 1st in my division. Oh, and I had zero pain!
I am so thankful that my GI recommended Activcore and I had Ashlea Lytle as my Physical Therapist. I not only feel better, but I have learned so much more about my body because of Ashlea. I will continue to use all the exercises and stretches I learned throughout my time at Activcore.

Leah K.

I slipped a disc in my back while on a bike ride and my husband rushed back to get the car while I waited in agony at the park.  This happened several times before… even unloading a dishwasher… and I was tired of the recurring issues. Ashlea helped me tremendously—we worked on the Red Cord and she gave me excellent instruction and home exercises that have helped prevent any further problems. Now I am feeling my absolute best. I’m so happy to know how to prevent this, and to be active on the bike again without fear of flare ups!

Hannah L.

My doctor referred me to Activcore for some retraining which has progressed very well and while getting the retraining therapy I asked my therapist, Ashlea Lytle, if she could help with a severe pain on the outer part of my right leg near my hip (Bursitis). Ashlea treated me and the pain I've consistently had for over 6 years has improved so much I can now sleep on my right side with no pain.
I'm so grateful to Ashlea for successfully treating my initial problem and fixing one that I thought I would just have to live with. Thank you Ashlea Lytle so much and I would recommend you to all in need.

Terry G.



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