Phimosis is the condition in which the foreskin of the penis cannot be retracted over the glands (head) of your dick, or when doing this causes discomfort.
Usually apparent from the teenage years, this condition is quite common and known causes have not been identified. If this condition has presented itself in adulthood, it is recommended that the man in question seek medical advice to confirm that the cause of this tightness if Phimosis and not another condition.
In general, the condition itself is not harmful. It is usually identified in early childhood or when puberty is in progress and has historically been resolved through circumcision.
The chances are that if you have a tight foreskin, it has probably been viewed by a doctor in childhood or adolescence and deemed not to be a case requiring immediate treatment. Action is sometimes not taken if the condition is considered mild, and the assumption is made that the male in question will seek advice if the condition causes problems in later life. If you are in any doubt, or if discomfort or changes have been experienced, you should seek the advice of a doctor.
While circumcision is often considered the easiest option for children and young adults (primarily because of the monitoring and self-treatment involved in alternative methods) adults can employ modern practices to loosen the foreskin and rectify the condition themselves.
Light stretching performed as a daily routine is reported to ease the condition, and over several months can reportedly result in free movement and retraction of the foreskin over the glands.
Related to the practice of foreskin restoration (a process circumcised men use to restore the foreskin after childhood circumcision), this practice is closely related to, and often identified as, “body modification”. Much like the act of stretching the testicles or earlobes.
The practice involves traction of the affected area to encourage cell development and consequently stretching of the skin.