There seems to be many things that have been shown to help you with your symptoms of pain from manipulation, acupuncture, exercise, massage, heat/cold, vibration the list goes on.
But it sounds like you need to find a good balance between pain relief and managing your sitting time and modifying other lifestyle factors like exercise and stress.
Pain relief can be achieved through many different modalities as mentioned above, however if taking medications for your pain is not giving you long lasting relief it is strongly advised to seek help from a healthcare professional.
By the sounds of it you are spending plenty of time sitting in front of the computer or in the car driving, and this seems to be directly related to your pains. I would suggest standing up regularly and performing a routine of stretches for your back, neck and hips at least every 1 hour of sitting when ever possible. Sitting has been said to be the new smoking, in that the effects of sitting can be just as bad for your health than smoking. There have been studies shown that people who sit for work generally suffer more from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity which results directly in a shortened life expectancy.
A trend that some offices are turning to is the standing desk. This is a desk that can be lowered or raised to allow less time sitting and more time on your feet and using the muscles of your back and spine more regularly.
Another suggestion would be to get into a regular exercise program that will target any weaknesses or instabilities in your body, for instance, you say that your neck is losing its normal alignment, this can be seen as an instability or a lack of control of the supporting muscles and vertebra so that you can not stop yourself from losing your normal posture. Exercise is a great way to regain control, strength and stability to these types of problems. Just remember that by sitting all day, you do NOT get stronger or looser. You will inevitably lose strength and flexibility so there will be a constant need to work on these areas when you are not at work.
Lastly, to answer your question, I don't think it is right to chose one profession over the other. Rather, whoever you chose to see should also help you to address the other issues I raised as this is now a matter of more effective management of your sitting behaviours than just pain relief. If you do not change some of these variables you will still end up with the same pain or worse over time.
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