Any position that you can assume to reduce the pain is generally beneficial. “Proper alignment” of the neck causing pain means that there is something compressing the nerve which causes you to develop an antalgic posture (posture to prevent pain) and that is OK. I assume the physical examination did not lead to evidence of any specific nerve root involvement.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.