There are many causes of neck pain, the most obvious are the neck joints. Other health care providers often treat by cracking the neck joints (often called manipulation) in the mistaken belief this will help patients. In my experience it does nothing of the sort. Joints do not ‘go out’ anywhere requiring them to be ‘put back or adjusted’ That is simplistic, unethical and short lived and not good clinical practice, and sometimes dangerous. I am trained in that type of hands-on approach but I rarely use adopt it these days.
In my practice I adopt a different approach to treat neck pain more effectively. I look at the way your neck and shoulders move in all directions searching for the reason the patient is complaining of pain. Identify and treat the cause then the symptoms will resolve is my motto.